Paris-based classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has taken a number of steps in North America to broaden and deepen its marine and offshore client services and customer focus.
The opening of a new remote survey centre in Miami is the latest step in the delivery of digital services across the BV network, providing further global coverage for remote surveys.
Florida-based Tropical Shipping’s fleet has now benefited from remote survey services on three of their vessels sailing in the Caribbean trades. Michael Wardwell, General Manager of Marine for Tropical stated, “Using remote surveys has allowed us to meet various requirements including the ability to complete class surveys in locations where commercial flights are not servicing, as well as reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure to our crews”.
Complementing BV’s digital ambitions, a new physical survey centre has been opened in Seattle to provide additional surveyor coverage in the immediate Washington State area, while also providing in-depth strength up and down the west coast. Eduardo Ramirez will be the lead class surveyor, acting as the go-to person for local client management and relationships with US shipbuilders. Previous to his new position, Eduardo worked for BV in San Francisco for many years.
Meanwhile, class veteran Daniel Holmes joins BV as Business Development Manager, North America, operating from the Miami office. He is a naval architect graduate and his considerable experience will support Tim Protheroe Regional Chief Executive, North America, and the BV teams.
Bruno Dabouis, BV’s Vice President of Southern Europe and North America commented saying, “We are very focused on client delivery for ships calling in North American ports and for clients based in the United States and Canada. Our remote survey capability further supports our already strong global network – but physical surveys remain vital. We need both whether he or she is remote or physically present, the critical experience, insight, judgement, and decisions of the Bureau Veritas surveyor remain paramount. ‘Our enhanced presence in Seattle strengthens our service delivery on the West Coast; Eduardo will provide excellent support to clients and shipyards. And I welcome Dan very warmly. He brings us his market focus and class experience with a strong technical background”.