Lucion Group Commits To The Growth Recovery Of The Marine & Offshore Sectors With The Appointment Of Simon Hall7 February 2023
During the pandemic, the marine and offshore industry took a major hit as shipping companies and international travel closed down. Throughout 2022, the industry began to recover, with projections of positive, accelerated growth in 2023. This growth has been observed in hazardous materials, decommissioning activities (as reported by RINA) and the evolution of sustainability and ESG services in the industry.
As a purpose-driven company, dedicated to protecting people from hazardous environments and protecting the environment from the impacts of people, the adaptations that the maritime industry has made align with our newly expanded, environmental and sustainability-focused, service lines and capacity, reinforcing marine vessel, offshore and marine infrastructure sectors as a strategic growth area for Lucion Group. To support this growth and develop these core sustainability service lines in the maritime industry, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Hall as our Marine Business Development Manager.
Simon brings a wealth of experience in the merchant marine and offshore sectors having operated within the industry for over 17 years within various commercially focused roles for multiple, international maritime companies.
Skilled in establishing and implementing business development strategies in a customer-focused environment, Simon will be looking to onboard new clients and expand our market footprint through our newly developed maritime-focused services, encompassing merchant marine vessels, the offshore sector, and marine infrastructure.
What New Service Has Lucion Group Developed?
We have expanded our service offering beyond our current maritime-focused hazardous materials inspection services. Utilising our group of companies within the Lucion Group, in particular Delta-Simons, an established multi-disciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions for sustainable development, we have developed the following service lines:
- Acoustic Services
- Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
- Sustainable Services (Carbon Footprint)
- Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Benchmarking
- Wellbeing Assessments (Ships Crew)
- Compartmental Air Quality Testing and Consultancy
- Water Testing Services
- Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) Testing and Commissioning
- Potable Water Testing
- Grey/Black Water Testing
- Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) Testing
- Compartmental 3D Scanning
Since the adoption of mandatory energy efficiency regulations for ships under MARPOL Annex VI – Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships, Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships (15 July 2011), the marine industry has seen significant developments in regulations relating to carbon reduction and sustainability over the past decade.
In 2021, the International Maritime Organization IMO adopted mandatory carbon intensity requirements – the CII, EEXI, and SEEMP6, to cut the carbon intensity of international shipping and ‘set shipping on a course to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets established in the 2018 Initial IMO Strategy for Reducing GHG Emissions from Ships.’ (IMO, Further shipping GHG emission reduction measures adopted).
Last year, 2022, EEDI Phase 3 came into effect, earlier than the initial proposal of 2025, for certain ship types, bringing forward the requirement for new build ships to be significantly more energy efficient.
This year, 2023, sustainability in the marine industry has got off to a strong start with the implementation of further regulatory measures to address the decarbonization of shipping including;
- Carbon intensity measures together with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII)
- Adoption of Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) for new ships
- Revision of the IMO GHG Strategy - aimed to reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping by 40% by 2030.
As the number of climate-related disasters and global temperatures continue to rise, there’s a strong demand for Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Sustainability services in the maritime industry. As part of the Lucion Group, and through our global footprint with the Inogen Alliance, we deliver environmental risk management, ESG and sustainability services in multiple sectors to clients around the world. Through our established Environmental, ESG and Sustainability teams, we are encouraged to diversify our service offering to encompass our marine clients.
What’s Driving The Environmental, Sustainability Agenda?
Three key fundamentals are driving ship decarbonisation:
- Regulations and Regulatory Bodies - Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) and IMO
- Capital and Funding - For investors and sellers looking to invest and divest their ship and offshore assets, implementing sustainability and carbon reduction measures is a surefire way to increase asset value.
- Transparency and Reputation - increased requirements on transparency and reporting of emissions throughout the supply chain are encouraging operators within the maritime industry to invest in sustainability and carbon reduction measures. This includes expectations from cargo owners, investors and financial institutions.
This is a key time within the maritime industry with ample scope for our teams to diversify their expertise and deliver our expanded range of marine services, with newly appointed Business Development Manager, Simon Hall, at the helm to guide us.
Speaking about his appointment, Simon commented;
“With an addressable market of around 60,000 merchant vessels and 700 rigs globally, the marine and offshore industry is in a good state of recovery following the downturn experienced during the pandemic.
2023 has seen the adoption of carbon intensity measures, the start of Carbon Intensity Data (CII) collection and the revision of the IMO initial GHG strategy. These new measures present our team with a clear opportunity to expand Lucion’s current marine service offering, encompassing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), sustainability and carbon reduction measures, and water testing in line with ballast water treatment system compliance.
I’m looking forward to working with the teams across the Lucion Group, helping to bridge their skills from a predominantly land and built environment expertise to the marine and offshore sectors.”
Simon will be working closely with Lucion’s Principal Consultant | Marine & Offshore Kevan O’Neill. Kevan commented;
“Simon’s appointment is a testament that our marine team has been resilient during the pandemic and has evidenced a strong recovery. As we begin to explore our sustainable service offering, we will be looking to onboard diligent, proactive clients who are keen to invest in ESG and sustainability measures, focusing on carbon and GHG reduction, crew welfare and retention, and regulatory compliance.
Our team’s throughout the Lucion Group are assessing how they can facilitate, Air Quality Assessments, well-being assessments, sustainable services, environmental risk assessments, acoustic and vibration assessments in addition to our current hazardous materials testing and inspection offering.”
At Lucion Group, we specialise in environmental risk management and inspection services, with a focus on protecting people and the planet. With a national presence and global reach through the Inogen Alliance, we have over 600 employees working across 12 sectors, including marine and offshore. Our commitment to quality is reflected in our QHSE business management systems, which are accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001. Our mission is to prevent occupational and environmental risks and protect individuals whenever possible.
Lucion holds approval status with major IACS Classification Societies, including Lloyds Register, Bureau Veritas, and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as well as having directly employed DNV GL certified Marine HazMat Experts. The development of our new service lines is a welcome addition to our already developed hazardous materials inspection services offering of:
- Inventory of Hazardous Mertials (IHM)
- IHM Surveys (1,2, and 3)
- Asbestos Inspection, Surveying and Testing
- Asbestos Management Plans
- Hazardous Materials Inspection, Surveying and Testing
- Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs)
- Organotin Compounds, inc Tributyltin(TBTs)
- Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
- Heavy Metals
- Polybrominated biphenyl (PBBs)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
- Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN - more than 3 chlorine atoms)
- Radioactive substances
- Certain short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP - Alkanes, C10-C13, chloro)
- Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS)
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
- Ship Recycling Plans
- Fuel Oil Sample (Sulphur content)
To find out more about our range of marine-focused services, please connect with Simon directly or submit an enquiry by clicking here.
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