Maritime Training

As of the 5th February 2015 all Regs4ships training courses will sit under the ChartCo brand. The courses and highly experienced training staff will remain the same and continue to run as normal.


ChartCo Training offers a range of maritime training to help owners and operators remain safe, secure  and compliant. Our courses include a range of flag approved courses, management level ‘awareness’ courses as well as training courses delivered at Warsash Maritime Academy.

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Courses can often be tailored to suit specific customer requirements and can be delivered at your premises or worldwide.

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Call us on: +44 (0)23 8098 8631 or email us at: for more information or to book any of our courses.

Find out who our trainers are

Captain Mick Caulkin.

Master Mariner, B.Sc., MNI Training and Publications DirectorMick Caulkin

Mick is responsible for leading the development and delivery of training and publications. This has been a very successful growth area and the decision was made in 2010 for Mick to scale back his general management activities (because he was hardly ever in the office) and focus on these areas.

Mick also continues with his very specialised high-level consultancy and auditing, ISM Expert Witness and relationship-building.

His current activities include a significant amount of management-level training (to regulators as well as shipping company management), gap analysis and SMS “repair and maintenance”.

He has recently assisted a Drill ship operator with a complete re-write of their SMS, audits, training and support with Flag state certification.

Mick lectures at Warsash, colleges overseas and to various Flag State and shipping operators covering DPA, ISPS, ISM, ISO and Auditing. Other training includes MARPOL, Oil Record Book, MLC, ECDIS and Port State Control.

In the past he led with several major projects such as the ISPS Code activities successfully delivered for scores of ships and super yachts; the introduction of ISM systems to many vessels and managers and the internal implementation of ISO 9001 and 14001 systems.

For 14 years Mick served at sea on passenger ships, tankers and bulk carriers, latterly as Captain. He graduated in shipping law and operations and then worked ashore in New Zealand and Australia in shipping operations and transport business management. Mick then worked for the MCA for over six years as a Surveyor of Ships, Port State Control Inspector, ISM Auditor, Examiner of Masters and Mates and, latterly, Enforcement Officer.

Simon Holford.

Simon HolfordRegs4ships Training Director

As the Training Director at Regs4ships Simon continues to develop and deliver of our training portfolio to assist customers achieve their requirements.

Simon’s first career was as a deck officer in the merchant navy.  During his 12 years at sea he sailed on a range of vessels including dry cargo and oil tankers, however most of his career he sailed as a Safety Officer on passenger ships and as a Chief Officer on ferries.

Following a move ashore Simon gained 16 years of shore-based training experience at one of the world’s best known maritime training establishments.  During this time he has worked in maritime safety and bridge simulation before leading the Management department.

Simon has been involved in a range of management training and education with a focus on safety management and leadership and management development.  The breadth of the training and education packages has ranged from one day intensive management level sessions through to MSc courses delivering safety management related topics.

Paul Owen.

Paul Owen Master Mariner, B.Sc., Regs4ships Senior Consultant

Paul is a master mariner who spent 15 years trading worldwide on container ships and reefers in the 70s and 80s. In 1990 he came ashore, joining the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a marine surveyor in the Southampton Marine Office. Promoted to principal surveyor he spent 12 years in the MCA’s headquarters as Head of Inspection and the UK’s Port State Control coordinator. This was followed by a four-year secondment as national expert to the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon where he was involved in the audit of the Member States’ port state control systems, the training of port state control officers and led the task force which developed the New Inspection Regime for the Paris MOU and the associated EU Directive. Since his return to the MCA in 2009 he has been Head of Ship Safety, developing policy and regulations for ships including construction, equipment, security and safe management as well as a Survey Operations Manager in charge of developing and promoting a consistent policy for survey operations for the UK fleet.

Following his retirement from MCA Paul joined Regs4ships in the position of Senior Consultant where his extensive experience and knowledge of Port and Flag State Control and international regulation will enhance the training and consultancy services we provide to our customers.


Mike Symons

Mike SymonsRegs4ships Security and Ship Management Specialist.

Following an extensive 22-year career, in the Submarine Service with the UK Royal Navy. Supported Captain Submarine Sea Training and UK Ministry of Defence, NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Program, with the provision of UK Special Forces, Submarine Parachute Assistance Group, and the US Navy Deep Submerged Recovery Vehicle program until retirement from active service in 1999.

After retirement from the UK Royal Navy and brief period in offshore oil and gas operations, joined Global Marine Systems Limited, one of the world’s largest merchant shipping submarine fibre optic cable installation and maintenance companies. Holding increasing positions of responsibility from Fleet Superintendent, Company Security Officer to Company Quality Manager over a period of 12 years.

With 14 years commercial experience in the international shipping industry and an active figure with key business stakeholders in the review and development of best management practices associated to worldwide ship security and safety. Has ensured any related training or process is developed and delivered consistently within the International maritime sector aligned to IMO Codes, International Standards, applicable Government legislation, and best management practices, through accredited practices, ensuring competence and compliance.

As a certified Company Security Officer with UK Government Counter Terrorist Security Clearance (CTC) and recognised accredited training instructor/auditor, delivers International Safety Management (ISM) and International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) approved training courses. Along with associated audit assessments, and implementation of effective streamlined Port and/or Ship Security Plans, and Company Safety Management Systems, for customers worldwide.