Record-breaking maritime consultancy charts expansion

A global maritime consultancy with offices in London is setting course for increased growth in 2015 with ambitious projects worldwide after a record year.

The Maritime Group (International) – TMG – recorded its busiest ever 12 months after a complete restructuring of the business in early 2014.

It attracted its most enquiries, secured its highest number of contracts and expanded with a new office and staff, including director of strategy Les Chapman.

Now TMG has lined up its strongest pipeline of work for the year ahead as it aims for more expansion over the next 12 months – including major projects in the UK, Africa, Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.

Malcolm Parrott, who is TMG managing director and executive vice president, said: “As a world-class consultancy, our business has significantly expanded over the past 12 months.

“We changed our strategy and have since recorded our best ever year. We also have our strongest order book at the start of a new year and anticipate further successful growth.”

TMG has renewed strategic partnership agreements with road, rail and air transport analysts and planners Peter Brett Associates LLP and London-based naval architects Houlders Ltd.

Malcolm said: “This partnership together with port civil engineers Beckett Rankine Limited and ship repairers and builders Global Limited forms one of the strongest maritime consultancy partnerships in the world.

“Together we can deliver almost any maritime advice and planning that may be required. Peter Brett has over 600 consultants on its books and TMG now has over 300 worldwide.”

TMG received more than 35 major enquires over the past 12 months from a variety of sources, including from a strategic web-based marketing

It converted 48% into projects, with six already completed, 15 underway and three pending with a bid proposal in the pipeline.

Completed projects have included studies for Dorset and East Devon county councils, Orkney Island Council, the Government of Mauritius, North East Lincolnshire County Council, Transport Scotland, Serco Limited and Gravesham District Council.

Projects are due to begin with Serco Ltd, a hotel ship in New Zealand, inter island ferry services in New Zealand, North East Lincolnshire Council, container ship services in Honolulu and a possible ferry service on the river Nile.

Work to undertake a detailed feasibility study of the slipway facility and associated ship repair opportunities at the port of Grimsby is among the projects.

Other contracts include continuation work in Scotland, a port development in Saudi Arabia and work for Government in South America, as well as ferry services for Oman, Nigeria’s Lagos Lagoon, the Wallis and Futuna Islands and Sierra Leone, which is on hold until the Ebola crisis recedes.

Continuing work from previous years includes the development of ferry service due to commence in the New Year in the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat State, India.

TMG is a global consortium of marine consultancies and management companies with offices in Seattle, London’s Victoria Embankment, Honolulu, Brisbane and Singapore, and newly appointed offices in Durban.

TMG Europe recently opened a new office in Sevenoaks, Kent, UK, which it aims to expand along with franchising small maritime consultancies into the growing world of TMG.

New associates and appointments have also strengthened TMG, including former submarine commander Les Chapman.

Les, who started in September, will also join the TMG board in January subject to a shareholders’ vote at the AGM.

TMG recruited former Royal Navy commander Martin Ewence as director of security in May for its Maritime Risk Consulting Division.

According to the International Chamber of Shipping, more than 90% of world trade is carried by shipping with some 50,000 merchant ships across the globe.

There are more than 12,000 ports worldwide, according to IHS’s Sea-Web.