Watch Your Weight While At Sea Warns Hutton’s Medical

Modern seafarers should keep an eye on their weight as well as the horizon to avoid storing up health problems, advises Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier which is calling for seafarers to make a conscious effort to switch to a healthier diet.

“Seafarers can easily become overweight if they load up on calories to get through long working shift patterns,” says John MacDonald, General Manager of Hutton’s Medical.
“They just load up with calories to get them through the day but that doesn’t do your body any good at all. The energy is stored as fat and you are setting yourself up for problems later in life,” he explains.

John says its not just ship owners and managers who need to change their attitudes to crew health by purchasing healthier foods, but individual seafarers themselves who can take more responsibility for their own health and diet.

High fat, high calorie, high cholesterol foods may taste nice but are inadvisable on a regular basis warns John: “Fried sausages, fried bacon in a sandwich, it’s lovely I’ll admit, I’ve done it myself – but it doesn’t do you any good in the long run!”

However, it seems the maritime community is beginning to embrace a healthier lifestyle: Hutton’s reports an increase in ships choosing to stock up on healthier foods. “Our chandlery division is supplying increased quantities of healthier and ethical food products,” reports Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor. “A number of ship managers and caterers are really taking welfare seriously and increasing the quantities of fruits and vegetables they order, in addition to reducing the amount of fatty foods onboard.”

Huttons reveals that:
• Sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco reduced by 50% over the past three years
• Fresh salad, fruit and vegetable orders increased by 10% over the past two years
• Some customers are now specifying free-range or low-fat foods
• The company has also noticed an increase in orders for the provision of fitness equipment onboard vessels.

Alex Taylor concludes: “There’s so much choice available now and a much greater awareness of the need to manage health for long-term benefit that we expect this market to continue to grow.”

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Ship Suppliers Raise Their Game As Clients Demand The Best

Today’s ship suppliers are raising their game to meet the needs of more discerning clients, says the UK’s leading ship supplier Hutton’s.

Hutton’s has noticed a recent step up in the expectations of clients who are increasingly requesting top notch supplies to meet higher onboard standards, notes Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Managing Director.

He says this call for quality is particularly loud in the burgeoning offshore industry – a sector which he believes has made a conscious decision to improve quality and safety standards over the years. “Many of the standards in the global offshore industry are driven by the high standards in the North Sea,” observes Alex.

Vessels often have to entertain clients onboard and want to ensure standards are maintained appropriately. “Good food on board can make all the difference,” says Alex. “You need to look after your guests. Engineers and Scientists might be on a ship which operationally does everything perfectly but if the chef served up the same dish every night then they are going to complain. “

“It’s not uncommon for some oil rig operators to order lobsters and fillet steaks as standard eating products,” says Alex although he acknowledges that budgets are becoming tighter in the current climate.

However the ship supply sector is coming under increased pressure to meet these needs while keeping costs down too. Alex notes that this increase in expectations of high quality produce is also being coupled with a squeeze on margins as operators look to save costs in today’s economic climate without cutting standards on board. “Whatever we supply we still have to keep costs competitive,” he says.

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Don’t Use Ship Suppliers As Bankers Warns Hutton’s

Ship suppliers are becoming unpaid bankers to the maritime industry according to the UK’s leading ship supplier, Hutton’s.

Late payment is too commonplace and adversely impacts on ship suppliers who are the “bottom of the payment chain”, according to Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor.

“People say the sector is being used as a banker and that’s right,” says Mr Taylor who has experience of clients stretching the limits when delaying bill payment. “You have the shipowner who potentially uses a ship manager as a bank, who then potentially uses an agent as a bank, who potentially uses the chandler as a bank,” he outlines, “but the problem is that the owner, the manager and the agent all understand the industry and accept this.

“In the meantime you have us and other chandlers who traditionally have always understood the way the industry operates but this late payment approach stops with us. It can go no further than the chandler because we’re at the bottom of the maritime chain. We are the ones that are affected and we end up bank rolling everyone higher up the chain to us.”

Mr Taylor explains: “We ship chandlers can’t drag our feet over payment because our suppliers are not in the maritime industry and they are simply not going to let it happen. It’s just not acceptable
in the real world – you’ve got to pay on time and that’s it, people don’t accept anything less.”

He says that the current economic climate is exacerbating this cashflow problem. “I think that’s because as the market has got more competitive people aren’t making the money that they used to do,” he says. “It comes down to the old adage that the money is better in my bank account than in other people’s.

“As a chandler we are at the bottom of the maritime pile and we are the last person to get paid. But our suppliers have strict 30-day payment terms and if you don’t pay within 30 days your account is stopped and they won’t trade with you again unless you keep in payment terms, but in this industry the managers and the owners seem to think it is acceptable and it’s not.”

