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25 November 2019

Seacroft Marine Consultants appoint Mark Williamson as Marine Specialist & Business Development Manager

Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited have selected a new Marine Specialist & Business Development Manager as it looks to expand their specialised offshore marine projects offering.

Seacroft has appointed Mark Williamson to their growing team of Marine Specialists. In addition to this Mark has been nominated as Seacroft’s Business Development Manager.

Mark has twenty-four years’ experience in marine and technical disciplines of the marine and offshore industry, including spells at some of the sector’s most prominent names.

Most recently Mark was President Americas and Head of Global Business Development at Maritime Developments Limited (MDL), based in both Houston and Aberdeen. In his position he was responsible for day to day management of the Americas region, with initial focus on USA account penetration and establishing local strategic partners, and also the expansion into other global regions.

Mark also previously held the position of Managing Director North America and Head of Group Business Development and Marketing at OSM Maritime Group, based in Houston. He was responsible for establishing, managing and growing the North America region which included Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Mexico offices. In addition, as part of the Group’s Executive & Corporate Management Teams he was responsible for developing and executing the strategy for expansion into Australia.

On a technical note, Mark spent 8 years with InterMoor, spending time in both Aberdeen and Houston, where he was responsible for developing and managing some of their most pioneering projects like the Prelay Mooring Project for a West of Shetland winter campaign where he introduced the use of Subsea Acoustic Release Units for the first time in the North Sea. He also managed the company’s pioneering Pre-Installed Conductor projects in Brazil where the field well conductors were installed by an anchor handling vessel before the arrival of the rig, saving rig time, saving drilling time and reducing risk by reducing handling of the 36” pipe. This led to establishing a Conductor Installation Business Unit within InterMoor to seek and manage further projects. Always looking ahead, Mark also designed a patented quick connect/quick release mooring system for the Arctic Region, which could address the way MODU’s react to ice flow challenges in the future.

Mark has a strong seagoing background and worked through every rank from a 16 year old deck cadet with P&O Containers to sailing as one of the youngest Anchor Handling Masters in Maersk Supply Service, working in North Sea, Europe, Brazil, Middle East, West Africa and South East Asia.

Michael Cowlam, Seacroft’s Technical Director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mark to the Seacroft team. He brings a wealth of industry experience as well as corporate and Business Development knowledge. With Mark on board we hope for further business growth and expansion in new areas in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Mark Williamson said: “I am very happy to be joining the team at Seacroft. This is a team with integrity at the heart of everything we do, which was very important to me. There is a fantastic platform in place to support growth into new and exciting areas. It’s fantastic being back in a technical marine role again, and a pleasure sharing a coffee every morning again with fellow Master Mariners who are focused on ensuring that the marine industry maintains its high standards. It’s an industry that we are all very passionate about at Seacroft.”

Seacroft was established in 1995 and has grown to become a leading provider of independent marine consultancy and assurance services to the UK and international offshore Oil and Gas arena.

With a team of 13 staff and more than 80 consultants, the company has built its reputation in the marine assurance and consultancy sphere.

Seacroft Marine Consultants’ expertise includes marine assurance packages, OVID and CMID Inspections, Dynamic Positioning Assurance, Rig Move Assurance, Project Cargo Assurance, Project Marine Operations Assurance, International Safety Management Audits, Safety Audits & Inspections and Incident Investigation

The firm also offers other dynamic positioning technical services as well as simulator training in ship handling and bridge team management and specialist recovery and rescue consultancy services.

15 May 2019

Diamond Offshore adopts industry-leading SafeZone® 500 programme from Seacroft Marine

Following the successful roll-out of Seacroft Marine’s ‘SafeZone® 500’ marine vessel control and management programme aboard Diamond Offshore’s ‘Ocean Patriot’ drilling rig, Diamond Offshore has contracted Seacroft to implement the programme on its other three UK-based rigs the Ocean Endeavour, Ocean Valiant and Ocean GreatWhite.

