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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wilhelmsen Ships Service News

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Singapore, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Pact for Maritime Drone

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been selected to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.Wilhelmsen Ships Service is one of only four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) by CAAS and the Ministry of Transport. The CFP aims to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS.

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Special Delivery: Aerial Drones Deliver Shore-to-ship

Wilhelmsen Ships Service lifts off with Airbus, bringing drone delivery to one of the world’s busiest portsPairing Wilhelmsen’s ships agency expertise and safety standards with Airbus’ expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions, the Agency by Air project brings shore-to-ship drone delivery to one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore.Launching at Singapore port’s Marina South Pier in quarter three 2018, Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus will be piloting the delivery of spare parts…

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WSS Rolls Out New Cargo Hold Cleaning Equipment

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will launch its new line of cargo hold cleaning equipment at maritime exhibition INMEX India. The new high pressure lance and add-on heating system are tailor made for cleaning difficult to reach areas of the hold, enabling crews to get the right cleaning results, irrespective of where stains are located, without scaffolding, ladders and specialist-cleaning crews. Dubbed Anaconda, because of its impressive size and power, the high pressure lance measures over 20 meters and the attached hose 25 meters.

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WSS: Digital Solution Focus @ Norshipping

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) are bringing the maritime digital solutions of the future to life at Nor-Shipping. Unveiling their augmented reality (AR) project at the world’s biggest maritime show, this immersive, interactive tool enables visitors to view the company’s very latest products and systems, inside and out. Developed in conjunction with Austrian technology company Imagination Computer Serv. GesmbH, using their AR software ‘MagicLens’, visitors will download a reader app to their phones and scan a printed image to unlock the AR system.

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Wilhelmsen Drone Project Takes Off

Marking a seismic shift in just how ships agents can support their customers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will soon be delivering its agency essentials via drone. A much talked about technology, with obvious applications for the shipping industry, it is WSS’ ships agency team, rather than the company’s supply chain, or product divisions, which have been assessing the business opportunities offered by drones. Marius Johansen, VP Business Solutions & Marketing, WSS Ships Agency explains…

Frederic Fontarosa

Interview: Frederic Fontarosa, WSS Ships Agency

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is aiming to consolidate its position within the Ships Agency segment by building stronger agent-customer relationships. By doing so, Frederic Fontarosa believes the firm can offer enhanced efficiency, understanding and value. Frederic Fontarosa is a people person. Mixing an easy going, laid back French-American drawl with suddenly energetic outbursts on subjects close to his heart, he’s engaging to talk to and easy to like. Seated  in his Houston office…

WSS Warns of Firefighting Compliance

Ship owners will need to act now to ensure they comply with new firefighting rules brought into force on January 1, 2016 for all new buildings warns WSS. New amendments to the safety of life at sea convention (SOLAS), which are now in force have laid down extensive ground rules for firefighting on ships designed to carry containers on or above the weather deck and built on or after January 1, 2016. Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) Unitor lance and X-flow water monitor have been specifically designed to meet all the requirements of the new SOLAS rules.

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WSS to Trial Drone Deliveries to Ships

Marking a shift in how ship agents can support customers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) said it will soon begin delivering its agency essentials via drone. A much talked about technology, with obvious applications for the shipping industry, it is WSS’ships agency team, rather than the company’s supply chain, or product divisions, which have been assessing the business opportunities offered by drones. Dispensing with the need for launch boats to deliver such essentials to vessels at anchorage, along with cutting delivery times, Johansen estimates drone flights will also slash costs.

