January 16, 2017
“From the day you put your overalls on, until the day you take them off again, it’s all about professionalism”
“From the day you put your overalls on, till the day you take them off again, then it’s all about professionalism” says Captain Nick Durant – a man who has spent his whole life at sea and is one of only 400 Mooring Masters in the world qualified to conduct ship-to-ship oil transfers.
“I’m still totally addicted to to everything that has to do with being a sea man… it’s my life”
Growing up in Skelmorlie, a small village in Scotland, Nick has always had a natural affinity for the sea. “I was born by the seaside, I lived by the seaside, I’ve seen ships every day of my life.” At the age of 10, his father bought a small sailing yacht and he’s been addicted ever since. In fact, the sea life has been a bit of a family trade. His father worked on the supply side of the British Royal Navy, his grandfather was a shipbuilder and his great-grandfather was a sheet metal worker on the Queen Mary.
“Driving the ship gives you a great deal of job satisfaction and for a person like myself it’s just perfect”
He began to pursue his love for sailing at the age of 16 and progressed from there. Over the years, he was promoted from an Officer Cadet, to Third Officer, Chief Officer and eventually Captain. After 17 years as a ship’s Captain, becoming a Mooring Master was the next natural step for Nick. He now has the unique opportunity to handle different vessels every day and deliver a world class service by putting ships together at sea during ship-to-ship oil transfers. “A Mooring Master is actually doing what a Captain has trained his whole life to be. He is the fellow who drives the ship – and that comes with a great deal of job satisfaction.”