SafeZone® 500 – a programme of procedures, training, and audit processes for the control of vessels attending offshore assets – was mainly being delivered to offshore production installations without a proper marine crew to date, but is increasingly being adopted by operators of mobile drilling rigs and other floating installations, who often have more marine expertise on board.

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, says: “High performance drilling rigs like those in the Diamond Offshore fleet require a constant stream of supporting vessels bringing marine, drilling and domestic supplies – and shipping away waste for recycling. Each vessel movement carries with it a risk from which, regardless of the likelihood of collision, the consequences can be significant: this risk has to be managed.”

SafeZone® 500 gives asset owners assurance the risk is being suitably managed by setting out a series of procedures and a code of common-standard communication ensuring positive control over vessel movements and operations by the marine responsible person on board the installation or rig.

Seacroft Marine launched SafeZone® 500 in 2017, since when some 1500 offshore personnel have been trained to the procedure’s standard of competence in the UK. The programme is also being evaluated by clients overseas.

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Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  M: 07941 329798

18 April 2019

Seacroft Marine present on offshore collision avoidance at Nautical Institute

The North of Scotland Branch of the Nautical Institute took the challenge of preventing collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels as the subject of its recent monthly meeting

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, presented to around 50 members on the regulatory imperative – and on a number of responses brought forward by companies and industry bodies in response.

“The Health and Safety Executive have – after a number of incidents in recent years – challenged operators of offshore installations to demonstrate that they have adequate systems in place to manage vessel traffic in the 500m safety zone such that preventable collisions do not happen,” says Michael. “The creation of the role for a Marine Responsible Person (MRP) is one part of the industry response but without the necessary underpinning procedures, training and assurance systems, the existence of the role is not, in itself, a solution.”

Mr Cowlam described a catastrophic incident of attendant vessel collision which took place overseas – resulting in multiple fatalities and the total destruction of both the installation and the vessel – and a number of, thankfully, less severe occurrences from the UKCS.

He discussed the creation of the role of the MRP, the Step Change in Safety ‘Joined Up Thinking’ video, the Marine Safety Forum’s Marine Awareness training and Seacroft’s own bespoke SafeZone 500 programme of procedures, training and audit processes for managing marine traffic and associated allision risk in the 500m zone.

A lively Q&A session ensued, which Michael welcomed

“Some of the most experienced minds in the marine industry were in that room – where better to debate solutions to what we all recognise is a real hazard of operating larger and larger vessels in close proximity to static installations”, Mr Cowlam says

Roger Armstrong, chairman of the branch, thanked Michael for the presentation which stimulated debate amongst the members and association representatives: “We were glad the presentation raised the question of how the Industry can bring marine responsibility to the Installation. A Marine Responsible Person offers the OIM so much more than allowing entry into the safety zone.

“With aging structures and larger tonnage, it is essential to protect the installation from collision, but also to consider the value of the advice to the OIM regarding preparation for adverse and extreme weather, emergency support and environmental awareness. They would offer direct liaison with the ERRV and bring a holistic approach to protecting the asset during marine operations.

 

“The reintroduction of a competent marine presence will have to be developed over an extended period, but Duty Holders should be aware of the requirement and the interest from the Regulator,” Roger Armstrong conluded.

 

3 April 2019

Seacroft Marine boosted by BP Exploration contract win

Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, the Aberdeen-based marine assurance specialists, have won an important contract to continue their long established relationship with BP.  The renewed contract is for a 3 year term, with options for 2 further years.

The new contract positions Seacroft as one of BP Exploration’s core providers of marine consultancy services in the UK.

14 March 2019

Seacroft Marine oversees safe removal and reactivation of FPSO offshore West Africa

As decommissioning gathers pace around the world, Gary McKenzie, Marine Projects Manager with Seacroft Marine Consultants, recently completed a task as marine representative for a senior international operating company overseeing the safe removal and reactivation of an FPSO off West Africa.

The project – following safe disconnection of the production risers – was to disconnect the FPSO from the 16 anchor chains holding her on station, and then to tow her clear of the field location.

