Matthew began his career at sea in 1997 sailing as a Cadet and then Marine Engineer Officer in the Mobil Shipping fleet after completing his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering.
Matthew moved ashore in 2003 within the Technical Services Group in IMT, as a Project Engineer supporting marine projects in IMT and in ExxonMobil’s upstream and downstream organisations. In this role, he acted as the vetting quality assurance subject matter expert for upstream LNG projects and conducted due diligence on IMT’s barge structural review programme. A few years later he moved to the Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Group as the Operations Integrity Advisor Deputy Designated Person Ashore and Chief Security Officer.
He then transitioned into marine quality assurance in IMT as a Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) reviewer, meeting with ship and barge operators to promote and advise on IMT’s marine quality assurance expectations. A period in Marine Fuels bunkering the ExxonMobil Affiliate Term Charter fleet helped him develop his knowledge of commercial shipping operations.
Matthew returned to IMT as Senior Marine Quality Assurance Advisor, where he is responsible for inland European barge vetting and the European Barge Incident Desk, as well as TMSA reviews, meetings with operators and developing and presenting at operator forums. As the IMT representative to OCIMF for barge safety issues, Matthew helped develop the European Barge Inspection Questionnaire (the barge equivalent of SIRE’s Vessel Inspection Questionnaire) and was a founding member of the Europe Inland and Coastal Barging Focus Group.