Shanghai and San Diego — Schulte Marine Concept (SMC), the newbuilding arm of the Schulte Group, and dry dock experts DM Consulting (DMC) announce a partnership to jointly offer seamless end-to-end services to clients acquiring newbuilding and second-hand floating dry docks (FDD). The range of services offered under this partnership include project development, execution, and operations phases.
Combining SMC’s newbuilding management consultancy expertise with USA-based DM Consulting’s dry dock operational and maintenance experience, clients are offered technical support across the complete lifecycle of FDD acquisitions and operations.
This includes yard selection and audit, review and negotiation of technical specifications and shipbuilding contracts, plan approval and construction supervision, second-hand FDD pre-purchase inspections, life extension work and facility upgrade services during project development and execution, and first dry docking support, operational training and certifications.
The duo will be involved during the entire project and combine their expertise and experience to ensure the FDD meets and performs to the agreed specifications. They will also combine their knowledge to procure and upgrade to client specifications second-hand FDDs and ready them for operation.
SMC is a trusted technical partner for newbuilding and second-hand acquisition projects across a wide range of marine vessel types. Operational since 1973, the company has worked with a number of clients on over 600 newbuilding, conversion and retrofit projects, including FDDs, built across shipyards worldwide from China, Korea and Japan to Europe and other shipbuilding markets. Operations are managed out of SMC’s headquarter in Shanghai and office in Hong Kong, as well as project-dedicated site offices stationed in shipyards worldwide.
As a dedicated dry dock specialist DMC brings over two decades of technical knowledge in dry dock engineering, maintenance and operations across government and private sectors.
Krzysztof Kozdron, Managing Director of SMC, said “Schulte Marine Concept is delighted to join hands with DM Consulting on future FDD procurement projects. Our combined drydocking and newbuilding expertise will ensure the best outcomes for our clients. We look forward to working with DMC on FDD projects as we connect with shipbuilding markets worldwide.”
As one of the leading newbuilding project management service providers and with experience with many shipbuilders worldwide, SMC works with clients to select the most suitable shipbuilders and execute projects minimising the potential risks associated with such ventures. DM Consulting, a well reputed service provider of FDD operational, maintenance and training services is able to support clients on post-delivery operational challenges.
Joe Stiglich, DMC President said: “DM Consulting is proud to be partnering with Schulte Marine Concept to manage the complete life cycle of FDD acquisition for our clients. DMC’s experience across 2,500 dry dock engineering, operation, maintenance and training projects combined with SMC’s newbuilding and acquisition expertise will provide clients with a unique end-to-end project management service. DMC looks forward to sharing its skills and expertise with SMC and future clients.”