Managing Director, Northern Marine
Philip Fullerton’s career has tracked the success of the company he now heads. He joined Northern Marine in 1995 as a young seagoing engineer. Now, 22 years later, Philip is Managing Director. Northern Marine manages over 100 vessels, the majority on behalf of external clients.
Philip rose up through the ranks, first as a seagoing engineer sailing on tankers then later in shore based ship management.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to swap the sea for an office role, but the company’s view on the future was very exciting and looking back it was certainly the right move.”
Philip now oversees Northern Marine’s entire business. This covers not only fleet management, but marine and offshore services and a growing recruitment, manpower and training offer.
Running Northern Marine on a day-to-day basis means living by parent company Stena’s maxims of safety and quality – which crucially includes high quality customer service. “Stena demands a safe, quality, reliable and cost-effective service with the same strong commitment to environmental protection as it shows to safety. This level of service is our standard. Whether internal clients or external clients we deliver the same level of service.”
This is how, over the years, the company has come to rely on Bureau Veritas. “We see management system based certification as a way to inspire confidence in our customers, and in our customers’ customers. Bureau Veritas helped us put in place a quality standard for both our fleet and our office back in the early 1990s, at a time when few companies were thinking that way.” Bureau Veritas has acted since then as an accreditation body for Northern Marine’s ISM and later, ISPS Code compliance. It also supported the company in becoming an early adopter of ISO 14001, then ISO 50001.
“Bureau Veritas was instrumental in helping us become the first ship management company to take energy management from a shore environment to a marine environment.”
Philip explains how Bureau Veritas has also supported development of the company’s training business, via certification of the quality management system of its Marine Simulator Center in Glasgow as well as certain courses.
“Training is a big focus for us, so it’s important that it’s delivered by competent skilled staff in a high quality facility.”
Finally, Philip values the teams at Bureau Veritas for their technical expertise: three of the LNG carriers and several Suezmax tankers and ferries managed by Northern Marine are built to BV class. “Bureau Veritas has strong know-how, particularly in LNG, making their input as a classification society very valuable. We have clear conversations with them, and we respect the opinions they provide.