Glen Jones, a marine engineer who has worked all over the world on some of the largest vessels afloat has relocated his business to the North East and pledged his expertise and support to a local nautical charity.
Now, based in North Tyneside, his new business venture DOCKSPEC Marine provides global practical expertise to the marine, offshore and renewable sectors. He also provides inspection, financial specifications, and expert opinion to the underwriting and loss adjusting sectors.
Mr Jones set up the company in 2019 whilst working for a major international cruise line. Whilst docking an Oasis class cruise ship, he identified a gap in the market particularly regarding his experience in dry docking and providing specifications for the scope of work required. The name of the business was derived from these two key activities – DOCKSPEC.
Since then, his business has experienced growth in both commercial and private areas, with much of the projects being reactive, involving travelling all over the world at short notice to rectify operational and technical issues; or to support shipping companies as their approved Owners Representative. Mr Jones is supported by his team of Global Alliance colleagues, located in major shipping hubs worldwide.
Mr Jones has settled in the North East, believing the local region is about to experience a new wave of marine engineering requirements, particularly in the renewables sector. As he explains, wherever wind farms are located, the infrastructure to support them is also on hand.
“When we look at the huge offshore wind farms,” Mr Jones said, “the ancillary industry supporting them is not generally appreciated. Crew transfer and smaller work boats are utilised to hot-shot maintenance teams to site, jack up rigs are employed to install the turbine structures, and they also need large support vessels to undertake integrity and operational projects”.
“These vessels and rigs need assurance audits or industry recognised inspections, drydocking and routine or emergency maintenance periods; and whilst I enjoy the thrill of being on call 24 / 7 for deployment anywhere in the world, sometimes it’s good to support what’s on your own doorstep or even back to my hometown of Barrow, where the Walney windfarm is located”.
Researching his local area led him to the Northumbria Unit of nautical charity, The Maritime Volunteer Service who operate two small vessels on the Tyne.
“Seeing the work these volunteers were doing on the river, I wanted to be involved in helping the community. I thought it would be beneficial to help them with their vessel compliance and specifications for keeping them seaworthy, safe, and immediately operational. Working with a small boat has many similarities to working with cruise liners or huge support vessels and if my advice keeps them safely afloat whilst helping others then that’s a huge drive to get involved,” said Mr Jones.
With the core business of global marine & offshore life cycle support, DOCKSPEC is now offering a service for other small private boat owners who need pre purchase, condition assessments, damage, or insurance reports.
“Each vessel, regardless of size has similarities and I’d like to pass on my knowledge gained on large projects at the highest level to everyone who can benefit from my experience. Last year, within a 24-hour period, I was onboard a family owned historic 24m Thames lightering barge and shortly after midnight docking a 362m Oasis class passenger vessel. Whether you are a once-a-month sailor, a commercial vessel operator or volunteers doing excellent work like the MVS, I am always available for support and advice with the aim to keep you safely afloat.” said Mr Jones.