Gary McKenzie worked with the client’s management team, contributing to major risk assessment sessions during the project plan’s development and assurance processes. On board the FPSO, Gary’s role was to represent the client, liaising between the Master/Offshore Installation Manager, project management and third-party tugs.

“Seacroft Marine Consultants has significant experience both of FPSO hook-up/tie-in and of removal – but every project presents different challenges,” says Gary McKenzie. “For example, unlike most FPSO’s which are turret-moored and weathervane, this vessel was anchored on a fixed heading. Also the project provided for the FPSO – a converted Suezmax tanker – to be reactivated as a vessel capable of making way under her own power initially to a nearby port and then onward to an international port for refit.”

The 16 anchor chains – 4 at each quarter of the vessel – were secured under tension in ‘stoppers’ before being cut. Oxy-acetylene burners on long lances were to be used, with the operators being further protected behind structural steelwork.

Vessel assurance was completed on the five tugs before these first four tugs took up position at the four quarters of the FPSO to hold her on station during the disconnection operation.

One by one, the chains were disconnected as planned, at which point the tugs towed the FPSO clear of the exclusion zone where it was anchored to allow divers to clean the propeller, rudder and sea chests before the unit sailed away under her own power.

“The project plan was meticulous and the assurance tight, which went a long way toward ensuring no surprises during implementation. The contractors, tow-master and vessels communicated effectively throughout and the result was an on-time completion with zero incidents to report. A great result for the team as a whole, and one which adds to the experience-base Seacroft can bring to bear on other FPSO removal projects around the world” says Gary McKenzie.

 

18 December 2018

Seacroft, Apollo form collaboration for excellence in marine engineering and assurance

Two leading Aberdeen businesses are to collaborate formally to deliver seamless service across the boundaries between engineering and assurance in offshore marine projects.

Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, which has a 25 year heritage in the Silver City providing assurance services to the marine and offshore sector, will partner with Apollo, a technically-led engineering and project services company founded in 2010. Between them, the two companies employ 120 staff in Aberdeen.

Michael Cowlam (left), technical director at Seacroft Marine Consultants, says: “We have previously partnered informally with Apollo to deliver cross-disciplinary services: this new collaboration enables both companies to offer clients the promise of seamless service on projects spanning marine and subsea engineering, naval architecture, marine survey and marine assurance. The collaboration responds to clear demand from clients for a coordinated cross-disciplinary approach.”

Nigel Robinson (right), marine and renewables managing director at Apollo, adds: “Seacroft are a very well respected marine consultancy and I am excited about this new phase of collaboration between us.  Sound marine assurance comes from the experience of the seafarer and the technical know-how of the offshore engineer, so Apollo and Seacroft make a natural team.  Together we will bring a fresh, independent marine assurance capability to our North Sea customers.”

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

About Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support vessels attending them, and to ports and harbours.

Seacroft’s services include vessel procedures and trials, CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, technical authorship, marine awareness training, incident investigation, training in ship handling and bridge team management and port/marine safety procedures and audits.

The company has a track record of innovation in its sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour entrance, Seacroft has a core staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners and Marine Engineers. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

For further information on Seacroft Marine Consultants services please visit

www.seacroftmarine.com.

About Apollo

Apollo is a technically-led engineering company. Its core values of Safe Attitude Future Enjoyment underpin the company culture and how we approach, engage and deliver for our clients as well as interact with each other. Apollo empowers its engineers to deliver for our clients, with appropriate reporting and controls, ensuring maximum engineering value to be created.

Through this business model Apollo has grown to be a successful and respected engineering provider. From humble beginnings Apollo now delivers full multidiscipline project delivery to our clients across the project lifecycle with a team of over one hundred discipline engineers and designers.

Our approach of fit for purpose solutions through value engineering has allowed us to provide increased value to our clients during recent years allowing us to grow and expand our market offering, even during the downturn.

www.apollo-oe.com

15 August 2018

New man at the helm of Dynamic Positioning team at Seacroft Marine

Aberdeen based marine assurance specialist Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has appointed John Whitham to lead its Dynamic Positioning function, which supports marine operations in the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors.

