John Toner has been President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping since 2011. John has been in the marine business from an early age as a young seafarer to marine engineer, naval architect, ship surveyor and project manager for over thirty five years. He has been on the board of Directors of the European Community Ship-owners Association (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and has represented the Irish shipping industry on National bodies such the Development Task Force for the Government’s Marine Coordination Group, been consultant on approval panel for the Irish Marine Institute Wave Energy Test Site, and works closely with Ocean Exploration Trust for the development of the Nautilus Project in USA. Though Ship surveyor with Lloyd’s Register for 16 years, he pioneered the role of Marine Projects Manager in Istanbul in 1995/2001.
He is a Chartered Marine Engineer and holds a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. He is also a Lead Assessor for ISO9000. John is ex Chairman and active member of the Dublin branch of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and has been Technical and Regulatory Advisor to the Federation of Irish Fishermen (FIF) and member of the board of the Irish Turkish Business Association (ITBA).
Through the MD, the company has developed strong relationship with the Scientific exploration/ oceanographic community in USA and Canada and long standing connections in Turkish shipbuilding and design and repair sector.