Wilhelmsen group levels up agency business and sets unique course towards the future of port experiences

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Having handled more than a million port calls, Wilhelmsen has established itself as the globally leading provider of ships agency services. On 7 June, Wilhelmsen Port Services is announced during the Posidonia tradeshow in Athens. Port Services sets a unique course for the future of the ships agency industry and the entire port ecosystem. One of the key steps taken already is to establish and internal incubator for new innovations and solutions, building on their reliable network and heritage, expanding far beyond agency. With several initiatives already in the market, Wilhelmsen Port Services is actively driving disruption, shaping tomorrow’s port experience today. 

“With the establishment of Wilhelmsen Port Services we are taking a long and hard look at the port value chain to see where we can play a bigger role, and we are really looking forward to developing a truly unique port services offering”, says Neal de Roche, President of Wilhelmsen Port Services. 

Going beyond traditional ships agency offerings, greater efficiency in port, a new approach to port call management as well as biofouling monitoring to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are just some of the features customers can expect coming from Port Services going forward. 

ECOsubsea – cost effective biofouling monitoring using drone technology 

ECOsubsea using drones to inspect the hull not only slashes the cost of biofouling monitoring by more than 70 %, it also significantly reduces risk and time spent. In combination with Wilhelmsen’s vast agency network across ports, biofouling monitoring becomes more easily accessible than ever. The outcome is seamless hull inspections executed within the hour and without operational disruptions such as diver restrictions. Data from the inspection is analysed and made available to customers within short, who then get’s immediate access to the condition of the hull of their vessel or entire fleet. Customers have access to all their data in an easy to use interface, making it simple to create solid biofouling strategies and an optimized cleaning schedule. This does not only reduce costs, it also reduces emissions and it prevents spread of invasive and harmful species in fragile ecosystems. 

“Wilhelmsen Port Services (WPS) is exactly what the industry needs today. There are many great solutions and services that today are only available locally. Building upon its reputable track record and one of a kind global footprint, Port Services will be the enabler of change to happen for the whole industry. For ECOsubsea, WPS is key to solve more environmental problems in 1 year than what we could do alone in 10 years.” Tor M. Østervold, CEO ECOsubsea AS. 

Wilhelmsen Ships Service continues bringing maritime essentials to the worlds merchant fleet 

Wilhelmsen Ships Service continues as before to deliver marine products and more as Ship Agency leaves Ships Service and enters it’s new home in Wilhelmsen Port Services. Ships Service is still the leading provider of maritime essentials to the worlds merchant fleet, including brands such as Unitor, Timm ropes, Unicool and Nalfleet. 

About Wilhelmsen. 

Founded in Norway in 1861, Wilhelmsen is now a comprehensive global maritime group. Committed to shaping the maritime industry, through our market-leading products, services and support, we also seek to develop new opportunities in renewables, zero-emission shipping, and marine digitalization. We take innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled customer experiences one step further. For more information, see wilhelmsen.com 

About Wilhelmsen Port Services 

Wilhelmsen Port Services is a leading provider and industry veteran having delivered more than one million port calls across 2 000 ports around the world. Leveraging extensive experience from ships agency and maritime logistics, Port Services aspires to shaping the port experiences of tomorrow, by offering a series of new innovations and solutions within the port ecosystem. Port Services is part of maritime group Wilhelmsen, building on their reliable network and heritage, to enhance performance and efficiency throughout the port value chain. 

About Wilhelmsen Ships Service 

With the most extensive global maritime supply network, Wilhelmsen Ships Service is active in 2,000 ports, in more than 100 countries worldwide. Supplying market-leading marine solutions, including the Unitor brand of products, Timm ropes, Unicool refrigerants, and Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, we handle over 200,000 product deliveries every year. The maritime industry’s trusted partner in port, onboard and offshore, our marine products portfolio and innovative solutions are available for every conceivable vessel type in every market and region. At Wilhelmsen Ships Service, we keep global trade running and deliver dependable support for continued vessel operations.