Thomas Gunn Navigation Services Limited, the international chart supply specialist, has strengthened the services it provides to the US and Canadian markets by joining forces with Vancouver-based Maritime Services Ltd to form Thomas Gunn Maritime Services Inc.
This strategic tie-up combines the ongoing experience of ex-seagoing staff of both companies together with a high level of existing in-house expertise to ensure that customers in this important geographical region receive the highest level of chart advice and service available.
Maritime Services Ltd is an ideal partner for TGNS for this initiative. Located near the Port of Vancouver, its portfolio of services makes it a key provider of marine safety and survival equipment services in the area. Its 12,800 square feet office complex houses a broad range of charts, publications and marine electronics as well as the capabilities for fully approved life raft servicing and its new aerospace servicing facilities.
By working together, both companies will be able to offer Canada and North America-based shipowners and managers a comprehensive range of products and services as well as the right targeted advice to ensure efficient, safe and trustworthy vessel operation.
These include Thomas Gunn Maritime Services’ own innovative Outfit Management Service which helps ships ensure that their index of charts and publications are kept up to date by the supply of updates and new editions.
Other benefits of this service include:
• Web access to each vessel's particulars
• Compilations of ship's index relative to type, size, and vessel trading patterns
• Weekly supplies of chart correction data, either with paper ‘Notice to Mariners’ and tracings, or electronically via TGNS’ unique Voyager service
• Loose-l eaf services for publications updates
• Access and advice on latest regulations and flag state regulations
• Fortnightly newsletters with the latest relevant navigational announcements
• A flexible approach to ensuring that the services it offers are tailored to the specific needs of our customers.
In other words, working in partnership with its North American clients for mutual benefit.
Over recent years Thomas Gunn Navigation Services Limited (TGNS) has invested heavily in technology and personnel to create its own in-house digital products department and has boosted its in-house IT resources to meet changing customer requirements and the modern demand for digital charts. In addition the firm has been very proactive in its customer support.
Thomas Gunn, founder of the company and Managing Director, welcomed the tie-up, saying: “As the leading digital supplier in the world, we believe this has been achieved again by working closely with our clients to develop the right solutions and the most economic solutions, both for the carriage of Electronic charts and Digital publications.
“Having added our fully type approved TG Nav ECDIS to our product portfolio, we can now truly provide the "one stop shop" solution to our clients. It makes sense. And with our in-house digital products department and our eight strong team of IT developers, we have the infrastructure in place to develop ongoing innovative solutions for E-navigational needs of the future,” he adds.
Source: Thomas Gunn