Mr Whitham has over 33 years’ experience in the marine sector – 23 years at sea, 11 of these as chief engineer on offshore supply and anchor handling vessels, and 10 years in technical management roles onshore. His technical focus in recent years has been on safe use of dynamic positioning (DP) systems offshore, particularly review and authoring of DP Failure Mode & Effects Analysis documents and the conduct of DP trials for vessel assurance purposes.

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine Consultants, says: “Dynamic Positioning systems are continuing to grow in sophistication, keeping pace with the industry’s reliance on the systems to support safe vessel operation in extremely close proximity to offshore structures. John Whitham’s appointment reflects Seacroft’s commitment to staying at the forefront of DP engineering and system assurance offshore.”

The initiative complements other Seacroft services providing manual ship-handling training at Aberdeen Harbour’s full mission bridge simulator – addressing industry concerns that traditional ship-handling skills are being diluted as a new generation of more ‘technology-reliant’ bridge officers comes through.

John Whitham, dynamic positioning and marine engineering manager with Seacroft Marine Consultants says: “I’m delighted to be joining Seacroft – a company I have known and respected for years – in a leading role in my specialism of DP systems assurance.

The creation of John’s new role is a further demonstration of Seacroft’s confidence in the sustainability of the recovery in the North Sea marine sector since the downturn of 2014-2017. The company has reported over £1.5 million in new contract gains in 2018 and notes the number of drilling rigs and vessels returning to the market after periods of lay-up.

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

30 May 2018

Seacroft Marine lands TAQA contract

Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has been awarded a marine consultancy contract in the UKCS by energy company TAQA.

Under the contract, Seacroft will provide marine assurance services over supply vessels (PSVs), Emergency Response & Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) and Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs) supporting TAQA’s five installations and mobile drilling operations in the northern and central North Sea.

The contract will run for an initial period of three years and the scope provides for Seacroft to provide other marine consultancy services where required by TAQA.

Seacroft Marine director Jennifer Fraser welcomed the new contract: “We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with TAQA. This award comes at a time of increasing activity in Aberdeen’s marine sector and gives us confidence to continue to pursue Seacroft’s growth plans in the city.”

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine announced in April that it had already added over £500,000 in new contracts won since the start of 2018 and, while no value for this latest TAQA award has been given, Seacroft describe it as a significant addition to that total.

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support and emergency response vessels attending them.

Seacroft’s services include CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) procedures and trials, technical authorship, incident investigation, and training in ship handling and bridge team management.

The company has a track record of innovation in the sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour mouth, Seacroft has a permanent staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

 

12 April 2018

Seacroft Marine reports over £500,000 in new contracts, as market improves.

Noting a significant upturn in marine activity supporting the UKCS oil and gas sector, Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has reported more than £500,000 in new contracts won in the first 3 months of 2018.

In the most recent award, Seacroft has been contracted to deliver its SafeZone® 500 training programme to 300 offshore and marine personnel involved in ensuring safe vessel operations within the 500m safety zones around the un-named client’s platforms and drilling rigs in the southern North Sea.

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine says: “Seacroft’s SafeZone® 500 programme, which we launched in 2017, is becoming established as the gold-standard suite of procedures, training and audit tools supporting safe management and operation of vessels in the 500m safety zone surrounding offshore installations.

“SafeZone® 500 has already been adopted by 7 leading operating companies on the UKCS and Seacroft have trained over 600 platform, rig and vessel personnel to the SafeZone® 500 standard; that figure will now rise to over 1,000 by the year end”, says Mr Cowlam

Other contract gains have included a major marine assurance contract with INEOS FPS, supporting all their vessel operations. This contract will also see Seacroft provide marine representatives to oversee safe operation of the monohull walk-to-work accommodation vessel Polar Queen during a three month project at the INEOS FPS Unity platform in the North Sea.

