International Marine Recruitment Director, Mark Childs, was approached by The Moorings in the British Virgin Islands after the island was hit by Hurricane Irma in 2018. The hurricane had devastating effects on the islands causing substantial damage to The Moorings’ fleet of charter yachts and catamarans.
The client was looking to build a team of professionals ranging from painters, carpenters and laminators to gelcoat specialists and finishers.
Mark was headhunted due to his extensive network in the marine industry and, having started off his career as a paint sprayer, his technical knowledge and project management skills. The project required a number of processes to be put in place as Mark enlisted help of trusted companies and contractors to work on rebuilding the fleet of boats.
Very quickly, the team in the British Virgin Islands jumped from 10 to over 100 workers which also created much-needed revenue for the locals on the island in the wake of such a devastating event. For Mark this wasn’t just a business project, it also fulfilled a personal gratification as he had visited the Islands before the Hurricane and saw the scale of the of destruction first-hand.
The project soon expanded beyond the supply of labour as Mark was approached to source and supply the tools and consumables needed to repair the vessels – this was credit to the excellent working relationship the team had developed out in the Caribbean. Through this opportunity, Sirius Supplies was born which now distributes low-cost consumables all over the globe.
It was here that Mark met Josh Holden and so the ball was set in motion to form International Marine Recruitment, bringing together Josh’s extensive background in maritime projects with Mark’s network and business acumen to offer specialist recruitment services in the marine industry worldwide.