Andrew Clifton appointed new General Manager of SIGTTO

Captain Andrew Clifton has been appointed as the new General Manager of SIGTTO. Established in 1979, SIGTTO is the industry association responsible for bringing a global consensus to the promotion of industry best working practices and high standards of safety in the storage, handling and seaborne transport of liquefied gases.

Andrew succeeds Bill Wayne who has served as SIGTTO General Manager over the past five and one-half years. Bill announced his decision to bring his tenure to a close in autumn 2012 to the SIGTTO Board of Directors at the end of last year. This allowed plenty of time for a successor to be found and for a smooth transition to be carried out. Andrew formally takes up his new position on 20 November 2012.

Andrew Clifton brings a wealth of experience to the role, not least over 30 years in the liquefied gas shipping industry. This involvement includes 19 years at sea, mainly on liquefied gas carriers, a first class honours degree in shipping operations and shore managerial experience over the last 12 years. The latter includes three years working at the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), almost two years in the SIGTTO Secretariat as a Technical Adviser and, most recently, over five years in Indonesia as LNG shipping operations manager for the BP Tangguh LNG project.

In this most recent posting Andrew was responsible for the project’s shipping activities and overseeing their development, from the early construction days at Tangguh through to the commissioning and entry into service of the marine facilities and the ships built to serve the project.$0$0Andrew is also the current SIGTTO Panel chairman and has held this role since October 2008.

Andrew Clifton is the eighth SIGTTO General Manager. He is also the youngest General Manager and the first General Manager who was formerly a Technical Adviser at the Society. He follows in the footsteps of Maurice Holdsworth (1979-85), Robin Gray (1985-1991), Bruce Kier (1991-1995), Alain Vaudolon (1995-1998), John Gyles (1998-2003), James MacHardy (2003-2007) and Bill Wayne (2007-2012).