John Hunter, AInstIB
Terminals SeaRoad Shipping
John has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey UK, and a Mate’s ticket after serving 8 years in the UK Merchant Marine with Blue Star Line.
He left the sea when he migrated to Australia in 1985 to get married. He has 33 years experience in shipping/stevedoring, having also worked as a shipping line central planner, container terminal planner, wharf supervisor and operations manager, and including 17 years in a variety of corporate management roles. He has worked for various stevedores, including P&O Ports, DP World and Patrick Container Ports (Asciano).
He has been a senior manager at local and corporate level, in both national and global roles, and has managed projects since 1993. He was one of the designers of the world’s first truck booking system and has designed and implemented several major business systems, including shipping terminal control systems and labour allocation systems incorporating voice-activated response software and finger-scan technology. He has managed both national and international project teams, including a team of Subject Matter Experts based in Australia, Belgium, Philippines, UK and the USA, engaged upon a multi-million pound I.T. system development project undertaken in India and Dubai, which included the functional requirement specifications for Automated Stacking Cranes for a major European container terminal.
He is very experienced in using KPIs to drive operational efficiency and process improvements, business analysis, business process re-engineering, working with multi-cultural teams and out-sourcing. He chaired and presented at the conference ‘KPIs for Ports & Terminals’ in London (2009) organised by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and also presented at their 2010 conference on the same topic. In between, he assisted Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in preparing their distance learning course for “Certificate in KPIs for Shipping”, for which he was Course Director.
He is currently the National Manager, Terminals for SeaRoad Shipping, a RoRo terminal/ship operator, based in Melbourne, Australia.
Fellow Course Author
Dr. Merv Rowlinson
Consultant in Maritime Logistics and Visiting Lecturer
Hamburg School of Shipping and Transportation
Merv has a PhD in maritime business. He has a wide operational experience in the shipping and railway industry, plus 25 years in teaching and researching transport and logistics in further and higher education. Drawn from his industrial and academic experience, he has research and consultancy skills in maritime transport management, inter-modal logistics and sustainable transport. He is currently employed as an MBA Coach at Copenhagen Business School (Blue MBA Shipping & Logistics), an academic advisor to the Hamburg School of Shipping & Transportation and as a module author by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (MBA Shipping & Logistics).