V.Ships to Take Over OSG's International Shipping

MarineLink.com
Monday, January 13, 2014
Overseas Boston

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) today announced that it intends to outsource the technical management of its international flag shipping business to V.Ships, a third-party ship manager. The outsourcing contract with V.Ships is subject to the approval of the bankruptcy court, which will be sought today and will be heard on February 3, 2014. The company’s U.S. flag business will continue with its current strategy and will continue to be headquartered in Tampa, Fla. Customers, employees, vendors and others involved with OSG’s U.S. business will see few, if any, changes.

Pursuant to a newly focused strategy, the outsourcing of technical management will provide the company’s international flag business with a competitive cost structure, consistent with industry best practice that will enable it to take advantage of future market opportunities. This new strategy will include the use of a world-class third-party ship management company, V.Ships, to provide technical management services to OSG’s international flag conventional tanker fleet. The international flag business, which has a strong history of pool participation, will now utilize pools as the principal commercial strategy for all of its vessels, and OSG intends to participate in independently managed tanker pools.

“The simplification of our International business will allow us to rely upon the economies of scale, systems, and expertise of leading third parties,” said OSG’s chief executive officer, Capt. Bob Johnston. “By outsourcing technical management and pursuing a pool strategy for all our international vessels, we will position our international business to emerge successfully from Chapter 11 with a smaller, more-concentrated fleet without the need for costly systems, multiple offices and the associated expense. Outsourcing will allow our international management team to focus on the strategic direction of the business as the market recovers by retaining key operational and commercial oversight.

“As we make this transition, we are committed to providing the same high level of service to our customers and maintaining our focus on safety, quality and environmental compliance. Customers will continue to be served by the same highly trained OSG crews as before, but under management by V.Ships, a larger organization with an established track record of incorporating industry best practices system-wide. For vendors, suppliers and others involved with our international flag business, there will be a seamless transition as V.Ships assumes various functions. As we continue our restructuring process and emerge from Chapter 11 as a stronger, more-focused business, we are confident that we will be well positioned to succeed,” concluded Capt. Johnston.
 

  • Capt. Bob Johnston

    Capt. Bob Johnston

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Huisman Debuts Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane

In order to provide reliable solutions for subsea installation in increasingly deeper water and offshore construction in severe weather conditions, Huisman introduces

Scafi Expands Fleet with Italian Damen Tug

Damen is to construct a new ASD 3212 tug for Scafi, the Italian shipping group that includes a number of international towing companies. The contract cements their

DP World in Talks With Banks for $3b Loan

Dubai-owned port operator DP World is in talks with lenders to triple the size of an existing $1 billion loan, as well as extend the lifespan and reduce the interest rate,

Tanker Trends

Petroecuador Tenders to Buy High Octane Naphtha

State-run Petroecuador has launched two tenders to buy a total of 22 cargoes, 240,000 barrels each, of high octane naphtha RON 87 and 93 for delivery starting on May 21-23,

Fredriksen Joins Rival for New Capesize Firm

Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen is joining one of its shipping firms with rival Knighsbridge Tankers Ltd to create the largest U.S. listed Capesize firm, which

Global Shipping Exposed to Cyber Threats

The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age,

Finance

Petroecuador Tenders to Buy High Octane Naphtha

State-run Petroecuador has launched two tenders to buy a total of 22 cargoes, 240,000 barrels each, of high octane naphtha RON 87 and 93 for delivery starting on May 21-23,

DP World in Talks With Banks for $3b Loan

Dubai-owned port operator DP World is in talks with lenders to triple the size of an existing $1 billion loan, as well as extend the lifespan and reduce the interest rate,

Norway's Oil Sector May Face More Project Cuts, Delays

More oil and gas projects in Norway could be put on hold because of rising costs, adding to a growing list of developments that have been delayed or called off,

News

Mammoet Uses World’s Biggest Crawler Crane to Install Legs on Ship

Mammoet, a global company in engineered heavy lifting and transport, said it is currently employing its LR13000, the biggest crawler crane in the world, to install

Huisman Debuts Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane

In order to provide reliable solutions for subsea installation in increasingly deeper water and offshore construction in severe weather conditions, Huisman introduces

Scafi Expands Fleet with Italian Damen Tug

Damen is to construct a new ASD 3212 tug for Scafi, the Italian shipping group that includes a number of international towing companies. The contract cements their

Barges

Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle,

ABS Approves Design for GTTNA’s LNG Bunker Barge

GTT North America (GTTNA), the Houston-based subsidiary of French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT), received approval in principle from ABS for the design of a 2,

When Will Deep Sea Mining Commence? The Robot is Ready

The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea

Logistics

No Lift for Konecranes as Q1 2014 Profit Slips

Finnish crane maker Konecranes on Thursday reported a 32-percent fall in its core quarterly operating profit amid slow demand and tight competition. January-March 2014 operating profit,

GAO: Limited Commercial Arctic Development Foreseen

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining.

Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle,

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1779 sec (6 req/sec)