May 2015

Curriculum vitae

John Cecil Fairclough

Nationality British


John Fairclough is a Master Mariner with an Honours degree in Nautical Studies.

He was trained at HMS Conway from 1962 to 1964.

He is an experienced marine surveyor and consultant.

He has carried out surveys of cargoes, ships and structures.

He has dealt with a wide range of bulk and break bulk cargoes at various stages of transits. He has advised on loading, stowing, ventilation and other aspects.

His work in recent years has tended towards problems with steel, rice and other grains, and concerning hatch covers. He has also attended transhipments of cargoes.

During his career he has attended many types of ships, including bulk carriers, general cargo and multipurpose ships, RoRos, container ships and specialised vessels.

He has experience with ISO containers, including stowage collapses and losses overboard. He has used the DNV container securing software programme.

Over many years he has surveyed and tested various types of hatch covers. He uses ultrasonic hatch testing equipment.

He is the author of “Ships’ Hatch Covers – Keeping Cargoes Dry”, published by JF Marine Limited in 2015.

He has attended ships following collisions, aground, having stability problems, on fire and at ports of refuge.

He has acted as General Average surveyor.

He arranged technical aspects of a large scale deep water search for ISO containers laden with dangerous goods which were lost in fishing grounds. He planned and managed the proper disposal of the materials which were found.

He has advised on the causes of accidents on or involving ships, and injuries to personnel.

He was a consultant to Videotel Limited during production of their film on stowage and securing of cargoes in 2002.

He has attended and given evidence at many arbitrations and in courts in London.

Before becoming a marine surveyor, John Fairclough was a ships’ officer. He served in general cargo, refrigerated, passenger ships and a tanker, in ranks up to chief officer.

He was a claims executive with a major P and I association from 1976 until 1978.

He attended an ISM/lead assessor course in Southampton in 1996 and a GMDSS restricted course in 2000.

He completed the Det Norske Veritas Container Securing User Course in 2004.

Professional qualification

Master’s foreign going Certificate of Competency, obtained in 1973.

Restricted Operators Certificate (GMDSS), obtained in 2000.

Academic qualification

B.Sc. (Honours, II i) Nautical Studies.

Membership of professional bodies

He supported the Nautical Institute when it was founded in 1969 and remains a member today.

Surveying and consultancy employment

May 2005 to present Established JF Marine Limited, through which he operates as a surveyor and consultant.
1982 to May 2005 Partner with Brookes Bell & Co, in Liverpool, Hong Kong and London.
1979 to 1981 Surveyor with Brookes Bell & Co., Liverpool.

Sea going employment

1978 – 1979 Fyffes Lines Limited, second officer on refrigerated ships.
1969 – 1975 RNR courses and service on minesweepers and destroyer
1964 – 1975 British and Commonwealth Shipping Company Limited – cadet to chief officer, mainly on general cargo and refrigerated ships, but also passenger and tanker.

Employment ashore

1976 – 1978 Claims executive with Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited.