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    • James Mackay
    • James Mackay

      Tel: + 44 (0) 7712 164183


      James has over 35 years’ experience in the marine industry, of which over 30 has been in the fibre rope industry.  James  joined Marlow Ropes in 1991, and during his time, was instrumental in growing the single point mooring [SPM] and engineered product portfolio of the marine and offshore division of this business and assisted in a number of industry firsts.  These included pioneering the first use of Dyneema ropes for riser tethers and securing the first contracts awarded for permanent polyester deepwater mooring ropes in the mid 90’s for Petrobras in Brazil and in the Gulf of Mexico for BP’s "Mad Dog" and the "Independence Hub" [2002 – 2006] projects for Enterprise Oil, the latter of which was concluded under Bridon following the acquisition of Marlow’s marine and offshore assists.

      Following the acquisition by Bridon, James was responsible for all fibre ropes sales including deepwater moorings, SPM’s, heavy lift and the emerging renewables market focusing mainly on wave energy but also in tidal and wind.  In addition, during this time he was also responsible for Bridon's fishing and grapnel wire rope markets. Moving to a business development role in December 2012, he has overseen the rapid growth of Dyneema heavy lift slings including supplying the largest capacity fibre rope slings with a minimum break load of 4000 tonnes and supplying the first Dyneema mooring inserts for drilling rigs in the North Sea. During the last 8 months he managed the supply of two polyester mooring projects for a Norwegian client including gaining factory manufacturing approval and full product certification in accordance with the latest revision of DNV’s standard for Offshore Fibre Moorings, DNV-OS-E303.

      Since leaving Bridon in May 2014, James has been employed as an associate consultant with Tension Technology International handling a wide range of projects including, failure investigations, wave energy system costs, project management, inspection, expediting and installation on a number of specialist fibre rope net projects.  These have included overseeing installation in the shipyards, offshore commissioning and ongoing support.

      In addition he has also taken on the day to day marketing for the business and looking after ad hoc projects as they come in.

      James holds offshore certificates BOSIET (5700) & (5750 - with CA EBS), MIST and a valid offshore medical, and has travelled and worked on offshore installations worldwide.


      Summary of Professional Experience:

      Present Position: May 2014 - Present

      Associate Consultant – Tension Technology International

      Project Management and yard Installation of Ice Protection Net Project on Artic Drilling Rig

      Project Management, Inspection, Expediting and yard installation of Moho Nord Riser Protection Net Project [RPN]

      Project Management and production of fibre rope anchor system – Carbon Trust MRCF Project for Renewable Energy Systems.

      Technical Consultant for pre-award Ichthys RPN project

      On site QC Inspection and manufacturing review for the Ichthys RPN project

      Yarn Installation and Offshore Commissioning for the Ichthys RPN Project

      Rope Inspection, Failure Investigation and Expert Witness - Various

      Cost modelling for moorings on renewable energy devices

      December 2012 – May 2014

      Business Development Manager – Fibre Products, Bridon International Limited

      Commercial and Technical management of all new products and market developments including marketing and strategic planning, cost development and launch plans.

      Project management of two polyester projects to gain manufacturing and product approval to DNV-OS-E303

      January 2006 – December 2012

      General Sales Manager – Bridon International Limited

      Responsible for all aspects of fibre sales business following acquisition of the marine and offshore assets of Marlow Ropes.

      Managed factory transition from Hailsham to Coatbridge facility within first 6 months of acquisition including managing machinery decommissioning for removal to new factory, identifying and securing new offices for sales and engineering team and ultimate closure of Hailsham factory within timetabled deadlines.

      Effectively planned and implemented transition of fibre sales into the overall Bridon sales business

      March 2004 – December 2005

      Commercial and Technical Sales Manager – Marlow Ropes Limited

      In addition to Commercial Sales Manager role, assumed full responsibly for the Technical Design Team

      Ensured product range and design, met conflicting demands of high performance, maintained attractiveness to market whilst still being cost effective and profitable.

      July 2002 – February 2004

      Commercial Sales Manager – Marlow Ropes Limited

      Reporting to Chief Executive responsible for management of all Regional Sales Managers [x6] and the Customer Service Team [x6].

      Devised and implemented strategies that best used the resources available and maintained market leadership in marine and offshore fibre ropes.

      Developed a comprehensive and profitable trading portfolio to complement our manufacturing capability.

      Managed sales teams and measured their performance against individual and business sales plans.

      March 1997 - June 2002

      Regional Sales Manager – North America and Australasia – Marlow Ropes Limited

      Responsible for management and all sales into the regions; including effective review and management of regional sales agents and distributors, sales and marketing budgets.

      October 1991 - February 1997

      Sales Engineer – Marlow Ropes Limited

      Implemented engineering systems, document control and drawing system including installation of AutoCAD.

      Preparation and submittal of accurate quotations and project plans to external clients.  Managed order entry and contract management from initial enquiry through order and final delivery.

      September 1989 – August 1990

      Graduate Design Engineer - ML Lifeguard

      Designed personal safety equipment, specialized assault craft and liferafts for use in military and commercial applications.


      Academic and Professional Attainment:

      BSc [Hons] Engineering Product Design - London South Bank University, 1991

      BTEC Diploma in General Engineering - Cannock Chase Technical College

      Other Qualifications & Skills

      ‘Introductory Diploma in Management’ – NEBS Management May, 2000

      Full working knowledge of Microsoft, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and other associated programmes.

      Experience of using AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Lt.