President and CEO
In 1985 Jeff Walsh graduated from Memorial University’s Marine Institute’s Department of Naval Architecture, specializing in marine systems design. While at the Marine Institute, he worked at MIR Ltd., his family’s marine repair and fabrication enterprise established in 1980, developing not only welding and machining skills, but especially problem evaluation and solution experience.
Shortly after graduation, Jeff moved to Ottawa where he was employed as a marine systems designer with MIL Systems, on the frigate replacement program. In 1987 he moved to Halifax Shipyards. His initial position was in the engineering office, responsible for systems design and field engineering for the conversion of several offshore clam fishing/processing vessels. During that time, he also worked on the minesweeper replacement program. After a year and a half he transferred to the project management office as a project schedule and cost control officer for the mid-life refit of the HMCS Preserver ($30 million) and the CCGS Louis St. Laurent ($25 million).
1990 he joined Lasmo Offshore as a project schedule, cost control and field engineering office during the conversion of a jackup drilling rig to a petroleum production facility. Later that year, he established Seashore Consulting Ltd. and returned to Halifax Shipyard as a consultant during the minesweeper refit program. In 1992 he moved to PEI with Georgetown Shipyard, where he was responsible for the design of tractor tugs which that facility was constructing.
In 1995 Jeff returned to St. John’s to assume managerial responsibility for MIR Ltd. In 2003 he became the sole owner of the enterprise. Under Jeff’s direction, MIR has continued to be a successful marine repair and fabrication company.
Seashore’s business viability continued to increase and in 2012 it was incorporated with Jeff Walsh as its owner and sole shareholder. There is no operating relationship between MIR and Seashore. Each company functions as an independent entity. In 2016, Seashore’s name was changed to Seashore Maritime Services Ltd..
- Marine Insurance Warranty Surveys
- Suitability and On-Hire Surveys
- Major Vessel Casualties
- Technical Representation
- Project Management Systems
Seashore’s clients include marine and cargo underwriters, marine insurance entities, ship owners, charterers and managers, marine lawyers, marine adjusters, shipyards and marine repair companies.
During his extensive contacts with the marine industry it became evident to Jeff that the traditional ad hoc management of vessel operations did not meet modern requirements and that an effective software solution was required. It was also evident that current software programs were generally not adequately integrated and did not provide the required “end-to-end” solution.
During the past three years, Jeff has lead Seashore’s development of the Vessel Safety Management System (VSMS), based on the widely-used Oracle® database. This software was accepted under BCIP and testing on vessels of Memorial University’s Marine Institute.