John Manning MBA

Senior Advisor

John Manning is an experienced Naval Architect, Engineering and Project Manager with over 45 years’ experience (>25 years’ offshore oil & gas), having worked with national and independent (major and junior) oil & gas companies, major ship-owning, shipbuilding, ship design companies and ship model test facilities in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Middle East, New Zealand, PNG, Russia, South East Asia, and USA. His qualifications include Ordinary and Higher National Certificates in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding and a Degree in Ship Science, from the University of Southampton (UK. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (UK), a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a European Engineer (France). He is based in Melbourne, Australia.


Technician Apprenticeship, Shipwright

HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

O.N.C. Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding
Highbury Technical College, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

H.N.C. Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding
Bath Technical College, United Kingdom

B.Sc. (Hons) Ship Science
University of Southampton, United Kingdom

M.B.A., Graduate School of Management, attended
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


  • FEANI Registered European Engineer (France) – Ing.
  • Chartered Engineer (UK) – Eng.
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architecture (UK) –R.I.N.A.
  • Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA) – S.N.A.M.E.


  • “FPSO Contracting – is it the Oil Company’s ‘Hurt Locker’? – Paper presented at the Global FPSO 2013 Conference, London, England, dated 15th October, 2013.
  • “FPSO Redeployment” – Paper presented at the Global FPSO 2012 Conference, Stavanger, Norway, dated 7th November, 2012.
  • “Floater Innovation: A Value Improving Process” – Paper presented to the FPSO Africa 2012 Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, dated 17th April, 2012.
  • “Getting Ready to Redeploy” – Article published in Oilfield Technology, Vol. 03, Issue 02, dated April, 2010, by Palladin Publications Ltd., UK.
  • “New Technology in Coastal Shipping”- Paper presented (jointly with D. Looker) to the Chartered Institute of Transport, Adelaide, Australia, 1986.
  • “Why Reconstruct the ‘Selwyn Range’?”- Paper presented to the International Bulk Handling Conference, San Francisco, USA, 1984.
  • “Sea Transport”- Paper presented to Society of Automotive Engineers, Melbourne, Australia, 1983.
  • “Photoelastic/FEA Investigation of the Stress within Right-Angled Bracketless Connections (warship deck beams to side frames)” – Final Year Undergraduate Thesis, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Southampton, UK, dated March, 1978.
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