Who are they?
The maritime industry is a wide ranging and unique industry where one business can cover so many different areas. Realistically, a Ship Owner and Operator cannot be expected to be an expert in areas like accountancy, technology, law, human resources, communication, marketing and engineering, which are just a handful of the sectors that his/her business will deal with.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of consultants, who are professionals that specialize in a specific area and can advise someone about that area of business. Consultants are either employed by an independent consultancy firm or can be self-employed. They offer a deeper level of expertise and would be more cost effective than having someone permanently within the company, especially if the specialty is not needed very often.
What do they do?
The specialist consultant offers professional advice or service, for a fee. Larger consultancy firms usually cover a wide range of sectors within the industry. As examples, consultancy services offered could include advice on engineering, design and implementation, marine warranty surveys, software and port/ ship layout.
A specific educational qualification is not needed to be a consultant however the main requirement is for them to have a good amount of industry experience in that specialist area of business.