On 31st August, Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM), has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Seacon Shipping Group, that will see the Qingdao-based company’s Chinese-owned and operated vessels managed as clients out of CSM’s Greece office.
n particular, this cooperation agreement, includes all vessel types with a particular focus on Chinese owned LPG, LNG and Product Tankers.
As part of the agreement, the Columbia Group, will also provide all maritime, logistics, renewable and leisure services to Seacon Shipping.
Both companies will use the cooperation agreement to maximise existing and potential synergies as well as leverage the Columbia Group Service Platforms and client networks to optimise the operating performance of the vessels under management.
By utilising the digital power of our highly effective industry-leading Performance Optimisation Control Room coupled with our group-wide digital technology, we will be able to drive enhanced value to Seacon Shipping’s bottom line.
..said Mark O’Neil, President and CEO of the Columbia Group.
The Seacon Shipping vessels will be managed by our Greece office while CSM Shanghai will continue to operate separately and independently focusing on Chinese clients managed out of China.
Zhao Yong | President of Seacon Ships Management Group added “The cooperation between the two sides is not only the complementary of resources, technology, personnel, etc., but also the integration of Eastern and Western management culture and management concepts. The combination of the two sides will elevate SEACON’s concept of “international standards and local advantages” to a new altitude and bring new momentum to the development of the global shipping industry.
As informed, in the future, the cooperation will integrate the superior resources and technical strength of the two sides, strengthen the digital management and intelligent control system of ship operations, improve the benefit and efficiency of ship operations management, fill the gap in domestic high-end comprehensive maritime services, and provide higher-quality and more efficient services for Chinese customers.”