Marine changes create waves

THE marine sector looks to be in for a shakeup in the near future with British group Braemar Seascope plc acquiring cargo broker Seawise Australia to target the LNG, crude oil and offshore support markets. In other news several former Total Marine staffers, led by former GM Ray Meadowcroft have boosted up the operations of the Offshore Marine Services regional operations.
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Seawise has been in existence since April 2001 following a merger of Southwest Chartering and Bridgewater which had been trading from the 1960s and 1980s respectively.

Braemar’s acquisition of Seawise will let the local company access a broad range of activities currently out of its reach, in which its new parent has significant strengths. Seawise said this included offshore, crude, petroleum LNG and specialist charter tinkering.

Braemar also boasts the Wavespec division, specialising in the initial design and supervision in construction of VLCCs, product carriers, container carriers, anchor handling and offshore support vessels.

The exodus of senior Total Marine Services (TMS) personnel to OMS has had tongues wagging on the waterfront.

In addition to Meadowcroft’s appointment to the Singapore position, no doubt providing valuable guidance on the Australian market, former TMS beancounter David Keeffe has been appointed as a director of Offshore Marine Services Pty Ltd and as divisional head of commercial and financial services for OMS Australia and OMS Singapore. He joins Tess Azzopardi who was previously executive assistant to Meadowcroft for TMS in Fremantle.

They seem to have some good runs on the board already with reports they have won the manning contracts for a number of offshore rig operators, with the Ocean Epoch, Ocean Patriot, Atwood Eagle and the Jack Bates all reported to have been locked up by the new look OMS.

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