Thomson Ecology gears up for port activity

As one of the few ecology consultancies in the UK with an in-house marine laboratory, the firm is looking to support marine users with environmental impact assessments for berth, jetty and port developments, as well as dredging assessments. To support this ambition Thomson has recruited Dan Collins as principal marine consultant (formerly of Worley Parsons) and Shaun Plenty as senior aquatic consultant (formerly of Teleost Consulting).

Thomson Ecology’s director of water services Phil Aldous said: “With the expansion of Felixstowe, Harwich, the Thames Estuary, and Dover ports over many years associated with strong trade links with mainland Europe, and the current tone of Brexit, the balance of our trading partners could be changing from mainland EU to global markers.

“Looking to the Commonwealth this could include Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India, and also others such as the USA, Mexico, Brazil and China. The optimum route for these countries to enter the UK via the sea are the ports on the south west, and west coast at Liverpool, the Clyde and Milford Haven.

“These appointments are important in that they provide high level additional capability to support the increasing demand for our service areas and bring new experience to the Thomson suite of services. These include  marine survey management, marine environmental assessment, freshwater macroinvertebrate analysis, fish health and fish population assessment.”