TMG Maritime News

The Maritime Group Europe & Beckett Rankine, Port Civil Engineers win contract to review Grimsby slipway facilities.

-Posted 24 September 2014

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.

Strategy Director Jan D Burgess leaves TMG for pastures new.

-Posted 24 September 2014

Jan Burgess is leaving TMG with immediate effect to take up a position with stategic 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 the future.

New Strategy Director joins TMG.

-Posted 16 August 2014

Commander Leslie A Chapman RN has joined TMG as our new Director of Strategy with immediate effect. Les comes with a strong career pedigree with 22 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Navy mainly in the submarine service. He has recently left Reynolds Technological Inquires Ltd., as their COO after 10years employment with them.  RTI Ltd is an international accident investigation and forensic engineering consultancy of experienced professionals serving the legal and insurance market representing high risk industries and transportation operations worldwide. We think Les will be ideally positioned to drive TMG forward in the future. Welcome on board Les.

TMG Europe signs up for new contract with Serco Limited.

TMG Europe signs up for new contract with Serco Limited.

-Posted 23 July 2014

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.

It's a Knockout says World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno.

It's a Knockout says World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno.

-Posted 21 June 2014

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.

The Maritime Group Pacific and Amergent Techs are moving

-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.

Systra, TMG and Pro Vista Ltd join forces in new contract with Transport Scotland.

-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.

Systra and TMG complete Jurassic Coast Peer Review.

-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.

TMG welcomes Commander Martin Ewence OBE RN.

-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.

TMG and partners Systra win contract to carry out mini consultation review for Orkney Islands Transport.

-Posted 13th March 2014
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.

TMG and partners Systra (MVA) win contract for Jurassic Coast Marine Links Project: Peer Review.

-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

TMG completes contract with the Government of Maritius (Ministry of Public Infrastucture, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping) sucessfully.

-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.

New Team members for The Maritime Group Europe.

-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.

TMG and partner MVA (Systra) Consultancy complete Scottish Government feasibility study for ferry route on Upper Clyde.

-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  and by clicking the relevant button can be read in PDF format.

TMG’s bookkeeper unfortunately crosses the bar.

-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.

TMG win bid with Government of Mauritius for Feasibility study of Mauritius Ferries

-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.

New Team members for The Maritime Group Europe.

-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. 

TMG parnter with MVA Consultancy to win Scottish Government Bid to carry out feasibility study for ferry route on Upper Clyde

-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.

Serco Ltd carry out successful transitition with Serco NorthLink Ferries

-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.

Sucsseful Road shoes presented for GMB by TMG and Beckett Rankine at Mumbai and London

-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.

New Operators for Northlink Ferries announced by Scottish Government

-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.

Government of Gujarat, India announce dates of Road Shows for Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) Ferry bid.

-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 . Operators and other interested parties wishing to attend either or both Road Shows should register their interest on line by e-mailing or by phoning +44 207834 7267 (Beckett Rankine) or +44 800 955 1792 (TMG Europe) 

New Owners for Black Ball Line

-posted on 14th January  2012

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.

TMG Europe contracted to assist in Northlink Ferries bid.

-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.

Gujarat Maritime Board contract awarded

-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.

Seaspeed Marine Consulting - Naval Architects

-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.

The Maritime Group joined in India by Aquarius Services of Mumbai

- 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

Black Ball Ferry Line, Seattle, WA USA purchases Victoria Express.

- posted on March 3rd 2011

Black Ball Ferry Line, Seattle, WA USA purchases Victoria Express. | view post

TMG support Oman Government

- posted on May 2010

The Maritime Group recently provided advice to the Oman Government on new high-speed ferries. | view post


Who and what is TMG?

TMG is a world-class, world-wide maritime consultancy, providing solutions for all of your business needs. We work to the highest professional standards and deliver in a cost effective manner.  TMG has one of the largest networks of global maritime connected consultants and together with our strategic partners can offer complete competitive business solutions.  We can help you meet your targets from conception and planning through to operations and management.

The world of maritime business is rich in opportunity but is also intellectually challenging, especially if you are entering it for the first time. The only real and sensible solution is to work with experts who’ve been there before and know exactly what it takes to achieve success when doing business at or with the sea.

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The Maritime Group International is the world's premier specialist marine consultancy in ferry & Cruise (including High Speed Ferries). However, we also offer services across a wide range of other maritime disciplines, as you will see as you browse through our web site.

At TMG we definitely have a great respect for the sea and all that comes with it, brought on by our combined years of experience in working, living and operating both afloat and ashore. We are extremely knowledgeable about the minefield of Regulations and pitfalls governing safety, security and operations at sea. Maritime Consultancy does not stop at ships and harbours however! Within the TMG organization and together with our strategic partners (such as Beckett Rankine Ltd, Systra Ltd, Peter Brett Associates LLP, Houlders Limited and Temple Consultants), we have marine engineers, Port civil engineers, port planners, port operators, economists, environmetalists, financial experts, maritime lawyers, ship brokers, traffic experts, naval architects, port architects, surveyors (both ports and vessels) marketing experts, security experts, IT experts, etc.etc.. All disciples essential for the safe, secure, operationally efficient and financially viable requirements for the running of a maritime venture.

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