My interest within the engineering field started in the early days when making routine inspections and servicing vessel parts while working on and around dive boats, sailing and motor yachts. I actively started as Captain/Engineer during 2007 onboard a 64 foot Sunseeker, then as Captain/Engineer onboard an 82 foot Sunseeker during 2008 and 2009.
As Captain/Engineer I was responsible for the daily inspection of the engine room compartments and the upkeep, tidiness and general servicing of all auxiliary and main engines. I had to liaise with engineering contractors, schedule service intervals, book and secure bunkering procedures and order and replace applicable parts. My first sole engineering position was on the 115 foot sailing yacht Aime Sea (refer to Project Management page).
I then joined the 38 metre sail yacht Kaori as Chief Engineer and in 2012 became the Chief/Build Engineer on the 43 metre high performance sloop Blue Papillon (refer to Project Management page) During the latter part of 2009 I enrolled at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy on the Isle Of Wight and completed the Diesel Engine Course, followed by the MCA Approved Engine Course (see Certifications).
I attended the Engineering Craft and Skills Practice Course and completed the Introductory Basic Welding Craft Course. I then completed the Engineering Workshop Skills, Maintenance and Assembly Skills Certification (Level 2/Marine Engine Operator License, see Certifications).
During 2013 I enrolled for the Hydraulic Maintenance Course accredited by the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers. I then progressed up the engineering ladder by passing the MCA approved Machine Engine Operators License MEOL (Y) in Liverpool, United Kingdom.