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WSS Offers ‘One Stop Shop’ Approach to Bunkering

Ship operators who rely on a myriad of companies for their global bunkering needs are wasting time, money and energy, with no guarantee of standardized quality of products and services, says Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). In an industry defined by tight margins and cost constraints this approach, WSS believes, is ultimately bad for business. The global provider of maritime products and services WSS says it offers an alternative, with its global Bunker Service Agreements. These provide shipping firms with peace of mind and uniform quality…

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ISS Names Olsen VP for Ship & Crew Solutions

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced the appointment of Frank Olsen as Vice President, Ship & Crew Solutions. Based in Oslo, Olsen will aim to drive the growth and strategic development of ISS’ Ship & Crew Solutions, a combination of traditional vessel husbandry with centralized services. Working as a leading member of the company’s global commercial team, Olsen will ensure that the company’s Ship & Crew Solutions continue to deliver cost savings and value-added services to its expanding customer base.

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WSS Assists Avance Gas Vessels Transit Panama Canal

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is moving to ensure that its customers’ vessels pass through the new Panama and Suez Canals with the optimum efficiency, speed and safety thanks to a fresh Ships Agency ‘canal transit’ solution. The service, which will be run by dedicated local teams, has already picked up its first contract, securing an agreement with leading very large gas carrier (VLGC) owner and operator Avance Gas for the Panama Canal transit of its neo-panamax ships Passat and Breeze.

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WSS Establishes Suez Canal Transit Team

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has established a dedicated local transit team to help its customers negotiate not just the Suez Canal, but also the complex rebate system designed to boost traffic through the recently expanded waterway. The new office, based in Alexandria, is staffed 24/7 by local agents who intimately understand both customer requirements and the workings of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). The canal expansion opened in August last year, cutting vessel waiting time from 11 to 3 hours and potentially doubling the number of daily transits.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard Expands Sales Team

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) has added three regional sales directors to its Marketing and Sales Division, with posts in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Middle East. According to the shipyard, their prime objectives will be to increase yard exposure, as well as develop future projects with existing and new customers for their refit, refurbishment or revitalization projects. Andre Szadzinski joined GBSL in August 2016 as Regional Sales Director for North and South America.

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WSS’ Busan Hub Starts Strong

As Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) new Northeast Asia Distribution Center, located in Busan, South Korea approaches its first birthday, the 6,500 sq. m warehouse facility continues to help the firm establish its position in the regional marketplace. Situated beside the Busan New Container Terminal, WSS officially opened the facility on January 1, 2015, marking a shift in the company’s regional strategy by creating a dedicated Northeast Asian base and allowing the former Asian hub in Singapore to focus on the Southeast of the region.

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Chen Named General Manager of WHSS China

Wilhelmsen Ships Service announced that Michael Chen has accepted the role as General Manager for Wilhelmsen Huayang Ships Services China (WHSS). Based in Shanghai, Chen takes up the role immediately, replacing Captain Bi Yuping, who leaves the company after a decade. Starting his career with the Wilhelmsen group as a vessel operator in 2005, Chen has been working as Agency Service Manager for China for the past five years. With a naval background, following the completion of his studies at the University of Jimei…

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WSS Appoints Ships Agency Manager for China

Heading up Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) ships agency sales team in China, Emilia Shao brings both industry experience and an eclectic academic background to one of the company’s largest agency markets. Located in Shanghai, Shao will manage WSS’s agency business across its three offices located in Northern, Central and Southern China. Shao’s day-to-day responsibilities include joining Account Managers for customer visits and monitoring communications to ensure port enquiries are handled promptly and properly, at the same time overseeing the performance of the entire sales team.

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WSS Welding Safety Campaign Gets Top Marks

Program of shipboard inspections and reports on equipment safety, crew training and consumables is proving a valuable contributor to promoting best practice. Shipowners and operators are reaping the benefits of the Wilhelmsen Ships Service Welding Safety Campaign, which highlights the need for safe equipment and working practices, together with quality training onboard ship. The campaign comprises inspections of onboard equipment to provide help and guidance to shipowners in complying with local and national standards and promoting crew competence.

