We are really sorry to have to relay the sad news of the passing of Dave Warburton. Dave had 30 years with the company, serving at sea and working in the office. His roles included Chief Engineer Officer (CEO) on board OCL, P&OCL and P&O Nedlloyd ships, Engineering Superintendent based in Beagle House and PONL’s construction site manager for the building of five new ships in Germany.
Dave had attended Wellacre Secondary Modern School at Flixton near Manchester. He left the school in 1966 to become an indentured apprentice with Proctor & Gamble, splitting his time between the Manchester Factory Power Station and Stockport Technical College.
On completion of his apprenticeship in 1971, Dave joined P&O General Cargo Division (GCD). He worked his way up through the engineering officer ranks gaining his senior qualifications to become Chief Engineer Officer in 1982. During that period he also moved from P&O Group to Overseas Containers Limited (OCL). In 1983 he was the Mechanical Supervisor for the conversion of the Remuera Bay from steam to diesel propulsion at the IHI shipyard in Nagoya, Japan.