International Maritime Associates (IMA) was formed in 1973 to provide market analysis, strategic planning, business development and project implementation support to clients in the marine and offshore sectors.
We provide advisory services to
Our clients include equipment manufacturers, shipbuilder/repair yards, technology firms, financing institutions, transport providers, service companies, facility operators, others.
We have the proven capability to work with a client from concept development through contract closing and project implementation.
Over the past forty years, IMA has completed over 350 business consulting assignments for more than 170 clients in 40+ countries.
Many assignments have been for repeat clients. They include more than a dozen assignments for the World Bank, eight assignments for Siemens and more than twenty for the Japan External Trade Organization.
Some have been long term relationships. For more than twenty years we had an unbroken company-wide consulting relationship with MAN AG, a major German engineering group. We have also had multi-year relationships with FMC, McDermott, Saipem, Allis Chalmers, Marinette Marine, Intsok and other companies.
We have had numerous successful projects. Here are a few examples.
Jim McCaul, Managing Director, founded IMA and plays a major role in all projects IMA undertakes. He has extensive market analysis and strategic planning experience in the maritime and offshore oil/gas sectors - and has managed more than 400 consulting assignments in over 40 countries.
Jim has a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland, an MS in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and a BS in marine science from the State University of New York Maritime College. He also has a professional mariner's license from the US Coast Guard.
Prior to forming IMA, Jim was on the faculty of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, where he taught economics and helped establish the Webb Center for Maritime Studies. Earlier he taught transport economics and market research at the University of Maryland.
Professional support on consulting projects is provided by core IMA staff and highly experienced personnel with whom IMA has established long term working relationships. They include professionals with hands-on operational experience in the oil and gas sector, equipment manufacture, supply chain logistics, shipbuilding and repair, port and terminal operations and financial structuring.