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39-vessel Liferaft Exchange Agreement for Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Dec. 9, 2009 - The world's leading maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships Service has entered an agreement with German company DS-Schiffahrt / Quadrant Bereederung to supply liferafts to their entire fleet of 39 vessels.

In an agreement worth $200,000 US per annum, the liferafts will be supplied within Wilhelmsen Ships Service's unique Liferaft Exchange Agreement, which exchanges service-due liferafts off vessels and immediately replaces them with serviced ones. By avoiding a delay period where a vessel would have to wait for a liferaft to be serviced, the system both saves money and increases the operational efficiency of each single vessel.

The customer, believing that the system was 'too good to be true', tested the service on nine vessels earlier in the year, and has now entered the entire fleet into the scheme. The fleet comprises 39 vessels (28 from DS-Schiffahrt and 11 from Quadrant Bereederung), which are operating globally.

The service system provides a dockside exchange of liferafts, ensuring that each vessel is always prepared for annual inspection and meets safety legislation. After initial installation of their liferaft product Wilhelmsen Ships Service simply removes and services the due date liferafts and later installs them onto other vessels. The company handles all management and date alerts for each vessel to ensure that the liferafts are swopped in due time prior to service date.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies Unitor marine products, technical services, ships agency services and maritime logistics.


2009-12-09

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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