Chief Operating Officer & Tanker Business
John Sykes has over 40 years of experience in the shipping industry; he joined CTM in 2014 to establish the Commercial Tanker Department. Since June 2019, John has been our Chief Operating Officer and manages our tanker desk. John draws on a wealth of experience from previous roles in London, the US and Canada.
Prior to joining CTM, John was instrumental in the creation of Unisea Maritime Limited in 2000. At Unisea, he was representing Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises and their associated companies, becoming involved in bulk liquids, LNG, and containers, as well as vessel management/crew training under the UK Tonnage tax regime on behalf of Odfjell (UK) Limited. Before the creation of Unisea, in 1997-2000, John was Director for Beaufort Shipping Ltd in London, managing the activities of Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises. In 1994-1997, he acted as Director at Seachem’s Houston operations office in the USA and was with Petrobulk Carriers, USA, for four years before that. From 1983 to 1989, he was employed with Sunchem in Canada, a division of Sunoco Inc., working as a Marine Chartering Specialist before moving to their oil trading desk. John started his career with E.A. Gibson Shipbrokers in London before moving to Montreal to start a tanker department for Gibson Montreal to provide all aspects of bulk liquid transportation: crude oil, petroleum products, vegoils and chemicals.
John’s depth of experience across many shipping sectors makes him an invaluable asset to CTM.