Jamie Gibbons
Project Manager
CHM Maritime

The Competitive Edge of Mexican Flagged Vessels

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:19

The creation of CHM Maritime was born out of a conflict: the Bay of Campeche offered huge oil and gas potential but there were far from enough Mexican-flagged tugs and barges to service it. As such, CHM Maritime came to life to offer a Mexican fleet to cater to the clients of its USbased affiliate, Cashman Equipment Corp (CEC). Acting as a bridge between Latin America and the US, CHM is currently operating 14 vessels in Mexico, most of which are flying the Mexican flag. The fleet has expanded as demand in the Bay of Campeche has grown, and the company’s headquarters in Ciudad del Carmen are right alongside most of its clients and the PEMEX operations base. “The news of CHM Maritime’s start of operations was wellreceived,” says Jamie Gibbons, Project Manager of CHM Maritime. “Our presence in Ciudad del Carmen is appealing to local subcontractors since we provide the option of chartering ABS class Mexican tugs and barges locally. This eliminates a substantial cost for subcontractors who may be considering non-Mexican flagged vessels,” explains Gibbons. “Our clients can rely on thus for their barge, crane, and accommodation module needs.” CHM Maritime is focusing on increasing its fleet of tugboats and barges, which are working on pipeline construction and project installation, although Gibbons says that this only marks the start of the company’s ambitions. He assures that CHM Maritime can also rise to the challenge of meeting international fleet demands in the same way as CEC. Even though CHM Maritime shares clients with CEC, Gibbons says CHM will continue to grow and acquire new customers to secure a strong place in the Mexican maritime industry. “CEC and CHM Maritime support each other, but CHM Maritime was created as an independent company with the ability to walk alone.”

Throughout the first month of 2014, CHM Maritime undertook several projects related to the transportation of pipes, platforms, and materials. The company’s past projects have involved servicing PEMEX’s subcontractors, including Swiber Offshore de México, Technip, Cal Dive, Micoperi de México, McDermott, Orca-Tradeco, Armamex, Protexa, and Subsea 7. “Some of these companies have been CEC’s clients for a long time. But despite subcontractors dominating our client list, we see ourselves working directly with PEMEX in the near future,” mentions Gibbons. Becoming a partner of PEMEX involves meeting rigorous criteria, including safety. Ana Laura Chávez, General Manager of CHM Maritime, assures that safety is crucial to the survival of the company. “Our vessel crews, customers, and regulators require us to promote and maintain a strict safety culture,” she notes, adding that “even though CHM Maritime is not working directly for PEMEX yet, it is continually inspected by its auditors to ensure that PEMEX’s safety standards are met.”