TOS GLOBAL SHIP DELIVERY NEWSLETTER
‘Personally, I know TOS from when I worked for Van Oord. With the mobilisation of the Global crew boats from Dubai to Venezuela in 2013, I directly had contact with TOS again. As Operations Manager at EMAR Offshore Services, I was considering ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ transport for 3x 42-metre ships. Dry transport on board of a scheduled service or submersible ship avoids damage, delay due to weather conditions, etc. Nevertheless, we went for wet transport. We were sailing with a ship’s crew, so the operations in Venezuela could begin much sooner. The quicker the ships could be contracted, the sooner the project could begin to minimise the initial costs of starting up. TOS gave us sufficient reassurance to wager the crossing, while the shipowner understandably had a preference for dry transport. We had a rough journey across the Mediterranean, but the mobilisations were successful,’ tells Ronald Hania.
Client success for EMAR Offshore Services
Ronald: ‘The partnership has always gone well. We are very satisfied with TOS and their employees are put together the same way we are. They always have ideas to offer and TOS is open for last minute changes, which is not unheard of in this dynamic business. All ships have arrived on location on time and in good condition. This means that we are able to deliver our maritime service and ships to our clients, as agreed. Also, their contract is well organised. It gives a realistic overview of the costs and risks up front. This is important for us. TOS provides an experienced crew, professional guidance and strong communication. You say the word and they know what to do. Many of the colleagues working at the office have sailed themselves. So they know what it’s like and they can help come up with real solutions. This is essential for reaching our ultimate goal of a satisfied client.’
EMAR Offshore Services is an independent, dedicated Maritime Service Company, active in short and long-term chartering, contracting and the sale & purchase of marine equipment.
‘Although it is hard to work with new suppliers we felt very comfortable, and TOS gained our trust from the very beginning’, says Xocas Cardama, in charge of Business Development at Cardama Shipyard. ‘We had a real delivery issue with the Cardama 241 / Thulfiqar that demanded a very quick response and effort from all sides. Also, we had never before delivered a vessel to the Middle East and TOS helped us with these challenges. From Rolf Kievits (Sales Manager Ship Delivery at TOS), to the Captain, crew members and, of course, the delivery superintendent, they all worked very hard and they were very helpful with the last minute arrangements.’
Xocas: ‘In this case, TOS was key in the success of our delivery. Not only were they swift to respond (they only had a few days to arrange everything, including a change of the vessel’s flag state), but also our client received the vessel in perfect condition. TOS Ship Delivery services really helped us to solve our problems.’
Cardama Shipyard is a family business founded in 1916 by Francisco Cardama Godoy. Situated in Vigo and dedicated to Shipbuilding and Ship Repair for companies of many different countries. Since 1999, Cardama has delivered more than 20 new buildings, such as tugboats, fishing vessels, patrol vessels, harbour service vessels and many others of up to 100 metres. Recently specialised in multi-purpose tugboats, they have delivered five of this kind to different government authorities and oil companies.
CHIEF ENGINEER WITH ARCTIC FEVER
He is crazy about sailing and engineering and graduated as Chief Engineer (incl. GZV – Watch Officer Unlimited Sailing Area): Bob Wigt. ‘I started out as 2nd Officer on the expedition ship Plancius heading for Spitsbergen. Here is where I caught my Arctic fever. I knew then that I had to go for bigger! I went for submersible heavy lift ships. Once I had fallen completely in love, I began working at the Afval Energie Centrale (Waste-to-Energy Plant) in Amsterdam, a brand-new company with high-pressure steam boilers and turbines. Magnificent. Knowing about steam engineering came in handy after all!’, says Bob.
Life on land makes me stir-crazy
‘While on a sabbatical, I was appointed to Greenpeace on their newest ice class ship, the Esperanza. I spent several interesting years on many different ships, including tall ships and the heavy-lift ship Fairstar Fjell (via TOS). After that, I returned to travelling to the Arctic and around Greenland to end up as Technical Manager on shore. Once again, I contacted TOS. Tim Spitters (Senior Consultant at TOS) answered my call. His approach was professional, pleasant and definitely personal. Ship Deliveries were not my initial goal, but it is growing on me. Every ship offers new challenges, and I like that about it. Not to mention that every time we are headed for a new destination! Or getting to spend some time travelling there afterwards when possible. Fantastic!! The common factor of my experiences is, of course, TOS. And now having ample experience certainly helps to get the job done.’ according to Bob.
HANDS-ON, SOLUTION-ORIENTED AND PROUD
Meet Stephan Slingerland, Superintendent at TOS. His grandfather designed dredgers and sea-going tugs for IHC. Even the sailboat, where he spent much time in his youth, was designed by his grandfather. Sailing is how Stephan came into contact with the shipping industry. He got his nautical degree at STC, worked for several years as Officer and Engineer and now organises everything for ship deliveries from A to Z at TOS.
After his years of sailing, Stephan went on to work as Technical Service Coordinator. ‘I never set foot on a boat and something had to be done about that! I still worked in the sector, but no longer had contact with the crew. I also missed travelling abroad. I had once sailed my last voyage as Officer for TOS: a ship delivery from London to Hardinxveld. I saw this job opening on Facebook and knew right away… this was the challenge for me! I help the client & crew to find solutions for financing, technical aspects and safety. I am part of the process. I enjoy the sea trials and am proud of the crew when it all works out: delivering the ship to its new home port.
This particular challenge: getting a thirty-year-old harbour tug ready for a long voyage. The cooling system had been maintained for a long time by the Liberian standard.
ITS 2018 MARSEILLE
Visit us at stand 128
As from the 25th of June 2018 TOS will be exhibiting at ITS 2018: stand 128. ITS (International Tug, Salvage & OSV Convention and Exhibition) is the world’s largest gathering of Tug, Towage & Salvage Experts and will be held in Marseille. Please check www.tugandosv.com for more information about ITS 2018.
Are you looking for a safe and reliable way to move your assets around the world? Please feel free to contact us. You can make an appointment at the exhibition beforehand, e-mail our representatives:
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD OF GLOBAL SHIP DELIVERY
Ship delivery is our specialty. And our passion. There are only a few players active in the global playing field of ship delivery. And TOS is one of them! We have been for years. Because we know what it takes and we always deliver. No matter what. From strategic relocation, purchase of existing and new vessels or to moving your vessel in a one-off operation. Your destination is our challenge!
We understand this special world full of detailed preparation and planning, professional weather forecasting, technical and nautical knowledge, teamwork, problem solving capabilities and taking on responsibilities while enjoying the adventure! That makes us the perfect partner to deliver your ships anywhere around the globe.