Captain Nicholas Sloane

Born: Kitwe, Zambia 1961, 5th July.

High School: Kearsney College – KZN, South Africa (‘74-’78)

Rotary Exchange Scholar: New York USA – 1979.

Master Mariner: Cert: 215, issued 1989 (SAMSA).

Executive Management Program: UCT Graduate School of Business: 1999

Project Management: Erasmus University, 2004

1980 Joined Safmarine

1983 After the VLCC shipboard fire response of the Castillo de Bellver he transferred

to the salvage tug division - serving on the large salvage/ rescue and Ocean-towage

tugs “John Ross” & “Wolraad Woltemade”(205 T BP, 18,600 BHP).

1987 – 1988: Deputy OIM on board the MODU rig OMEGA, off South Africa

1989: Mossgas / Shore-crossing Pipeline Project off Mossel Bay, South Africa

1990: Promoted to Master in the Offshore & Salvage Division.

1991: Appointed Salvage Master, (for the salvage of the Brazilian break-bulk carrier

“Rio Assue” on fire in the South Atlantic).

1997 - 1998 appointed VLCC “Mooring-Master” to the EBT deepwater SBM

operations 85 NM south of Mossel Bay

1998 / 1999: Marine Manager – Natal Pipeline Projects, installing 3 x offshore / Oil &

Product Pipelines (Shell SAPREF Refinery / Sappi-Saicor) – responsible for the 600T

pull-barge “WINBUILD”.

2000: Seconded to SOLL (Smit Octo Luktrans Ltd) for the Caspian Pipeline

Consortium (CPC) project, based in Novorossiysk Russia, as Project Manager,

responsible for the start-up operations (employment of 108 persons/ commissioning of

the SBM’s/ selection & delivery of Tugs/ new-build yard selection and delivery &

commissioning of the DSV / SAT and mixed gas dive spread).

2001: Returned to Smit Salvage division, based in South Africa.

2005: Joined SVITZER: started African activities in Cape Town, (Salvage & Towage)

2007: Appointed Regional Director of their operations in Africa.

2009: Director Middle East/ Africa Region.

2009: Team leader for the successful LNG tender in the award of the Soyo, Angola

20-year marine services contract for SVITZER with Angola LNG (Chevron).

2011: Started Sloane Marine Ltd, Mauritius

2011: Appointed to the Lloyds’ Panel of Special Casualty Representatives (SCR).

During his career Captain Sloane has been involved as salvage master in many high-

profile and interesting salvage operations around the world (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,

Yemen, UAE, the US, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Mexico, Africa &

Hong Kong) and dealt with many cases where political, environmental and public

pressure were intense such as the “AD-19”, the “Tasman Spirit”, the “Jolly Rubino”

the “Ikan Tanda”, the “Treasure” the “Sealand Express”, the “CP Valour”, and the

“Kota Kado”.

He was a part of the Smit Salvage response team to USN SUPSALV for Afghanistan

  1. (2002)& Iraq (2003)

He has carried out several VLCC operations under LOF along the Southern Africa

Seaboard (Tassia; Kition; Pacificos; Atlas Pride; ABC Rasha; Tochal; Mimosa) some

where STS operations were required under the salvage contract, and lightering

operations off the US Gulf. In July 2011, he was involved in the tanker “Brillante

Virtuoso” which was attacked by pirates off Aden and set on fire – the STS cargo

recovery operation was carried out off the UAE.

He has been involved in the response and control of casualties on fire, include:

Castillo de Bellver; Rio Assu; Spring Dream; Jolly Rubino; Sea Elegance; Hyundai


Oil-rig responses include the recovery of the following rigs: AD-19 (2003-Saudi

Arabia); Rowan Houston (2004-US Gulf); Coastal Constructor (2005-UAE/ Qatar);

Jupiter-1 (2011-Mexico).

Sloane was a response member of the Svitzer Salvage PetroBras responder contract

from 2005 to 2010.

His offshore activities have included installing 7 pipelines, CBM’s/ SBM's and

deepwater Mooring Installations, as well as serving Deputy OIM on Semi-Sub oil-rigs.

He presents lectures on salvage & casualty management to law students at the University of Stellenbosch, and SAMTRA in South Africa.

He has presented papers at the Lloyds’ “Salvage & Wreck” Conference in London; on

behalf of the “ISU’ at the Malta MLA conference; the “ITS” conference in Vancouver;

the “CMI” Colloquium in Buenos Aires ; the “CRS” (Chinese Rescue & Salvage)

Conference in X’ian, China, The “North Sea Forum” in Bristol, as well as to many

governmental bodies and societies.

Hobbies & Clubs:

Royal Natal Yacht Club

Erinvale Golf Club

Pinnacle Point Golf Club

Sloane Marine