James A.R. McFarlane | UPGYRES

James A.R. McFarlane

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Position: ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) and USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) Technology Adviser
Location: Port Coquitlam, Canada
Public Profile: ca.linkedin.com/in/james-a-r-mcfarlane

James AR McFarlane

Mr. McFarlane is an experienced ROV pilot and has logged over 10,000 hours of piloting time, primarily for oceanographic research. He is the Executive Vice President of International Submarine Engineering Ltd. (ISE). Mr. McFarlane is assisting UpGyres with inter alia:

Marine law and global ocean policy, oversight of safety, legal, and other aspects of marine remediation from plastic pollution, strategic guidance on the technology required to collect plastic from the ocean and leadership for at sea operations for the development of operational methodologies.

His early career was spent manufacturing underwater vehicles at ISE in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He then worked at sea in the offshore oil and gas industry in Canada, Norway, Scotland and the United States operating Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) for various international commercial diving companies.

In 1987 he joined Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) as Chief ROV Pilot and departed in 2002 as one of the Institutes Directors. He was Vice President at Sound Ocean Systems in Redmond, Washington from 2007 until 2009 while maintaining and operating his marine consulting company that he started in 2002. From September 2009 to September 2011, he was the Head of the Office of Resources and Environmental Monitoring for the International Seabed Authority. In this capacity he was responsible for the management of all mineral resources in the deep ocean located in the Area as defined in Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Mr. McFarlane’s career has included systems development, manufacturing, marine operations, training and management for a broad range of customers. These efforts were for academia, offshore oil and gas, military and educational programs. His experience in all facets of subsea development, research and operations has provided him with a unique perspective on oceanographic endeavors and the marine environment.

Mr. McFarlane was the co-chairperson of the National Science Foundation, National Visiting Committee, for the Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE) for education from 1999 to 2009. He has also been directly involved in numerous film, television and documentary programs highlighting oceanographic research, education and current news.

He is active in the scientific oceanographic community and is an active speaker at workshops and conferences internationally. He is a Member of the Marine Technology Society and a Fellow National (’97) of the Explorers Club.

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