A ship management takeover
Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) and Seatrans have set up a joint venture, called Stödig Ship Management. CSM said that the strategic partnership with the Norwegian shipowner and operator, which specialises in services for chemical tankers, ro-ro, offshore/energy as well as bulkers and product tankers, became operational at the beginning of May.
CSM CEO Mark O’Neil pointed out that “Stödig Ship Management’s expertise in managing ships in the hard chemical trades and other special markets will open up opportunities with existing and new clients. It also opens the door to the Scandinavian and North European offshore and energy sectors.”
Gisle Rong, who will remain Stödig managing director, said that the partnership will “enable us to achieve economies of scale, digitalisation and investment that we couldn’t have considered previously.”
Stödig will also offer digital optimisation, scalability and a variety of platform services. All of the staff of Seatrans will remain with Stödig Ship Management, which is based in Seatrans’ offices in Bergen (Norway).