Oceanskies was co-founded by Duncan Swanson who is considered to be one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of yacht registration.
Duncan has enjoyed the privilege and responsibility of registering some of the largest and most interesting yachts sailing the world’s oceans today.
In his career to date he estimates that he has been involved in the registration of over eight hundred vessels of all sizes.
A born and bred Guernseyman, Duncan has from an early age been a passionate enthusiast of all things nautical and aeronautical.
Educated in Guernsey at Elizabeth College and having graduated from Aston University in Birmingham with a B.Sc.(Honours) degree in Transport Management he worked for the chartered accountancy firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers).
In 1997 Duncan moved to Safehaven International Limited, a leading provider of corporate superyacht and aircraft ownership structures where he became a Director in 2005.
In addition to being responsible for the company’s yacht registration activities, Duncan headed up the company’s marine team handling all aspects of yacht purchases, sales, structuring and operation.
Duncan was closely involved with the development of the company’s portfolio of corporate yacht ownership structuring including arrangements made in the Channel Islands, Cayman Islands and Isle of Man. Duncan was also involved with the creation of an office in Malta and the development of both yacht charter and yacht leasing structures established in Malta.
At university Duncan’s final thesis, somewhat prophetically, was written on the future growth of private and corporate aircraft.
Whilst working for his former employers Duncan became responsible for the development of the company’s services into the private and business aviation markets in respect of aircraft ownership structuring and registration.
A keen supporter of the Isle of Man aircraft register even prior to its inception in 2007, Duncan has also contributed to the development of the aircraft register of Malta to increase its attractiveness to private and business aircraft as well as being involved in the introduction of the new Guernsey aircraft register.
Duncan is a familiar face within both the yacht and business aviation industries and regularly attends key yacht and jet shows and conventions worldwide.
Duncan is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is the holder of a Diploma in International Trust Management.
In co-founding Oceanskies Duncan’s ambition is to continue to use and develop his unique knowledge and expertise to assist yacht and aircraft owners internationally.