New managing director and operations director for Isle of Man Steam Packet Company


The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Thomson as its new Managing Director.

A maritime leader with a wealth of experience and knowledge, he will officially begin in the role on 5th July.

With a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering background, Brian began his professional career with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. He relocated to the Isle of Man in 2014 to work as a Surveyor for the Isle of Man Ship Registry and, in 2019, was promoted to Principal Surveyor.

Brian recently led the Isle of Man Government Ill Code Compliance Project.

The Steam Packet Company has also confirmed the appointment of Kane Taha as Operations Director.

A former Marine Manager with the Company, over the past six years he has broadened his maritime experience in Dubai as both a General Manager and a Chief Marine Specialist for the Dubai Government Road and Transport Authority.

He will take up his new post on 19th July.

Chairman Lars Ugland said: ‘On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome both Brian and Kane, two highly motivated and experienced individuals who will ensure continued stable leadership and growth.

‘The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company impacts on every facet of Island life and this is truly an interesting time in our history with many exciting projects on the horizon.

‘I am sure their contributions to the business will be invaluable going forward and we wish them every success in their new positions.’

Brian Thomson
Kane Taha