Bill is a Master Mariner with Command experience and over 30 years of ship-handling and Pilotage experience. He has sailed on Oil Tankers as Master and has experience on LPG, Product, IMO Type 3 Chemical tankers and Bulk Carriers. He is a qualified Pilot, Pilot Assessor and Lecturer at Solent University – delivering courses on ship handling, ship operations and collision avoidance.
Since coming ashore, Bill has worked as a Nautical Surveyor, Pilot and Examiner. He has been involved in salvage and distress operations, port development projects and Charter Party disputes. He served as a First Class (Unrestricted) Authorised Pilot at the Port of Southampton for 28 years and was primarily responsible for the execution of the pilotage of large vessels of different classes, including tankers, passenger ships, ro-ro and container vessels. He was also responsible for in-house accident investigations, risk assessments, pilot and pilot exemption assessments, and salvage work.
As a marine consultant he has been involved in port development and feasibility studies, navigational impact studies, ship handling, tug operations and pilotage studies.
In parallel with his career as a Pilot, he has spent time volunteering as an officer onboard square-rigged sailing vessels, lecturing at the Warsash campus of Solent University, and providing marine consultancy to various organisations. His primary focus is marine casualties, claims, disputes, and litigation.