“Walk-to-work monohull accommodation vessels are relatively new to central and northern North Sea operations, so Seacroft are pleased to have this opportunity to lead in the development and oversight of innovative safe operating procedures for walk-to-work vessel use in combined accommodation and Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) roles,” continues Michael Cowlam

Reflecting the upturn in drilling activity, Seacroft have also provided project teams delivering marine assurance during drilling rig reactivations for North Sea work, while new initiatives surrounding the sharing of ERRVs have led clients to request Seacroft to re-evaluate numerous long standing ERRV sharing arrangements.

Jennifer Fraser, company director responsible for the commercial side of Seacroft’s business, says: “Seacroft Marine is an owner-managed, Aberdeen-based marine consultancy which means we have been well placed to respond quickly to our clients’ growing – and changing – needs in 2018. Seacroft has already been actively recruiting to new roles in the company and our projection is for continuing growth in business and employment as the year progresses.”

Photo: Seacroft Marine’s co-owners/directors Jennifer Fraser and Michael Cowlam, pictured in the company’s distinctive offices in the historic ‘Roundhouse’ on Aberdeen’s Pocra Quay

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support vessels attending them, and to ports and harbours.

Seacroft’s services include vessel procedures and trials, CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, technical authorship, marine awareness training, incident investigation, training in ship handling and bridge team management and port/marine safety procedures and audits.

The company has a track record of innovation in its sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour entrance, Seacroft has a core staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners and Marine Engineers. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

For further information on Seacroft Marine Consultants services please visit www.seacroftmarine.com.

1 February 2018

Seacroft Marine to present ‘360° view’ of Dynamic Positioning standards at Dynamic Positioning Conference, London, 6 February

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Aberdeen’s Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, is to present a 360° view of industry expectations and best practices at the Dynamic Positioning Europe Conference in London.

Offshore support vessels attending installations in the North Sea use sophisticated dynamic positioning systems to enable them to hold station safely, just metres from the structures they are supplying. Installation owners – and industry regulators – continually focus on the reliability of these systems and their operating procedures in the drive to eliminate even minor collisions; indeed systems are exhaustively checked every time a vessel approaches within 500m of an offshore installation.

Michael Cowlam says: “Seacroft are well placed to comment on the priorities, opportunities and challenges facing the industry, as we interface with installation operators, vessel owners, regulators and industry bodies. My presentation will draw on that perspective, setting out a collective insight into current best practice and opportunities for improvement.”

When functioning to their full potential, DP systems – like aircraft instrument landing systems – are widely acknowledged to be very reliable and accurate compared to human ‘joystick’ control, and vessel systems are protected by layers of ‘redundancy’. However, again as with aircraft, the potential consequences of failure are so serious that no industry effort is spared in managing and mitigating these risks – and ensuring that experienced human intervention is on hand.

UK North Sea incidents have so far been confined to minor structural damage, but in the industry’s worst such incident a vessel collided with a bridge-linked oil platform in India’s Mumbai High field, starting a fire which destroyed the North Platform with the loss of 22 lives, and also destroyed the vessel.

Michael Cowlam continues: “While technology development and reliability improvement are continuing themes, procedures, controls, communication, crew competence and currency of experience are priorities we regularly hear voiced by installation operators and safety regulators. They look to us to reflect these priorities in the marine assurance work we undertake on vessels. By addressing these issues at the conference, I hope to contribute to widening awareness and debate across senior levels of the industry.”

Dynamic Positioning Europe on 6th February, part of the larger OSJ Conference on 7th-8th February, both events being organised by the Offshore Support Journal and taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith.

Seacroft Marine is also nominated for the OSJ Safety Award, recognising Seacroft’s innovative SafeZone 500® suite of procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate the risk of collision between vessels attending offshore installations. The awards will be presented at the OSJ Conference Dinner on 8th February.

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support vessels attending them, and to ports and harbours.

Seacroft’s services include vessel procedures and trials, CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, technical authorship, marine awareness training, incident investigation, training in ship handling and bridge team management and port/marine safety procedures and audits.

The company has a track record of innovation in its sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour entrance, Seacroft has a core staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners and Marine Engineers. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

For further information on Seacroft Marine Consultants services please visit

www.seacroftmarine.com

 

Mark Williamson, marine specialist and business development manager at Seacroft Marine

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