Rune Nygaard

WSS Promotes Best Practice for Shipboard Hygiene

Campaign on galley and accommodation cleaning reflects the need to raise awareness among seafarers that risks from infection are greater than from accidents. The focus of shipboard safety is rightly on the prevention of accidents among seafarers, through regulation, training and promotion of safety culture. But despite the attention given to such incidents, the majority of medical consultations and treatments onboard are due to medical conditions, rather than injuries. Data on…

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Thome Signs Safety Service Agreement with WSS

Singapore-based Thome have signed a Safety Service agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). Harald Lundestad, General Manager for WSS in Singapore said: “Companies such as Thome have to balance the logistical demands of managing a large and diverse fleet trading worldwide with the challenge of keeping vessels compliant. WSS safety service technicians carry out services on a wide range of safety, firefighting and rescue equipment such as CO2 high-pressure systems, portable fire extinguishers…

Jason Chin

WSS Appoints Ships Agency Manager for Singapore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has appointed Jason Chin as Ships Agency Service Manager, Singapore. With over 15 years’ experience in the maritime and shipping industry, Chin will lead a team carrying out more than 3,700 ships agency services every year. With the world’s global fleet on the increase, Chin pointed out that the number of vessels calling at port in Singapore has leveled off, and that this in itself brings challenges. He said, “It’s essential that we can offer a market-leading service, which differentiates us from local competition.

Antonio Carvalho

WSS Brazil Names Carvalho General Manager

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has appointed Antonio Carvalho Junior as its new General Manager for Brazil. A former mariner, Carvalho brings 26 years of direct industry experience to this role from previous positions in logistics, shipping and ships agency. Discussing challenges that WSS customers face in the coming year, Carvalho raises concerns about shipping and offshore industries development: “2014 has been a challenging year. GDP will grow less than 1% and prospects are not very encouraging for 2015.

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WSS Seeks Improved Position in Asian Offshore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) announced that Frank Liang has been named Regional Offshore Manager Asia, tasked with building the company’s business with rig contractors. According to Sean Neilan, Sales & Marketing Director in Asia Pacific, Liang will play an important role in WSS's strategic initiative toward the offshore market. In his almost three-decade career working as an ITC specialist within the marine, offshore and energy industries, Liang brings a wealth of experience and a vast network to WSS operations in Asia.

Adrian Lau

WSS Appoints HR Director in Singapore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has appointed Adrian Lau as Regional Human Resources and Organization Development Director, Asia Pacific, with a focus on driving the company’s performance culture, talent management and training and development. Singapore is one of the world’s leading maritime industry centers but is facing challenges in attracting and retaining the staff needed to maintain this position. The Lion City is also critical to the WSS safety service business, which is growing at a rate of 15% per year.

BW Fleet Management Selects MarineLink

Oslo based BW Fleet Management have chosen to sign a 3 year “BuyerLink” Service contract with EVRY, to use the MarineLink Service and run in parallel with their other eCommence providers who integrates directly with their Oracle EBS Purchasing application. BW Fleet Management has used the MarineLink service for many years for transactions with Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Alfa Laval and engine manufacturer Wärtsilä. However, this year they decided to split their eCommerce between two service providers, MarineLink from EVRY, being one of the winning suppliers.

Thomas Smordalen of WSS

WSS' Adjusted Pricing From 1st Jan

From 1 January 2015, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will increase prices on all products and services by the OECD* global average inflation rate of 1.9%. “In order to consistently deliver quality products and dependable services throughout our global network it is necessary to cover at least a portion of the inflation costs we incur”, says VP Sales and Marketing, Thomas Smordalen. The 1.9% increase will affect list prices on all types of liferaft rental exchange (LRE) safety products and services, marine products and chemicals as well as agency services.

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R-22 Phase-out Presents Dangers and Expense -WSS

The shipping industry is facing price, supply and safety risks in the run-up to the global ban on R-22 (chlorodifluoromethane or HCFC) refrigerant, warns Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a global provider of services and products. The colorless gas, which has high ozone depletion and global warming potential, is still said to be in use on between 6,000 and 8,000 vessels worldwide. R-22 was outlawed throughout the EU in a process that ran from 2010 to January 1, 2015. It is currently being phased out in the U.S., where no new or imported R-22 will be permitted from January 1, 2020.