Spring 2013

New fleet director for JF Everard

With career experience that ranges from nuclear submarines to merchant shipping, Neil Burns brings a strong and impressively varied CV to his new role as fleet director for James Fisher Everard.

Neil has assumed overall responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the highly sophisticated James Fisher Everard fleet, which comprises eighteen modern, double-hulled product tankers of up to 11,000 tonnes in capacity. Making in excess of a thousand voyages annually, the fleet carries petrol, diesel, kerosene and biofuels between Europe’s refineries and terminals to major coastal storage facilities.

“I have been surprised by the diversity of the fleet and I am very impressed at our crews’ level of dedication to the difficult role they undertake."

Commented Burns following a six-week transition period during which he visited eight of the company’s vessels. Burns added:

“I am very pleased to take up this post and am very passionate about our business. It gives me great satisfaction to work for a long established progressive British company and apply my skill set and experience to the unique challenges of this role.”

Neil Burns started his career as a marine engineer, working on board nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy. He subsequently transferred to the Merchant Navy, working up to chief engineer on a range of vessels including container ships belonging to P&O Nedlloyd and the petrochemical fleet of Maersk. Moving ashore, the next phase of his working life was spent in fleet management, where he clocked up six years of experience as superintendent and five years as fleet manager.

Neil Burns takes over this important role for the James Fisher Fleet from Arthur Todd, who moves to the company’s London office as project director.

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