Briggs Marine acquires Canadian companies

Source: press release, 12 September 2018

From left, Scott Christie, President, and Dominic Gerelle, Vice President, of Foreshore Technologies, and Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs Marine
From left, Scott Christie, President, and Dominic Gerelle, Vice President, of Foreshore Technologies, and Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs Marine (photo: Briggs Marine)

The Briggs Group has announced it has recently acquired a consortium of three marine companies in Canada. The companies; Foreshore Technologies, Balanced Environmental and Ocean Tech are based in North Vancouver, British Columbia and have been trading for 25 years.

Foreshore Technologies Inc. is an underwater survey and inspection company that specialises in diving, environmental survey, structural survey and marine operations, utilising innovative equipment and platforms for a broad range of clients.

Balanced Environmental Services Inc. is an expert in permitting, licencing, consultation, applications, planning and project delivery, providing a service for clients with a diverse, requirement where sensitivity and accuracy is needed.

Ocean Tech Constructors Inc. is a harbour support company that specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of floats, gangways, pontoons and breakwaters.

Briggs has been looking to expand into the Canadian market for some time. Whilst conducting a project in British Columbia, the management team became aware of the Foreshore Group of businesses and were impressed with their passion, innovation and quality in the marine sector, which is closely aligned to the company’s own philosophies. Their knowledge and unique understanding of the region represented an exciting opportunity for both parties.

Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs says, “We are excited by the purchase of the Foreshore Group of companies as their understanding, knowledge, skill, passion and commitment to their clients are traits that align closely with our own. We look forward to working beside our Canadian colleagues in growing this well-established business and continuing Briggs’ maritime adventure into the next phase.”

Scott Christie, President at Foreshore Technologies Inc says, “Briggs Marine has a great ethos, outstanding people, an innovative and diversified service offering. We believe that this acquisition can establish a stronger platform for us to take on larger and more high-profile projects in Canada and the United States.”