Alan Thorpe has ben in marine journalism since 1975, prior to which he served at sea in the British Merchant Navy and ashore with Texaco Overseas Tankerships (TOT), London.

His first job in journalism was in 1975 as Technical Editor of Shipping World & Shipbuilder, for which he became Editor in 1979 until 1985. During this time he also founded the quarterly journal – Drydock. Deciding on a freelance career in 1985, he has built up a wide range of involvement in marine journals throughout the world.

Since 2003 he has been editor of the bi-monthly SORJ (Ship and Offshore Repair Journal) since its inception, and also edits the weekly email publication SRN (Ship Repair Newsletter) since 1986 and PEM (Port Engineering Management) since 2003.


Paul Bartlett is a shipping consultant with a background in ship finance and shipping business journalism. He now works for himself but, prior to this, spent the last five years working as a Director of the London Shipping Consultancy, a provider of shipping due diligence services to financial institutions engaged in maritime lending.

Prior to that, Paul worked in the London office of First International, a Bermuda-based ship leasing and finance company. During the nine years he spent there, the company owned and bareboat chartered some 20 vessels to end users including major oil companies, steel conglomerates and state shipping lines.

Earlier, in 1978, having completed his Degree in Nautical Studies, Paul had joined Seatrade magazine as a trainee journalist. He held various editorial positions at the magazine before being appointed Editor in 1982. He left the magazine to join First International
in 1987.



Sue Morson has been working as Alan's PA for 8 years now. Coming from a financial services background she found moving into the Maritime publishing industry extremely interesting. It is a very different role for her but she enjoys the challenges it brings, every day
is varied and unique in its own way.