After leaving Jamaica Banana Producers Steamships Company Captain Atkinson spent 6 years employed by General American Transport Tanker Company (GATX) where he was promoted to Chief Officer within his first year of joining. A rank he retained until the fleet was sold. GATX however retained him as an independent consultant to supervise the loading and discharge of their tankers between the Arabian Gulf and South Africa.
In 1980 he joined the Chinese owned,and world largest privately owned shipping company- Worldwide Shipping Company as Chief Officer in their tanker division. He was promoted to Master / Captain in 1982 – the rank he retained until 2001 when he was relocated and promoted to the company’s Singapore head office as Fleet Captain. Within 4 months of being relocated he was promoted to General Manager in charge of Fleet Personnel. The post remit was the responsibility for all aspects of the management of the multinational seagoing officers and ratings worldwide. This involved negotiating with International and Local Unions, Training and Development of staff, Career Paths, Compensations, Compliance, Budgets for both seafarers and the companies international offices, with specific emphasis on nationality and cost of living per location. At the height of operations the company employed in excess of 5000 personnel of 9 main nationalities and maintained 6 owner offices and liaise with 4 independent agencies.
In 2010 Captain Atkinson retired from Worldwide Shipping Company – then rebranded as BW Shipping- and returned to UK.
Captain Atkinson’s experience in international fleet personnel trends afforded him to travel frequently to Singapore and China to advise, lecture and provide manning solutions.
Between 2012 to 2014 Captain Atkinson returned to Singapore as Senior Manager with American Eagle Tankers, a subsidiary of Petronas Malaysia, as consultant to advise and set up their Fleet Personnel Department.
Captain Atkinson is now fully retired after a life of dedication to his profession which rewarded him with almost 20 years as Captain on Very Large Crude Oil Carriers (VLCCs), 10 years as General Manager, exposure to different cultures, worldwide travel and being admitted to the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and Freeman of the City of London since 1999 to present date.