Bill Moses was indentured to the New Zealand Shipping Company (NZS) in 1968 as a deck officer cadet and served his apprenticeship on board mv Otaio, the company's training vessel.
Bill left NZS in 1970 and joined Fred Olsen as a deck officer on their Baltic RoRo service trading between Norway, Sweden, Denmark and West Germany. This was to be Bill's first taste of the ferry world, and in the early seventies he came ashore as a manager with Thanet Line, based in Ramsgate, Kent. Soon afterwards his talents were recognised and he became instrumental in the set up and operation of Olau Line, a multipurpose ferry service with ground-breaking Scandinavian service standards linking the Kent port of Sheerness with Vlissingen (Flushing) in Holland.
Headhunted by Sea Containers in 1985, Bill joined the newly privatised Sealink British Ferries and turned the heavily loss making Folkestone - Boulogne service into profit in only 18 months. As a result of this achievement, in 1987 Bill was invited to run the entire short sea operation of Sealink, which included services from Dover to Ostend, Zeebrugge, Dunkerque and Calais, as well as the Folkestone services. During this period a total of 11 ships were operated with a total work force which exceeded 2,500. Bill spearheaded rationalisation and introduced cost-effective working practices, thus ensuring strong profitability for the group.
Following the takeover of Sealink by Stena, Bill was asked by Sea Containers to run Hoverspeed, which operated services from Dover to Calais and Folkestone to Boulogne. As managing director, Bill was successful in turning the business into profit, achieving the highest level of profitability for the group in his third year with the company. During the period he introduced five new state on the art SeaCats and gained very valuable experience in the design and operation of fast ferries generally.
Bill has been responsible for a number of shore based port operations in the UK and mainland Europe and in 1995 joined Sally UK Holdings plc as Chairman of Port Ramsgate Limited and Group Chief Executive of the Sally Group. The dynamics and economics of the ferry industry and, more importantly, the arrival of the Channel Tunnel, saw rationalisation of the industry and the ultimate decision of Sally's parent company to retrench to the Baltic resulting in the closure of Sally's business interests in the United Kingdom.
In an interesting and highly successful career spanning over 40-years Bill has operated 44 conventional RoPax and RoRo vessels plus 20 fast ferries. At the peak of his career he was responsible for peak annualised carryings of over 6,000,000 passengers, over 600,000 cars and more than 300,000 freight vehicles with a total turnover of £250,000,000.
His advisory services are in great demand on a global scale as he continues the tradition of sharing his expertise with the conventional freight and passenger and fast ferry industry.
Bill is Chairman and one of the co-founders of the Dover Counselling Centre, a registered charity set up to handle the human consequences of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and which now provides counselling services on a nationwide and international basis. He is also Chairman of the South East Marine Association and president of Thanet & East Kent Chamber.
Bill is an author of books and writes articles for industry journals. He holds a Master of Arts qualification in Maritime Policy gained in 2001 at the University of Greenwich and in 2011 achieve a PhD for his thesis entitled: The Commercial & Technical Evolution of the Ferry Industry 1948-1987. He was awarded a M.B.E (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2008 for Services to Shipping, Business and the Dover Counselling Centre.
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