The Maritime Group is very saddened to report that its representative in Australia, George Brook Johnson, crossed the bar last Saturday evening after a long fight against cancer.
Brook was a very good shipmate and long time friend of our European Managing Director and International Executive Vice President Malcolm Parrott.
They were cadets together in the New Zealand Shipping Company, serving in the cadet training ship MV Otaio and going to sea on the same day.
The thoughts and condolences of all at TMG are with Brook's family and friends at this sad time.
Congratulations to US Coast Guard (USCG) Rear Admiral Cari Thomas and distinguished commercial maritime professional Carleen Lyden-Kluss on becoming International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Ambassadors.
Both were nominated by the USCG. Bill Anonsen, Hawaii-based managing director of TMG Pacific, personally congratulated Cari and Carleen on their appointments and hailed their ‘years of experience and contributions’ to the global maritime community and ‘unique skill sets as influential industry role models’.
He described both as ‘great assets’ to our maritime community and a welcome addition to IMO as Ambassadors.
Congratulations to Cari and Carleen.
One of The Maritime Group’s important strategic partners has made a member of its transport planning team a Partner. Dougie McDonald will oversee operations in development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates’ (PBA) offices in Scotland Dougie joined PBA as a Director of Transport Planning in May 2014 from Systra, and became an Equity Director in January 2015.
TMG was previously closely allied to Systra but with the Scottish team leaving and joining PBA, TMG followed suit and aligned itself up with PBA, building up a strong business relationship and rapport.
We are carrying out a great deal of work with PBA, including Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) projects in Scotland. Congratulations on your appointment from all in TMG, Dougie; we are all looking forward to working closely with you.
The Maritime Group (TMG) Pacific is providing support as a legendary voyaging canoe crosses the Atlantic on the next leg of her epic circumnavigation of the globe.
It is helping to provide logistics support for the iconic Hōkūleʻa on her 50,000 mile odyssey around the world and her safety escort vessel, Gershon II.
Hōkūleʻa has set sail from Cape Town in South Africa for a voyage of 2,400 nautical miles to Brazil as she reaches the mid- point of her historic Mālama Honua expedition.
As a global consultancy, TMG has the capability to help arrange for the critical logistical support/supplies, provide nautical/weather routing guidance, assist with arrangements with port agents and officials, and ensure the safety of the craft and crew worldwide for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
TMG founder Capt John M Cox III has been honoured with two prestigious awards.
He was recently recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the California Maritime Academy. In a separate accolade he was named Maritime Person of the Year by the Pacific North West Chapter of the Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM).
Capt Cox, who is President of The Maritime Group, Inc., and Chairman of The Maritime Group (International) Ltd, said: “It is a tremendous honour to be recognised by my fellow mariners and peers in such a wonderful way.”
Congratulations Capt Cox.
The Maritime Group (International) Limited of London has been contracted since July 2015 by maritime solicitors Holman Fenwick Willan LLP (HFW) to provide an expert witness service and maritime advice. HFW is an international law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It specializes in international commerce, acting predominantly for airlines, shipping firms and insurers.
TMG joins partners Peter Brett Associates LLP and Beckett Rankine Limited plus others to carry out a comprehensive study on the ports, harbors, airports, ferry services, air services, ships and airplanes for the Shetland Island Council in the offshore islands of Shetland north of Scotland. Initially the study will complete stages 1 & 2 by end of February 2016 and will then move to stage 3 to be completed by end July 2016.
TMG are pleased to announce that they have been contracted by Serco Limited of London to assist in their bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry services (CHFS) contract, currently operated by David MacBrayne Limited of Glasgow under the trading name of CalMac Ferries. The Contract will be awarded in Spring 2016 with a start-up date of 1st October 2016.
TMG will be involved professionally in a large part of the bid team and concentrate of ships and harbours; though will assist with other parts of the bid as needed. Transport Scotland has issued a draft Invitation to Tender to two bidders; the incumbent company David MacBrayne Limited and Serco Caledonian Ferries Ltd of Glasgow.
CalMac Ferries currently operate 32 ferries owned by CMAL (Caledonian Marine Assets Limited, a wholly owned Scottish Government company) on some 22 routes to approximately 50 ports.
TMG are very pleased to be working for Serco again, especially with teams whom they have worked with before. TMG look forward to providing a first class service to Serco over the coming months.
TMG has added a new company to our growing band of group companies.
