Captain (Dr) John N K Mansell
John is a Master Mariner and Fellow of the Nautical Institute of London with a seafaring career spanning thirty-five years. During this time he served aboard general and refrigerated cargo ships trading world-wide, fishing vessels, and spent twenty years in command of passenger/rail/road ferries in the Cook Strait trade in New Zealand.
From 1994 - 2009 he was General Manager, Maritime Operations with Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) during which time he held responsibilities flag, port and coastal State matters, coastal shipping, port and harbour safety management systems, pilotage, ship registration, seafarer licensing and Maritime New Zealand’s ten district offices. From 2009 – 2014 he was Principal Maritime Advisor to MNZ as the architect of a new suite of domestic certificates of competency, and principal advisor on the update of STCW 95 and introduction of STCW-F 95 competencies to New Zealand qualifications.
He attended the Maritime Safety Committee and Sub-committee on Flag State Implementation at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from 1995 until 2009, is registered with IMO as an expert on flag, port and coastal State matters, is an IMO Auditor and lecturer for IMO audit training, and has served a term as Chairman of the Tokyo MOU on port State control.
He is an independent Maritime Regulatory Advisor to Governments and the private sector with a primary interest in effective implementation of IMO instruments in the Pacific region.
John holds a degree as Master of Maritime Studies (Distinction) 2004, and was awarded a Doctorate in international maritime law in 2007 by the University of Wollongong, Australia. His thesis was published by Springer in June 2009 as Flag State Responsibility; Historical Development and Contemporary Issues.