Hubel Marine was started by Erik A. de Koning as a consultancy firm to assist ship owners with the registration of their vessels and prompt delivery of seafarer documentation. In 1988 Erik de Koning’s father, Jacques de Koning started to perform Annual Safety Inspections (ASI) for the Panama Flag State. Some flag states can be very bureaucratic to ensure that their documents qualify under their related jurisdiction or convention. We analyzed the difficulties for ship owners to comply with same, and that was the reason we started our specialized vessel registration department.
Thereafter a request came from a manager of a fleet of 90 vessels to take the responsibility to handle all their Panama Crew Endorsement applications. We demonstrated our great expertise and creativity to deliver them on a 24-7 basis. Including on Panama holidays. Today the Seafarer department process applications for three jurisdictions.
Our technical staff is flying all over the world to perform their surveys and audits. A good example is the agreement we have with a major Container company to perform the Intermediate ISPS Audit on all their IACS Classed vessels.
The management’s view is about building strong relationships and by giving a personal and customized service while we communicate directly with the decision makers of the Registers.