Captain Allen Brink formed A R Brink & Associates in 1983 in order to provide the local South African shipping Industry with a prompt, reliable and cost effective marine consultancy and Surveying Service. the operation has grown from strength to strength and to date conducts survey work not only for local South African clients but also for a large number of world-wide Principals. TMG look forward to working together in the future and welcome A R Brink to the growing network of companies in The Maritime Group (International) group.
The Maritime Group (International) Ltd, based in London, has commenced the process of ISO 9001-2008 accreditation by successfully completing the creation of its Quality Manual, which has been accepted at the first submission by certification agency QMS International.
Andrew D Crisp, who has recently joined the UK team as a Principal Consultant, has been instrumental in coordinating the creation of the Manual and will go on to ensure full implementation and certification in the coming weeks.
ISO 9001-2008 Quality accreditation will allow clients and partners alike to have absolute confidence in the quality management of policies, processes and projects served by The Maritime Group (International) Limited and it is envisaged that this highly regarded standard will further enhance their ability to provide services at the very highest professional levels.
ISO9001-2008 will be rolled out across The Maritime Group (International) partners, world wide over the next 12 months.
TMG Asia leaped in to help UNI (Universal Network Intelligence) of Malaysia when they required as a matter of urgency a lecturer to carry out a tanker vetting course in Bangkok Thailand in mid April. Our John W Bussell, Director of The Maritime Group Asia and Director of TMG holding company J B Inspections Pty Ltd of Singapore, who is an accredited vetting surveyor and SIRE auditor has completed seminars on the subject matter many times, acting together with Captain Sanjiv Seghals of Mumbai.
The Maritime Group (International) group of companies can offer a number of short courses on many maritime subjects. We are in great demand for running courses on the “MLC” and “Management of Rest Hours Aboard Ships”. M W Parrott our Managing Director in London lectures on cruise, ferries and high speed craft operations at London City University for their MSc course in maritime studies.
Should you or you clients wish for seminars or individual training sessions to organised, please contact us.
TMG is setting course for increased growth in 2015 with ambitious projects worldwide after a record year.
We have recorded our busiest ever 12 months after a complete restructuring of the business in early 2014.
We attracted our most enquiries, secured our highest number of contracts and expanded with a new office and staff, including Director of Strategy Les Chapman.
Now we have lined up our strongest pipeline of work for the year ahead as we aim for more expansion over the next 12 months - including major projects in the UK, Africa, Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.
Beckett Rankine Limited and TMG have won a further contract from North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) to undertake a further and more detailed feasibility study of the slipway facility and associated ship repair opportunities at the Port of Grimsby East (PGE), Lincolnshire, England, UK.
TMG have strengthened the range of specialist services on offer with new support for clients facing potentially damaging legal action.
We have expanded with a new expert witness and litigation service as well as a fresh focus on accident investigation and security solutions.
New TMG Europe Director of Strategy Les Chapman, said: "As a top-class consultancy, the time was right to strengthen our broad portfolio with expert witness advisory services to meet the growing needs of clients in the maritime sector. Our network of professionally qualified and knowledgeable experts are experienced in assisting company lawyers, owners, operators, insurers and individuals in and out of the courtroom to the highest international standards."
TMG Europe has successfully completed a Marine Operations Health & Safety Operational Audit of Gravesend Pier Pontoon for Gravesham Borough Council.
Former nuclear submarine commander Les Chapman has joined TMG as our new Director of Strategy.
Les comes to TMG from Reynolds Technological Inquires Ltd, an accident investigation and forensic engineering consultancy, after six and a half years as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Les said: "I was drawn to TMG by its high professional standards and the opportunity to assist a wide variety of clients across many maritime sectors."
Welcome aboard Les.
Due to an increase of business world-wide and expansion of the Company, The Maritime Group Europe are opening a new office in Sevenoaks, Kent, England on Thursday 23rd October 2014. The new office address is "Amherst House", 22 London Road, Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2BT. Our other UK operational address in HQS Wellington still stands and all correspondence should still be addressed there. Telephone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain unchanged.
The Maritime Group Euriope (TMG) together with partners Peter Brett Associates LLC (PBA) have sucessfully completed their study for Serco Ltd to the entire satsisfaction of the client. The partners will now move on to a new contract with Serco later in the year, which we look forward to.
TMG and partners Beckett Rankine Limited have won a contract from North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) and its partners Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises (GFDE) and the Grimsby Slipway Company (GSC) to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study of the slipway facility and associated ship repair opportunities at the Port of Grimsby East (PGE), Lincolnshire, England, UK.
