About Global Marine

Global Marine is a leading provider of subsea engineering, responding to the subsea fibre-optic cable installation, maintenance, repairs and burial requirements of our customers globally

ENGINEERING A CLEAN & CONNECTED FUTURE

Global Marine is part of the Global Marine Group. The company has a legacy of over 160 years in both deep and shallow water operations and operates worldwide with head offices located in Chelmsford, UK and Singapore.

Widely considered as subsea fibre-optic cable experts by the industries we operate in, Global Marine offers comprehensive installation, maintenance and emergency repair solutions to the telecoms and oil & gas sectors.

Global Marine is recognised as a high quality, strategic partner, with a successful track record across the telecommunications industry with many returning customers; a recent key project is BT’s R100 North contract taking place in 2021.

Furthermore, we have developed a core base of knowledge, skills, technology, equipment and assets which provide the capabilities to plan, install, bury, store, test, find, recover and maintain subsea fibre-optic cables.

Owning the world’s largest independent marine contracting fleet, we are in a unique position. Our fleet includes three specialist cable installation vessels, and four repair & maintenance vessels, as well as long-term charter vessels, to effectively execute operations for our global telecoms maintenance zone customers including ACMA and SEAIOCMA.

With depots located strategically around the world, Global Marine is fully equipped to mobilise quickly for a repair operation, miminising project downtime and helping to reduce lost revenue and associated operational costs for our customers.

Additionally, we provide Universal Joint (UJ) training at our specialised UK Head Office facility, providing essential skills for technicians.

Global Marine’s parent company, Global Marine Group, has consistently been at the forefront of subsea engineering, creating the infrastructure that has allowed new technologies to thrive, led by pioneers filled with passion and creative vision to work collaboratively to achieve greatness.

Working in partnership has always been core to how our business has evolved, we pride ourselves on getting things right first time, using our knowledge to deliver bold and resourceful solutions and to dig deep to clearly understand our customers goals. For these reasons our offshore and onshore teams, across our business units are dedicated to building on the foundations of these strong customer relationships.

Today, Global Marine Group is built of extremely capable people they share a wealth of knowledge, and they represent four brands that constantly achieve excellence through an exemplary commitment to health and safety and a proactive approach to overcoming engineering challenges to exceed our customers’ expectations. That passion is evident in the entre team, as together we are committed to engineering a clean and connected future.

Global Marine’s sister companies include: CWind, delivering topside, splash zone and subsea engineering services to the offshore renewables and utilities market; Global Offshore, providing cable installation, repair and trenching services to the offshore renewables, utilities and oil & gas markets; and OceanIQ, delivering subsea cable data, survey and route engineering to the telecoms, utilities, renewables and oil & gas markets.

Meet Our Team

At Global Marine, our team’s passion for success and their intrinsic knowledge of seabed cables is at the heart of what we do.

Ian Douglas

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Douglas

Chief Executive Officer


Ian joined Global Marine in 1995 and has held senior positions across the business as well as in the company’s joint ventures: HMN and SBSS. He is one of only a handful of western business men to receive the Friendship Award – the highest honour awarded by the Chinese Government for contributions to China. He has held the post of CEO since 2011. Ian trained as a Chartered Engineer, and holds an MBA from Henley.

Bruce Neilson-Watts

Managing Director

Bruce Neilson-Watts

Managing Director


Bruce is the Managing Director of Global Marine and has been involved in the submarine cable industry since 1989, holding positions both offshore and onshore at Global Marine and both its joint ventures in China. In his current role he manages a global team responsible for all the installation and maintenance activities that the business undertake.

Graham Boyle

Director of RQHSE

Graham Boyle

Director of RQHSE


Graham has 20 years’ RQHSE experience in the construction, oil & gas, renewables & manufacturing sectors. On joining the Global Marine Group, Graham brings his great experience and capabilities to head the team. Graham has successfully implemented and managed RQHSE systems globally through influencing and engagement at all levels achieving 78% reduction in LTI rates and 45% reduction in waste generation as well as developing safety culture & maturity in a number of organisations.

Paul Deslandes

Head of Project Delivery

Paul Deslandes

Head of Project Delivery


Paul heads up the Global Marine Project Delivery Team and has been with the company since 1998. He is highly experienced in key programme and project delivery in compliance with legislative & company standards, polices, and procedures. The projects that have been delivered by Paul and his team vary across the telecoms, renewable energy along with oil & gas sectors. He also contributes to an implementation of improvement programmes within the business as well as being a member of the quality, safety, and environmental committees.

