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A new UK maritime company was launched almost unnoticed amid the glitz of Hamburg’s SMM 2012. With close links to specialist services from technology providers and shipyards to crewing agencies and a network of maritime professionals, Woodbank Marine Limited is an independent consultancy offering a range of services to the maritime industry. Owner and former Technical Director Andy Askham is a well-known figure in the industry and established a reputation for integrity and innovation whilst building a successful RoRo management operation in the Irish Sea.

“The next decade will see an almost unprecedented change in the way that we operate ships”, Andy believes. “Pressure on eco-economy requirements will drive innovation as the industry comes to terms with tightening regulatory rules and ever-increasing fuel costs. From newbuilds to retrofits; from simple modifications to complex conversions; from the orthodox to the esoteric, we’re faced with exciting challenges to the dominance of traditional marine propulsion plant.”

“With a background in ship management I understand the frustrations of the often overworked, resource-limited Technical departments who are responsible for operating and maintaining a fleet of vessels whilst having to find solutions to meet impending environmental legislation and deliver desperately needed fuel economies - all at minimum cost. A raft of competing technologies and products all promising an attractive ROI have to be assessed for specific viability, and there are new developments constantly. Monitoring and analysing the options can be a major headache, and that’s where Woodbank Marine can help.”

Attending a reception on board HMS ‘Argyll’ hosted by new Business Minister Michael Fallon, Woodbank Marine was proud to be supporting Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders business development as the Minister singled out the Merseyside company as a key element of the UK maritime industry.