THE Atlas Programmed Marine joint venture has this week opened for business, with a focus on delivering a greater range of services and capabilities to clients with the Australasian oil and gas sector.

The new business is a 50/50 joint venture between global operator Atlas Professionals and Australian-based Programmed Marine with an ambitious strategy to become Australasia’s leading provider of offshore and marine manning services.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Jim Caldwell, the JV intends leveraging Atlas’s worldwide footprint and Programmed’s established reputation and experience within the local market in order to provide an enhanced service offering for its growing client base.

In developing its strategy, the Atlas Programmed Marine (APM) team has articulated a number of areas where bringing the Atlas and Programmed expertise together will provide tangible benefits to clients:
• Clients will have access to a broader range of services. While a Programmed Marine client would historically have relied on the company primarily to supply crew and catering, the Atlas expertise means APM can extend this into other areas such as remotely operated vehicle (ROV) personnel.
• The increased range of services will deliver added convenience, as it means clients can have one supplier and one invoice, reducing paperwork and admin time.
• Programmed’s industrial relations experience will provide Atlas clients with a greater level of assistance in navigating Australia’s IR landscape.

With approximately 800 staff located in Australia and New Zealand, APM will provide a broad range of services to the offshore oil and gas and marine sectors including workforce, maintenance and operational services with a critical focus on safety management.

“Our key objective is to create a company that is considered to be the go-to people in the oil and gas manning industry,” Mr Caldwell said.

“We understand the environment that we are working in and we can effectively offer a one-stop-shop for our clients, providing enhanced levels of convenience for them.

“The majority of our clients are located internationally and our focus will be on providing the services they require when their vessels are in Australia or New Zealand waters.

“Programmed Marine is a market leader, well known in the Australian and New Zealand offshore oil and gas marine manning industry. Atlas has a vast global footprint and is considered an innovative and market marine services specialist. The joint venture unites the individual strengths of its owners to create a unique business that is well positioned to respond to and service the changing demands and maturity of the Australasian marine and oil and gas industries.”

With the establishment of the JV, APM has the capability to support clients with the full cycle of recruitment and manning for some of the biggest oil and gas projects in the world.

The newly-formed company has set an objective of growing its market share, and has already seen an increase in inquiries and activity since the JV was announced.

APM has a strong board, which comprises Chris Sutherland and Simon Hardbottle from Programmed, René Neelissen from Atlas Professionals and Peter van Rossum, an experienced oil and gas executive.

The formation of the joint venture reflects the fact that the offshore oil and gas industries in Australia and New Zealand are part of a global industry, with clients increasingly seeking international marine HR and support services.

In addition to forming the Atlas Programmed Marine JV, Atlas Professionals has acquired the international business activities of Programmed Marine, as announced in May 2017.