EXMAR Ship Management is a leading innovator storing, transporting and transshipping gas and chemicals by sea in both liquefied and gaseous states.

Managing a diverse fleet

The vessels and units we manage require staff who are not only technically best-in-class, but who also understand our clients’ needs and have the flexibility and skill to deliver. To keep personal contact and open communication between ship and shore, we have organized our company with dedicated Business Units.

Every unit has a team with technical, marine, purchasing, crewing and financial colleagues who jointly serve each fleet.

We encourage sea staff to regularly work ashore, whilst actively ensuring our shore staff are given the chance to work on board. We also highly value the many long-serving seafarers who permanently join the shore team to apply their practical knowledge and expertise.

Over thirty years of know-how and an innovative approach towards crewing, commissioning, operating and maintaining specialized vessel and barge-based maritime infrastructure permit us to partner in a rather unique way with our clients.

A pioneer in managing floating assets

In the complex world of LPG and LNG, we have developed specialized services for clients looking to find innovative means of storing, transporting and transshipping gas and chemicals in both liquefied and gaseous states. ESM pioneered the first ever onboard LNG regasification operation (2005), the world’s first commercial ship-to-ship transfer of LNG (2007), as well as the first barge-based on board liquefaction process (2017).

Our people constantly innovate in the way assets are managed, often operating in extreme conditions. They manage fully refrigerated and pressurized carriers trading LPG, petrochemicals and ammonia from the hostile conditions of the North Sea to the seasonal stormy waters of the Gulf of Mexico. They supply energy grids with 24/7 quayside LNG regasification on vessels in the heat of Dubai and Port Qasim. They convert conventonial LNG carriers to Floating Storage Units (FSU) fit for freezing temperatures.

ESM crews, operates and provides logistical support to remote offshore barges accommodating oil and gas workers in the risk-bound Gulf of Guinea and has entered the specialized field of oceanographic offshore vessel management.

ESM is diversifying its fleet under management and its multinational crew’s skill sets. ESM manages a fleet of bulk liquid carriers transporting highly sensitive cargoes of fresh and concentrated fruit juice around the world. Its Indian subsidiary manages a fleet of bulk vessels. ESM has also added an LNG bunkering vessel and a fleet of LPG inland vessel barges to its crew management portfolio.


An organisation built around your business

We look at exactly how our customers would like to work with us, and then adapt our organization to meet those needs. We assign our professionals to work as part of their organization at their request.
We have jointly managed construction at the yard and assisted in the delivery, testing and commissioning of our customers’ vessels and units. We have also adapted our own internal processes to match customer needs, and obtained re-certification from Class within months of implementation.

A diverse and multi-national company

If you visit us in our headquarters in Belgium, you will see a wealth of nationalities amongst crewing, purchasing and finance colleagues as well as our highly-qualified superintendents.

At sea we employ over 1,800 seafarers of 38 different nationalities. We recruit and train cadets from top academies and have long-term partnerships with crewing agencies in the Ukraine, Croatia, Latvia Jamaica and the Philippines, with many of their Junior Officers who joined us on board many years ago now coming through the ranks to become Officers, Masters and Engineers.

In addition, we have welcomed and brought in crews from our customers into our management, fully integrating them with support from multi-lingual staff on shore.

We take pride in the fact that we are a multinational, multicultural environment where we encourage everyone to deploy and develop their talents with respect for each other.

Filipino crew member

Like-minded value creation for the long term

Our know-how and innovative approach towards crewing, commissioning, operating and maintaining enables us to partner with external clients in a rather unique way compared to a traditional customer relationship between ship owner and ship management services provider. We strongly believe in combining individual strengths to achieve better results, both within and outside our company. Our innovative technical specialists use continuous improvement methods to create efficiency and value in their productive relationships with our customers, who are typically looking for a strategic partnership over a long period of time.