Malin Group News – January 2020

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As we enter a new year, the group have been busy embracing a range of new opportunities, as well as progressing some of our key projects...

With 2019 firmly in the rear-view mirror and 2020 motoring on a fair old pace, we have had the opportunity to reflect on our achievements across the past year, with a view to set out our hopes and aspirations for the year ahead.  

Across 2019, Malin Marine Consultants and Henry Abram and Sons together shipped 25,848 tonnes of cargo. This was across all our service offerings, including turn-key shipping management, heavy lift consultancy and warranty and assurance services. The cargo was diverse in its type and delivery mode: it ranged from whole ships to crates of oilfield equipment, which were lifted, rolled and floated across the globe by our trusted engineers.

So 2020? We are aiming to work with more diverse cargo types and new clients, with the aim to ultimately smash the almost 26,000 tonnes of the year past. As we move forward to achieve this, we are harnessing innovation and creativity within our team members, as well as diversifying with the addition of new team members, for which we are currently recruiting. Candidates can expect to be challenged across differing exercises designed to determine how people approach typical problems a heavy lift practitioner would face in our business. There are also opportunities to meet the wider team, and experience the exciting and challenging environment here at Malin. This mix of expertise and innovative thinking is at the heart of all that we do here – and we are always looking to foster these qualities amongst our colleagues, new and old. This provides not only a workplace that colleagues love to be a part of, but also a first-rate experience for our clients – who we hold at the heart of all we do.

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With the new decade, comes a renewed sense of energy in Aberdeen. From new staff members, to new projects kicking off – the start of 2020 has been very exciting.

Malin Marine’s established business units have been busy, serving the thriving local harbours of the North East of Scotland.

In staffing news, Scott Lee joins us as Sales Director, overseeing the sales and business development activity. Stephanie Collins is now Business Unit Manager for the Malin React business unit which focuses on turnkey vessel mobilisations and John Diamond is adding his vast experience to the Malin Consult engineering team.

With a wide range of projects including fleet maintenance activities, conceptual development and improvement works across a large cross-section of the marine industry – the Malin Consult engineering team is being kept on its toes by our large and varied client base.

Malin React has also been busy since the turn of the year with some high-profile mobilisations across the area, with a further flurry of enquiries currently on the books.

We are also making real progress within the subsea and renewables sectors. To find out more about this, and our other exciting news, visit

Cleanship superintendent Sam Faraghi recently supervised a successful scrubber installation in Malta.

The implementation of IMO 2020 on the 1st January 2020 has brought forth a momentous change in shipping, with sulphur emissions now capped at 0.50%. Throughout December and January, we have been working steadily to equip shipowners with the knowledge and expertise to make the best compliance decision for their fleet. With the fuel spread still unpredictable but showing large increases, shipowners have a lot to consider in the coming months with respect to their long-term compliance plans.

Many of our engineers showed unparalleled dedication and commitment by spending much of the festive period and early 2020 in shipyards across Italy, Malta, Turkey and China. Their presence aims to support shipowners through this transitional period in the industry by facilitating an efficient scrubber installation process. Since the beginning of December alone, we’ve aided 17 vessels in achieving environmental compliance.

Back at HQ, scrubber and ballast retrofit design projects are ongoing. The first week of January brought with it the beginning of a new turnkey ballast water management system project. We’ll be sharing footage showcasing the project in early March upon its completion.  Our IHM team will shortly be heading overseas to undertake new IHM projects in line with the December 2020 implementation of EU Ship Recycling Regulations.

This month, we also welcomed Craig Williams to our survey team and Andy Bedwin as our new digital project engineer as part of growth plans for our 3D Scanning and digitalisation service. 

We’re looking forward to a hugely exciting 2020 with many more developments to come.

For advice, solutions and marine compliance expertise, visit or contact our team of specialists at +44 (0)141 285 0363.

New year and new opportunities for BWC – including a renewed focus on compliance

BWC are committed to offer the most suitable solution for a client's respective operations while keeping rates competitive. December therefore provided us with the opportunity to investigate new to market BWTS options to enable us to retain this competitive edge.

Since we are now coming to the end of a period when the shipping industry has focused primarily on gas emissions, the "ballast water issue" is now beginning to be addressed by the masses.

It is clear from relevant conferences and publications that the industry is now seriously addressing BWM issues, for example, how to ensure system/plan functionality, the upcoming supply chain "bottle-neck" and contingency measures such as port-based treatment solutions. 

Visit the BWC website to find out how you can avoid the bottle-neck in 2020 with efficient, cost/time-saving installations.

The winter months of December and January are typically quiet months as people look forward to the holidays – not here at SMTP, where we were hard at work across the break as remediation work commenced. It was great to see plant machinery on the site, heralding a new exciting phase for the project.

We also welcomed a new team member, George Paschke, who joins the business as an Associate Director. George brings with him over 30 years of experience and expertise in the field of  Environmental Science, which he will harness to drive forward this ambitious project.  

Lastly, we have worked hard to progress our partnerships as we entered the new year – and  we are proud to announce GD Lodge (Architects) and Stewart Binnie McKenzie (Quantity Surveyor) as our key partners for this project. In line with this new Partnership, GD Lodge have produced the new site masterplan, alongside some very impressive renders of the new site layout.

You can keep up to date on our new partnerships, remediation progress, our growing team and other exciting news via our new website, which is far more in keeping with the progressive, innovative project that is SMTP: