Peter French News

09 May 2017

Kenny to Take the BMT Helm

Sarah Kenny will become the next CEO of BMT Group. (Photo: BMT)

When BMT Group Ltd (BMT) current CEO Peter French retires in September, he will be succeeded by  Sarah Kenny, who joins BMT on August 1. “Sarah is well qualified to take on this role," said BMT’s Chairman, Sir John Hood. "She is ambitious for BMT and her extensive background in the marine and defence industries means she is ideally positioned to ensure that BMT’s research and development roots are cultivated and innovation nurtured. Kenny comes from QinetiQ where most recently she established and led the Maritime, Land & Weapons business as Managing Director, reporting to the Group CEO.

30 Jun 2015

Dittmann Named Chairman of SEA Europe

Kjeld Dittmann (Photo: SEA Europe)

Kjeld Dittmann, the Managing Director of Lyngsø Marine A/S, is the new Chairman of the European Ships and Maritime Equipment Association (SEA Europe). He succeeds Govert Hamers, CEO of Vanderlande Industries in the Netherlands, who has completed his term as Chairman. The announcement was made at the SEA Europe Annual General Meeting in Istanbul on June 26 hosted by the Turkish Association of Ship Industrialists (full member of SEA Europe). “SEA Europe has established a strong voice in Brussels for both Europe’s shipyards and equipment suppliers…

28 Apr 2015

BMT Reports Strong Performance for 2014

Image: BMT

BMT Group Ltd. announced a strong performance for the year to September 30, 2014, a period which saw BMT secure revenues of £165.1 million with underlying operating profits of £10 million, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share schemes. Comprising 24 operating companies, involved in activity across 10 markets in 35 countries, the BMT group said it continues to concentrate on its core maritime-focused offering across the defense, energy, environment and transport sectors.

21 Jan 2015

What Keeps ‘Good Ship’ RINA Buoyant

When the Institution of Naval Architects was formed in 1860 it became one of the bastions of Victorian engineering, enabling and encouraging the exchange of knowledge, information and good practice in the field of naval architecture. The basic principles laid down in the early days saw the Institution thrive as a body representing all the maritime nations of the world and this was recognized in its incorporation by Royal Charter in 1910 as the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).

20 Nov 2014

Fulcrum Buys BMT Snyek Technologies

Photo courtesy of BMT

BMT Group announced the sale of BMT Syntek Technologies Inc to Fulcrum Corporation. Fulcrum Corporation, based in Arlington, VA., providies customized services and solutions to organizations within the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, and various private sector companies. The Board of BMT Group believes this to be a beneficial move for the staff of BMT Syntek Technologies, given the prolonged period of time during which the company has seen its traditional market become increasingly squeezed and restricted to small business set-aside contracts.

17 Sep 2013

BMT Expands Into Central London

(L to R) – Simon Gould, Managing Director BMT Hi-Q Sigma; Jeroen de Haas, Managing Director of BMT Surveys (Rotterdam); Peter French Chief Executive, BMT Group; Dr Matthew Roberts, Operations Manager, BMT WBM (UK); David Bright, Sector Director (Defence) BMT Group; Ian Davies, non-executive Director BMT Group.

BMT Group opened of a new central London office to support its rapid growth. The new complex, close to St Katherine’s Dock and the City of London will house elements of subsidiary companies, BMT Hi-Q Sigma, BMT Surveys, and BMT WBM under one roof. Both new and existing clients will benefit further from the collective skills and wealth of knowledge available within the BMT group of companies. Peter French, Chief Executive of BMT Group said: “Our new central London location brings the subsidiary companies into close proximity with clients and partners in government…

20 Jun 2013

BMT Acquires Verweij & Hoebee

To strengthen BMT’s market position in blue water surveys, BMT Group Ltd, acquired marine survey and consulting engineers, Verweij & Hoebee. A co-founder of the Association of Marine Surveyors and Consulting Engineers, Verweij & Hoebee was established in 1913 in the Netherlands and has built a strong reputation as a leading provider of both blue water (coastal) and brown water (inland) Hull & Machinery (H&M) surveys in Europe. Bruce Verweij, Managing Director, comments: “This acquisition actually gives us the best of both worlds.

21 May 2013

BMT Reports Strong Full Year Performance

Photo: BMT

BMT Group Ltd (BMT), the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced another strong financial performance for the year to September 30, 2012. By focusing on markets where it can deliver high-value customer solutions, revenues from BMT’s continuing businesses rose 22% to £156m and underlying operating profits increased to £13.7m, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share schemes. David McSweeney…

20 Nov 2012

BMT Acquire Australian Maritime Consultancy, Oceanica

BMT Group Ltd , a leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy acquire Oceanica Consultiong Pty Ltd. The acquisition of Oceanica is intended to further strengthen BMT’s capacity and technical offering in Western Australia’s buoyant market, while complementing the expertise and knowledge in the region of BMT’s established Asia-Pacific subsidiaries, including BMT WBM and BMT JFA Consultants . Established in 2000, Oceanica provides specialist consultancy services for marine, coastal and estuarine environmental issues, working with corporate and government clients throughout Western Australia.

