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Wilhelmsen Ships Service liferaft service station in Miami is fully operational

July 14, 2009 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service is pleased to announce that their Liferaft and Marin-Ark service station in Miami, Florida is now fully operational.

It is a stand-alone station conveniently situated between the port of Miami and Port Everglades in South Florida, approximately 4 kilometers from the current Wilhelmsen Ships Service premises in Miami.

The station is certified to service all Unitor branded rafts as well as Marin-Ark MES Systems, which are among the largest rafts in the world, with a life-saving capacity of 430 persons per evacuation system. The station is also fully stocked to deliver and exchange Wilhelmsen Ships Service liferafts in all southeast ports for any customer with an LRE (Liferaft Rental Agreement).  The station's team will be attending a scheduled training course in France this October to be certified to service Seasafe rafts. They will continue to work on gaining further approvals for all other brands within the Survitec group offer.

"The new service station is very important to us at Wilhelmsen Ships Service" comments Tim Ryan, General Manager of the Southeast USA and Caribbean.  "It will greatly benefit our worldwide customers to have access to life raft service and repair here at the heart of this busy shipping region".

The station began as a dusty warehouse that had to be restructured into a workshop.  All Wilhelmsen Ships Service's team members have been very involved in the numerous tasks, including negotiation, coordination and monitoring of the construction carried out by sub-contractors. They have also ensured that all of the necessary permitting and licensing for the station is in line with the local authority requirements.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies and services liferafts as part of its full range of ships' services.

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Photo: (from left to right) Tim Ryan, General Manager Southeast USA and Caribbean -  Giovanni Alvarado, Liferaft Technician -  Luciano Scandrglio, Liferaft Technician -  Boris Medich, Southeast USA Liferaft Manager


2009-07-15

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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