“We are very pleased with your service and the way you run the ship”
EXMAR Ship Management (ESM) manages seven VLGCs (Very Large Gas Carrier) owned by Avance Gas. Six of them are new-builds delivered over a seven month period in 2015 from a Chinese shipyard, the first LPG carriers to be constructed there.
EXMAR Ship Management took them through the final stage of production, commissioning and quality assurance. All received class certification and were successfully made operational under the supervision and guidance of our superintendents and with the exceptional efforts of both officers and crew.
The project resulted from the technical, crewing and HSEEQ management of VLGC Avance, which has been under EXMAR Ship Management’s care since 2010. In 2012 the LPG Business Unit managed a dry dock of the vessel following ten years of service. Afterwards the owner was awarded a time charter contract following a comprehensive assessment by an Oil Major, both on board and during a full, two-day audit at the ESM office.
Avance Gas Technical Manager
“ESM has been managing the Avance since the very beginning and our choice to work with them for the new ships is based on this experience. We are very satisfied with the partnership. Both the crew and the office people are professionals with a desire for clear communication, so we have established a good dialogue.”
“In these times of uncertainty and volatility EXMAR Ship Management provides peace of mind to its customers with reliability and service continuity.”
Thanks to the in-house expertise offered by EXMAR Ship Management, the EXMAR LPG fleet recorded a high level of availability during 2015 and 2016. Meticulous attention was given to the technical and financial OPEX management of the existing fleet of vessels.
Since May 2014, EXMAR Ship Management’s LPG Business Unit is also supervising the delivery and commissioning of a new fleet of EXMAR midsize LPG vessels. The innovative design of these 12 new-builds is aimed at efficient ship management, fuel savings, fuel flexibility and green shipping. With one of the most modern midsize fleets under management, the LPG Business Unit is up to speed with the latest developments.
Four of these 38.000m³ LPG Carriers (Waasmunster, Warinsart, Waregem, and Warisoulx) were delivered between May 2014 and January 2015 from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea, which proved a major achievement for ship management. The vessels are now fully in service.
Meanwhile the management of eight LPG new-builds continues apace at the Hanjin shipyard in Subic Bay, in the Philippines. The first vessel, Kaprijke, has been named and fully commissioned in 2015. Knokke was delivered in February 2016, Kontich in June 2016 and Kortrijk in November 2016.
Four more new-builds of the same class are due for commissioning and delivery between now and early 2018.