Marine Consultancy Acquires New Owner
Mecal, an international marine consultancy and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certifying authority for workboats and charter vessels, has come under new management with a new family owner.
Owen Preece, Managing Director of maritime sustainability consultancy Cedar Marine, has acquired the business alongside his wife Nadine, from John and Julie Fearnley, who have run Mecal since 2006.
Mecal, based in Plymouth, Devon, is directly authorised by the UK Department for Transport, MCA and other Red Ensign Group Flag States. It provides its specialist surveying and consultancy services to a register of more than 1,750 vessels across the UK, Europe, and worldwide.
Fearnley joined Mecal in the mid-1990s as a vessel surveyor, and has been committed to maritime technology and safety at sea.
“It’s been a privilege to be part of the journey that has seen Mecal evolve to become one of the leading certifying authorities over the last 30 years.
“I’m happy to pass the torch to someone who shares my commitment to preserving and improving safety, technology, and sustainability standards in the industry.”
Mecal was founded in 1993 as Marine Engineers Certifying Authority Ltd by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, and has an extensive network of surveyors and naval architects in the UK, Europe and worldwide. The company is now working with the MCA in the development of the new 500GT Cargo Ship & Workboat Code and in the emerging field of autonomous vessels.
New owner Preece added:
“We congratulate John and Julie on the impressive enterprise they’ve developed in Mecal.
“As professionals we’re aligned in our motivation to make a positive impact and drive sustainable, long-term change for the industry, and Nadine and I are very pleased to be taking Mecal forward into the next chapter in this journey.”