JLA, an LOC Group company, which has traditionally focused on location approvals for Drilling Contractors, is pleased to announce the expansion of its services into shipping operations and engineering consultancy services.

Established in 1976, JLA provides a well-established approach to the approvals process for the moving and location of mobile offshore drilling units (MODU). The company regularly provides approval for more than 250 MODU each year, with the vast majority being Jack-Up Units.

In response to rapidly changing markets, JLA has expanded its well tested methodology to support the wider LOC group in the following service areas: engineering consultancy, attendances and approvals of Dry transportations, approvals of Ocean Tows, approvals of cargo shipments and audit services.

Examples of recent projects across these new service areas include towage approval for the transport of a damaged vessel, from the USA to Europe, the execution of internal security audits and approval for the transport of a general cargo from Houston to Bangladesh.

Since LOC acquired the Company in 2017, JLA has seen year-on-year growth. The Company is based in Houston but undertakes work on a worldwide basis and utilises as and when required the wider LOC Group network of 35 offices.

Commenting, Mike Pithie, President of JLA, said:

“This service expansion supporting LOC Group, shows an exciting new chapter for JLA, reflecting the sustainability of the business in a rapidly changing market climate. It is also a reflection of the close working relationship between JLA and other LOC Group companies, to support our clients globally with the most appropriate technical solution for their asset and project.”