Monday, April 25, 2016

Ships Agency and logistics Specialist Changes Management

Buy Out Sees Separation from Marine Services Affiliate
Shipping News Feature
WEST AFRICA – The independent ship agency and logistics provider OMA has completed an amicable management buy-out process and announcing its intention to actively expand the Group’s activities in West Africa with plans already in place to build upon customer-identified business opportunities in Senegal and Cameroon. OMA was established in 1982 together with its marine services affiliate, Togo Oil and Marine (TOM), both companies developing from modest beginnings in Lomé, Togo.

Now with representation in Ghana, Senegal, Benin and the Ivory Coast as well as Europe the new board include Gary Miller who joined the company in 2007 as Managing Director, backed a year later by Carine Noukpo who returned to Cotonou to lead the development of OMA Benin, and in 2009 by Sam Edmund who joined the company to establish OMA Ghana.

With an ever increasing commitment to the agency and logistics business, it soon became apparent that OMA and its sister company TOM, which is principally a deep sea towing and salvage operation, were heading in different directions from a strategic and business development perspective and thus the trio of staff have bought out the interests of the founder Capt R.A.M Jones.

With its blend of West African talent and experience in the shipping and logistics sectors, together with industry veterans having intimate knowledge in their respective fields, the three executives believe an experienced, enthusiastic and re-energised Board of Directors, supported by a loyal and committed management team and staff is already resulting in a reinforced commitment to customers operating in the existing OMA countries.

Photo: Left to right: Gary Miller, Carine Noukpo, Sam Edmund.