Permitting Services

We obtain permits and permissions for expedition activities for our clients’ ships anywhere in the world.

This work could include applying for seasonal operating and land use permissions, writing and submitting environmental impact assessment reports, or obtaining specific permits for Zodiacs, kayaks, UAVs, ROVs, submersibles and firearms.

  • We are an international, multilingual team with cruise experience from pole to pole, in every continent. Our expertise is extensive, and we’re happy to put that to work and relieve you of the burden of obtaining your permits.
  • One size doesn’t fit all in permitting, as different countries and regions have diverse and complex permitting processes. We’ve been there and are ready, even for the obscure questions.
  • If you prefer, we can handle all expedition-related interactions with government departments, agencies, harbour masters and local contacts based on our industry connections or those supplied by you.
  • The work may not be over even if the activity is complete, so if the local authority requires after-action reports, we can submit them on your behalf.
  • As we act as an extension of our clients, accessible and frequent communication is necessary. TMS will always keep you closely apprised of progress or difficulties through timely communication.
  • We supply regular reports to shoreside managers and provide comprehensive permitting packs to onboard teams before each voyage.
  • We can also advise on and apply for work permits for your expedition personnel.

Pricing/packaging

To minimize the cost to the client, we work on a time and materials basis.
You never pay for any time that we did not use.

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TMS Expedition Database (TED)

All the permitting information for clients is held (separately) in our custom database application, TMS Expedition Database (TED).

Using TED allows us to quickly access past permit applications and expedition information, reducing the time it takes to complete future planning and applications.

We can provide various reports on the permit status by port, vessel, activity, date, or region on a regular or on-demand basis.

We can provide you with a copy of your data at any time if requested or if, for any reason, you decide not to use our services in the future.

  • On Crystal Serenity's 2017 NWP voyage:

    “Bonny and Dermot were easy to work with, highly professional and extremely knowledgeable. I will always be grateful to them for their hard work, dedication and support which help us to take the idea of a seemingly unattainable dream and turn it into a reality!”

    John S. Stoll
    Former Vice President, Land Programs Crystal Cruises

  • On Crystal Serenity's 2017 NWP voyage:

    “Bonny and Dermot were easy to work with, highly professional and extremely knowledgeable. I will always be grateful to them for their hard work, dedication and support which help us to take the idea of a seemingly unattainable dream and turn it into a reality!”

    John S. Stoll
    Former Vice President, Land Programs Crystal Cruises

  • On Crystal Serenity's 2017 NWP voyage:

    “Bonny and Dermot were easy to work with, highly professional and extremely knowledgeable. I will always be grateful to them for their hard work, dedication and support which help us to take the idea of a seemingly unattainable dream and turn it into a reality!”

    John S. Stoll
    Former Vice President, Land Programs Crystal Cruises

Permitting Consultants

Bonny Teichrieb
Manager Permitting

Bonny has worked both onboard and ashore in the marine industry for over fifteen years, supporting ship operators, charterers, and guests in their marine endeavours. She began her marine career working aboard superyachts and after sailing the world for five years she began working for Tactical Marine Solutions in 2011. Bonny is the Manager Permitting at TMS and has world-wide permitting experience, including both polar regions.

Eleanor Edgar
Permitting Consultant

A polar enthusiast with experience in permitting and logistics for expedition cruise and production industries, Eleanor also brings familiarity with onboard operations having worked on expedition cruise ships in Antarctica, the Arctic and North Atlantic. Inspired by all things map related, she is currently completing an advanced diploma in Geographic Information Systems – experience that is put to good use when creating supporting documentation for permits.

Annika Rautiola
Permitting Consultant

With formal training in tourism and project management, Annika’s expertise is in operations management within the expedition cruise industry. She has in-depth knowledge of managing permitting and compliance for expeditions in the polar regions, as well as first hand experience working onboard ships in Antarctica. Additionally, Annika has experience in developing standard operating procedures, recruiting shipboard staff as well as managing day-to-day shipboard operational logistics.