Centre Testing International Group (CTI) has fully integrated Singapore-based Maritec Pte Ltd, a marine fuel testing and surveying agency, into the group’s marine division to create a maritime-focused independent testing services company
CTI acquired Maritec in June 2020, part of a strategy to expand its marine division to meet the bunkering, emissions and environmental challenges faced by shipowners. Since acquiring the company, it has received DNV GL class-approval as a test facility capable of undertaking ballast water system commissioning tests.
Maritec president Sangem Hsu said “This acquisition enhances our capabilities and is demonstrative of our commitment to finding new solutions for our customers as they look to comply with existing and emerging environmental rules and regulations.”
“Maritec is now the only dedicated one-stop-shop capable of meeting all of the maritime industry’s fluid and materials testing, analysis and certification requirements.”
The Singapore-headquartered company’s range of services now includes marine fuel and lubricant testing and analysis; ballast, potable, black, grey, oily and scrubber water testing and analysis, hazardous materials, IHM maintenance, recycling supervision, HazMat testing, and asbestos surveys, removal and certification.
CTI general manager for marine environmental services John Rendi said “Looking ahead, we believe the fuel quality and environmental issues the shipping industry will face will become even more challenging, more complicated, with a lot of uncertainties. We are investing heavily to ensure our customers can easily overcome these challenges irrespective of the fuels they use.”
Maritec has invested US$1M into new equipment and is currently developing new testing, quality control and analytical procedures for alternative fuels, including LNG, methanol, ammonia and other biofuels, and their emissions.
The acquisition will allow the company to develop test programmes for alternative fuels including bio-fuels, electro synthetic and blue gas fuels.
Mr Hsu said “From the investments we have made in advanced data analytics and R&D, we can now undertake all types of fuel tests and analyses, from basic compliance testing and reporting to more bespoke analysis of test samples to prevent operational incidents.”
To capitalise on the increased customer base, Maritec is also set to open new testing facilities and laboratories in select maritime hubs around the world beginning with a new full-scale test laboratory in Shanghai in March.
Maritec will now offer full-scale ballast water, potable water, sewage water and scrubber water testing from five major ports in China and Singapore. In addition to fuel and water testing, the company has added IHM, responsible ship recycling services, and asbestos abatement services to its portfolio.
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