About Us

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry.

We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.

The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments.  This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) , and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies.  The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.

We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Seabrand.  This encompasses the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector..

The MNTB has a history stretching back to 1935, when it was founded as the Central Board for the Training of Officers in the Merchant Service.  Reconstituted in 1942, the MNTB is the authoritative centre of expertise and information on careers, education and training, and skill needs and issues in the industry.

Please click here for the MNTB Constitution

To deliver skilled seafarers to the Merchant Navy and the wider shipping industry both now and in the future by ensuring, the best training is delivered by the best organisations, to create the best seafarers.

The work of the MNTB is overseen by a board made up of representatives of shipping companies, seafarer unions, maritime educational establishments and interests. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport have ‘assessor’ status at the Board, and the Maritime Skills Alliance attends Board meetings by invitation.

The Board’s Chairman is Mark Bobby

Mark Bobby is a Marine professional with over 30 years experience covering all aspects of the industry. Mark’s career started as a Engineering Cadet with Stirling Shipping ‘ Harrisons of Clyde’ leading to the rank of Chief Engineer serving on a variety of ships within the Stirling Shipping and James Fisher fleets before joining Gardline ltd in 2001 where he is employed as Marine Manager.

As well as being responsible for Gardline’s Marine Department he is a DNV-GL appointed member for the West Europe & Africa Technical Committee and Director at SSTG.

‘It gives me great pride to be the first Engineer appointed as Chairman at the MNTB and I look forward to continuing the brilliant work already underway and the challenges ahead.’

Mark was appointed MNTB chair in April 2019.

The Board consists of:

Employer Members

Fran Collins, Red Funnel
Gemma Griffin, DFDS
Ian Hampton, Northern Marine Management
Dieter Jaenike, Viking Recruitment
Matthew Jaenicke, Viking Recruitment
Harry Knox,DOF (UK) Limited
Peter Selby, RFA
Tim Springett, UK Chamber of Shipping

Seafarer Organisations

David Appleton,Nautilus International
Derek Byrne,Nautilus International
Mark Carden,RMT representative
Mark Dickinson, General Secretary – Nautilus International
Martyn Gray,Nautilus International
Lee Moon,Nautilus International
Darren Procter,RMT Representative
Vacancy (x1) – RMT representative

Educational Members

Simon Ashton, South Shields Marine School (IAMI)
Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus
Syamantak Bhattacharya, Southampton Solent University
Paul Little, Principal & CEO – City of Glasgow College
Colin McMurray, Clyde Marine Training
John Wyborn, Chair IAMI

Observer status

Harry Deans, Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Kerry Hourihan, Department for Transport
Iain Mackinnon, Maritime Skills Alliance

We will ensure that we consistently provide advice, services and products to our members and the wider maritime industry that meet or exceed their requirements and expectations. We will tirelessly lobby and advocate on their behalf to ensure that our members are able to thrive in the best possible business environment. Through regular engagement and survey of our members we will ensure that we are meeting their needs and provide a high quality service to members.

Our Quality objectives are reviewed annually through set KPI’s. These KPI’s are reviewed, monitored, updated and agreed by the Executive Board through the implementation of the Chamber’s Strategic Plan. The bi-annual Management Review provides the necessary framework in which to monitor and update our Quality Management System, thus ensuring our commitment to the Quality objectives is continuously met.

We are actively committed to assure quality improvements through our staff with thorough induction, training, personal development planning and regular appraisal and feedback processes that enable each employee to do their job to the best of their ability.

This policy has been devised by the UK Chamber of Shipping Senior Leadership team, and endorsed by the Supervisory Board. It is explained and discussed during the first week of induction for all new employees and has been reviewed with all current employees. We expect all our staff to know what the quality policy means to them as it affects their job or position within the chamber, and have put the measures stated here in place to ensure this is the case. The policy is provided to all staff within their induction pack and covered during half-yearly and annual appraisals to ensure its understanding and application.

Bob Sanguinetti

CEO, Chamber of Shipping