Mark Stothard


An Aircraft Engineer by trade, Mark has been a part of the marine industry since the late 1970s, involved in the sales and builds of over 400 vessels up to 84m in length.

As a founding Director of Imagine Marine, Mark was instrumental in growing the company to become the third largest company in Australia’s internationally renowned aluminium shipbuilding industry. After Image Marine’s sale to Austal in 1998, Mark led its expansion through a key role in sales and marketing team.

After leaving the Austal Group, Mark ran a consultancy business, whereby he wrote a tender for the Venetian Casino team for the supply of 14 x 47.5m 42.5 knot ferries for operations between Hong Kong and Macau, the largest ferry contract in the fast ferry industry.

Mark is a Director of Australia’s premier cruise company, North Star Cruises Australia, the Owners of the most awarded Cruise vessel in Australia, the 50m True North.

Being an operator as well as a ship builder and having acted in the capacity as Owner’s representative, Mark brings a depth of experience in ship building and the operation of vessels that is quite unique.