Guido Perla Associates expands into Latin AmericaNews // February 3, 2009
Having established subsidiaries in Shanghai in 2004 and Germany in early 2008, Guido Perla Associates (GPA) has announced the establishment of Guido Perla Latin America EIRL (GPLA) in Santiago, Chile.
By creating a direct presence in Latin America, GPA is reacting to the expansion in that market that has been defined as a target for GPA for the coming years.
“The local market is developing very attractive projects that we want to take part in, and therefore, we need to be prepared to support and serve our clients during the complete execution of the projects” said Paulina Alvarez, Business Manager of GPLA.
GPLA will be executing multiple functions, which encompass providing naval architecture support to the GPA headquarters in Seattle, working in conjunction with the GPA design and engineering staff, as well as providing technical assistance, and project and contract management to local shipyards that are currently constructing GPA designs, thus reinforcing the company’s approach of direct communication and close working relationships throughout the development and construction process.
“A local presence facilitates keeping a close liaison with clients after launch and delivery with respect to the operation and maintenance of each vessel,” said Mario Villa, Engineering Manager of GPLA. “One of our main assets and differentiation points is that GPA has always developed special solutions that suit each client’s needs, therefore it is of advantage for us to be closer and more accessible to our clients in order to get a better understanding of their situation, needs and requirements,” Mr Villa added.
In addition to the naval architectural and engineering support function, GPLA will be closely monitoring the fast growing marine industry in the region, especially within, but not exclusively, the oil and gas sector.
GPA’s extensive portfolio includes vessel types ranging from PSVs, Fast Supply Vessels (FSVs), AHTS, CNG carriers, tugs, barges, icebreakers, cargo vessels, pilot boats, ferries, and research vessels.
Temporarily, the GPA Latin American office is located in the heart of the business and commercial district in Santiago, Chile, while the permanent office, located nearby, is being prepared to be ready by mid 2009.
By the end of 2009, GPLA expects to employ approximately 10 employees, ranging from naval architects to lofters and design drafts men to support GPA’s services.
“We are excited about exploring the opportunities in the Latin American market and while we believe Chile to be a great starting point as a service platform to serve many countries in the region” concluded Ms Alvarez.
Guido Perla Latin America EIRL will be located at:
Av Cerro Colorado 5240
Torres del Bosque II, Piso 10
Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Contact: Paulina Alvarez / Phone: 56.2.434 53 22