WEST PACIFIC MARINE
Bringing You a Lifetime of Experience
Owner & Director
CAPT. STEPHEN BROWN
Capt. Stephen Brown, a Vancouver marine consultant and native of the UK holding dual UK and Canadian citizenship began his seagoing career and gained a solid footing as a ship’s officer with the Furness Withy Group.
Attracted by reefer vessels, he went on to serve in all ranks, including as Master, with Salen UK Ship Management, a subsidiary of the large Swedish parent company, before heading east to join the legendry Jardine Matheson Group.
The relationship with Jardine Matheson served as an introduction to Gearbulk Shipping, a company which he went on to serve for 23 years at sea and in progressively senior management positions including long term assignments to South Africa and management of one of the first foreign invested marine terminals in China, in the Port of Tianjin.
Following a decade of service to Gearbulk Shipping’s operations in Western Canada, the United States and Central America, Stephen was appointed to lead the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, the leading trade association providing leadership to the marine industry in Western Canada.
In this role, Stephen developed a broad industry network of relationships including those at all levels of government, ports and service providers within Canada and beyond. The role also entailed engagement in project development and comprehensive familiarity with processes and related legislation
In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence – presented by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
As a Vancouver marine consultant, Stephen currently serves as Chair of the board of the Mission Seafarers, Vancouver Branch. He was also elected to serve on the Board of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Canada Branch), as well the Board of the Canadian Lifeboat Institution.
EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS
Our expertise in the marine industry combined with a broad network of contacts ensures quality and professional service.
BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS
+ Qualified Master Mariner with a wide range of operational, commercial and business development experience. Using these strengths to further the interests of the international and domestic marine industry in Western Canada.
+ Extensive practical knowledge of the west Coast of Canada as a ship’s Master followed by 10 years in Senior Management based in Vancouver on behalf of a major international ship owner.
+ Extensive shipboard and shore based international experience in both developed and developing maritime environments.
+ Served on the Board of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia for eight years and chaired a number of standing committees.
+ Served for seven and a half years as President of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia which position entailed leadership responsibility for the west coast marine industry relationship, engagement and meeting facilitation with all levels of government, port authorities, marine pilotage associations and other service providers. This role also required extensive public and First Nations engagement along the coast of British Columbia in collaboration with various government agencies.
+ A full understanding of all aspects of international maritime legislation as developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and on a national level, the responsible Canadian government agencies.
+ A Vancouver marine consultant with a full understanding of the economic, commercial and logistical aspects of maritime commerce in all sectors.
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Salen Shipping Group
M.V. Snow Ball
Jardine Ship Management Ltd.
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