Case Study: Rod Maclennan, Loss Prevention Executive, North P&I Club

Rod sailed for 11 years and then came ashore
Meet Rod Maclennan, Loss Prevention Executive at North P&I Club

Rod Maclennan’s job is to help prevent accidents on the world’s ships happening in the first place. A Loss Prevention Executive at North P&I Club, the Newcastle based maritime insurer which provides insurance services to around one in eight of all the world’s big ships, Rod Maclennan is a Master Mariner who now advises companies on how to avoid damage to cargo, injuries to people, collisions and pollution. The sea is an unforgiving environment and the work that Rod and his team undertake is vital.

A career at sea opens up countless opportunities ashore, but I don’t think everyone knows about this

“As someone who sailed for 11 years, I get a huge amount of satisfaction in helping to reduce the number of incidents involving people. By understanding the mistakes that have happened on one vessel, we can ensure that lessons learnt are shared across the fleet.”

The North-East is a hugely important to the UK’s maritime economy, contributing around £1.8 bn annually and providing jobs for 9,150 people. Housed in a distinctive building on Quayside, North P&I Club employs 270 people in Newcastle and a further 50 around the world. The company relies on the expertise of former seafarers and employs 19 mariners.

“A career at sea opens up countless opportunities ashore, but I don’t think everyone knows about this,” explains 40-year old Rod Maclennan.

“I’ve got friends from my seafaring days who are now lawyers, work for shipping companies, surveyors and inspectors, lecture at university and one who’s now a pilot in the Port of Tyne.”

His career path is typical of many. Originally from the Western Isles, Rod fell in love with the sea as a student when he had a summer job aboard a ferry. This led to a decision to join the Merchant Navy and a three-year deck officer training programme at the world renowned South Shields Marine School, which is part of Tyneside College. Established in 1861, the School offers programmes across the whole spectrum of marine education and nautical sciences, including navigation, operations, marine and electrical engineering, communications and catering.

Rod then worked aboard Shell oil and gas tankers, travelling to all four corners of the globe.

“I developed very quickly as an individual at sea,” says Rod. “I was looked after by the company, mentored onboard by some great people and rose quickly through the ranks. The bonds you make with people at sea are with you forever.”

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