The Bachmann Group named an interim general manager for its U.K. operations and is preparing to bring its Nuwave personnel and training facility under the Bachmann corporate banner on Jan. 1.
“At the start of the new year the names will change from Nuwave Personnel to Bachmann Recruitment, and Nuwave Training to Bachmann Training,” Bachmann Group CEO Nick Sau said in a statement. “At the same time, a new division named Bachmann Crew will be established to manage the ever-increasing client requests for crew management.”
“To oversee these changes and to assist with the more general Bachmann Group operations we have appointed Capt. John McNeill to the position of interim general manager for our U.K. operations,” Saul said.
The Bachmann Group’s Nuwave subsidiary conducts technical training for mariners and crew placement for shipping companies and recently was awarded a contract to handle crewing for the U.K.’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary, supporting the British Navy.
McNeill has more than 50 years in the marine industry. He began in 1965 as a cadet with the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary and obtained his master's license in 1978.
In 1980 he was promoted to become one of the youngest masters on the P&O Normandy ferries crossing the English Channel. After periods in command of several British ferries he came ashore in 1999 to manage 10 vessels for the P&O Stena Line.
In 2001, McNeill was lured into the cruising world with the start-up of Island Cruises, and he took command of the 40,000-gross ton passenger liner Island Escape. In 2006 he joined Regent Seven Seas in charge of Navigator, a 33,000-ton, 490-passenger luxury cruise liner.
McNeill accepted the position of interim manager for Bachmann after working in a consultancy role for the company with the CMA CGM container fleet in Marseilles.
Based in a facility on the English south coast at Lee on Solent near Southampton, the operation is staffed by maritime professionals who run courses on a variety of subjects.