The Harris Pye Engineering Group has opened an office in Oslo to pursue new business opportunities in Norway, and to support existing clients by providing all Harris Pye products and services to the entire Scandinavian region.
This is Harris Pye’s 17th office, with the network stretching from Brazil to Japan, North American and Canada to Australia and including major workshops in Wales, Brazil, Sharjah and Singapore
“Thanks to his long history in coatings we have also appointed Bjarne Eia as our in-house specialist for protective coatings,” explains Chris David, the Group’s Chief Technical Officer. “We are eager to expand our Protective Coatings Division in the maritime and oil and gas industries.
“We aim to be the preferred provider of high quality voyage repair and of maintenance services onboard ships and rigs while at sea. Working with clients we can streamline their maintenance programme for any ship or rig in operation. We offer three alternatives for owners and managers – coating while at sea; coating at a yard; or a combination of work at yard and at sea.”
“The Division offers all kinds of steel surface refurbishment including blasting and coating of internal and external structures and spaces; scaffolding and covering; special access systems; and passive fire insulation and thermal insulation in the maritime and oil and gas environments,” explains Mr Eia, a former Master Mariner with close to 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry. ”I am greatly looking forward to my new role and to expanding Harris Pye’s protective coating services globally,” he adds.
About Bjarne Eia
Latterly Bjarne Eia (52) was Managing Director of TECO Solutions, a role he held from 1998 until 2007 and then from 2012 until 2017 when he joined the Harris Pye Group.
His seagoing career began in the Royal Norwegian Navy; then joining Wilh.Wilhelmsen on a special apprenticeship programme leading to his Deck Class 4 certificate. He then joined Leif Høegh & Co continuing his maritime career.
In February 1990 he joined Novoklav, a joint venture between the Torvald Klaveness Group in Norway and Novorossiysk Shipping Company as the Ship Operator. He was later promoted to Operations Manager at PetroBulk Carriers in Oslo. PetroBulk was a JV between EXMAR, Mitsui OSK, Safmarine, Erling Dekke Næss and Jørgen Jahre Jr.
Bjarne Eia left PertroBulk in March 1998 having spent his final year setting up the operations in London and Singapore. A short period with R.S. Platou Shipbrokers followed before he accepted a position at TECO Coating Services AS.
About Harris Pye
The Harris Pye Engineering Group is a rapidly expanding global organisation with active involvement in many key marine, oil and gas, offshore and industrial sectors. Operating worldwide on a 24/7 basis, its emphasis is on cost effective repair, preventative maintenance and conversion work.
Over the past 10 years, the Group has successfully developed a range of services to the offshore oil industry which include in situ repair, upgrade and conversion of rigs, semi-submersibles, trading tankers, FSU, FSO, FPSO and FSRU units. Harris Pye is a multi-cultural global service provider with a focus on supplying top quality products and fast and efficient customer service.