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Plymouth University alumni presents career highlight

Captain Mick Caulkin, Training and Publications Director at Regs4ships Limited, recently presented Paul Wright, Associate Director of the Maritime Institute and Senior Lecturer in Maritime Business at Plymouth Business School, with a copy of his newly published book, the IHS Fairplay DPA Handbook.

Captain Caulkin’s handbook provides essential knowledge and is a practical guide to the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA), a position created by the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. The DPA is responsible for monitoring the safety and pollution prevention aspects of the company ships and is a key shore-based role.

Published by IHS Fairplay, the DPA Handbook is described by Captain Caulkin as “…one of the highlights of my career”. Its launch coincides with Mick’s fortieth anniversary since he started his training at Plymouth School of Navigation as a cadet. Captain Caulkin presented Paul Wright with a copy of the handbook following the conclusion of the 2012 PYNDA Conference, which took place at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization in London.

Upon receiving the copy of the DPA Handbook, Paul Wright said:“There are recent events which have happened in the management of ships, which makes the appearance of the book at this time of particular relevance”. He also thanked Captain Caulkin for his continued interest in his alma mater and expressed the desire to enhance the relationship now re-established.

Mick served fourteen years at sea on passenger ships, tankers and bulk carriers rising to command. He undertook a degree in Shipping Law and Operations after which he moved to take up shore based shipping management positions in New Zealand and Australia.

He returned to the United Kingdom and was initially employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as a Surveyor of Ships, Port State Control Inspector, ISM Auditor, Examiner of Masters and Mates and, latterly, Enforcement Officer.

Mick was a founding director Regs4ships Limited, which was formed in 2001 to provide the ship and shore infrastructure with regulations and technical information in a digital format. In 2010, and after several years of general management with the company, Mick was given responsibility to focus and develop the company’s training and publications department.

In the foreword to the ‘DPA Handbook’ Captain Andy Winbow, IMO Director of Maritime Safety and also an alumni of Plymouth University writes:

“…the book will be of value to both experienced and newly appointed DPAs and others at management level for its background information, safety management guidance and comprehensive coverage of many related topics”.

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