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OSM taking over KGJS Fleet Management

OSM Maritime is taking over management and crewing of 37 vessels operated by Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS) transferring staff to a new company.

The move will see KGJS Fleet Management operations becoming part of OSM from 3 August this year. Staff from KGJS’ fleet management operations in Bergen, Singapore and Manila will transfer to OSM.

It effectively sees the expansion of OSM into Bergen with the 30 staff working at the KGJS headquarters in Bergen transferring to a new company – OSM Bergen. Staff in Singapore and Manila will transfer OSM offices in those locations.

Around 1,300 seafarers will also be transferred to the new company.

OSM Bergen will be headed by Ole-Johan Haahjem, currently ceo for KGJS Fleet Management.

Tommy Olofsen, executive chair of OSM said: “This is a quality shipping company with highly competent and experienced employees and first-class vessels.”

OSM sees the move as strengthening its position in the bulker and tanker markets with significant potential growth for the group as whole.

“We are also proud to become part of the maritime cluster in Bergen, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s strongest. Whereas our hometown Arendal historically played a key role in Norway’s maritime legacy, we will now soon be able to call Bergen our second home in the country.”

KGJS cited the challenges ahead which shipping faces as the reason behind the move with OSM have the depth and scale to tackle these.

Geir Mjelde, ceo of KGJS stated: “The shipping industry faces major challenges ahead in terms of technology and environmental regulations. Tackling these challenges demands scale and depth of competence.

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