Global maritime consultancy expands with expert services

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TMG director of strategy Les Chapman

TMG director of strategy Les Chapman

A global maritime consultancy has strengthened its specialist services with expert support for clients facing potentially damaging legal action.

The Maritime Group (International) Limited -TMG- has expanded with a new expert witness and litigation service as well as a fresh focus on accident investigation and security solutions.

TMG Europe’s new director of strategy Les Chapman, who is a former naval submarine commander responsible for £1billion worth of nuclear assets, has experience across the sectors.

He is a former chief operating officer of accident investigation and forensic engineering consultancy Reynolds Technological Inquiries and former maritime security director at Control Risks Group, one of the world’s leading business risk consultancies.

Les said: “The maritime world can be an incredibly hostile environment both on the sea and off it.

“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 is a global consortium of marine consultancies and management companies with offices in Seattle (head office), London, Honolulu, Brisbane and Singapore.

Its expert witness services are aimed at lawyers, global corporations, owners, operators, manufacturers, investors, insurers and individuals to provide authoritative, impartial and verifiable evidence for civil and criminal courts.

They draw on with meticulous accident and loss investigations, engineering analysis and technical evaluation to draw well-founded conclusions for credible case presentations, depositions and testimonies.

Experts also advise in preparations for trials and hearings to ensure the expert witness evidence dovetails powerfully with the case as a whole.

Les added: “Our expert witness support is based on rigorous, scientific methodology and engineering analysis to provide credible evidence to support positive legal outcomes.”

Litigation surrounding the capsized Costa Concordia off the Italian coast has been among recent high profile cases.

Others have included the 2013 groundings of the Beaumont cargo ship off Northern Spain and the Danio near the environmentally sensitive Farne Islands, off Northumberland, UK.

In 2013, a total of 1, 1332 accidents involving 1, 459 vessels were reported to the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Maritime crime and piracy has also risen worldwide, especially recently off West Africa and Southeast Asia with more thefts, hijackings and kidnaps.

In the Indian Ocean, the UN Security Council has voted to renew the mandate for states and regional bodies to fight Somali pirates for another year.

The bunkering of stolen crude oil and the hijacking of legitimate shipping off the West African seaboard provides the backdrop for a growing wave of crime at sea.

The waters around Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, remain high risk areas for ships in transit or at anchor with the most typical attack involving three or four robbers, usually armed with knives, boarding a vessel under way and stealing its stores having threatened its crew.

TMG recruited former Royal Navy Commander Martin Ewence as Director of Security in May for its Maritime Risk Consulting Division.

Martin served for 30 years in the navy, including command of a destroyer and as Chief of Staff to the NATO Counter Piracy Squadron in the Somali Basin.

TMG’s Maritime Risk Consulting division gives security advice to shipping and offshore clients.

Its risk mitigation solutions, managed by TMG staff, bring together a co-ordinated sequence of global maritime capabilities including strategic consulting,  intelligence,  training, risk assessments and security audits, manned guarding and journey management ashore.  All are designed to reduce risk while transiting or operating in High Risk Areas (HRA).

Martin said: “With our extensive experience in maritime security, we can advise on the provision of a fully integrated end-to-end maritime resilience strategy, drawing on all aspects of our global expertise.”

“Our broad portfolio of capability providers can be adapted to our clients’ requirements, noting the unique nature of their operations.”

Visit for more details about TMG.

The Maritime Group, Inc. was first formed in 1990 in the USA by Captain John M Cox. The Maritime Group International now has regional offices in Seattle, Honolulu, Brisbane, Singapore and London. The London Office was set up in 2004 by Captain Malcolm W Parrott after he retired from 26 years with Sea Containers.

It is a global consortium of marine consultancies, management companies and maritime professionals with many years of experience in ship operations at sea and ashore.

TMG has worked with a variety of clients, such as major shipping groups, port operators and government agencies worldwide.

TMG works closely with strategic partners, Peter Brett Associates (transport economists and analysts), Beckett Rankine (port and harbour civil engineers) and Houlders (naval architects). Together this grouping of partner firms forms one of the most powerful maritime consultancy grouping in the world.

As a world-class maritime consultancy, TMG provides solutions for businesses to meet their targets from conception and planning through to operations and management.

Its experts include marine engineers, port civil engineers, port planners, port operators, economists, environmentalists, financial experts, maritime lawyers, ship brokers, traffic experts, naval architects, port architects, surveyors for ports and vessels, marketing experts, security experts and IT experts.

Its services include marine consultancy; operational and business advice; bid development, management and support; safety and security at sea; ship brokerage and port development and marketing.

Other services include port operation and management; cargo and freight operations; maritime business development; ship inspections, audits and vetting; technical services and litigation services and expert witness.

Its London office is at HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London.

Call +44 0800 9551792/0207 1833736 (UK Office hours only) or +1 260 255 5864 (24/7) and www.the-maritime-group.comfor more information.

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