Matt Horton Joins Viking Maritime Group as Operations Director (Scotland)

Matt Horton Joins Viking Maritime Group as Operations Director (Scotland)

Operations Director (Scotland) Matt Horton | Viking Maritime Group
Matt Horton, Operations Director (Scotland)

Viking Maritime Group proudly announces the appointment of Matt Horton as the Operations Director (Scotland). With this strategic move, Viking Maritime Group reinforces its commitment to excellence in maritime services and strengthens its leadership team.

In Matt’s new role, he will be supporting the three businesses in the Viking Maritime Group; Viking Crew, The Maritime Skills Academy and Chiltern Maritime, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.
He is a skilled maritime professional, known for his ability to thrive in fast-paced and evolving environments while adapting quickly to client needs.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt Horton to the Viking Maritime Group family,” remarked Matthew Jaenicke, Viking Maritime Group, Managing Director. “His proven track record of excellence, coupled with his innate ability to anticipate and meet client needs, makes him an invaluable addition to our leadership team. We are confident that under Matt’s stewardship, our operations in Scotland will reach new heights of success.”

Matt’s career in the Merchant Navy began with BP Shipping Ltd, where he underwent pre-sea training at the Prince of Wales Sea Training School in Dover. He sailed on BP Tankers in deep-sea operations before transitioning to BP Exploration, where he worked on semi-submersibles and production platforms in the North Sea.

In 1992, Matt joined Sea Containers, serving as Chief Officer and Safety Officer on routes in the Irish Sea and English Channel. He later became part of Sea Containers’ operations team, overseeing Dry Docks, Charters, and Type Rating Training for all Officers & Crew.

Transitioning ashore in 2006, Matt joined Clyde Marine Training as a Training Officer and eventually rose to the position of General Manager. In this role, he managed the daily operations of Clyde Marine Short courses, Clyde Uniforms, and Clyde Safety. Matt also provided training in various locations worldwide, including Italy, Greece, the Falkland Islands, Germany, and the UK, benefiting crew from companies like Disney Cruise Line, Northlink Ferries, and Stena Line.

Furthermore, Matt Horton has served as the President of the Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association and as the Treasurer and Secretary of the Glasgow Humane Society. He also recently became a member of The Merchants House of Glasgow.

On behalf of everyone at Viking Maritime Group, we’re thrilled to have Matt joining us, and can’t wait to see how he contributes and strengthens the team.