Wilhelmsen Ships Services (WSS) General Manager for Japan Yoshihiro Iizuka says that he expects more customers to sign up for its’ Ships Agency Re-Defined (SARD) solution throughout 2013 and beyond as the company prepares for Bariship 2013. Mr Iizuka comments: “From 2011 to 2012 the number of calls handled by our team in Japan grew by 10% and our SARD offer made up much of that development.”
“Japanese vessel operators and owners are positive about SARD because it guarantees efficient operation and fast turnaround. We ensure that our service experts make visits to customers on a timely basis to run evaluations on their time spent at each port. This enables us to improve our port operations in order to optimize the way we service our customers. In some cases, we have been able to save customers up to three hours per port call.”
Mr Iizuka continues: “SARD is different to any other ships agency offer in the market right now, because it offers global, world-class services at a local level. Our team works in the same time zone and speaks the same language as our customers. What’s more, Japanese owners can take advantage of the scheme globally, not just in the home islands.”
WSS is investing in resources and expertise across North Asia to meet the increasing demands of this growing maritime hub. Specifically, it now covers 180 ports in Japan with four main service centres and offices located in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Moji.
Launched in 2010, SARD allows customers to deal with all their ships agency requirements from one central point, with improved communications between the agency and the operator, resulting in efficiency savings, predictable pricing and a single bank account for all payments, facilitating easy access to online job and tracking information.
Visit Wilhelmsen Ships Service on stand B25 at Bariship 2013.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group Company.
It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4, 500 marine professionals servicing 2, 400 ports in
125 countries. Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unitor and
Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the
company made product deliveries to 25 000 vessels and handled 65 000 port calls.