Capt. John P. MARCUS

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Professional Carreer
since 2017



Ship Simulation Instructor
according IMO Model Course 6.09 and STCW-Convention Chapter I Regulation I, Section A-1 and Section B-1
Simulator Trainer and Assessor
according IMO Model Course 6.10 and STCW-Convention Chapter I Regulation I, Section A-1 and Section B-1
since 2015 Managing partner NBB GmbH
since 2012 UK Certificate of Equivalent Competency as Master (unlimited)
since 2005 Dynamic positioning (DP) trainer
since 2001 BSH licensed compass adjuster
since 1998 Committee member of maritime board of enquiry Bremerhaven and Emden
since 1997 Sworn surveyor (Chamber of Commerce Bremen)
since 1992 Ship sea trials national and international (sea trial captain and engineers incl. performance measurements) in own Nautisches Buero Bremen
1981-1992 Service on board as officer and master
1977-1981 Studies at Hochschule für Nautik Bremen, extra master and graduated industrial engineer maritime traffic
Languages: German, English
Member of: DGON (Dt. Ges. Ortung u. Nav.), STG (Schiffbautechn. Gesellschaft), PIANC (International Navigation Association), BVS Bundesverband Sachverständige, NI (Nautical Institute-MNI), VDKR (Verband dt. Kompassregulierer), VDKS (Verband Deutscher Kapitäne u. Schiffsoffiziere e.V.), Nautischer Verein zu Bremen (Vorstand) und Brhv., GMAA (German Maritime Arbitration Association), Beisitzer Schiedsgericht Bremerhaven und Emden
Activity emphasis: Investigation of general averages, Vessel manoeuvrability, large sailing and motor yachts


Nautisches Buero Bremen was founded in 1986 by Capt. John P. Marcus as a small business enterprise.

Activities started mainly with construction supervisions and special marine operation consultancy.

In the end of the 80th the founder became member of the sea trials team of Bremer Vulkan Werft in Vegesack.

From 1992 on he acted as sea trials captain on behalf of this yard.

Specialising on this business segment John Marcus developed concentrated sea trials programs and sophisticated methods cutting non-productive and therefore expensive sea trials time to two-third. This advantage was possible by using own developed measurement programs, becoming compass adjuster and being appointed as sworn marine surveyor. This concept was honoured by various shipyards and time-by-time Nautisches Buero Bremen became sea trials partners for up to ten Europe ship builders.



Mrs. Helen Meister, born 1959, daughter of ex Weser pilot Reinhard Meister, completed her education as shipbroker (chartering) in 1982. Afterwards she was employed by Gottfr. Steinmeyer & Co.

Helen Meister manages NBB office since 2006. In 2012 she completed upgrade seminars and became Bachelor Professional of Business (CCI) – (Wirtschaftsfachwirt IHK).

Helen Meister received single procuration for all NBB company, personal and financial affairs in 2011. All crew and personnel matters are dealt with by her.



Capt. Christian GESSERT

Capt. Christian Gessert, born 1955, son of ex Nautical Academy Professor Capt. Ferdinand Gessert, started seagoing career together with Capt. John P. Marcus in 1972 on board SSS “DEUTSCHLAND”.

After completing nautical studies in 1978 he sailed as officer and captain on tankers and bulk carriers before he became captain of passenger ferry “WAPPEN von HAMBURG”. In 2007 Christian joined NBB. He is leading sea trials teams, carries out seamanship training and takes care of education of junior captains and crews.

Since 2012 Christian plans and organises the crew and voyage details for conveyances of river cruise vessels from Rostock via Kiel-Canal, North Sea and IJsselmeer to Rhine River. He also takes care of the authority matters before and during the conveyances.


Since 1980 Captain holding STCW unlimited master licence

Work Experience

Since 2007 Testing, commissioning
Since 1990 Captain for FRS Flensburg, Germany – germanwide and international active company, operating passenger/car ferry services, specialist in operating High speed Craft ferries world wide. Master of daily passenger ship « Wappen von Hamburg ». Holder of pilot exemption cert. for river Elbe including ports of Cuxhaven and Hamburg. Training captain for company, Basic safety training for FRS Iberia and FRS Maroc, establishing International Safety Management System for all FRS companies and company sisters.
Since 1986 Chief officer FRS Flensburg, Germany
Since 1978 Mate and Chiefmate worldwide services bulk and liquid product carriers for Reederei Ernst Jacob, Flensburg – Germany
1975-1978 Studies at Hochschule für Seefahrt Elsfleth, extra master and graduated industrial engineer maritime traffic
Since 1974 Nautical officers assistant, Hapag Lloyd – worldwide services
Completing High School
Since 1972 Starting as seagoing cadet / education / training Hapag Lloyd, Hamburg


Since 2007 Nautisches Buero Bremen
2009 YCO – Monaco (Falkor – Project of 2009)
1986 – 2008 FRS Company (Flensburg)
1978 – 1985 Reederei Ernst Jacob Flensburg



All personnel have long-term experience in yard trials and deliveries.
All seagoing personnel hold the complete set of valid STCW licenses (some have additional MCA licenses) and health certificates.
All personnel are personally insured against accident and illness.
The company is insured by German underwriters.