End of service

John Spragg, the Bellingham Marine President of Australasia and the Middle East, has announced his retirement.

24 March 2021


After 25 years of service John Spragg, Bellingham Marine President of Australasia and the Middle East, has announced his retirement effective 1 July 2021.

Bruce Birtwistle, the current General Manager of New Zealand who has worked with Spragg directly for the past decade, has been chosen as his successor.

Spragg will continue to serve as a Director of Bellingham Marine following retirement from his current position.

“I have no idea where the last 25 years have gone; they say time flies when you’re busy and having fun, and I must say I have experienced both.

“When I look back at the start of my time in the industry, Bellingham Marine Australia was made up of just two employees, but we had the support of the whole Bellingham Family,” said Spragg.

“I am still very thankful to the clients who supported us in those early days. The company grew and expanded to New Zealand, then Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, the Middle East, China, and Cyprus under my watch.

“The key to our success has been our team’s approach and our ability to attract and retain the best talent in the industry,” Spragg added.


“I’m glad to be handing the baton to Bruce as I believe it goes to a reliable pair of hands. I’m confident he will take the company to greater heights.”

Bellingham Marine Owner and CEO Joe Ueberroth shared his appreciation of Spragg’s contribution to the company.

“No-one has had a greater impact on Bellingham Marine’s international operations than John Spragg.”

“As a director, John will continue to provide insight and guidance as we continue to build upon our global footprint.”

“We are also fortunate to have a strong team. As John passes the torch to Bruce, I am excited to work with Bruce in his new leadership role while at the same time, pleased to welcome Chris Lamont back to the Bellingham team as the new GM of New Zealand,” Ueberroth added.

Birtwistle added that he was “thrilled by the opportunity to lead superb teams on both sides of the Tasman.”

“Lamont’s return is timely for Bellingham Marine New Zealand as his experience in project delivery will be valuable with the exciting projects we have in front of us,” he continued.

One of the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine is a company specialising in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide.



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