Friday, October 4, 2013

Jensen Maritime Awarded Tankers Construction Management Contract

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, Jensen Maritime Consultants, has been awarded a new construction management contract for four new 330,000-barrel, Jones-Act product tankers, being built for Crowley by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

The project is the second major construction management project that Jensen has signed since it officially announced the launch of its new, in-house construction management program. The first was the management of construction of two new fireboats for the Port of Long Beach.

With construction scheduled to begin in January, Jensen is already establishing on-site offices and personnel at the Philadelphia shipyard. Delivery of the new veteran class tankers is expected in 2015 and 2016.

Along with the growth in Jensen’s construction management business, the company has also announced some management changes. It has promoted Ray Martus to vice president of construction management, reporting to Jensen Vice President Johan Sperling. Most recently Martus was director, new construction, for Jensen. In his new role, he’ll oversee Jensen’s construction management division. He’ll remain based in Jacksonville.

Martus joined Crowley in 2008 as director of new construction and transitioned to the Jensen construction management division in 2012. Before joining the company, he had 20 years of combined shipboard and shoreside experience in marine engineering, ship operations, project and financial management and new vessel construction.

He previously worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as director of technical operations and director of shipbuilding. He also served Royal Caribbean International as marine superintendent and as a technical manager and engineer.

Jensen’s growing construction management team also includes Jonathan Smith, who in August transitioned to Jensen from Crowley as director, new construction. Smith has 35 years of vessel operations and delivery experience.