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


Seacroft’s ERRV Darts Tournament 2020                 

Seacroft Marine Consultants establish ERRV Darts Tournament in support of Mental Health Awareness in North Sea.

Seacroft Marine Consultants, a leading provider of Marine Assurance, DP Assurance, Project Management and Consultancy Services to the Offshore Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sectors have agreed the establishment of an Annual Darts Tournament (ERRV Division) in partnership with North Star Shipping, Atlantic Offshore, Sentinel Marine, Vroon, Boston Putford and Esvagt.

The tournament is designed to help address mental health awareness by creating a platform that provides every crewmember with multiple opportunities to start a discussion about something they may be struggling with at work or in their personal lives.

Michael Cowlam, Technical Director at Seacroft added “When discussing the challenges associated with mental health awareness onboard vessels we decided we wanted to do something that could help and could be applied across fleets, so therefore couldn’t be covered by a single company’s internal efforts. During our many vessel visits every year we realised there is an existing platfrom in place already onboard most vessels, a dart board. So we designed a tournament structure which could be applied across all vessel owners and through it’s nature create multiple opportunities for a crew member who may be struggling with something to start a discussion about it. The feedback from the vessel owners has been fantastic and they all feel that this approach will supplement their existing efforts in addressing the issue of Mental Health.”

Seacroft have created a prize fund for the tournament, which is envisioned to take part through the year on an annual basis, with the winning vessels splitting the prize with their chosen mental health charity.

Seacroft Marine Consultants provides a high standard of comprehensive and cost-value added marine consultancy services to marine, shipping, offshore O&G and renewables companies globally. Active operational and technical support is provided to ship owners and operators, offshore O&G operators, renewable operators, charterers, crews and a host of other marine related companies.

25th May 2020

Seacroft Marine Consultants sign MOU with Subsea Consulting Company

Seacroft Marine Consultants, a leading provider of marine assurance, DP assurance, offshore consultancy, and marine safety services, sign a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen based Namaka Subsea.

Namaka Subsea, a global subject matter expert specialising in Subsea Operations, and Seacroft have signed the agreement after the completion of successful projects in the Europe & Asia. The agreement will see both companies share each other’s subject matter expertise across regional operations, as well as offering a Complete Vessel Assurance service agreement to clients utilising multiple project vessels.

Mark Williamson, Business Development Manager at Seacroft added “Signing this MOU with Namaka Subsea enables us to add real value to our clients with project diving vessels or project vessels mobilising portable project specific equipment by providing Complete Vessel Assurance due to our unique combination of expertise, through a single point of contact ”.

Seacroft Marine Consultants provides a high standard of comprehensive and value-added marine consultancy services to marine, shipping, offshore O&G and renewables companies globally. Active operational, technical and project support is provided to ship owners, ship management companies, offshore O&G operators, renewable operators, charterers, crews and a host of other marine related companies.

Namaka Subsea are an established global subject matter expert specialising in Subsea Operations including Diving and ROV, offering innovative solutions to ensure client requirements and expectations are met anywhere in the world.

28 February 2020

Seacroft Marine sees offshore activity upturn for 2020

Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, a leading Aberdeen-based marine assurance and training consultancy, noted significant upturn in activity levels in the offshore oil and gas industry’s marine sector the final quarter of 2019 and is projecting continuing increased activity through the first half of 2020.

Company director Jennifer Fraser says: “Although margins remain tight – and Seacroft is committed to continuing to seek every opportunity to deliver cost efficiencies to clients – the fourth quarter of 2019 saw our company’s highest level of activity since the oil price crash of 2014. We believe the industry is slowly recovering to a longer-term outlook of stability.”

Seacroft identify two main factors driving increased demand – busier vessel charter markets and intensified rigour on safety standards by the regulator.

Major maintenance programmes on late-life assets in the North Sea, together with modification programmes to accommodate tie-back developments have been significant drivers to increased attendant vessel traffic in the form of Floatels, Walk-to-Work (W2W) and Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). These continuing projects, together with a busy programme of shutdown projects occasioned by Forties Pipeline System maintenance, will continue to drive demand in these vessel sectors through the spring and summer.

Simultaneously, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is increasingly looking to installation operators and duty holders to demonstrate the robustness and independent audit of their arrangements for assuring safe operation of vessels attending their installations.

Seacroft Marine has delivered assurance services on board over 600 vessels in the North Sea in the last 3 years, that experience spanning Dynamic Positioning (DP), Diving Support (DSVs), Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs), Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs), Emergency Response & Rescue Vessels (ERRVs), Walk to Work vessels (W2W), Remotely Operated Vehicle Support vessels (ROVSVs), Offshore Support & Construction Vessel (OSCV), Tankers, Pipe Lay, Heavy Lift, Guard Vessels and Work Boats. The company undertakes this work from a position independent of any classification society, quayside operator, broker, industry association or regulator.

Michael Cowlam, technical director at Seacroft Marine, identifies some key areas of focus: “Our SafeZone 500 training for Marine Responsible Persons (MRP) offshore controlling vessel activity in the 500m zone is now well established as the industry benchmark programme in this area. We are also striving to develop innovative approaches to assurance and trialling activities which minimise interruption or disruption of vessel working programmes.”

Seacroft Marine will continue to advance these twin themes of safety enhancements and cost efficiencies in 2020.

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.