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Thome expands lay-up services

Thome expands lay-up services

Singapore: Thome Group, the leading Singapore based ship manager, has expanded its vessel lay-up services via subsidiary S&P Marine Consultants.

S&P Marine Consultants general manager, Raul Matovic said yesterday: "It is apparent that in the current trading markets, many owners are looking at lay-up as one option for their vessels. We have seen several new operators attempting to offer this service recently.

"In response to this and the fact that several owners have already approached Thome, we have secured several safe and above all secure lay-up anchorages around this region and owners can now take advantage of this."

He said the extensive expertise within the Thome Group meant that a full range of service could be offered. "We can provide backup, technical expertise and a full range of other services to owners wishing to take this option," he added.

Thome Group President, Claes Eek Thorstensen added: "Lay up of a vessel requires to be done by professionals with a track record. The key requirements are proven lay-up procedures, planned maintenance, professional lay-up crew and stringent supervision in order to maintain the value of the owner's asset.

"Having extensive experience in re-activation of vessels, we understand the importance of quality lay-up"

Mr Matovic noted that Thome had a team of experts dedicated to the expanded lay up service. Container vessel operators and dry bulk owners had been making active inquiries about lay up in particular, he said.

He said the benefits of lay up included much lower operating costs, a reduction of fuel and lubricants costs, plus lower hull and machinery and P&I premiums.
Some registries are also prepared to either waive or reduce tonnage taxes. [24/02/09]


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