Maritec Pte Ltd (hereinafter referred to as “Maritec”), the fuel and oil testing services company acquired by leading certification company Centre Testing International Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “CTI”), is now fully integrated into the group’s marine division, leveraging CTI’s world-class R&D capabilities to create the world’s only purely maritime-focused independent testing services group.
The June 2020 acquisition forms part of CTI’s strategy to expand its marine division to meet the bunkering, emissions and environmental challenges shipowners are set to face over coming months and years.
Sangem Hsu, President, Maritec, said: “I am pleased to report that we have successfully integrated CTI’s marine division with that of the well-known fuel testing company Maritec. 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; water testing, including potable, ballast, black, grey, oily and scrubber waters; hazardous materials, IHM maintenance, recycling supervision and HazMat testing; asbestos survey’s removal and certification.
John Rendi, General Manager, Marine Environmental Services of CTI, 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$1 million 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.
“This important acquisition has allowed us to develop tests programmes for alternative fuels, including bio-fuels, electro [synthetic] fuels and blue [gas] fuels. As the industry decarbonises and moves from fossil fuel we anticipate verification and certification of ship energy systems and GHG emissions will become a regulatory requirement.
“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.”
In support of its increased customer base, Maritec is also set to open new testing facilities and laboratories in strategic maritime hubs around the world, the first of which will be in Shanghai, China.
Sangem Hsu said: “We will cut the ribbon on a new full-scale fuel and lubricant testing laboratory, in Shanghai, in March. This new state-of-the-art facility will help deliver more efficient and effective fuel testing capabilities to our customers with operations in Chinese ports.
“With the completion of the integration of services, Maritec is now able to 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, we can add IHM, responsible ship recycling services, and asbestos abatement services to our portfolio of services.”
The Shanghai facility adds to Maritec’s presence in Singapore, Rotterdam, Athens and the United Kingdom
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Maritec Laboratories Pte Ltd was incorporated in 1999 as a marine fuel laboratory providing analysis results and technical advice to a portfolio of international shipping companies. In May 2005, the company was acquired by a group of marine fuel specialists who resigned from DNV Petroleum Services and the company was renamed Maritec Pte Ltd (Maritec). With the enhanced domain knowledge and expertise from the new management team, Maritec was able to provide technically superior fuel quality services at very competitive rates and became one of the leading marine fuel testing and advisory organisations since then.
In June 2020, Maritec was acquired by Centre Testing International Group Co., Ltd.. Within a few months, the Marine Services Division of CTI Group was fully integrated with Maritec. As the result of the acquisition and integration, Maritec is the only organisation capable of providing comprehensive inspection, testing, certification and consultancy services for marine fuel quality, water quality and prevention of hazardous material in ships.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Shenzhen, CTI is the first public listed company in China's inspection，testing and certification industry (stock code: 300012). CTI has established more than 260 service networks and more than 130 laboratories, with more than 11,000 technical and quality assurance staff.
Service capabilities have fully covered consumer products, household products, electronic appliances, clinical test, food and agricultural products, cosmetics and chemical products, petrochemicals, environment, building materials and construction engineering, industrial equipment and manufacturing, the upstream and downstream of the supply chain of rail transit, automotive, marine and aviation materials.
Since 2012, CTI China Testing has established branches in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore to carry out global deployment continuously. CTI is also the leading organization engaged in verification of greenhouse gas emission, certification of Energy Management and rating of sustainable performance of enterprises.
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