Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Crew Member Promoted to Master


Adam Kelso has been promoted to the rank of Master on the Ben-my-Chree.

Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Adam joined the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in October 2012, fulfilling a life-long dream. He follows in the footsteps of his father, who was a Chief Engineer with the Company for many years.

Adam began his career with the Steam Packet Company as a Second Mate, having completed his studies in Nautical Science at Fleetwood Nautical College. With the support of the Company, Adam completed his Chief Mate’s Ticket, before commencing studies for his Master Mariner certification, in December 2021.

Working on a week on/week off rotation, Adam completed his 8 weeks of training on 8 June 2022, and took up his first command earlier this summer.

As Master, Adam has overall responsibility for the safety of life, safety of the vessel, and safety of the environment. He’s also responsible for ensuring the vessel is compliant with both international and local regulations.

Managing Director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Brian Thomson commented: ‘Adam’s achievement will be a great inspiration to anyone considering a career at sea. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is proud to support such a dedicated and talented member of the team, in achieving his ambitions. We wish Adam many happy years of sailing with the Company.’

Adam Kelso (left) with IOMSPC Managing Director Brian Thomson (right)