New faces at PKPC

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In the recent months, PKPC has welcomed the following new staff to the organisation.

Marco Blanco Marine Pilot
Marco commenced his career in the maritime industry in 1989 as a Deck Cadet with BHP. He worked for 12 years as a Deck Officer during which time he worked on the North West LNG Tankers. Early in his BHP career he became involved in establishing a fleet Safety Management System including secondment ashore and in 2000 he became licensed with a Master Class 1 Certificate. In 2001 he was employed by Svitzer where he worked for 10 years in the role as tug master with tasks including harbour towage and offshore salvage work, most notably working on the successful salvage of the Pasha Bulker from Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle. In 2005 he completed a Business Degree.

Adam Roberts Marine Pilot
Adam grew up in Newcastle and at the age of 18, went to sea as a Deck Cadet with BHP. He later joined Teekay Marine Services sailing on gas tankers as a Deck Officer and Seagoing Trainer. In 2007 he sailed as Master of the Iron Monarch before transferring to Shell Tankers Australia as Master on an LNG tanker trading between Dampier and Japan/Korea/China.

Roger Kirk Marine Operations Manager & Deputy Harbour Master
Roger has had a 21 year career in the merchant navy working as Chief Officer and Master for over 10 years with experience on tankers, containers, general cargo, RoRo and bulk carriers. Originally born and educated in the UK, Roger emigrated to New Zealand in 1989 before moving to Australia in 2000 and progressing his career in senior operational management positions with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Swire Shipping and Thales Australia.

Paul Ryan Project Engineer
Following in his father's footsteps, Paul chose to take up a career in civil engineering. Since graduation he has been involved in the construction of various major pieces of infrastructure including the Blue Mountains Sewer Tunnel from Springwood to Katoomba, completed several demolition/excavation projects in and around the Sydney CBD including Jackson's Landing Stage 2 which saw the removal of 100,000m3 of contaminated sandstone from the former CSR site, building a steel elevated walkway know as the Brickpit Ring at Sydney Olympic Park and finally was on the Owners Construction Team for the Construction Of the Tallawarra Power Station at Yallah.

Kendall Roberts Receptionist
Kendall has built a base of exceptional Accounting and Administration skills during the last ten years of her career having worked with various organisations including local health funds, UNICEF and Wesfarmers.
In 2010, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Wollongong specialising in Visual Art and Graphic Design.

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