Thome Expands Asia Ship Agency Network
Thome Group of Companies announced the opening of two new overseas agency offices in Philippines and Indonesia, effectively doubling Thome’s Ship Agency network. These new office openings follow closely behind the Thailand extension in December last year and in addition to the ship agency original home state of Singapore, Thome now has the ability to service clients regionally in four countries.
The rapid organic growth of the agency comes as a result of working closely with Thome’s existing offices and strong connections in the local markets.
The Thome Ship Agency office in Philippines is headed by Capt Jones Tulod, President, TSM Shipping (Phils) Inc, and will be based in the same office as the Regional Office Head Quarters in Manila. With its satellite offices in Cebu and Ilo Ilo, strategically located to cover the full range of ports in Philippines, and having just celebrated its 25 years of operations earlier this year, it is well-timed to start offering agency services, reinforcing Thome’s commitment to Philippines.
Additionally, the Ship Agency in Indonesia is established to provide support to the owners in Indonesia who have come to recognize and demand Thome’s unmatched levels of service and efficiency. The agency is led by Charles Dawes, Agency Manager for Indonesia, complementing ship management services provided by PT Timur Ship Management and sharing resources from the same office space in Jakarta.
Thome Group President Claes Eek Thorstensen said: “The opening of the Philippines and Indonesia ship agency offices adds substantially to our portfolio of services and our clients can depend on us to provide high quality, cost effective agency services in this region.”
“We will continue to grow at an accelerated rate as long as we see the business potential to do so with the priority being to expand in places where we have existing offices and relationships. We see the agency business becoming an essential part of services we offer in hand with ship management services and we believe our clients will benefit the most out of this arrangement.”
Thome Ship Agency offices are overseen by General Manager, Alan Mehew, who added: “In a span of six months we now have overseas agency offices in Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. While we are still on the lookout to open other offices in this region, the focus now is to spread the word out about our ability to serve in these markets and to deliver.”