The Final Word: COVID-19 & the Treatment of Seafarers
Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group, is known to “call ‘em like he sees ‘em”. We caught up with Coles via video conference from Hong Kong last month to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on maritime, the future of digitalization and autonomy, and the shameful treatment of seafarers. “The only shock to my system that was at the same level was 9/11, because of its impact on the world,” is how Frank Coles puts the current COVID-19 pandemic in perspective. “That was a one-time thing on one-day…
Maritime Medical: Keeping Ship Crews Healthy During a Pandemic
In the best of times, keeping ship crews mentally and physically healthy is a challenge premised on the inherent nature of and dangers in the job, plus the proximity of ship from ready, shoreside help. Add a global pandemic and the situation becomes untenable. We checked in with a select group of maritime medical care organizations for mitigating COVID-19 maritime medical risk.Seafarers are an essential workforce to the global economy with as many as 1.5 million working day and night…
Chin Joins Hong Kong ACCI
Wallem Group Managing Director for Ship Agency Services, Dickson Chin, has joined Hong Kong’s Advisory Committee on Cruise Industry (ACCI).The ACCI advises the government of Hong Kong on measures aimed at developing as a leading cruise hub in the region. Its remit includes fostering cooperation with locations throughout Asia on itinerary development, growing demand for cruise tourism and making sure that terminals and associated infrastructure are sufficiently resourced to cater for ships and passengers.
Wallem Introduces Collaborative Inboxes
Wallem Group is introducing collaborative inboxes to its agency business line, in a move designed to enhance responsiveness in communications by overcoming the limitations of conventional end-to-end email. The rethink on how communication takes place between Wallem’s agents and its counterparties is part of a broader digital transformation championed by CEO Frank Coles aimed at streamlining interactions with customers and improving transparency through the intelligent use of technology.Wallem is modernizing the communication infrastructure by deploying a collaborative platform…
Navis Names Simon Doughty as GM, VP APAC
Navis, the terminal operating systems (TOS) provider and part of Cargotec, has announced the appointment of maritime industry veteran Simon Doughty as the General Manager and Vice President for the APAC region.Doughty had previously served as the CEO of Hong Kong based Wallem Group and brings over 30 years’ experience in international business management, leading transportation organizations in Asia, the Americas, Middle East and Europe.Doughty has a proven track record of driving top and bottom line growth through efficient operations…
Frank Coles Charts New Strategy for Wallem
The maritime solutions company with expertise in ship management Wallem said that it has updated its corporate identity to mark the beginning of a shift in its service offering that will harness the latest technology to improve asset management transparency and efficiency in a program intended to transform the relationship between owners and their shipsHong Kong headquartered Wallem Group is changing itself and its brand to support the maritime industry as it undergoes a structural…
Coles joins Wallem as CEO
Following the purchase of Transas by Wärtsilä, Transas' ubiquitous CEO Frank Coles will depart the newly merged company, finding a spot on top as the CEO of Wallem Group. Coles offers a diverse background and long career in maritime, spanning law, shipping services and maritime communications.Coles replaces Simon Doughty, who announced his decision to step down earlier this year.“The opportunity to lead and help grow a prestigious and diversified company like Wallem was something I could not pass up," said Coles in a statement.
Kanoo Shipping Acquires Wallem South Africa
Kanoo Shipping, a shipping agencies in the Middle East will acquire Wallem South Africa, a provider of integrated maritime solutions in the cities of Durban and Cape Town. Wallem South Africa, now Kanoo Africa PTY LTD, was part of The Wallem Group, the world’s largest providers of Ship Management, Ship Agency, Ship Broking, Commercial Vessel Management and Freight & Logistics. The strategic acquisition by the fully owned business division of Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group (YBA Kanoo) will give it access to all South African ports as well as clients in Mozambique…
Two Supramaxes Join Wallem’s Managed Fleet
Wallem Commercial Services said two new Supramax vessels have been added to its commercially-managed fleet. Nitin Mathur, Managing Director of Wallem Group Singapore, said the two new vessels bring the total number of ships under Wallem’s current commercial management to 20.
Wallem Group, Inmarsat Sign Fleet Xpress Deal
Inmarsat has reached an agreement with Wallem Group, one of the largest and ship management companies in the industry, establishing the phase-in of Fleet Xpress as its favored connectivity choice for ships at sea. Already contracted for over 10,000 vessels since it was launched just over one year ago with a rapidly increasing share of the VSAT market, Fleet Xpress delivers high-speed broadband to the maritime market through a unique combination of Ka-band backed up by the mobility and reliability of FleetBroadband using Inmarsat’s L-band capabilities.
