What we do
SeaQuest Marine Project Management provides ship owners and maritime industry stakeholders with professional marine consultancy, shipbuilding project management and supervision services for their new building and conversion projects worldwide.
A successful shipbuilding project depends on experience in both new building and operation of the specific vessel type, attention to detail and knowledge of the selected shipyard. SeaQuest Marine Project Management offers an expert multinational team of naval architects, engineers, project managers, and inspectors able to manage the project from technical specifications, marine consultancy, evaluation and review to final delivery, covering all the intermediate phases such as shipyard assessment, selection of equipment makers, plan approval, provision of specialist teams for construction supervision, commissioning and technical support to the ship's crew.
Our Safety & Quality Assurance System, ISO 9001:2015 certified by ABS, specifically dedicated to new building, ensures the same high level of service for every client, however large or small the project is.
SeaQuest Marine Project Management was founded in 2003 and is registered in Hong Kong, with a branch office in Geneva and an office in Beijing.
Our sister company, SeaQuest Shipmanagement, provides a full range of ship management and crewing services.
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Our consistent and persistent engagement towards shipbuilding project management and supervision together with our technical skills and experience make it possible to reach our professional goals, thus enhancing and protecting clients’ assets:
- On time delivery. Our site teams strive to have the building schedule and commercial commitments respected
- Longer lasting assets. Our clients’ vessels are built to ensure longer operating lives.
- Minimal downtime. A well-built vessel will spend less time in the repair yard and more time at sea.
- Vessel efficiency. Decisions made throughout the build process can have a substantial impact on the vessel’s future running costs.
- Higher asset value. Working with SeaQuest and building to the best quality standard ensures that our clients’ assets achieve higher prices in the second-hand market.
- Teamwork around shipbuilding. Our professional and pragmatic approach optimizes the relationships between the parties to the benefit of the project.
- Compliance. Adopting a resolute approach to shipbuilding project management, we assure our clients their vessels’ will comply with contractual specifications and approved plans and meet the latest rules and regulations.
- High standards. Our rigorous ISO certified Safety and Quality Assurance System allows ships to be built to the highest standard anywhere in the world. We have a resolute approach to shipbuilding project management as outlined by IMO MSC 77/2/6.
- Improved design. We enhance the technical specifications by requiring the Builders to implement changes at no additional costs whenever reasonably achievable.
- Peace of mind. Our experienced team offers the professionalism and knowledge needed to guide any shipowner through the complexities of the new building projects.
SeaQuest Marine Project Management has provided new building supervision services more than 100 projects for the construction of over 300 vessels, which include Military Ships, Gas Carriers, Oil/Product/Chemical Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Container vessels, PCTCs, RO-RO and Con-RO vessels, Passenger/Cruise and RO-Pax vessels, Floating Storage Offloading (FSO) vessels, OSV Floating Accommodation, AHTS, Livestock carriers. Our management team has more than twenty years of experience in managing projects in South Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian and European yards.
Our first priority when launching the company was to establish our own ISO 9001 certified Safety and Quality Assurance System.
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This consists of refined procedures developed through years of shipbuilding and operational experience. A reliable approach achieves consistently excellent results for all our clients and means that a high-quality vessel can be built virtually anywhere in the world.
Our methods and procedures are more rigorous than those usually implemented by the shipyards, and accepted by classification societies, ensuring a higher standard of quality.
By working with SeaQuest Marine Project Management our clients benefit from our knowledge of local culture and familiarity with the executive management of many Far Eastern leading shipbuilders.
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We have worked with well-known ship owners from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Central America and were selected by the UK and Norwegian navies to supervise the construction of their logistics and support vessels built in South Korea.
Irrespective of a clients’ size, being family-owned companies, corporation listed on the stock exchange or state-owned, we offer all the same high level of attention to details.
We respect the trust that clients place in us and embark on every project in the same manner, with professionalism and expertise, and treat each client’s project individually.
Our bespoke services are appreciated by clients, and they return to us with their new projects.
The company’s key personnel are highly qualified naval architects and marine engineers with a wealth of knowledge in the technical and operational aspects of ships. Our project managers, site managers and inspectors are experienced skilled engineers and technicians who have been trained to work using SeaQuest Safety and Quality Assurance System.
Most significantly, our employees are loyal and we can vouch for each individual’s professional competence and personal character. We maintain strict employment criteria and thoroughly enforce our standards, ensuring the highest ethical behavior.
Success or failure in any project depends on the expertise, reliability and availability of the right people. SeaQuest Marine Project Management was formed to ensure stability within projects by bringing together highly experienced individuals from different areas of engineering. This merging of knowledge and expertise has set a higher standard within the industry.
