Who We Are
Founded in 1988, Metric Marine and Industrial remains owned and operated by founders Frank A. Bourne and Claus Espe. Both were educated in the maritime industry and possess decades of experience in the marine supply. Frank is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy ( Kings Point ) where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Third Mate’s License and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve in 1981. He then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Business with a focus on International Management. Claus is a graduate of the Copenhagen Business School and had previously trained as a Maritime Apprenticeship at large ship supply companies in Copenhagen, Denmark
Where We Started
Starting in a small warehouse in San Rafael, California in 1988, Metric Marine began servicing the maritime industry in a wide variety of markets from the Alaska fishing fleet, to Gulf oil rigs, and other ship supply companies coast to coast. With the growth of the cruise industry Metric Marine made the strategic decision to focus on the Cruise Industry as the primary future market driver of future growth. Expanding to a larger facility, expanding the supply chain domestic and abroad, Metric Marine became unrivaled in its ability to provide the Cruise Lines with a wide range and variety of consumable supply. By building a large network and partnership with manufacturers and suppliers worldwide Metric Marine is capable of providing an expansive variety of items enabling Metric Marine to provide an unrivaled diverse inventory of specialty maritime products with competitive pricing to our customers. Metric Marine has developed a large database of Cruise Line supply and remains uniquely positioned to understand what Cruise Ship Crews need to perform their jobs, and Metric Marine is uniquely positioned to scale with the Cruise Lines as they continue to build new ships and sustain their older vessels..
Who We Are
Founded in 1988, Metric Marine and Industrial is still operated by owners Frank A. Bourne and Claus Espe. Both were educated in maritime fields and have decades of experience in the marine industry. Frank is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Third Mate’s License and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve in 1981. He then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Business with a focus on International Management. Claus is a graduate of the Copenhagen Business School. He trained as an intern in Maritime Apprenticeship at a large ship supply company in Copenhagen, Denmark and has worked in the marine industry for more than 45 years. General Manager Tom Levac joined the team two years ago. Tom is also a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and comes to us with advanced engineering experience. He has been instrumental in guiding us thru the ever-changing technological demands of our cruise customers and managing our growing staff.
45+ years of experience has earned us their trust
Metric Marine today
Metric Marine is Located in Davie Florida in order to serve the Cruise Industry Supply Chain in the Cruise Line Capital of the World with maximum efficiency. To be highly competitive and take our company to the next level, we needed to position ourselves in South Florida ~ the capital of the cruise industry. Since relocating to Davie, FL in December 2011, Metric Marine has developed a simple scalable organization to handle the complex challenges of the growing Cruise Industry. Metric Marine has developed a robust Supply Chain, Customer Service, and Warehouse/Fulfillment staff. Metric Marine expanded its warehouse space to stock the most important cruise supply items including a growing inventory of European quality hand tools, metric fittings, tubing, fasteners, pneumatic tools, cutting tools, 220v power tools, abrasives, painting equipment and safety products. Maintaining thorough and competitive pricing agreements with every major cruise line and servicing more than 150 ships, Metric Marinestocks over 5500 line items and provide same day shipping nationwide via FedEx, UPS and a variety of truck lines.
Our vision for the future
Metric Marine has earned a place as a leader in cruise industry supply through decades of hard work, innovation, and understanding customer requirements and stocking specific and necessary technical consumables.. Along with our extensive and growing inventory and continually competitive pricing, we have an excellent reputation for providing the cruise lines with outstanding customer service and accountability. Metric Marine is utilizing continuous improvement principles along with a mixture of technology and 40+ years of experience in the cruise supply industry to remain the Cruise Line’s supplier of choice for technical consumables. We continue to develop and cultivate international relationships to acquire and import a range of material commonly requested by the Cruise Lines.