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ABL appoints US ports expert as Marine Civil Engineering Director

International energy and marine consultancy ABL Group has appointed marine construction and engineering, and fixed object damage specialist, Christopher Waddicor as its director of marine civil engineering for the US market, driving the business’s growth in the US ports and harbours’ sector.   

Mr Waddicor joins ABL with more than 23 years of experience in marine inspection, repair and construction management across the US and Caribbean’s ports and harbours’ industry. He has a significant track-record as Owner’s Engineer on port engineering projects. In addition to this, he has a wealth of experience in construction programming and management for CAPEX and OPEX expenditure.  His most recent engagement was as Employer’s representative and chief resident engineer at the Freeport Container Port in the Bahamas, where he provided direct oversight for restorative works to the Container Port and Yard.

Waddicor’s specialist casualty and fixed object damage experience ranges from emergency port salvage, bridge and pier vessel allision, wharf/pier collapse, post-event emergency engineering response to severe weather events that have affected port owners’ global marine structural assets. 

“The appointment of Christopher underlines ABL’s commitment to owners and operators of US ports, harbours and terminals. He brings a wealth of experience in marine civil engineering design, port construction project leadership, underwater technical inspection, and practical hands-on casualty response experience to the ABL team.”

John Walker, Managing Director Maritime, Americas

Waddicor has also held recent roles as senior port construction manager for the brownfield re-development of the port and rail terminal at Gibbstown, New Jersey; and senior marine design and construction manager for the new mega yacht marina and resort on the island of Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

With his experience extending to renewable energy infrastructure projects, Waddicor’s appointment also reinforces ABL’s commitment to support US ports and harbours in meeting requirements to support the US’ offshore wind objectives.

“We expect that Christopher’s unique experiences and competences will drive ABL’s growth in our marine civil engineering offering within both the renewables sector as well as maritime industry.”

John Walker, Managing Director Maritime, Americas

ABL is part of Oslo-listed AqualisBraemar LOC ASA.

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