The following is the text of a press release issued by Baker, Lyman & Co.:
(METARIE, La.) — Responding to industry concerns over sufficient TSMS service capacities for the impending Sub-Chapter M implementation, classification giant, Houston headquartered Germanischer Lloyd (USA) and New Orleans based Baker, Lyman & Co, Inc announced a strategic alliance last month.
The announcement followed several months of speculation following the end of the Sub-M NPRM Public Comment period of how USCG and the industry could address what TSAC and AWO have characterized as a serious market shortage of TSMS delivery service capabilities.
These service capabilities include TSMS Assessments/Plan Writing, TSMS Plan Certification, and TSMS Audits/Surveys.
Germanischer Lloyd (USA) and their sister company, Noble Denton, are global forces in the certification/inspection processes within the tug &barge, workboat, and offshore energy markets. Baker Lyman, a leading marine consulting & chart agent, has been a household name in the United States domestic inland & offshore industry since 1919.
The strategic alliance creates a TSMS “one stop shop” for Sub-M impacted operators. GL & BL will cross market each partners’ product & service lines creating affordable, scalable, and flexible TSMS solutions for any sized fleet.
Baker Lyman provides TSMS Company/Vessel Assessment, TSMS Plan Creation, CORSAIR Towing Vessel Record, and annual TSMS Internal Audits.
Germanischer Lloyd (USA)/Noble Denton provides TSMS Plan Certification, TSMS Audit & Survey Services, TSMS Vessel Reclassification, and TSMS Training through GL Academy.
Baker Lyman’s extensive TSMS business intelligence merried with Germanischer Lloyd (USA)’s expertise in the worldwide tug & barge market make for a powerful combination that is rivaled only by ABS domestically and DNV internationally.
The strategic alliance commenced operations in August with a network of sales, admin, and field personnel positioned in key TSMS hotbeds.