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All change – a view from the COO

As we enjoy the heat of an uncharacteristic British summer, we reflect on a busy first half-year here in Dryad. Following six years of exponential growth, we have enjoyed expanding our team, re-positioning the company and unveiling a range of new maritime operational products and services that are proven to save money and reduce risk for our clients. We have been able to achieve this transformation thanks to the operational foundations we have built, alongside our years of working closely with existing and prospective clients to understand their needs and we are really excited about what lies ahead.

Posidonia 2014 was the launch pad for our two main operational offerings, VES and PRISM; both of which have generated great interest which we hope to expand on as we travel to Hamburg, Copenhagen and Dubai later in the year. We have not been surprised to see how keen the industry is on saving money, but have been delighted to play our part in supporting clients in an ever-changing economic and risk landscape; from helping offset costs in advance of new environmental regulation to keeping one step ahead of innovative criminals, we are totally focused in helping clients save money and keep their seafarers safe. With new and attractive offerings, our wider plans have seen Karen Jacques, our former Chief Operating Officer, relocate as Director Asia Pacific to expand our client base in Asia and the Americas. Consequently, this is my first time in this part of the Newsletter as Karen begins the process of delivering our exciting new product range to new clients in distant places.

All of this change has taken place whilst we’ve been no less busy with our long-standing products and services. Despite the noise from the Indian Ocean HRA being far less than in previous years, we continue to help clients transit and operate safely in support of their trade either side of Africa and beyond. Worrying trends in Southeast Asia and continued crime in the Gulf of Guinea, alongside client needs for advice in other areas, such as Libya, The Crimea and Eastern Mediterranean are keeping our team busier than ever. In maritime crime, the best news of the year is undoubtedly the release of the crew of Albedo, following almost four years of captivity in Somalia. We wish the seafarers and their families well and hope that equal efforts will be made to return the other forty or so that remain in pirate hands to their families at the earliest opportunity.

Finally, we have embraced social media in a more meaningful way, using it to engage with the wider maritime community and enabling us to reach out to others in the field and to provide commentary beyond the specific content enjoyed by our clients. If you want to see more of what we have to say, or simply let us know what you think, then we would be delighted if you look us up and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. We look forward to engaging with you, virtually or in person, and will report back on progress later in the year.

Ian Millen Chief Operating Officer



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