Jan Burgess is leaving TMG with immediate effect to take up a position with strategic partners, naval architect firm Houlders Limited as their Business Development Director. We will sadly miss Jan who for the past two years has guided us sucessfully to new business stategies and honed our marketing skills. We wish Jan every sucess in his new position and look forward to working with him in the future.
TMG together with strategic partners Peter Brett Associates LLP have signed a new joint contract with Serco Limited to carry out maritime and transport studies in Europe.
TMG are a real knockout when it comes to Marine Consultancy, as World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno shows, when he laid into TMG Executive Vice President and Managing Director Malcolm W Parrott in London yesterday.
-Posted 12th June 2014
The Maritime Group Pacific and Amergent Techs have announced that they are moving office, effective August 1st 2014. The new address will be 1221, Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 1032, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814, USA. The telephone, fax and email addresses will remain the same.
-Posted 7th June 2014
Captain John M Cox, President and Chairman The Maritime Group International and CEO of Black Ball Transportation has been awarded the Maritime Person of the Year Award. The award was presented on May 22, 2014 at the Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO Labor Management Luncheon at the Catholic Seafarers’ Club in Seattle.
-Posted 31st May 2014
Systra, TMG and Pro Versa Ltd join forces having won a contract with the Scottish Government to carry out a review of ferry fares for freight carried by trailers, containers and other means.
-Posted 7th May 2014
Systra and TMG completed the peer review of the Jurassic Coast Marine Link for Dorset and East Devon County Councils to the entire satisfaction of the client.
-Posted 4th May 2014
TMG are please to announce that Commander Martin Ewence OBE RN has joined us as Director of Security and opened up a new string to our bow – Maritime Security. Please see all about our new string under the Maritime Services/Maritime Security tabs.
-Posted 13th March 2014
TMG together with their strategic partners Systra (ex MVA) and Northpoint Aviation Services, have won a short contract with the Highlands and Islands Council in Scotland. The purpose of this study will be to consider transport provision to the Outer North Isles and how best to serve these islands in the short, medium and long term taking into consideration best value to the Council.
-posted 11th February 2014
TMG together with their strategic partners Systra (ex MVA) who will be leading the project, have today won a short contract to peer review the Jurassic Coast Marine Link Project for Dorset County Council. The Dorset and East Devon Coast, popularly known as the Jurassic Coast, is England’s first natural World Heritage site. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in December 2001. The site includes 95 miles (155 Km) of unspoilt cliffs and beaches from the westerly position of Orcombe Point, Exmouth in East Devon, to Studland Bay in Dorset. We look forward to working again with partners Systra and the World Heritage Team at Dorset County Council
-Posted 31st October 2013
TMG Europe in association with Strategic Networking Partners and Consulting, a Mauritius consulting firm, successfully completed the project to advise on the Replacement of the M/S Mauritius Pride and Consideration of Related issues to the satisfaction of the client.
-Posted 1st October 2013
TMG Europe welcome two new members to the team. Mrs Maureen Tanner joins us as Bookkeeper and Mrs Paula Simmons joins us having two roles, PA to the Managing Director and Marketing Manager. We look forward to working with these two ladies over the comining months and years.
-Posted 16th July 2013
TMG/MVA have completed their feasibility study of the upper Clyde ferry route between Gourock and Dunoon to the entire satisfaction of the Scottish Government. The Report has been published in the public domain and can be viewed at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j278759-00.htm and by clicking the relevant button can be read in PDF format.
-Posted 25th June 2013
TMG sadly have to report that our bookkeeper Ms Margaret Stewart died suddenly on Saturday 22nd June. In her short time with us we greatly appreciated her help and professionalism.
-Posted 30th December 2012
TMG Europe in association with Strategic Networking Partners and Consulting, a Mauritius consulting firm, has won the contract to provide the Government of Mauritius (Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping) with consultancy services for the "Feasibility Study for the Replacement of the M/S Mauritius Pride and Consideration of Related issues". The contract was won against stiff opposition from large international consultancy firms. We look forward to working with our clients and Mauritian partners in this new venture.
-Posted 30th November 2012
Captain Jan D Burgess, Master Mariner, MNI, will be joining TMG as a Senior Associate Consultant/Director of Strategy and will be working closely with TMG Europe over the next 12 months to assist in company strategy, governance and marketing, to move the company forward. He comes with an immaculate pedigree in these subjects, having been a senior manager at Serco Marine (a division of Serco Ltd) from which he retired this summer.
