TJ Scanlon stands in front of the ocean

Thomas Scanlon

Deck Chief
Professional Mariner
Dingle Co Kerry Ireland

Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?

A highly skilled Seafarer with over 15 years of experience gained in offshore Oil and Gas & marine operations worldwide. Qualified Rigger and Able Body Seaman, Certified submersible pilot for both CE-5 submersibles and UBW CS-7 (max depth 1,140 meters) Diploma/certification of Training from ECA / Hytec Robotics Montpellier. Extensive background in the offshore drilling industry both in the North Sea sector and international waters. An established core team member with experience working in various regions and environments around the world. Experienced in the capacity of Barge Supervisor and Stability engineer for offshore MODU managing the Marine Department both operationally and regulatory. A conscientious worker that pays particular attention to safety, correct working procedures, and my working environment with a positive, discreet, professional, and safe attitude towards both work and colleagues.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

A love and hunger for exploration!

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My wife Cristina and my two sons Thomas and Miguel.

What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?

Working with new technologies and the people that make it happen!

What other jobs led you to your current career?

As a Barge Supervisor on a MODU, I contribute to the successful drilling campaigns for Songa Offshore over several years, supporting the Songa technical team as a key member that achieved the prestigious honor of 5 years of operations without an LTI.  On my last vessel, I was involved in planning and performing dives to max depths of 1,140 meters and was given the opportunity to be trained and certified to pilot both CS-7 and CE-5 submersibles. I was involved in planning and implementing submersible system maintenance, including life support systems, electrical systems, and communication equipment, etc. I also worked as part of a team with responsibility for all rigging and lifting operations, supervising cargo reception, storage, and offloading. Overseeing rigging and crane lifts while monitoring and maintaining the cranes and lifting equipment while ensuring compliance of cranes and all lifting equipment.

What are your degrees and certifications?

• Able Seafarer unlimited STCW II/5
• MCA Approved Deck Crane & Safe Lifting 
• Advance powerboat 
• Dive boat Coxswain 
• OPITO approved Stage 3 Rigger
• Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties
• Cert of proficiency in security awareness
• Personal safety and social responsibilities
• Cert of proficiency in personal survival techniques
• Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats
• Medical First Aid On Board Ship
• Medical Care On Board Ship
• Advanced firefighting
• Offshore crane operator Stages 2 in accordance with BS7121
• OGUK & ENG1 Medical in date
• HSE Approved Commercial air Diving Course; Underwater Centre, Fort William, Scotland
• Work at heights and rescue at heights; City & Guilds
• Confined space rescue and gas tester; City & Guilds
• CSCS Banks Man and Slinger
• Offshore emergency helideck team member
• Vessel Stability 1, 2, 3 & 4 from ASET training academy Aberdeen
• UK Civil aviation authority Offshore Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate
• General Operators Certificate (GOC) (GMDSS) (A.S.E.T Aberdeen)
• Major Emergency management initial response (OPITO Approved)
• United States coast guard approved OIM / Barge Supervisor certificate

What are your hobbies?

I have a passion for rugby and I’m involved with my local club as a youth trainer. When I am at home I work on our family farm where we breed pedigree Blue texels and Shorthorn cattle.

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Be a team player. Venture outside of your comfort zone. View every person you meet as a door that may lead you to a new opportunity. Show up early and work hard. Think of yourself as a lifelong learner, you're never too old to learn new things! Search for the value in feedback or criticism. Cultivate perseverance.