Rob Twell

Director of Fleet Operations

Rob Twell

Director of Fleet Operations


Rob Twell, Director of Fleet Operations at Global Marine, leads the Fleet Management and Operations Team which is responsible for the fleet of vessels within Global Marine as well as managing Fleet Technical, Marine, Fleet Resourcing, Cadet Training, Marine Training, Fleet Electrical engineering, Subsea and Cable Operations departments. As a member of the leadership team, he keeps the board and wider leadership team appraised of any significant issues relating to safety and compliance with maritime legislation.
Rob ensures that Global Marine’s vessels operate to the highest standards in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and that all activities are conducted in line with all ISO standards in accordance with the Global Marine standards and policies. He also ensures that the entire fleet is maintained in accordance with IMO Requirements, Flag State and Classification Rules, together with Company policies and procedures. He is also an active member of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Chairs the Warlike Operations Area Committee, which is a crucial committee that considers areas of the world where special hazards to seafarers may arise as a result of warlike activity or piracy and makes proposals for appropriate actions.

David Whiting

RQHSE Business Partner

David Whiting

RQHSE Business Partner


David, who joined in 2018, is the RQHSE Business Partner for Global Marine. He provides support and guidance to the business unit on RQHSE matters, such as ISM Auditing, technical advice in marine RQHSE issues, planning & execution of RQHSE-focused audits and improvement programs, root Cause investigation of accidents and incidents, as well as vessel management visits.

Jaye Dry

Marketing Manager

Jaye Dry

Marketing Manager


In her role as Marketing Manager at Global Marine Group, Jaye leads the team responsible for the PR and media relations, marketing, internal communications, and CSR activity across Global Marine, Global Offshore, OceanIQ, CWind and the wider Group.

Graduating with a degree in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield in 2015, she went on to hold a number of permanent and freelance marketing and communications roles within the private, public and third sector.

With a strong interest in renewable energy and a passion for digital marketing and innovative technologies, Jaye works closely with Sales, Projects and Engineering teams across the Group to maximise awareness of our industry-leading offering and share our vision of a cleaner, more connected future.

Our Captains

Gary Buller

Ship Captain

Gary Buller

Ship Captain


Captain Gary Buller began his career as a deck-hand, and in 1989 joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), from there Gary started his career with Global Marine Group in 2008.

Gary’s career journey with Global Marine began on board the Wave Sentinel in 2008. Throughout his time working at Global Marine, Gary has established an extensive track-record, working on telecommunications installation and maintenance projects as well as oil & gas connectivity operations globally.

Gary is currently a Master on board the CS Recorder, a DP2 vessel specialising in fibre optic cable installation.

Bill Ellis

Ship Captain

Bill Ellis

Ship Captain


Bill began his career offshore in 1968 and subsequently joined the cable ship industry in 1975. Since this time, Bill has been involved in numerous cable operations across the globe including the Atlantic, Pacific and Southeast Asian Oceans.

Bill is experienced in both shallow and deep water operations and has an extensive track record of successfully completing cable repair projects for customers world wide.

For the past three years, Bill has been the Master of Cable Retriever, Global Marine’s cable maintenance vessel located in the Philippines, serving the SEAIOCMA zone.

Richard Flanders

Ship Captain

Richard Flanders

Ship Captain


Captain Richard Flanders joined Global Marine Group as a deck cadet in 2002.

Throughout his career with Global Marine, Richard has been involved in a variety of offshore and deep sea projects for the telecommunications industry.

Richard has extensive experience including: transoceanic and domestic fibre optic cable installations, cable repairs, offshore wind farm support, trenching ROV support, DP2 offshore engineering projects, cable route survey, cable route clearance and oil and gas survey. Richard is currently a Master on board the C.S. Sovereign.

Robert Gibson

Ship Captain

Robert Gibson

Ship Captain


Captain Robert Gibson began his career aged 17 as a deck cadet and, in 1981 joined Global Marine where he progressed to the rank of Master in 2002. He has a wealth of experience and since joining Global Marine has helped to lead the company’s diversification into the oil and gas industry on board the C.S. Bold Endeavour. Significant projects include Swecomex, BT Liberty, BT Northern Lights and Valhall to Clyde cable installations

Paul Haines

Ship Captain

Paul Haines

Ship Captain


Paul Haines joined Global Marine when it was Cable & Wireless, as a deck cadet, and has worked onboard all of the company’s installation and maintenance vessels. In 2006, Paul was involved with the DP2 conversion onboard the C.S. Sovereign, and since then has been the continuity Senior DPO/Chief Mate/Master for wind farm burials and inter-array installations, renewable energy projects and telecoms cable installations.

