Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GAC And Mariflex Launch Joint Ship-To-Ship Services For Shipping Clients

Greater Range for Both Companies
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE / ASIA - GAC Transfer Services, part of the GAC World Group, and ship-to-ship (STS) service provider MariFlex have launched a new joint service: ‘GAC Transfer Services - Powered by MariFlex’ (GTSM). The new service will provide a wider range of options and choice of (STS) transfer locations across Europe, Asia, the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

The alliance shall combine GAC's global reach with Netherlands - based MariFlex's expertise in a comprehensive range of complementary maritime services, bringing a total of 60 years of experience in ship-to-ship transfers of dry and liquid cargoes such as crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied gas. “Transferring dry or liquid bulk from ship-to-ship is a highly technical and challenging operation that requires not only specialised skills and equipment, but also rapid mobilisation capability and in-depth experience in dealing with contingency situations,” says Ruud Cogels, Managing Director of MariFlex.

“GTSM has the skills, equipment and network to handle any STS operations safely and seamlessly.”

The new STS transfer options will be offered from more than ten bases, including Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Flushing in the Netherlands, Gibraltar, Frederikshavn and Kalundborg in Denmark, Gothenburg in Sweden, Malta, Cyprus, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Group Vice President for GAC Solutions, Christer Sjodoff, says: “With the increased number of bases, GTSM can now respond faster and with greater mobility and flexibility, and operate anywhere and anytime, as required by clients.”

“All operations are handled by trained and experienced personnel to ensure safe control. We also provide all necessary equipment such as hoses, fenders and support craft, as well as full back-up services including standby boats, equipment transportation and 24-hour communication.”

(pic: © MariFlex)