Calvey Marine Limited was established in 1991 and supports UK based ship owners and managers with all their ship repair and maintenance needs; from drydockings and retrofits to procurement and services
Who are we?
You would be easily mistaken to assume that this is a large corporate company, but in truth this small, family run business has a lot of heart.
Family values, exceptional customer service, professionalism and a lot of hard work are at the forefront of Calvey’s ethos, and we are exceptionally proud to be at the forefront of the ship repair and marine industry. Pastoral care and philanthropic activity also separate Calvey Marine from it’s competitors and we measure our success not just by our realised and ongoing growth, but our moral obligation to make our industry and the lives of those we interact with, better than we found them.
Where are we now?
Whilst clients are mainly UK based, Calvey Marine project manage the enquiries for repairs and maintenance works to ships globally; from UK to US, Europe, Dubai, China and Singapore. Building firm and lasting relationships is key to Calvey Marine’s business and our reputation is everything. We are immensely proud to support the global maritime industry and keep shipping afloat despite any challenges the industry faces. Calvey Marine has quickly adapted over the last 18 months to increase it’s portfolio of products and services in order to best support our Clients, resulting in more enquiries received than ever before. This is achieved by continually evolving our operations to meet any challenges we face, and explore all opportunities, with proactivity and forward thinking.
Despite a recent decrease in ability to visit face-to-face, Calvey Marine has taken a proactive approach to maintaining these hard-earned relationships and has teamed up with GOWI Consulting to present regular webinars for their clients and principals. The sessions are aimed to inform those in the maritime industry how best to maximise both business and personal potential, which has never been more relevant in this ever changing world. Topics have included; ‘how best to manage your team remotely’, ‘looking after your employees’ and your own pastoral needs’, and addressing some of the challenges that working remotely presents such as ‘managing global teams from afar’. All sessions have resulted in glowing feedback and high numbers of attendees. For businesses, pastoral care has never been more important and if successfully managed can not only support the wellbeing of staff but also maximise the existing commercial opportunities available. A ‘sales free’ environment with all members aiming to accomplish this goal for their teams was a refreshing reminder of the intimate and close-knit climate that still exists within the maritime industry and certainly one that Calvey Marine is very proud to be a part of, leading from the front line.
Whilst some of our projects were put on hold due to the pandemic, we quickly adapted to increase our portfolio of products and services which resulted in increased business and receiving more enquiries than ever before. Calvey Marine strive to increase both the support we can offer our Clients, and the number of Clients we support leading to overall more business for our Principals, worldwide.
The difficulty with business development over the last 18 months has been a lack of being able to visit shipyards worldwide to manage projects in person and to build rapport with new clients, and maintaining strong bonds with existing clients without being able to meet and market face to face. Strong communication skills have been key to our operations both at our company and also to our clients and principals. Despite challenges, we are optimistic about our expansion plans and have recently been asked to represent our principals’ services further afield in Europe. We are experiencing a record year so far and are thrilled with our progress, continuing to grow our business by providing exceptional support and service to our clients. Expansion is on the horizon, with recently appointed Business Development Director Jessica on the hunt for the right candidate to join our team in 2022.
As family is at the heart of our company, looking after the wellbeing of our own during the Pandemic has been an essential and more personal focus for us. Honest and open communication, flexibility, understanding and compassion have never been more key, and Calvey Marine have focused on it’s own pastoral care greatly over the last year. We look to our bright future with optimism, and gratitude for our last 30 years in industry.