Alex Jackson

Ship Captain

Alex Jackson

Ship Captain


Alex, who originally joined Cable & Wireless in 1997, was promoted in 2019 to the role of Master after spending the last nine years working as Chief Mate. His career has grown with the company as he has progressed from third officer, to second officer to Chief Officer and now to Master. In that time he has worked has worked on multiple ACMA & NAZ repairs.

Richard Kearns

Ship Captain/OIM

Richard Kearns

Ship Captain/OIM


Since joining Global Marine, Richard has been involved in numerous cable repairs, cable installations, offshore renewable energy and oil & gas projects. He has also spent a year seconded to the company’s Portland Depot in Dorset, as a deck superintendent. More recently, Richard has worked as the continuity commander of Wave Sentinel based in Portland on the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement involved in numerous shallow and deep water cable repairs.

Kieran McNeill

Ship Captain

Kieran McNeill

Ship Captain


Captain Kieran McNeill has a background in fishing and farming in the Antrim Glens, Northern Ireland. With a family legacy of working at sea, Kieran initially joined the Irish Sea fishing trawlers followed by time spent on bulk carriers, containers, research and survey vessels. At 30 he joined Global Marine as second officer and worked up through the ranks to his current role as master. He feels proud to work for an energetic, forward thinking and rewarding company with so many great staff members.

Chris Neave

Ship Captain/OIM

Chris Neave

Ship Captain/OIM


Captain Chris Neave started his career as a deck cadet in the Merchant Navy in 1973 before joining Global Marine in 1987. Throughout his service, Chris has been involved in repairs and installations of all kinds world-wide including telecoms, power and scientific research cables in the North Sea, Irish Sea, Mediterranean, Gulf of Guinea, Brazil, Trinidad, Canada, Suriname, Venezuela and more.

Derek Smith

Ship Captain/OIM

Derek Smith

Ship Captain/OIM


Captain Derek Smith started his sea-going career in 1994 as a deck cadet and joined Global Marine just a few years later in 1998. Since then he has sailed as third officer, second officer, chief officer, offshore installation manager and most recently commander. Throughout his career with Global Marine he has been involved in many large cable installations, cable system repairs, deep water salvage operations and renewable projects. He has also spent time in the company head office in Chelmsford working in the solutions design department planning future cable installations.

John Tollady

Ship Captain

John Tollady

Ship Captain


Captain Tollady joined the company as a Third Officer in 1983. His first command was ten years later in 1993. During 32 years of service he has undertaken every aspect of marine operations, from working in company offices around the world, to transoceanic installations, cable repairs, route surveys as well as oil, gas and renewables projects.

Kevin Widdowson

Ship Captain

Kevin Widdowson

Ship Captain


Captain Kevin Widdowson began his cable ship career in 1989, and spent his early years engaged in major Installation work around the Far East and North Pacific Region. A move towards the maintenance side of the business in 2012 has brought about a mix of deep and shallow water repairs, in and around the Pacific & Caribbean, where Kevin’s project management experience and skills as a beach master have been particularly useful. With a thirst for offshore adventure, Kevin was part of a dedicated team that smashed the world powerboat record for circumnavigation of the globe a memorable journey of almost 73 days.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND MEMBERS

The strength of our longstanding partnerships ensures that we bring a consistent and continual engineering service capability to our customers.

Rovco Ocean Insight

Through our invested partnership with Rovco, the world’s leading provider of ROV and hydrographic surveys using 3D and AI, Global Marine Group provide advancements to the offshore renewables and oil & gas industries through the continuous improvement of available and future-proofed digital technology.

Our invested partnership minimises risk to offshore personnel, through smarter ways of working, reducing the amount of time spent offshore.

S B Submarine Systems (SBSS)

SBSS is a joint venture established in 1995 with China Telecom, based in Shanghai, offering installation capability to both telecoms and oil & gas. Customers include Yokohama cable maintenance zone. More information >

International Cableship Pte Ltd (ICPL)

ICPL is a joint venture to support the activities of the South East Asia Indian Ocean Cable Maintenance Agreement (SEAIOCMA). Activities include with repair, reinstatement and preventative maintenance of scheduled cables.