In October 2008 we moved from our quaint but antiquated offices on St John’s Street to a new, spacious, well lit and temperature controlled office in the Deben Mill complex, together with car parking!
Archive for September, 2009
During the last twelve months our team of outport surveyors and consultants has been extended. We are joined by Dmitri Senin in St Petersburg, Paul Hicks in the Gulf, Des Kearns in Malaysia and Nic Robinson in Hong Kong. For a complete list of our outport survey offices please refer to our website www.ward-mckenzie.co.uk, or call the office.
Sadly as well as gaining new colleagues we have lost one, Peter Green, who was a founding member and who ran the office in Palma de Mallorca. I am pleased to say that he is recovering slowly from his illness. We wish him well. In the meantime we are delighted to welcome Daren Bartlett to the team. He continues to expand the Balearics practice.
On Valentine’s Day this year we launched Amels 171#455, “Addiction” and safely delivered her to her new owners in April, in time for the Monaco Grand Prix, on schedule and on budget! A reflection of the hard work and planning put into this build by Andrew Williamson, our Director of Projects, and Albert McIlroy and his team who were imbedded in the yard for many months.
Our second Amels 171#456, continues in build and is currently being extended. We expect her to be completed in Spring 2010.
We were delighted on a sunny evening in June to be able to support the visit of “Scarlett Oyster”, an Oyster Lightwave donated to the Trust, and to promote the fantastic charitable work that the Trust does for children recovering from cancer. Meeting and listening to Ellen was a great honour.
I would encourage you to visit the trust’s web site – www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org.
During the last twelve months the Customs authorities of the EU have concentrated their activities on yachts and yacht owners. There have been several instances of yachts being detained. Not necessarily because they or their owners have behaved illegally. In several cases that we are aware of perfectly legal schemes were brought into question, primarily because the owners or their advisors had not followed the detailed rules of the scheme or had deliberately taken short cuts.
Whilst the phones are much quieter than a year ago we remain fairly busy and buoyed by a steady flow of enquiries, particularly in the 20 – 40 metre range, for general survey, Tonnage and Coding work. We remain optimistic that given our low overhead, our experienced and extended team and our comprehensive and specialist niche in this market, that the future for W&M is bright.
In addition to our offices in England, Wales and Scotland we can undertake survey work for our clients in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Holland, France, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Spain, Portugal, Canaries, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, USA (Florida), BVI, Trinidad, S Africa, Dubai, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.