New Company to Enhance Marine Safety

Friday, March 19, 2004
The Hudson Group announced its agreement with Morris Environmental Inc., a Texas-based company engaged in emergency management, oil spill resource, tracking, crisis management solutions and cutting-edge response software.

Morris Environmental is well known in the maritime industry for its ability to support a client’s Incident Management Team with staff and equipment to assist with incident information management through the development of computerized contingency plans. Morris builds and maintains high-resolution maps and detailed incident response planning information in high-risk areas around the world.

The maps and data are maintained in a computer-based geographic information system (GIS), the entire system of which is portable and is used to support emergency response operations, exercises and plan development – either remotely or on-scene. Clients around the world use these plans to respond more effectively to emergency situations.

Morris Environmental has already been called in for assistance in Brazil, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Russia, Libya, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Colombia and Venezuela. Clients have utilized digitized information such as threat exposure, equipment availability, personnel locations, wind data, current studies and environmental sensitivities for accurate incident management.

Servicing the oil and petrochemical community for more than 13 years, Morris Environmental was founded by David V. Morris. Since its inception the company has been instrumental in the development of more effective standards and operational strategies for the emergency response industry. “With this agreement with Morris, a company recognized as a leader in developing and maintaining one of the best incident response security and resource databases available, Hudson now has state-of-the-art capabilities for managing maritime, environmental and security incidents, calculating threats and tracking personnel,” said Capt. Jerzy J. Kichner, Senior Vice President of Hudson.

“By providing Hudson clients with efficient incident management resources, crisis management solutions and cutting edge software, Hudson has expanded and enhanced its service range within crisis management, planning and response, providing a real solution to the challenges faced by management within EHS and security fields today,” said David V. Morris.

“I’m looking forward to combining my experience and the power of these electronic tools with Hudson’s consulting, risk and security management and environmental expertise; the business concept just makes sense for the future,” said Mr. Morris. “We will use all of our available resources to ensure that all Hudson clients are secure, protected, well trained and are using the most up-to-date tools for their individual needs,” said Mr. Morris.

“Morris’ heritage clients will also realize tremendous benefit from the depth of talent and expertise, which the larger HudsonMorris organization will have at its disposal,” said Mr. Morris.

A market leader in maritime consultancy serving the energy and petrochemical industries, The Hudson Group provides a full complement of maritime services worldwide to vessel owners, the marine insurance industry, port authorities, port facility operators and government agencies. Hudson’s comprehensive range of services includes response and crisis management, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) and restoration, vessel and facility inspections and surveys and liaison with insurers and regulatory agencies.

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