(Oslo, Norway/Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, 10 October 2008)
Two major players in the safety business are joining forces to help customers simplify their life raft compliance issues. Through this agreement with the Survitec Group, Wilhelmsen Ships Service introduces Unitor-branded life rafts to the maritime market.
From October 2008 the Survitec Group will manufacture the ‘Unitor’ brand life raft for Wilhelmsen Ships Service for use in their life raft leasing programme worldwide. Customers will be supplied with high quality life rafts from the world’s largest survival products manufacturer, and will benefit from a global servicing network supported by both companies’ loyal and professional networks.
“Our partnership with Survitec is a logical step in our strategy to become the shaper of the maritime service industry through our strong brand names. This partnership will further enable us to improve our customers’ operational efficiency,” says David Tandy, President of Wilhelmsen Ships Service.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service sets the industry standard for supply of fire, rescue and safety-related equipment and systems to the maritime market, under the well known Unitor brand name. One of the company’s prime initiatives is the provision of a life raft rental service to its key clients worldwide, reducing service time required in port.
The Survitec Group is at the forefront of survival technology, focusing on serving the marine, aerospace and defence markets under several respected brand names such as RFD, Beaufort, DSB and Elliot.
Uel McChesney (CEO of the Survitec Group) welcomed the agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service. “This is an important strategic alliance which will serve to further improve marine safety standards. This gives ship owners and operators greater access to high quality safety and survival equipment backed by Survitec’s design and manufacturing technology, supported worldwide by the Unitor and Survitec service networks.”
The partnership between Survitec and Wilhelmsen Ships Service is a good match. Both Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Survitec have extensive experience in safety and compliance. Combine this with Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s global, 24/7 service network, and Survitec’s expertise in survival products and approvals, they can offer the maritime market a well proven range of Unitor life rafts backed up with a global life raft rental and support system.
Further information from:
Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS
Andrew Sheriff, Business Director Technical Services, Wilhelmsen Ships Service,
Direct Line: +47 22 13 12 55 | Mobile: +47 900 47 982 (mobile)
Solveig Maria Dropping Saether, Market Communication Manager, Strategic Marketing
Telephone: +47 67 58 45 50 | Direct: +47 67 58 45 78 | Mobile: +47 906 34 977
Alasdair MacIntyre, Commercial Marine and Aerospace Director
Direct Line: +44 (0) 2890 606134 | Mobile: +44 (0) 7880 504811
Emma Simms, Marketing Manager
Direct Line: +44 (0) 2890 606132 | Mobile: +44 (0) 7826 543187
Wilhelmsen Ships Service is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s leading maritime services network, with the ability to service 2 200 ports in 115 countries. The company’s main focus is to deliver improved vessel operating efficiency to the merchant fleet. In 2007 the company made 195 000 product deliveries to 20 000 vessels and handled 55 000 port calls. Wilhelmsen Ships Service has 4 300 employees operating out of 319 offices in 71 countries. For further information, see www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice
The Survitec Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of life rafts and safety products for the marine, aerospace and defence industries. With an extensive history of supplying the maritime market with highly reputable brands such as RFD, Beaufort, DSB, Crewsaver, EV, Elliot, and a global servicing network of over 300 Service Stations, this is a clear strategic alliance with Wilhelmsen Ships Service