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38 years
in the market

Meridian Group

We started as a ship Agency focused in the handling of Tramps ships

Founded in early 1986, the company has ISO 9001: 2015 certification for Maritime Agency Services, granted by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

Responding to the needs of the market in ship agency and hiring of personnel for the oil industry.

We provide a wide range of services to cover all the needs from our industry needs, such as: Ship Agency, Towing, Brokerage, Launch Services, Bathymetries, Crew Transfers, provisions and equipment.

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Our history

Meridian Group history

1986
Meridian was born and founded in partnership with The Samuel Stewart Group of Companies of the UK.

Initially, it started as a local office of The Samuel Stewart Group in South America mainly focused on Towage & Salvage, Off-Shore Shipbroking and Competitive Dry Cargoes Shipbroking. Complementing the ongoing brokerage activities, and with the input of our CEO, the Shipping Agency, mainly focused on Steel, grains, agriproducts, breakbulk, and project cargoes; servicing all Argentine Ports, was set up. Since early 1986, the company has undertaken several challenges and suffered changes to accommodate itself to the demanding and hectic markets either local or international over the years Presently, and after almost 40 years in the market, we provide a wide range of services suiting our industry needs, such as Ship Agency, Towage & Salvage Brokerage, Competitive Shipbroking, Cargo Surveyors and Bathymetries provisions, Boat Services for Crew Transfers, delivery of Materials, Equipment and General Supplies. Also, and through other companies of the group, we operate a modern chemical/product tanker on Time Charter contract servicing YPF, As from 2009, the company is certified by LR ISO 9001 for Maritime Agency Services.


1994

Consolidated as one of the main Shipping Agencies of Argentina and specialized also in tanker agency, Meridian was awarded the Agency contract for Petrobras, handling over 300 calls per year at different ports for that client only. This representation continued for over 25 years.


1996-1998
Total Austral Offshore Tierra del Fuego Drilling Campaign

Awarded by Global Marine USA with the tender for the Full Owners Agency Services for the drilling campaign of the Jack Up Rig Glomar Labrador I operating for Total Austral in the Tierra del Fuego CMA-1, CAA areas.


2002
Rescue in Antarctica

The German Motor Vessel 'Magdalena Oldendorff' got stranded in Antarctica's ice field returning from the Novolazarevskaya research base in Antarctica, when thick ice blocked her route. The vessel had on board over 70 Scientists that were leaving the summer season bases, and the ship's own crew. Together with The Stewart Group, Meridian acting as brokers and agents to the Ship Owners was involved in contracting, coordinating and operating the logistics for the ARA Ice Breaker 'Almirante Irizar' of the Argentine Navy to sail from Buenos Aires and materialize an epic rescue in the winter time that has no precedent in Antarctica.


2007
LNG starts in Argentina

Meridian was hired by Repsol-YPF as a Nautical Advisor and Agent for the development of the first LNG-Regasification floating terminal in Argentina. The same was put in service in Bahia Blanca in May 2008.


2007
Logistica y Servicios Maritimos SA (LSM) was born

With the genesis of this new company, the Group, expanded its services to provide ship mooring-unmooring, launch services, delivery of provisions, oil spill control, STS equipment & STS Operations among others. (Yokohama Fenders, Hoses and other STS Equipment)


2009
Maritima Meridian is ISO Certified

Maritima Meridian achieves the international quality certification ISO 9001: 2008 issued by Lloyd's Register. Over the years the certification was improved and became ISO 9001: 2015 - LRQA - UKAS QM


2009 - 2014
Logistica y Servicios Maritimos SA Fleet and services expansion

LSM ordered the construction of 12 Mooring and Service Boats becoming the largest owner of this type of vessel in the country


2010
LNG Developments follow on

After the success of the first LNG-Regasification floating terminal of Bahia Blanca, Meridian continued to advise for the nautical and operational development of the second LNG-Regasification floating Terminal which was finally inaugurated in May 2011 in Escobar. In this case, a new port was built to accommodate the FSRU.


2011
New Offices

We moved to our new offices in the modern Madero Harbor complex - World Trade Center Buenos Aires, located in the Old Refurbished Buenos Aires Docks.


2014
Tug Boat 'Nicole S' acquisition

LSM expands its activities with the incorporation of a multipurpose tug boat to provide Towage, Salvage & Refloating Services. Supplying equipment and Assistance in STS operations are also among its capabilities and capabilities.


2016
Joint Venture with Svitzer Towage of Denmark, (A.P. Moller-Maersk)

Entered into a Joint Venture with Svitzer to incorporate 9 ASD-type harbor tugs to the Argentine Flag Registry to provide towage services in Argentine ports. All-Time Agency Record Achieved, reaching over 1,100 ship's calls mark attended, spread all along the country over a year.


2019
LNG Liquefaction Barge - Export Facility

As part of the LNG production Program we assisted the 'TANGO' FLNG barge operation in Bahia Blanca, providing agency services, Crewing, working permits application for foreign personnel, and negotiations with local unions for the hiring of local crew. Nautical advice and applications for exceptions to the Cabotage Law and general coordination were also provided.


2020
Motor Tug 'Forjador', renamed 'Ringo S' and Service Boat 'Odisea', renamed 'Roselia S'

LSM incorporates this ASD Tug and this Service boat to the fleet.


2021
LSM receives ISO certification.

Logistica y Servicios Maritimos SA achieves the international quality certification ISO 9001: 2015 LRQA UKAS QM issued by Lloyd's Register.


2022
WES Energy genesis

The group expands its frontiers to the services to the Energy Sector in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile. Services that include, among others, Small Scale LNG Plants, advisory to the industry in general, and sale and operation of LNG plants.


2022
Purchase of Tug Boat 'Ona Temple', renamed 'Benicio S'

LSM incorporates this ASD Tug boat into the fleet.


2023
Acquisition of Trans Ona SAMCIF

The Group acquires the majority stake in this traditional Port Towage Company. With this incorporation, the group adds to the fleet the ASD Tug Boats 'Ona Don Vicente', 'Ona Don Lorenzo', 'Ona Paz' and 'Ona Triunfo' and the Conventional Tug Boats 'Ona Triton' and 'Ona Tifon'. This transaction allocates us among the largest Tug Boats Owners and Operators in the country with 10 tug boats. Through the incorporation of Trans Ona, as a traditional Ship Owner who operates a modern 17,000dwt IMO2 tanker vessel, the group disembark in that market segment as well.


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