Starting her maritime career as a deck officer trainee with ASP Ship Management in 1995, Jeanine worked on a variety of different vessel types, and trades, both on the Australian coast and overseas.
On completing her Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) at the University of Tasmania’s, Australian Maritime College, she obtained her AMSA Deck Watchkeeper Certificate and joined BP Shipping as a 3rd Officer trading world wide.
Jeanine later joined Teekay Shipping where she worked her way through the ranks on products tankers, crude oil tankers and floating, storage and offtake (FSO’s) facilities to Master at the age of 29.
While at Teekay Jeanine had opportunities to transfer into shore based secondment roles in chartering, voyage operations, HSEQ, purchasing, ships agency and project roles that took her to Sydney, Vancouver, Singapore and Houston.
In 2006, an opportunity to be part of a new build Floating, Production, Storage and Offtake (FPSO Nganhurra) project took Jeanine to Woodside where she completed marine commissioning at the yard in South Korea and associated delivery, production commissioning and first oil on site off Exmouth, Western Australia.
Later that year Jeanine moved permanently to a shore based career working with Adsteam (later SVITZER) as tug master in the port of Gladstone, Queensland. It was here Jeanine became experienced both in harbour and salvage towage operations, including working on the Shen Neng, Bulk Harvester and Endeavour River salvage operations.
Jeanine, with a growing family moved into providing marine advisory services to the increasing number of construction vessel operators arriving in Gladstone to work on the LNG Terminal Projects for Curtis Island. She worked closely with port regulators and operators to provide up to date advice and understanding for preparation of marine operational / traffic management plans. A key aspect of this work included providing local knowledge training, start up advice, company onboarding HSEQ training and operational workshops with Harbour Master, Pilots and Tugmasters to Smit as they took over the Gladstone harbour towage contract.
Jeanine went on to secure a position as Caltex Australia's Marine Advisor, where she was responsible for ensuring safe tanker and terminal operations, and preventing / responding to pollution incidents in all ports around Australia where Caltex operated.
Following her time at Caltex, Jeanine took a position with the Port Authority of New South Wales. Her initial position was as Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Manager before moving into the role of Marine Operations General Manager and Deputy Harbour Master for Sydney Harbour and Port Botany. This gave her exposure to a wide range of functions including port management and regulation, port emergency and pollution response, workforce management and stakeholder relationships.
In 2018 Port Authority of New South Wales appointed Jeanine to the role of Harbour Master, Newcastle and Yamba, and with 4500 vessel movements per year, this further enhanced her technical skills in effective pilotage and vessel traffic services (VTS) management, port development, contract management and port stakeholder engagement.
Jeanine is a non executive board member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, University of Tasmania's Australian Maritime College and the Australian Mariners Welfare Society.
Jeanine is an advocate for diverse and inclusive maritime workplaces as well as environmental protection, maritime safety, and sustainability. She enjoys working with people who are passionate about their projects and encourage an engaged and committed work environment.