Ms Margaret Stewart has joined TMG as an associate. She is a qualified retired chartered accountant having worked for many years with the London based Institute of Engineers. Although having no experience with shipping, she is very familiar with many nautical terms as she was closely involved in accounting for the off shore industry in the North Sea.
-Posted 21st November 2012
TMG have partnered with MVA Consultancy of Edinburgh to carry out a six month study of the Upper Clyde Ferry routes, notably between Gourock and Dunoon. TMG/MVA will be looking at all aspects of the current services and offering possible solutions and improvements.
-Posted 6th July 2012
Serco was assisted in the transition after their sucessful bid of Northlink Ferries by TMG being part of the transition team. The transition was successfully completed in the afternoon of 5th July 2012 and will now operate under the name of Serco Northlink Ferries. TMG will continue to assist the new managemnet team over the coming months with the operation.
-Posted 29th June 2012
TMG and Beckett Rankine held suuceesful workshop road shows for the Gulf of Cambay Ferry Project in Mumbai and London during June. The workshops were well attended by International ferry operators with well over 100 delegates at the Mumbai show and over 60 at the London show.
-posted on 5h May 2012
Serco Ltd emerged as the preferred bidder for the Northlink Ferry services betweeen mainland Scotland and the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, after an announcement was made by the Scottish Government Minister for Transport on Friday afternoon (4th May 2012). The Maritime Group Europe was an integral part of the Bid Team effort over the months of December 2011, January, February and March 2012, after being contracted to assist Serco in their bid to secure the Northlink Ferries contract. The Maritime Group will continue to play an integral part of the Serco transition team for start-up of the new contract and beyond. The Maritime Group has considerable expertise and experience in the operation of ferries throughout the world, including executive, senior management, operational and sea positions in major ferry operators, such as Sea Containers Ferries and Ports Limited, Sealink UK Limited, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, P&O, Hoverspeed, Silja Line SA and Black Ball Ferry Line, Inc.
The Maritime Group (International) wish Serco Ltd many congratulations and every sucess in their new venture.
-posted 1st May 2012
The Government of Gujarat State in India has announce dates for Road Shows by GMB on the contract management services for establishing Ro-Ro ferry operations between Gogha and Dahej in the Gulf of Khambhat (Gambay). The shows will take place in Mumbai on 11th June 2012 and 28th June in London. Interested parties should consult the GMB web site www.roro-ferries-in-gulf-of-gambay.com . Operators and other interested parties wishing to attend either or both Road Shows should register their interest on line by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning +44 207834 7267 (Beckett Rankine) or +44 800 955 1792 (TMG Europe)
Black Ball Ferry Line announced that the company’s current executive management team (CEO Captain John M Cox President and Chairman The Maritime Group (International) has agreed to purchase the company from the Oregon State University Foundation.
-posted on 5th December 2011
The Maritime Group Europe has been contracted to assist one of the selected bidders in their efforts to secure the Northlink Ferries contract. Northlink Ferries operate a passenger and freight service between mainland Scotland and the islands of Orkney and Shetlands. The contract, awarded to the successful bidder by Transport Scotland on behalf of the government of Scotland, will commence July 2012.
-posted on 1st November 2011
A consortia consisting of The Maritime Group (International) Limited, Beckett Rankine Ltd/Beckett Rankine India Pvt Ltd and Avalon Global Research has been awarded a contract by the Gujarat Maritime Board of India. The contract to commence early 2012 involves project management services for establishing Ro-Ro ferry operations between Gogha and Dahej in the Gulf of Khambhat. Aquarius Services of Mumba will be supporting The Maritime Group.
-posted on 31st August 2011
Seaspeed Marine Consulting Limited an established, independent, marine consultancy company specialising in ship performance, safety technology and naval architecture has joined The Maritime Group's Strategic Partnership.
- posted on July 7th 2011
The Maritime Group have recently joined forces with Aquarius Services, a Marine Consultancy company based in Mumbai, to cooperate on new ferry services in India and Bangladesh
- posted on March 3rd 2011
Black Ball Ferry Line, Seattle, WA USA purchases Victoria Express. | view post
- posted on May 2010
The Maritime Group recently provided advice to the Oman Government on new high-speed ferries. | view post