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Wilhelmsen Ships ServiceТs Ships Spares Logistics offer is bringing new efficiencies to customers

Sep. 7, 2010 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service is already measuring the success of its unique spares delivery service which it first introduced at Posidonia in June in the form of a Ships Spares Logistics offer. Ships Spares Logistics has a single point of contact for managing the delivery of spare parts from manufacturer to vessel, with total visibility on data and associated prices. The new service combines the establishment of a central Freight Forwarding Centre with an online service which provides its contract customers with the ability to see the location and status of their orders, as well as offering a number of unique reporting features.

The Freight Forwarding Centre is located at Sittensen, near Hamburg in Germany, at the centre of some of the biggest manufacturers of ships spares. The location has good access to the European ports, as well as to some of the main international airports reaching the whole world. The Freight Forwarding Centre will support the ships service network with specialist knowledge and will manage, control and optimise the transport of ship spares from the supplier to the vessel. The centre is managed by Stephan Bennfeldt, who has 18 years experience of handling ships spares. He has established the centre from scratch.

"We are already seeing that the function of the Freight Forwarding Centre is operating smoothly," comments Stephan. "Here we are managing, controlling and optimising the transport of ship spares from the supplier to the vessel maximising the benefits of our global network which we are able to pass on to our customers."

The company's sophisticated IT communications system is presently used for managing its network of 318 offices serving 2,200 ports worldwide and delivering its products and services. This well-established system will operate the online reporting service to which contract customers have access. These reports provide information such as the logistics cost per fleet or per vessel per month, and the supplier due-date versus actual release date of spares. Pricing is not only standardised but it is also predictable and transparent.

Hege Raade Solstad, Business Director Maritime Logistics explains, "Our offices and agents around the world are already heavily involved in networking activities, as they coordinate ships agency services, the delivery of Unitor products, technical services and maritime logistics. As these activities have grown over the years, they have established efficient communication links with the head office and with each other. These strong links enable us to make the delivery of ships spares a seamless and reliable process."

Dealing with a central logistics service also removes the risk of unexpected charges that could be levied by some agencies for urgently needed spare parts in remote ports.

President of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, David Tandy summarises, "Our employees around the world are enthusiastic about these new solutions and we are confident that they will be of significant benefit to our customers." He adds, "Our goal is to become the world's leading provider of logistics services for ships spares. We want to establish the most efficient and effective supply chain, managing the process from the manufacturer to delivery on board the vessel and vice versa for returned goods."

As part of a dedicated shipping company with over 150 years experience, Wilhelmsen Ships Service understands all the difficulties that have to be overcome in order to streamline the supply chain. The company knows which ports have the best infrastructure to deliver spares, and where there are the fewest obstacles. It also knows the ports where technical backup and assistance is available for installing spare parts, and the ports where the ship owners and operators are likely to get the most cost-effective service.

All Wilhelmsen Ships Service's ships agents have ISPS clearance (International Ship and Port Facility Security) which means they can go right on board vessels to deliver spare parts.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service's local network coverage along with its global reach gives it a unique competitive advantage to deliver a real "door to deck" solution for the maritime industry - "First mile to last mile."


2010-09-07

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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