Northern Marine Group


Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Northern Marine Group (NMG) provides ship management services to the Stena Sphere and selected external clients through our global network of offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Houston, Manila, Mumbai, St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Singapore.

In recent years the shipping industry has been characterised by slim margins and low profitability in general. The focus on cost control remains a priority for vessel owners, on the premise of no deterioration in the standards or quality of onboard operation. Despite these challenging conditions, a number of clients have experienced fleet growth during the period, and Northern Marine welcomed the opportunity to provide technical management services for these additional vessels.

Additionally a new subsidiary company, Northern Marine Ferries Ltd, was established in January 2014 as part of the wider Northern Marine Group restructure, to consolidate the experience capability in managing RoPax and RoRo vessels into a standalone company, thereby enabling greater focus on the specific requirements of the vessel type. During the year we have also implemented a new Safety Management System (SMS) to better support the particular requirements of RoPax and RoRo vessels.

Center of Learning and Development

The construction of the Chevron Center of Learning and ­Development within the grounds of the existing Northern Marine headquarter in Glasgow continued in 2014. The new building, Scotia House, was fully completed by the end of September 2014, and was officially opened in late October by Stena CEO Dan Sten Olsson, Carl-Johan Hagman, Shipping Director of Stena AB, and Mike Carthew, President of Chevron Shipping Company LLC. The Center has been established to deliver and maintain the highest standards of safety and operational excellence on the Northern Marine and Chevron fleet of vessels. With the help of advanced simulators the Center is dedicated to the training of all mariners sailing in these fleets. These facilities will assist both companies in meeting the training requirements of the maritime and offshore industry. The combined investment in this venture is in excess of MUSD 20.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The overarching priority for Northern Marine is to ensure the health, safety and security of all staff, thus providing a reliable and efficient service for clients whilst minimising the impact on the environment. The welfare and development of all employees is paramount to achieving this objective, and the company strives to support the enhancement of skills already existing within Northern Marine. This ongoing investment will allow personnel to meet the increasingly diverse requirements of the client base, and achieve a sense of personal development, as Northern Marine seeks to ensure the highest quality of dedicated professionals available in the industry.


Energy efficiency as well as other environmentally friendly solutions can create a competitive advantage for clients, generating better fleet utilisation and a better commercial outcome for each voyage. Northern Marine has always been at the forefront of developing engineering solutions to improve energy efficiency management. This proactive approach has ensured that the Group is in a position to take advantage of advances in technology for the benefit of their clients and the environment.

Objectives 2015

Northern Marine’s approach is always to be proactive in every­thing we do, never more so than in the mission to excel in health, safety and environmental performance. Focus to reach energy targets and to follow best management practices to achieve the defined goals is priority.

The continued focus on process safety and further development of the Behaviour Based Safety programme to prevent accidents and incidents will extend throughout 2015, supporting the objective to provide the safest possible working environment for all employees.

New training centers on three continents

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1) Of whom employed on: Stena vessels 2,500, external vessels 4,700, shore based 500

MD comments

The financial pressures on companies operating in the shipping industry show no signs of decreasing, indeed the cost of meeting the increasing regulatory requirements of our industry each year prove an additional challenge.

Shipping tends to be exposed to cyclical ­economic changes. However, for 2015 as in every year, the safe and efficient operation of the vessels must remain stable and sustainable. This must be achieved with equally sustainable cost efficiency, all of which can only be achieved by professional staff providing first class management services.


Managing Director,
Northern Marine Group

CASE maritime training centers

New training centers on three continents

With the opening of multi-million dollar Maritime training centers in three different continents in 2014, Stena once again demonstrated the company’s long term commitment to seafarer training at the very highest level.

2014 was a year of significant achievement in the training of Stena seafarers, with the opening of multi-million dollar Maritime training centers in Scotland, Angola and the Philippines.

The Clydebank Training Center in Glasgow incorporates a 100 seat Auditorium and greatly enhances the induction of all new UK Northern Marine and Stena Line employees to the Stena Group. The adjacent newly opened innovative and state of the art Simulator Center, shared with Chevron Shipping, is designed to provide quality teamwork training to our officers, develop and enhance their operational performance and equip them with the skills necessary to lead the seafarers of the expanding Stena fleet.

The new maritime campus in Angola, Centro De Formaçã Maritima de Angola (CFMA), is a superb example of international partnership and vision, and will play a significant role in developing Angolan seafarers for the future in co-operation with Sonangol.

In the Philippines more than 2,000 seafarers will receive the highest standard of maritime and offshore safety training at the new Maritime Safety Training Center.

These achievements demonstrate the long term commitment of Stena in equipping our present and future seafarers with the education, skills and individual talent development to crew the expanding Stena fleet and continue to compete at the very highest level.

I have come a long and difficult way to achieve my goals. I intend to continue pursuing them until the result is satisfactory.

I am happy and honored to be part of the first group of cadets studying at CFMA. I feel very excited to see what the future holds and for the possibility to make a difference in helping the Angolan economy.

The staff are very welcoming, and there are many highly skilled teachers who open our vision and our minds to the outside world. Thus having the opportunity to further develop my English skills, that is the international business language, especially in the shipping world.

I am proud of Stena's investment in Angola so that students get the opportunity for career progression like I have been gracious to get. Last but not least I am excited for the opportunity to learn about team building and aquire the skills I will need to do my job.

Jisilda Felicia Nguli,
CFMA Deck Cadet

Although Angola has a vast coastline of over 1,000 miles; sailing is still a new adventure and challenge to the young generation.

With the establishing of the CFMA, trainees have the opportunity to learn a combination of educational and professional skills for the maritime sector.

One of the advantages of being part of CFMA staff is to have the opportunity to interact with international maritime training institutions and international shipping companies such as Stena, which in turn provides a positive synergy that I believe can be productive and very useful for all parties involved.

CFMA is making a significant contribution to the promotion of the maritime industry in Angola that will lead to accreditation and be part of the IMO "White List".

Amarildio Vicente Manuel,
CFMA Lecturer

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