Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has opened a new remote survey center in Miami in one of a number of steps it is taking to broaden and deepen its marine and offshore client services and customer focus in North America.
Florida-based Tropical Shipping’s fleet has already benefited from using the remote survey services for three of its vessels sailing in the Caribbean trades.
Michael Wardwell, General Manager of Marine for Tropical commented: ‘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 offerings, a new physical survey center 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 U.S. shipbuilders. Previous to his new position, Eduardo worked for Bureau Veritas in San Francisco for many years.
Meanwhile, class veteran Daniel Holmes joins Bureau Veritas as Business Development Manager, North America, operating from the Miami office. He is a naval architecture graduate and his considerable experience will support Tim Protheroe, Regional Chief Executive, North America, and the BV teams.
“We are very focused on client delivery for ships calling in North American ports and for clients based in the United States and Canada,” said Bruno Dabouis, BV’s Vice President for Southern Europe and North America. “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.”