Coming Ashore Newsletter: January 2022
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On a bi-monthly basis, we will be providing you with news updates, as well as tips and guidance on our Coming Ashore programme.
We would love to hear any comments or feedback you may have about the programme or these newsletters. Please contact us at

Sinead Hailes 


Sinead is a former Deck Officer with over 15 years in the marine industry. She has primarily worked on a general cargo vessels and passenger ferries. As well as her professional capabilities, Sinead is passionate about promoting a positive safety culture and has put particular emphasis on health and safety since coming ashore in 2018 and is a Technical member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Sinead is also a certified ISM/ISO auditor and has conducted internal audits on board and ashore as well as conducting incident and accident investigations. She has a strong background in developing and implementing Intergrated Management Systems and QHSE material.

Sinead is presently the QHSE Manager DPA for a UK based company who manages a fleet of offshore energy support vessels.

I worked at sea for about 20 years from cadet to master, about 10 years deep sea followed by about 10 offshore, mainly on DP dive support vessels. I obtained an LLB degree and qualified as a solicitor. I have almost 30 years experience in legal practice mostly involved in casualties at sea including collisions, salvage and pollution claims. I have worked with law firms in London and Singapore.

"In late June I reached out to the Marine Society to join their Coming Ashore Programme, a scheme that is free to join and assigns a mentor (for me it was Paul Naranjo-Shepherd)to offer guidance and support in the challenge of finding the right shore-based position for you. In only a few months after joining, I had secured multiple interviews and had the necessary assistance in preparing for them in the right ways, from people that have years of experience in the industry. Everyone I have spoken to was friendly, engaging and keen to share their knowledge which I am extremely grateful for.

If anyone else find themselves in the same position that I was in, not really knowing how to move forward in their career in the maritime industry without going back to sea, I would highly recommend looking up the Marine Society Coming Ashore Programme."

- Peter Lewis (Coming Ashore mentee)

Don't forget to take advantage of the plethora of resources you have at your disposal through the Coming Ashore programme:


CV Review, Advice and Guidance

A one-to-one with a maritime HR professional will give Mentees the opportunity to have their CV reviewed, increased job application and interview success

· A full review of the current CV, including content, format, style
· 30 mins 1:1 meeting to provide coaching/ feedback
· Advice on how to get the best out of your CV
· Tips on common pitfalls/ errors
· Ensure links understood with CV & Interview



Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Professional accreditation and membership gained through achieving the Institute examinations that are held globally. Discounts on ICS books via the Marine Society online bookstore 



Life after Yachting

Helping those in the yacht sector make the transition ashore 



Lloyds Maritime Academy
Provider of distance learning professional certificates and diplomas in maritime-related professions: 




Logistics and Multi-modal Transport
Logistics is the management of a flow of goods from the point of origin to the point of delivery in order to meet certain requirements. This book covers all aspects of shipping logistics from factory to customer and all stops in between.

The General Data Protection Guidance to Shipping Companies
This publication provides guidance to shipping companies on implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force in May 2018. It summarises the key requirements of the GDPR and the actions companies should take to implement data protection policies in compliance. It focuses specifically on the maritime sector and covers key areas such as crewing issues and seafarer payments.

Business & Law: For the Mariner 
Second Edition

This should help mariners in their studies to become masters on the vessels they serve upon, and once masters will also assist them in making the business decisions masters are so often called upon to make. The purpose of this book is to inform mariners about the law.
At the Marine Society, we pride ourselves on having a library that offers an eclectic mix of books covering all aspects of the maritime industry.
There are many library categories that fit selected shore side job roles and could help you in your independent research , in addition to being given guidance by your mentor.
See below three popular books amongst customers either already in a shore side role or interested in obtaining one.
Everyone that signs up to the Coming Ashore programme becomes a part of a community who are all searching for the same thing – that perfect role ashore.
Join our LinkedIn Coming Ashore Group and use this as a forum to post any questions , information  or general comments with like-minded individuals.This is a private group where we follow ‘Chatham House’ rules of confidentiality.

We encourage you to use this as a space to voice your queries and enlighten us on your individual journeys.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact a member of the Marine Society team about any aspect of the programme then please send your message to:

Programme Lead: Carla Rockson (
Programme Officer: Bindu Sharma (

If you need any help in your search for a shore side role, please go to our jobs ashore page where you will find a plethora of recruitment agency links that specialise in maritime shore side roles.
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