Garry Joined BP shipping in 1976 as a deck cadet and successfully passed his first certificate of Competency at Plymouth Maritime School in 1980. Over the next nine years Garry worked his way up through the ranks and obtained his Class one Masters Certificate in 1989 being promoted to Master in 1993. During this time Garry sailed on all types of oil tankers from 19,000 ton product tankers to VLCC's and during this period also sailed for three years on anchor handling vessels in the North Sea. During his time at sea Garry managed the ship that won the CEO's award on two occasions and was runner up twice.
Garry's seagoing career came to an end in 2000 when he moved ashore with BP Shipping, firstly as Marine Superintendent and Lead Superintendent looking after part of the BP time charter fleet and also vessels that are owned but externally operated. During this period Garry was involved in sale and purchase and also managing the BP Regional Support Vessels based in Aberdeen. Garry was part of the BP shipping Incident response team where he held the position of Incident Commander and in that position has ran several of shipping's high profile incidents.
Garry worked on a number of external bodies including the Chamber of Shipping, IMO and OCIMF, Currently Garry is seconded as Deputy Director and Chief Representative to the IMO at OCIMF