Following University studies and a background in Systems Analysis and Computer Programming, John worked as a scientist initially in the fields of mineral and oil exploration – Geophysics, and also in Avionics and guided weapons systems, before focusing on Shipping, Transport and Insurance / Risk.
John’s knowledge of transport / shipping and marine practices has lead to risk management consultancy and marine surveying / adjusting for cargoes, including loss prevention and consultancy. Following a period of time as a Marine Surveyor in Brisbane, including ship planning and cargo superintendence work (bulk, break bulk and containerized cargoes) as well as marine claims, John established Freeman's Marine, which grew into a successful National Marine Surveying and Marine Adjusting operation around Australia. Significant heavy lift survey work was completed for major projects in Australia and also in Papua New Guinea.
As a result of his demonstrated experience, reputation, and knowledge in transport, insurance and risk for over 10 years, this successful operation included being appointed the Lloyds Agents for all of Australia and the Pacific Region (excluding Western Australia), CESAM Average Agents and VHT Average Agents in Australia – along with many other international and national relationships established. John has undertaken surveys througout Australia and also the Pacific / P.N.G., including Cargo and also Shipping / P&I Club matters, along with commercial hull and pleasurecraft claims.
John is an active member of a number of Industry Groups and regularly undertakes training and seminar exchanges / presentations. He is a member of the Australasian Institute Of Surveyors (AIMS), a graduate member of the Australian Institute Of Physics; an associate member of the Australian Institute of Export, a member of the Chartered Institute Of Transport (CIT), and a member of the Logistics Association Australia (LAA).
John wwill be presenting a Project Cargo Case Study on an operation he was involved in for the world’s largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives, which was completed and opened to the public in May 2016, and was a world-first project with many unique challenges. The Maldives' Hurawalhi Island Resort & Spa boasts a spectacular underwater restaurant below the surface of the Indian Ocean appropriately named '5.8 Undersea Restaurant' - located 5.8 meters below the surface.