Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) announces the relocation of its joint venture, Diana Wilhelmsen Management Limited (DWM) from Cyprus to Athens. The relocation is part of WSM's growth strategy poised to increase its fleet in crew and technical ship management. "We have seen an increase in the appetite for third-party ship management in the Greek market. With the new strategic location, we are in a better position to strengthen our relationship with current owners and potential clients," says Carl Schou, CEO and President of WSM. Ship management service WSM's ship inspection service currently has a strong client base in the Greek market. WSM aims to increase its foothold by providing competitively priced professional third-party ship management services to the shipping community in Greece. DWM is a 50-50% joint venture with Diana Shipping Inc. Established in 2015, DWM provides professional third-party ship management services in the commercial and technical management of dry bulk vessels.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) announces the appointment of Radoslaw Walczak as Vice President, Technical. Walczak will be spearheading WSM’s focus in delivering vessel performance and energy efficiency initiatives to support shipping’s decarbonisation ambition. Enhancing vessel performance Walczak brings with him more than 20 years of mariner experience including time at sea. Prior to WSM, he was the General Manager in DS Tanker GmbH based in Germany. Walczak started his career onshore in the marine safety and quality domain with V.ships and Wallem before joining DS Tanker as Safety and Quality Manager and subsequently rising to the position of General Manager. “With Walczak’s accumulated experience, we look forward to enhancing our vessel performance and strengthening our efforts to support ship owners in the decarbonization era,” says Carl Schou, CEO and President of WSM. Walczak will be based in Singapore, the headquarters of WSM.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (Wilhelmsen) is proud to announce the smooth and successful takeover of Ertuğrul Gazi, the first Turkish-flagged floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessel. The new-build FSRU, built at Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea, is owned by the Turkish state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipeline corporation, BOTAŞ. Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU The newly built FSRU completed its sea trials in March 2021 and will operate in the İskenderun Bay The newly built FSRU completed its sea trials in March 2021 and will operate in the İskenderun Bay, Hatay Dörtyol, in the southeast of Turkey. “It is an honour for us to be entrusted for the management of Turkey’s first Turkish-flagged FSRU. We would like to thank BOTAŞ, for giving us this opportunity. We will strive to deliver the best ship management experience to our new client,” said Carl Schou, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management (Wilhelmsen). High LNG storage capacity Ertuğrul Gazi will be connected to the LNG terminal at Hatay, Turkey. The FSRU has an LNG storage capacity of 170 thousand cubic metres, which equals 102 million cubic metres in gas form. It has a re-gasification capacity of 28 million cubic metres per day.
WSM joins other fourteen members spanning the shipping value chain: ABN Amro, Bunge, Forum for the Future, IMC Industrial Group, Lloyd’s Register, Louis Dreyfus Company, Maersk, Oldendorff Carriers, Priya Blue, RightShip, The China Navigation Company, South32, Standard Chartered Bank, and WWF. SSI brings together like-minded, organizations with shared goals and determination to improve the shipping industry. Members, ranging from shipowners and charterers, to environmental NGOs, banks, service providers and classification societies, work together toward the milestones laid out in the Roadmap to a sustainable shipping industry. Making a positive contribution Wilhelmsen Ship Management is committed to operating responsibly and making a positive contribution to society and the environment. The Singapore-based ship manager has a progressive aim to incorporate the elements of People, Environment, Trade and Customer into the heart of ship management operations. Wilhelmsen is committed to operating responsibly and making a positive contribution to society As a member, Wilhelmsen Ship Management will participate in working groups on issues relevant to the Roadmap’s six vision areas: Oceans, Communities, People, Transparency, Finance, and Energy. "We look forward to deepening our sustainability priorities and making a bigger impact through the SSI platform. We hope to work collectively together with other forward-leaning members in SSI to impart values in the shipping industry," says Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Ship management company SSI Executive Director Andrew Stephens said, "On behalf of SSI and its members, I am pleased to welcome Wilhelmsen Ship Management to the family." "The sustainability challenges facing the shipping industry, from decarbonisation to seafarers’ rights, transparency and healthy oceans, must be collectively addressed across the value chain. The unique perspective WSM brings as a ship management company will further diversify the SSI membership, helping us ensure representation of the entire shipping value chain in our work."
Wilhelmsen Ship Management, a provider of third-party ship management services headquartered in Singapore and the Hamburg-based asset and investment manager MPC Capital AG have agreed to combine their activities in the technical management of container ships. To this end, Wilhelmsen Ship Management acquires a 50 % stake in Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co KG, the technical container ship manager within the MPC Capital Group. Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship Management In the future, the joint venture will operate under the brand “Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship Management”. The company will continue to operate in Hamburg and Rhoon, while supported by Wilhelmsen’s global network. The new company will manage a fleet of 72 container ships, feeder container ships with a capacity of 1000 to 3000 TEU With around 100 employees, the new company will manage a fleet of currently 72 container ships with a focus on feeder container ships with a capacity of 1000 to 3000 standard containers (TEU). The managing director of the joint venture will be Dr. Michael Silies who has been heading up Ahrenkiel Steamship since 2015. He is supported by Jan-Eric Panitzki, who will continue to oversee the operational part of the business. Partnership “We are very happy to strengthen our presence in Germany together with a strong partner like MPC Capital. We believe Ahrenkiel Steamship is a good fit as we share many common values; focusing on quality, heritage and at the same time have ambitious goals to utilize digital technology to enhance and improve the operations. We are looking forward to develop a strong track record together in the container segment through this partnership,” says Carl Schou, CEO and President of Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Christian Rychly, Managing Director of MPC Capital, says: “We are very pleased to have Wilhelmsen at our side as a strong partner with whom we can consistently expand our shipping activities. We want to offer the best services to our clients and Wilhelmsen’s network and expertise in other shipping segments will improve our position in the container segment.” The closing of the transaction is still subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.