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Wilhelmsen Ships Service Poland Re-Structures

Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a ships services network, has restructured its Polish operation and implemented an advanced level of connectivity to enable the company to offer its full capacity of products and services to the regional market place. The enhanced services include account sales to Polish owners, ship managers and charterers. In addition ships agency services are now available under the name of Wilhelmsen Ships Service in the ports of Szczecin and Gdansk, including their subports. Services include marine products and technical services, safety and refrigeration. WSS also now operates freight forwarding services in and out of these ports for Polish and foreign customers. Wilhelmsen Ships Service Polska Sp. z.o.o. was established in Poland at the end of 2008 to delineate the roles of Wilhelmsen Ships Equipment and Wilhelmsen Ships Service in the Polish market. It also creates a framework for Wilhelmsen Ships Service to develop further. Connection to Wilhelmsen Ships Services’ global integrated IT environment which combines the management, operations and logistics elements of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s global network, has played a vital role in integrating the newly-structured Polish operation into the company’s extensive resources capability. The IT system now links Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s agency department to its financial and operating systems, benefitting the customer through easy control of projects

Wilhelmsen Major Safety System Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has completed a major safety system service for the Chevron FSO (Floating Storage and Off-loading unit) Escarvos in South Africa.  At the same time, Wilhelmsen Ships Service provided equipment and refrigerant to support the refurbishment of the vessel’s chiller systems. The project, valued at over $450m was completed within tight deadlines through close co-operation between several Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s offices in the company’s global network

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Acquires CMU

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has acquired Compañia Maritima Unitor (CMU) in Chile. The new company, operating as Wilhelmsen Ships Service (Chile) SA, continues to offer the full range of Unitor products that were previously supplied through CMU. The company’s capabilities include warehousing in Valparaíso and it is able to deliver a wide range of safety products, marine chemicals, welding equipment and other associated marine products to all of Chile’s main ports.

WSS Rolls Out Single Payment System


Ship operators and managers are benefitting from the administrative efficiency of a single payment system for port calls launched by Wilhelmsen Ships Service.  A Float Account scheme operated by the company enables the ship operator to deposit a fixed amount with them to cover a month’s anticipated port calls.  The sum is used to cover all the expenses of the operator’s vessels, wherever they call in the world.  

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Strengthens Presence in Russia


Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has consolidated its legal status in Russia which will enable the global ships services provider to supply all clients in the country, including internal ports and waterways. Wilhelmsen Ships Service has had offices in all main ports in Russia for the last 15 years, but until now has only been able to service foreign vessels calling at Russian ports. By establishing a legal entity within the Russian Federation

Wilhelmsen Liferaft Exchange Reaches 10,000

Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Manufacturers’ approvals of a number of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s liferaft stations have now taken the number of approved stations to 30. Since Wilhelmsen Ships Service launched its Liferaft Exchange Programme one year ago, the programme has made approximately 10,000 liferaft exchanges and continues to expand. The concept, which exchanges service-due liferafts and life-saving appliances for operational ones

New Wilhelmsen Office in St Petersburg

The world’s leading maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships Service has relocated its St. Petersburg offices to upgraded premises. “The key reason for our move is that the new office space allows for the expansion that we are seeing as we achieve our planned growth of business in this area,” commented James Parsons, Area Director Eastern Europe for Wilhelmsen Ships Service. The new location offers a modern, safe and accessible environment for staff

Eriksen, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Switzerland


Wilhelmsen Ships Service has further strengthened its presence in Switzerland by appointing Eivind Eriksen as General Manager for Wilhelmsen Ships Service Switzerland. Despite being a landlocked country, Switzerland is an important location on the maritime map. “Recently, we have seen an increased geographical move of customers towards Switzerland. As such, there is a great commercial potential in this area, and thus it is important to strengthen our presence

Wilhelmsen Hosts Forum at Nor-Shipping

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World-leading ships service company Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will play a significant role in Nor-shipping 2011 this week, as Oslo welcomes the international maritime world to what looks set to be a record-breaking event, with over 1,100 exhibitors and 34,000 visitors expected. As a one of the main sponsors of Nor-shipping, Wilhelmsen Ships Service will use the four day event to spread its knowledge and expertise to visitors

Wilhelmsen Middle East Wins WCA Award

Maritime Logistics team at Wilhelmsen Ships Service Middle East (Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is proud to announce that it has won the WCA (World Cargo Alliance) Best Partner Award - Middle East 2009. Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been a member of the WCA, a global network of independent international freight forwarders, since 2003. The company participated with representatives from their Middle East, India, Norway, Thailand and China branches in the Bangkok WCA partner conference in January

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural

Zim Improves Asia-Mediterranean Loops

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 The Israeli ocean carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services is upgrading its Asia-Mediterranean service network, comprising the East Med-Black Sea Express, or EMX, and the Asia-India Subcontinent East Med, or AME, by adding new port calls and upsizing tonnage deployment.  

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

WSS Acquires TIMM AS

Bjørge Grimholt WSS President

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TIMM AS. “The Timm acquisition reinforces our position as a global player within marine products,” says Bjørge Grimholt, President at Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

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 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

China Probes Shipping Lines

Image: Ningbo Port Group

Seven of Chinese state departments are investigating four local shipping companies over allegations that they have levied arbitrary and excessive charges for port services following complaints from foreign trade firms, reports Reuters.  

ISS Wins Cheniere Energy Contract

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced it has won a new hub agency contract for the Asia-Pacific with LNG energy giant, Cheniere Energy.  Under the two-year contract, ISS will manage approximately 100 port calls annually for Cheniere Energy across the Asia-Pacific

Vessel Grounds in Bosphorus Strait, Traffic Suspended

Traffic has been suspended in both directions on the Bosphorus Strait between 0700 and 1300 local time today as rescue operations are underway to re-float a vessel grounded on the northern side, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) reports.

ISS Appoints Holmes as VP, Cruise Solutions

Grant Holmes (Photo: ISS)

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) said it is embarking on a plan to develop its cruise business with the appointment of Grant Holmes as Vice President, Cruise Solutions. Based out of Dubai, the new position will see Grant leading a dedicated focus on cruise business development and activities

Proposed Shipping Legislation to Jeopardise$100-million Investment in Australia

Image: SeaRoad Holdings Pty Ltd

 Australian-owned Bass Strait shipping operator SeaRoad Holdings has warned the Federal Government that its proposed Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill could jeopardise its $100-million investment on a second cargo vessel.   A report in ABC quoted SeaRoad CEO Michael Easy

Draft Increase at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River

The draft for the Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River has been increased from 45 to 47 feet following dredging, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. In early August, heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels reduced the

ZIM Transitions Fleet to StowMan(s) Software

Photo courtesy of ZIM

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Israel  has decided to enhance its stowage planning for its containership fleet (currently 93 ships) in the future by using the software StowMan[S] from INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the software and services provider for maritime navigation and

Grounded Vessel Creates Delays in the Suez Canal

Southbound vessel grounded in Suez Canal causes delays and tailbacks   A southbound vessel ran aground in the Suex Canal at 1430 local time today at KM 101, causing delays and tailbacks, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).  

Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St

ISS Bags Tanzania's Paragon project

Paragon Offshore’s jack-up rig M826 in position.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed by Paragon Offshore, Houston, as marine and logistic services provider for a new drilling campaign off the Songo Songo Islands, Tanzania – the first new commercial drilling project in Tanzania in a number of years.

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