The Maritime Group boosts firepower

From left, Les Chapman, Richard Roland, Malcolm Parrott, Mark Taylor, Tony Birr of TMG and State 2

From left, Les Chapman, Richard Roland, Malcolm Parrott, Mark Taylor, Tony Birr of TMG and State 2

An international maritime consultancy has significantly bolstered its specialist services by joining forces with two security and risk management companies.

The Maritime Group International (TMG) Limited has teamed up with State 21 Limited and Bowline Defence Limited as demand rises for global maritime security support.

It marks further expansion for TMG, a global consortium of maritime service companies, marine consultancies and marine management businesses. It has offices in Singapore, Seattle, London and Honolulu, and agencies in Canada, South Africa, Europe, India and Oman.

The new partnerships immensely boost the capabilities of TMG’s Maritime Risk Consulting Division.

Malcolm Parrott, TMG managing director, said: “Maritime businesses are facing unique and unprecedented threats as the world becomes an increasingly unstable and unpredictable place.

“We are pleased to welcome State 21 Limited and Bowline Defence Limited to strengthen our high-calibre support for these businesses in home ports, at sea and overseas.”

Leading risk management and security services company Bowline Defence is based in London with operations worldwide. It delivers specialist services across a number of sectors including shipping, oil and gas, with private clients and national governments. It operates worldwide through a network of operational hubs and offices, co-ordinated through a command centre.

TMG partner and director Les Chapman, a former nuclear submarine command qualified officer, has been appointed the new chairman of Bowline Defence.

Les said: “This new partnership with a business of the stature of Bowline Defence has greatly bolstered our security services.

“We now have the capacity to deliver highly effective and specifically designed solutions to meet the complex security requirement of clients worldwide.”

Resilience management consultancy State 21 brings nearly 100 years of police experience on and off the water. Its personnel include former UK senior police officers with extensive experience and excellent working relationships with key organisations, governmental and defence agencies and maritime and security organisations.

Tony Birr, State 21 business director, added: “Resilience and continuity planning are critical for the success of any business.

“As complementary companies, State 21 and TMG have the depth of skills, experience and expertise to ensure businesses in the maritime environment are fully prepared to face emergency situations and risks with the greatest confidence.”

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The new partnerships include advice and training in all areas of maritime security and risk management.

Services include emergency and contingency planning, business continuity, incident management, command and control responses, maritime guarding, risk assessments, security audits, risk mitigation solutions, intelligence services, journey management, strategic consulting, training, emergency planning, incident management, business continuity and project management.

According to the latest International Chamber of Commerce and International Maritime Bureau’s annual report, maritime piracy was persisting worldwide at levels close to those in 2014.

The IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre reported 246 incidents in 2015, one more than 2014, including a total of 15 vessels hijacked.

TMG’s headquarters is in Seattle with regional offices in London, Honolulu, Singapore and agencies in Canada, South Africa, Europe, India and Oman.