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Wilhelmsen Ships Service is Hub agent choice for Cruise West world adventure

Cruise West, based in Seattle, USA, has appointed Wilhelmsen Ships Service to act as Hub Agents for their new epic world adventure, 'Voyages of the Great Explorers', onboard the Spirit of Oceanus in 2010/11

Aug. 31, 2009 - The voyage will involve a 335-day circumnavigation of the globe made up of 24 distinct voyages that can be purchased individually, in multiple segments or the entire circumnavigation. This project will entail more than 240 port calls, for which Wilhelmsen Ships Service will be the primary hub agent and the attending ships agents of record for the majority of port calls that take place over the course of the 2010 and 2011 voyages.

The hub operation will be run through Wilhelmsen Ships Service's Houston offices in the USA. The hub agency offer includes port call management, disbursement account management and cash management, with an online operational system available for system integration.

Bryce Brockway, Cruise West's vice president of marine operations, explained some of the complexities of the assignment. "Operating a voyage of this magnitude requires working with a top-notch ship agent that is not only qualified, savvy and proven, but understands Cruise West's approach to exploration cruising. Our relationship with Wilhelmsen Ships Service is key to making sure our guests and crew benefit from a seamless experience every time the ship pulls into a new port. Knowing the inner workings of each port of call is essential in making this epic world cruise a success."

 "This is a great opportunity to develop this business and our relationship with Cruise West," said Paal Berg, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Account Manager. "We anticipate that further opportunities for cooperation will arise in the future, as Cruise West makes use of our expertise in other fields such as logistics and bunkering, marine products and technical services, which can be coordinated through our worldwide network".

Preliminary meetings are already underway between Wilhelmsen Ships Service Houston Hub and Cruise West, to ensure there is a smooth and efficient beginning to their 2010 cruise season. Both companies look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship in this exciting new venture.


2009-08-31

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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