The Royal Institute of Navigation has reported the sad death of Captain Ralph Maybourn. I have enclosed the text of the RIN obituary below.
Ralph was apprenticed to the BP Tanker Company in 1942 and rapidly gained his Extra Master's Certificate, becoming BP's Marine Superintendent in Kuwait by 1963. By 1978 he had been appointed Director of the entire Tanker Company and in 1981 went on to become General Manager of what is now BP Shipping.
Despite his managerial responsibilities, after 1962 he still undertook periods at sea, including command of a 215,000 deadweight ton VLCC, and was involved in the voyage of the supertanker MANHATTAN through the NW Passage to Alaska.
Ralph was also closely involved in a number of national and international bodies. Posts included Advisor to the the DoT's Marine Pollution Unit, Chairman of the General Council of British Shipping's Marine Policy Committee and Chairman of the DoI's Marine Technology Committee. He was also a former President of the Hydrographic Society.
He spent many years on the Institute's Technical Committee, becoming its Chairman, and was Institute President from 1978 to 1981. He was elected a Fellow and, in 1972, awarded the Institute's Bronze Medal.
Friends and colleagues are invited to a Service of Thanksgiving at 1400 on 22 November at Christ Church, 3 High Oaks, St Albans, AL3 6DJ.
We pass our condolences to Ralph's daughters Susan and Angela, who may be contacted through the Institute.
I'm sure many of you will join me in passing condolences to his family.