Brown Named Bureau Veritas Communications Director
Nick Brown has been appointed Bureau Veritas’ new Communications Director, Marine & Offshore Division, the classification society announced. Brown will take up the post from November 2, 2016, replacing Philippe Boisson, who will retire after more than 25 years in the role. Brown joins Bureau Veritas from Lloyd’s Register where he has spent the last nine years, most recently as Head of Brand & External Affairs, Marine & Offshore. He has 25 years of shipping industry experience, starting as a commercial trainee with the Wallem Group in Hong Kong.
Wallem Ship Management Names New Director
David Price has started in the role of Managing Director Wallem Ship Management, taking a key position in Wallem’s continued growth as a ship management and technical services provider, the company announced. David has worked in all senior levels of ship management and has a high degree of experience in technical management, manning, procurement and quality and safety. He began his career in shipping as a deck officer, leaving his sea career at the rank of captain. Wallem Group…
Liu Joins Wallem Ship Management China
Wallem Group has appointed Mingfa Liu to the newly established role of managing director at Wallem Ship Management China. Liu will concentrate on Wallem’s relationships with shipyards and drydocks in China, and represent Wallem’s ship management and technical services to the country’s large number of ship owners. In his career Liu sailed as a marine engineer before coming ashore to work in the ship management industry. His management career has developed through senior roles in Hong Kong, U.K.
Wallem Fleet Personnel Director Appointed
Fared Khan, Fleet Personnel DirectorFared Khan has been appointed as Wallem Ship Management’s new Fleet Personnel Director, spearheading the company’s recruitment and retention of professional seafarers. Fared is based in Wallem’s Hong Kong head office. Simon Doughty, Wallem Group CEO, said the Group wanted to attract and retain qualified and experienced sea staff. “Seafarers play a central role in our business success, and the person who leads the Fleet Personnel team is significant in defining the type of seafarers we attract,” said Mr Doughty.
Amver Awards Presented to Wallem-Managed Fleet
More than 10 percent of Wallem’ Ship Managements fleet was presented with Amver (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) Awards by Captain Michael H. Sim, United States Coast Guard Liaison Officer to China, in Hong Kong today. Simon Doughty, Wallem Group CEO, received the Awards on behalf of the crew on board each of the vessels recognised for their involvement. “Assistance at sea is the oldest maritime obligations, and I am proud to be associated with the Wallem seafarers who uphold this worthy tradition,” Doughty said.
Chin to Lead Wallem Ship Agency
Wallem Ship Agency, a service sector in Wallem Group’s maritime solutions value proposition, has a new leader in Dickson Chin, who has been promoted to the position of Managing Director. Dickson Chin has been with Wallem Ship Agencies since 2008, initially in the role of General Manger for the Hong Kong ship agency business, and in 2012 was promoted to Managing Director for Indo-China. Chin will be leading a network of 26 offices across Asia, with teams delivering a full port agency service and a range of marine and logistics services to vessel owners…
Wallem Appoints Stefanou Global Technical Director
Wallem Group has appointed Ioannis (Yanni) Stefanou as Global Technical Director of Wallem Ship Management to lead the business as it positions itself for continued growth. Stefanou will lead the Group’s technical teams in Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe (Hamburg) in delivering reliable, cost effective and safe shipping operations. Stefanou has experience in senior commercial and technical roles with bothship owners and third party managers. “I know Yanni will bring the necessary leadership and management skills for continuing Wallem’s growth as a progressive ship manager…
ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members
At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. "ABS' strength as a global classification society is drawn from its membership and the many regional, national and technical committees that contribute to the process of developing practical, impartial and authoritative standards," said ABS Chairman Robert D.
Hong Kong Ship Managers Wallem Set Up Singapore Unit
Growth in specialist ship management services leads HK-based Wallem Group to open its first ship management & broking operation in Singapore. The move into Singapore comes six months after Wallem formed a ship management joint venture with mainland shipowner Nanjing Tanker in Singapore, reports the 'South China Morning Post). Captain Deepak Honawar, a director of Wallem Shipmanagement, considered that launching in Singapore would provide more space for the company to grow its Hong Kong ship management business.
Ship Management Firms Form Alliance
LMS Shipmanagement & Wallem Group team up to provide ship management, crewing, & marine technical services. International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) announce that LMS Shipmanagement, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, and Wallem Group Ltd. have agreed to form an alliance encompassing the ship management, crewing, and marine technical services for ISH’s International Flag vessels. While LMS and Wallem will continue to operate independently, the alliance provides that, based on expertise, the daily functions will be divided between the two companies.