Jensen Maritime Consultants Inc. announces that it has expanded operations to the southern region of the United
States with the addition of a second office within parent company Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters.
The addition of a strategic southern presence places Jensen
in closer proximity to many of its customers and established shipyards, while
also increasing Jensen’s staff and capabilities.
The new office will be managed by Senior Naval Architect
Daniel Cavalier, who recently transitioned from Crowley to Jensen, and now
reports to Jensen’s Roy Neyman, manager, project management, in Seattle. Jensen’s
primary office will continue to operate from Pier 17 in Seattle.
Jensen, which is celebrating 50 years of service this year, says
it has experienced rapid growth since being acquired by Crowley in 2008. Today,
Jensen describes itself as a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering provider —
with services ranging from initial concept design through the final delivery
stage — and is now positioned to take on larger, full-scale naval architecture
and marine engineering assignments, including as offshore design projects and
sealifts to support companies in the oil and energy industry.
The addition of Cavalier to Jensen’s Jacksonville staff will
continue to further integrate Crowley’s shipyard contracting, construction
management, owner’s representation, vessel trials and delivery, and warranty
program management skills and experience with Jensen’s design, engineering and
naval architecture expertise. This union of company-wide knowledge, Jensen
says, will provide custom solutions for clients looking for any combination of
design, architecture and project management services.
“The decision to streamline the services of Jensen and
Crowley allow us to provide a single-solutions source for customers looking for
a turnkey operation,” says Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and
general manager, technical services, in a company press release. “Most of the
large energy projects that we undertake, such as sealifts, have a naval
architecture and engineering component — an area that Jensen has and will
continue to provide a great deal of expertise on.”
As a result, Jensen is now poised to become a major player
in Crowley’s newly formed Project Solutions group. This Houston-based team bundles
company-wide services and assets with the company’s management skills to
deliver complete marine solutions to a variety of customers, including those in
the upstream energy and mining sectors.
“Working with Crowley has exposed us to working with larger
shipyards, vessel owners who operate bigger ships, and has given us the
opportunity to grow the company in directions we didn’t think possible,” says
Johan Sperling, Jensen’s vice president. “Our team of talented architects and
designers has only gotten stronger and there is no limit to what we can do with
the support that Crowley has given us.”
Other organizational changes include increases in the size
of its staff by 30 percent in just three short years — with seven employees
added in 2011 alone.