21 Feb 2012

Navcon Sells Stake to BMT Scientific

Navcon Navegacao e Controle Ltda, a Brazilian specialist in monitoring systems for the offshore oil and gas industry, entered into a formal partnership with BMT Scientific Marine Services Ltda. The company has an advanced R&D background and widespread experience of working offshore Brazil. Navcon’s current oil and gas activities align with those of BMT and include anchorage torpedoes and riser monitoring systems, monobuoy monitoring systems as well as metocean and wave measurement buoys. BMT Scientific Marine Services Ltda is a subsidiary of the international engineering, maritime and risk management consultancy, BMT Group Ltd. BMT Scientific Marine Services Ltda…

25 Jan 2012

New Vice President for AIRTO

Peter French, AIRTO Vice President

Peter French, Chief Executive of BMT Group, has been appointed by the Board of AIRTO to the role of Vice President, with immediate effect. Peter has served as BMT’s Chief Executive since 2005, and has served on the AIRTO Board as a Director since March 2007. BMT Group, which is has an annual turnover of £142million, is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors. BMT has been a long standing member of AIRTO having joined in 1986.

05 Jul 2011

Bethel Named Honorary President, Society of Maritime Industries

Archie Bethel, CBE, has succeeded Alan Johnston, CBE, as Honorary President of the Society of Maritime Industries at the Society’s Board meeting today. Archie Bethel is Divisional Chief Executive of Babcock International Group plc’s marine and technology division. In welcoming Bethel to his role, the Society’s Chairman, Peter French said “I am delighted Archie has agreed to be our President. Bethel joined Babcock in January 2004 and was appointed Chief Executive of Marine on its formation in mid June 2007.

01 Jul 2011

New President for Society of Maritime Industries

Mr Archie Bethel CBE has succeeded Mr Alan Johnston CBE as Honorary President of the Society of Maritime Industries at the Society’s Board meeting today. Archie Bethel is Divisional Chief Executive of Babcock International Group plc’s marine and technology division. In acknowledging his appointment Archie Bethel commented: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the President of the Society of Maritime Industries. In particular, I look forward to representing the maritime engineering sector which contributes so much to the UK economy. In welcoming Archie Bethel to his role, the Society’s Chairman, Peter French said “I am delighted Archie has agreed to be our President. We are fortunate that he already knows the Society well, having served on the Board since 2007.

01 Jun 2011

BMT Achieves Strong Financial Results

BMT Group Ltd, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced today that it has achieved strong financial results, despite a difficult year for the global economy and the maritime industry in particular. A turnover of £142m provided the group with an underlying operating profit of £11m in the year to 30 September 2010, £5.8m of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share schemes. Comprising 23 subsidiary companies…

14 Feb 2011

BMT Acquires JFA Consultants

BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy is set to broaden its capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region with the successful acquisition of port and harbour engineering specialists, JFA Consultants Pty Ltd based in Perth, Western Australia. This acquisition will help to enhance BMT’s offering, whilst complementing its existing expertise and knowledge through well-established subsidiaries already in the region including BMT WBM and BMT Design & Technology. Founded in 1999, JFA Consultants has provided vital support for a number of major port developments in Western Australia,…

18 Feb 2010

Maersk Line’s 3rd Hamburg, Far East Service

Photo courtesy Port of Hamburg

On 12 February 2010, the container ship Maersk Sydney called at the Port of Hamburg for the first time as part of the Maersk Line’s expanded AE-10 scheduled liner service. This liner service links the ports of Shenzhen (Dachan Bay), Ningbo, Shanghai, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen (Yantian), Hong Kong and Tanjung Pelepas with continental Europe. A recent addition is the inclusion of Hamburg as a port of call for the AE-10 service. The service also calls the Baltic Sea ports of Arhus, Gothenburg and Gdansk.

07 Apr 2003

Nigel Gee and Associates Acquired by BMT

Nigel Gee and Associates Ltd., has been acquired by British Maritime Technology Ltd (BMT). With Nigel Gee’s mix of military, commercial and yacht design expertise, this acquisition will enhance the portfolio of services BMT offers to clients. Roger Swann, Chief Executive of BMT, said: ‘I believe this acquisition will strengthen our capability in both the high speed shipping and defence sector. Nigel Gee and Associates Ltd is an extremely innovative design company and I am confident it will make a significant contribution to BMT.’ Nigel Gee will remain as Managing Director and John Bonafoux as Technical Director. Roger Swann and Peter French, BMT Operations Director (Europe & The Far East), have joined the Board as a director and Chairman respectively.

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