Meet our Trainers

Regs4ships became part of ChartCo Limited in September 2014. Regs4ships Maritime Training will now sit under the ChartCo brand and website. All information on Maritime Training can be found here. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Donald Donaldson
Training and Consulting Director

Donald started his career working at sea as a Deck Officer on-board passenger ships, gaining invaluable experience of navigational practices and shipboard operations whilst working on worldwide routes, also attaining his Master Mariners Certificate of Competence.

Following a move ashore, Donald worked as Marine Operations Manager for a fleet of Class I ships, dealing with the nautical aspects of the operation of these vessels including navigation management, shipboard operations, emergency response and statutory compliance. Donald also formed part of the emergency response organisation ashore, providing support to company vessels in emergency and critical situations. During his time with this organisation, Donald was also involved in a major restructuring and creation of a Safety Management System encompassing over 100 vessels, ensuring their ISM compliance.

After his time working in the industry, Donald moved to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), working with a broad range of shipping sectors there as a Surveyor of Ships, Examiner of Mates and Masters, and also as an ISM / ISPS / MLC Auditor / Inspector.

Mike Symons
Security and Ship Management Specialist

Following an extensive 22-year career, in the Submarine Service with the UK Royal Navy. Supported Captain Submarine Sea Training and UK Ministry of Defence, NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Program, with the provision of UK Special Forces, Submarine Parachute Assistance Group, and the US Navy Deep Submerged Recovery Vehicle program until retirement from active service in 1999.

After retirement from the UK Royal Navy and brief period in offshore oil and gas operations, joined Global Marine Systems Limited, one of the world’s largest merchant shipping submarine fibre optic cable installation and maintenance companies. Holding increasing positions of responsibility from Fleet Superintendent, Company Security Officer to Company Quality Manager over a period of 12 years.

With 14 years commercial experience in the international shipping industry and an active figure with key business stakeholders in the review and development of best management practices associated to worldwide ship security and safety. Has ensured any related training or process is developed and delivered consistently within the International maritime sector aligned to IMO Codes, International Standards, applicable Government legislation, and best management practices, through accredited practices, ensuring competence and compliance.

As a certified Company Security Officer with UK Government Counter Terrorist Security Clearance (CTC) and recognised accredited training instructor/auditor, delivers International Safety Management (ISM) and International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) approved training courses. Along with associated audit assessments, and implementation of effective streamlined Port and/or Ship Security Plans, and Company Safety Management Systems, for customers worldwide.

Paul Owen
Senior Consultant

Paul is a master mariner who spent 15 years trading worldwide on container ships and reefers in the 70s and 80s. In 1990 he came ashore, joining the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a marine surveyor in the Southampton Marine Office. Promoted to principal surveyor he spent 12 years in the MCA’s headquarters as Head of Inspection and the UK’s Port State Control coordinator. This was followed by a four-year secondment as national expert to the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon where he was involved in the audit of the Member States’ port state control systems, the training of port state control officers and led the task force which developed the New Inspection Regime for the Paris MOU and the associated EU Directive. Since his return to the MCA in 2009 he has been Head of Ship Safety, developing policy and regulations for ships including construction, equipment, security and safe management as well as a Survey Operations Manager in charge of developing and promoting a consistent policy for survey operations for the UK fleet.

Following his retirement from MCA Paul joined Regs4ships in the position of Senior Consultant where his extensive experience and knowledge of Port and Flag State Control and international regulation will enhance the training and consultancy services we provide to our customers.

Mick Caulkin

For 14 years Mick served at sea on passenger ships, tankers and bulk carriers, latterly as Captain. He graduated in shipping law and operations and then worked ashore in New Zealand and Australia in shipping operations and transport business management. Mick then worked for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for over six years as a Surveyor of Ships, Port State Control Inspector, ISM Auditor, Examiner of Masters and Mates and, latterly, Enforcement Officer.

Over his 15 years with Regs4ships Mick has lead with several major projects such as ISPS Code implementations for scores of vessels, the introduction of ISM systems to many shipping companies and the internal implementation of ISO 9001 and 14001 systems. More recently Mick built the very successful training unit, wrote a book on the role of the DPA for Fairplay, and has been instructed as an ISM expert by UK and Asia based lawyers for major shipping incidents. Mick is nearly always involved after a problem. He would prefer to help customers to avoid problems.