Following on from a successful 2002, the first half
of 2003, under the
watchful eye of Capt Vanderperre, Chairman of Univan (and the father of
Asia's ship management industry) has Univan Ship Management's fleet grow to
in excess of 80 ships under full technical management.
The growth has come from bulk carriers and 2 VLCCs (belonging to Fred
Cheng/Shinyo International) and container ships, where Univan is well known
for its unique expertise and dedicated technical and crewing pool.
At June 30th, Univan's fleet stood at 78 (up 5 from end 2002) and by end
August a further 5 ships will have been delivered to Univan, taking the
fleet well into the 80s range.
"Univan's dedication to technical expertise and its policy of having
dedicated teams .. from management to crews .. for different class vessels
.. is clearly the way to grow in the future," according to Univan's Chairman, Capt Vanderperre.
"It is especially pleasing to have added two more VLCCs to the fleet and the
support of an experienced tanker operator such as Fred Cheng's Shinyo Group
bodes well for the company's future," he continued.
In the tanker sector, the company now has 4 VLCCs, 2 Aframax, 6 product and
2 chemical tankers under full technical management, 45 container vessels, 4
car carriers ... all of which require a high degree of specialist
technical expertise; and some 20 bulk carriers and multi-purpose cargo
On behalf of the Shinyo Group, Univan has also taken on the newbuilding
supervision for 3 Panamax vessels
, at the Oshima Shipyard
According to Capt Vanderperre, "with the ever growing focus on regulations,
on different parts of the world enacting legislation requiring varying
degrees of additional documentation and certification all taking their toll
on owners trying to run their own vessels, the ship management industry is
in good shape.
"We expect the industry to continue to grow as economic conditions dictate a
growing trend towards ship owners focusing on their core expertise and
outsourcing services such as ship management more
and more." Capt
The "Shinyo Guardian", a 1993 blt 260,000 dwt VLCC
, is the lastest addition
to the Univan fleet from Fred Cheng's Shinyo Group in Tokyo.