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Transparent, efficient and cost-effective Ц new dry-docking solution is what ship repair has been waiting for

Sept. 9, 2013 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has today announced the launch of a new service for the ship repair market.

The offer aims to streamline dry-docking operations by allowing customers to take advantage of integrated ships agency, safety and equipment services from a single source.

Paul Rogers, WSS Commercial Director for North East Asia, says the service has been developed to create added value in the dry docking process by enabling owners to take advantage of trusted business relationships during dry-dock planning and execution.

This improves transparency and efficiency for the owner, whilst at the same time giving WSS customers the security of working with an agent they already know and trust. He says;

“Dry-docking is a critical component of a vessel’s lifecycle, but is one that is also expensive, complex, highly technical and prone to unforeseen complications. Planning for dry-docking can take months and the process itself needs close day to day management. It therefore seems surprising that a shipowner will still hand over care of the vessel during dry-docking to an agent they may not have worked with before.”

As well as providing dedicated ships agency during the dry-dock, WSS can co-ordinate supply of marine chemicals and safety services, handling of crew and personnel and management of any specialist services that may be beyond the yard’s capability.

WSS can also arrange all agency services necessary for the vessel’s departure, including administering the departure of the site team and crew, with all services provided through a single point of contact.

The offer leverages WSS’s existing relationships with shipowners and its established contacts with in-house technical departments, built up through the provision of shipboard chemicals, equipment and safety products to customers worldwide.

Rogers continues;

“For an owner preparing to dry-dock, using an agent that they deal with every day makes a lot of sense from a commercial and operational point of view. Since the business relationship already exists, lines of communication, as well as administration and finance requirements are already in place. In addition, the ship owner can leverage synergies in terms of service supply.”

The offer has been developed following a period of intensive research by WSS and is the only dry-docking service that offers customer access to a complete spectrum of agency, safety and maintenance services.

WSS safety products are always aligned with local regulations and Rogers points out that the WSS global network means owners can rely on consistent quality, availability and pricing;

“Ultimately, we are creating the conditions for a step-change, one that makes dry-docking agency services more efficient and protects our owners; eliminating conflict of interest and enabling them to work with a partner they already know and trust.”

For further information, contact
Joanne Lan, Market Communications Manager AsiaPac
joanne.lan@wilhelmsen.com / +86 186 0216 2447


2013-09-10

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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