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Wilhelmsen Ships Service predicts upswing in demand

July 1, 2009 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a leading provider of immersion suit servicing, is predicting a sharp upswing in the demand for servicing this year as a result of regulatory changes made in 2006. 
 
IMO regulations with regard to immersion suits are rigorous, with crew required to perform onboard monthly tests.  More significantly, however, the regulations also require that every three years each suit be subjected to an air-pressure test to check the integrity of the seams and closures, and it is recommended by the IMO that this take place at a shore-based facility with staff trained and equipped to carry out any necessary repairs. The change in IMO regulations that came into force in 2006 caused a spike in the sales of immersion suits, and as a result these new suits are now due for their first service.
 
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has prepared accordingly and now offers one of the most comprehensive immersion suit servicing operations available via its global network of over 50 locations capable of offering immersion suit service.
 
The network provides a range of fast and efficient service options that help minimise time spent in port for vessels of all types. The core service is that of inspection as required by the IMO regulations.  If a suit fails to meet the necessary requirements then it can be repaired or, if necessary, replaced.  In major ports service centres can also offer customers the option of holding additional complete sets of suits, thereby enabling a ship on a tight schedule to simply exchange its onboard suits for fully-serviced replacements, which can then be processed ashore in the normal fashion.  The third option is of straightforward loans or temporary replacements.
 
Owners and operators are urged to check their immersion suit servicing schedules at their earliest convenience, and contact their local Wilhelmsen Ships Service representative for details and costs of the service options.


Photo: Shows a Unitor immersion suit undergoing pressure testing


2009-07-02

Please see Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) company electronic office

For further information, contact:
Ole Jakob Ytterdal
Head of Communications
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Tel: +47 67 58 40 00
Mobile: +47 97 08 83 62
ole.j.ytterdal@wilhelmsen.com

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unicool refrigerants, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the company made product deliveries to 25,000 vessels and handled 70, 000 port calls.

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