David Cheslin

Aug 09 2013

It is with great sadness that Tanker Operator’s Editor has to announce the death of former maritime journalist, PR guru and good friend, David Cheslin.

David had been in hospital for six months having undergone two liver transplants and died suddenly on the evening of Monday 5th August.

He was brought up in Hartlepool on the UK’s East Coast.  It was from there that his love of ships and shipping grew as he cycled around the shipyards of Tyneside, Gateshead and Middlesbrough.

He went to university in Liverpool where there were more ships for him to spot and when the physics part of his maths degree got too much for him he found a temporary job working on the Liverpool Journal of Commerce and Sea Breezes Magazine.

His first ‘proper’ job in shipping journalism came in the early 1970s on Shipbuilding and Shipping Record.  He went on to work on Cargo Systems and to work in the PR department of MacGregor Hatch Covers before becoming Deputy Editor of Containerisation International.

In 1978, David ventured into PR and founded Dunelm Public Relations in 1981, where he was Chairman until his untimely death this week. 

David’s love of shipping led him into many areas over the years: P&I, ports, shipyards and latterly industry topics.  He had a long association with Thomas Miller, first through the TT Club and later with UK P&I.  

Sincere condolences are sent to his son, Aidan and his partner, Margaret.

“Although he was mainly concerned with containerisation, I had known David since the 1970s and indeed, he helped me out both on a professional and personal level on many occasions, which I will be forever grateful for,” said Ian Cochran, Editor of Tanker Operator News and Tanker Operator Magazine.

A Memorial Service will be arranged to celebrate David’s life and achievements.  Details will be posted on the Dunelm website www.dunelmpr.co.uk, or will be available from Dunelm's office.













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