Anglo-Eastern have announced plans to expand their Antwerp office into a fully fledged ship management office, as of September 1st, 2004.
, CEO of the Anglo-Eastern Group
said: “Too often people think that independent ship managers only manage ships under so-called Flags of Convenience.
“I believe there is a strong market for quality ship management among ship owners flying national flags. We have managed ships under the Canadian, New Zealand
, British and (with the acquisition of the Dockwise Fleet
), Dutch national flags for some time.
“Our Glasgow office is now running strong and is active in most of Europe
. However, specific enquiries from certain countries on the continent have led us to believe that a second ship management office on the continent itself would mean further managed growth for Anglo-Eastern.
“To meet the demands of a fast growing Belgian Register – our Antwerp subsidiary, Anglo-Eastern (Antwerp) nv, will be offering full ship management services under
a Belgian Flag Document of Compliance (DOC), meeting Belgian tonnage tax ship management criteria.
“We expect to have at least 10-12 ships under full ship management by end 2004, all from major Belgian shipowners.”
The Antwerp office will be run by A.K. Banerjee – current no.2 in the Anglo-Eastern Bulk Carrier Division for an initial period of 6 months. In the meantime, local staff are being recruited and familiarized with the Anglo-Eastern Group