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    New Chairman for ERRVA; Daniel retires after 18 years

    News // May 24, 2002
    John M Wilson, currently Director of Business Development and Special Projects at the BMT Group Ltd, has been appointed Chairman of ERRVA - the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Association. He took up his post on 01st April on the retirement of Jeremy Daniel, who had been Chairman since 1984.

    The Association represents the owners and operators of the ships that provide rescue and recovery arrangements for the UK and Irish offshore industry. Some three thousand British and European seamen are employed onboard Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) with many more in related shore jobs. Many thousands of offshore workers are protected by the presence of these rescue vessels on the UKCS.

    At BMT John Wilson has particular responsibility for developing the commercial shipping and offshore newbuild/conversion initiatives. Captain Wilson has had a long career in the marine industry. He has been involved in the direction, general management and supervision of major offshore diving and construction vessel owning companies; salvage and wreck investigation; project management; and business development, sales and marketing.

    As a Master Mariner, Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Younger Brother of Trinity House, and member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners he has long seafaring experience, originally deep-sea with the Blue Funnel Line and later in the command andmanagement of offshore support vessels. He will continue with his work at BMT alongside his Chairmanship of the Association, until Spring 2003.

    "I am looking forward to working with the ERRVA Vice Chairmen and members as our industry takes a proactive role in influencing the structure and form of the future of emergency response and rescue service offshore," explained Wilson. "During my time atStena Offshore, Noble Denton and as a Master in Ocean Inchcape, I saw ERRVs at work in the North Sea and gained great respect for their valuable work and highly trained crews."

    ERRVA Vice-Chairman, David Hekelaar, Managing Director of Viking Standby, said "John's wide experience of marine support to the offshore industry at sea and in senior management positions ashore will prove invaluable to the Association in helping us continue to respond imaginatively to the future demands of offshore rescue and recovery."

    Jeremy Daniel joined ERRVA (then known as the Standby Ship Operators' Association) as Chairman on 01st April 1984. "It has been a wonderful job and I shall be sad to leave the industry and the people with whom I have worked so closely for 18 years, but Iam looking forward enormously to my retirement," he said. "I wish John tremendous success in his new role, with his strong marine background he is very much the right man for the job".

    The new contact details for ERRVA are: ERRVA, PO Box 1385, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8YZ; Tel/Fax: 01249 816618; email Only the web site address,, remains unchanged.

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