SeaQuest has new opportunities developing all the time for:
- Naval Architects
- Mechanical Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Hull Inspectors
- Outfitting Inspectors
- Coating Inspectors
If you are a suitably qualified and experienced marine engineer or inspector with a background in ship operation and new construction or repair, please fill out our online application form by clicking this link: Apply Now!
Below are the profiles of some of the key elements in our team:
Jan Andersson Managing Director & Gen Manager
Jan Andersson is a co-founder of SeaQuest Marine Project Management and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Engineering. Jan began his career as a marine engineer officer for a Swedish shipping company. By the age of 22 he was a chief engineer, the youngest ever at the time, and at 25 he was involved in new buildings.
Jan is stationed in Korea and closely oversees all the construction projects onsite under SeaQuest supervision in Far East. He is responsible for the specification and contract negotiations with the shipyards, plan approval and makers’ selection, shipyard condition assessments and vessel pre-purchase surveys, ensuring superior professional supervision services are provided for all customers.
Jan created the renowned SeaQuest’s Quality Management System which subsequently resulted in the attainment of the ISO 9001 Certification for the Company.
Sebastiano Portunato Managing Director
Co-founder Sebastiano Portunato has over 30 years experience in ship consultancy and ship management. He has a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy. He began his career in ship management, working with his brother, and in 1987 they formed the ship management company Portunato & Cie. He has extensive knowledge of a variety of vessels.
Sebastiano is based in Geneva and is responsible for SeaQuest Marine Project Management’s group administration, commercial negotiation and business strategy.
Vittorio Portunato Technical Advisor
Company co-founder Vittorio Portunato has over 30 years’ experience in the marine industry. He began his career in marine design and engineering, before forming a ship management company, Portunato & Cie, in 1987 with his brother Sebastiano. He has a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy.
Based in Genoa, Vittorio has also been involved in the full management of tankers, bulk carriers, offshore support vessels and tugs. At SeaQuest Marine Project Management, Vittorio is involved in new building contract negotiations, maker selection and plan approvals.
Erik Holstenson Administration & Finance Officer
Erik Holstenson has a degree in Finance and Accounting from Zurich University and went on to complete the International Finance Programme at INSEAD, The Business School for the World.
Erik has over 30 years experience in finance management and controlling, having worked with various multinational companies in consulting and project business management, and within the heavy mechanical and technological industries.
Based in SeaQuest’s European branch office in Geneva, Erik is responsible for office administration and project control.
Gian Maria Celle Business Development
A University of Genoa graduate in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Gian Maria Celle is responsible for SeaQuest’s marketing and business development.
Gian has over 20 years experience in business-to-commercial (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) marketing senior management roles in the international trading and industrial sectors, including shipbuilding and provision of marine technical services. He joined the company in 2010 and is based in Geneva.
Ashis Ghosh Project Manager
Ashis Ghosh, postgraduate in Naval Architecture, has 35 years experience in shipping/shipbuilding industry roles, encompassing shipyard design department, classification society surveyor, technical manager, superintendent and QC advisor.
Ashis has extensive experience in specification and contract negotiation, plan approval and construction supervision for several types of merchant and special purpose offshore vessel as well as Project Manager and Site Manager in Middle and Far Eastern yards for a number of shipbuilding and conversion projects.
Proficient in pre-purchase inspection, condition assessment inspection, shipyard appraisal and evaluation, Ashis is based in Korea, responsible for overseeing SeaQuest’s projects in Korea and Japan.
Fabrizio Lisitano Deputy Project Manager
University of Genoa graduate in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Fabrizio Lisitano joined SeaQuest in 2008 and is the Site Manager for the plan approval department.
Fabrizio also assists the Project Managers during all critical phases of the vessel construction liaising with class and yard for the implementation of shipbuilding quality standards and ship owner requirements, managing inspections and coordinating the technical meetings throughout the construction process.
Fabrizio is based in Korea and coordinates the site offices start-up and site team members' selection.
- Shipbuilding Project Management is our core business
- Services are tailored to meet client's specific requirements
- Well-established ISO certified Safety and Quality Assurance System*, modified and implemented throughout the years
- Proved knowledge of Far Eastern culture and shipbuilding methods bringing respect and trust
- Pragmatic approach to technical and commercial issues leading to an effective management of stakeholders' relationship
- Top Management residing in or close to the building sites and short chain of command
- Outstanding safety records
- Large network of skilled and experienced personnel selected to deliver the highest quality service
- Excellent cost control with no overruns experienced on any project
- Services are proposed at a lumpsum price
* not to be confused with ISM Code certification for ships operation