Emphasising the point, Mr Taylor reveals: “We have customers who we are supplying who owe us money going back six months and this is unreasonable. You sit down with someone and you agree on a price and in that agreement you agree on payment terms. That price that has been agreed upon, that price is correct for paying within those terms. If someone wants to say they’re going to pay in 120 days then that’s fine and people can factor it into the prices and if a supplier doesn’t want to accept those terms they won’t do it and the customer can find someone who will. To agree to pay in 60 days and then stretch it out for months and months is underhand.”

Alex Taylor’s views chime with those of the International Shipsuppliers and Services Association (ISSA). President Jens Olsen has gone on record saying: “Late payment is a growing concern for ship chandlers in the world’s ports.”

Pointing out that late payment “remains a principal cause of concern on behalf of our members” Mr Olsen said: “We are working as an association to help our members.”

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Hutton’s Starts The New Year On A Positive Note

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has got the New Year off to a great start by winning a new contract worth almost six figures!

The company’s medical branch, Hutton’s Medical, has secured a contract to supply a large amount of Hospital equipment destined for the Middle East.

Hutton’s will be supplying Dutch company SIMED, which specialises in turnkey hospital solutions around the world, with a range of equipment from plasters to specialised sterile procedure kits for use in operating theatres.

The company will fulfill the contract next month (February) and will deliver it to Holland utilising one of its own vehicles from its recently expanded fleet.

John MacDonald, General Manager of Hutton’s Medical, said: “ 2010 looks like its going to be a very busy year of expansion for us as we have numerous projects about to take off.”

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Hutton’s MD Honoured In Business Awards

Alex Taylor, Managing Director of the UK’s leading ship supplier, Hutton’s, has been voted Young Businessperson of the Year during an influential regional awards ceremony last night.

The 30-year-old business man was awarded the accolade during “The Business” Awards, run by the Mail News and Media group at a glittering ceremony in Hull. Guests heard how Alex has helped to triple the turnover at Hutton’s in just four years and achieved a 300% boost in profits last year. “Alex Taylor has made Hutton’s a winner and is looking forward to even greater achievements in the post-recession era,” they were told.

And Hutton’s, which traces its history back more than 180 years, received further praise as a finalist in the Business Of The Year category, being described as a business which is “riding on the crest of a wave”.

After receiving his award Alex said: “I am delighted to see Hutton’s being recognised for its successes and for the dedication of its staff. We work hard to meet the needs of our many clients throughout the shipping industry and to source the products they need.”

Under his watchful eye, Hutton’s, which has offices throughout the UK and a headquarters building in Hull, East Yorkshire, has charted a course of continued growth, rising to a predicted annual turnover for this year of £7million. The company continues to develop despite the current recessionary trend and this year achieved record sales figures.

In addition, this year Hutton’s has made a number of strategic purchases and expansions to consolidate its coverage of UK ports. It recently purchased Milford Haven-based Pan Europe Ship Supply enabling it to service LNG tankers at this key terminal, and has just opened a new office in Great Yarmouth to facilitate its supply to the offshore industry there.

Alex Taylor took the helm of Hutton’s from his father Alan Taylor in 2006, having worked for the company for eight years. Chairman Alan said: “I am pleased that Alex is getting some recognition for the dedication he shows to the company. Hutton’s is in safe hands and the future looks secure with Alex. I am very proud of his efforts.”

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New Hutton’s Website Goes Live

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, is delighted to announce that it’s new website is now live and available for customers – www.huttons-chandlers.com

New features include the ability to browse the popular Hutton’s catalogue online. Customers can now view and turn pages from the comprehensive catalogue at the click of a mouse.

The new website has many exciting new features including video and audio links, as well as news and information about the latest products from Hutton’s.

Managing Director Alex Taylor says: “We have listened to feedback from customers and are confident that the new and improved website will more fully meet their needs. At Hutton’s we have a long history of service to the maritime industry and we are also ensuring we have a great future by keeping ahead of the game, up to date and being adaptable to our customer’s needs.”

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HUTTON’S OPENS ITS LARGEST UK DEPOT IN ABERDEEN

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26 October 2009

 

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 HUTTON’S OPENS ITS LARGEST UK DEPOT

 Britain’s leading ship supplier, Hutton’s, has responded to growing demand from the offshore oil and gas sectors by opening its biggest UK depot in Aberdeen. 

Hutton’s, which recently announced record sales figures, moved into the 13,000 sq ft (1300sq m) depot from a smaller 5,000 sq ft warehouse a month ago. 

Hutton’s need for expansion is a result of increased business from the offshore industry. 

The new facility is ideally located near Aberdeen harbour and provides Hutton’s with considerably increased capacity. In addition, the depot provides modern office space with up-to-date IT systems and hi-tech meeting facilities. Leased from the Harbour Board the unit is recently refurbished and houses 350 cu m of chilled and frozen freezer facilities and 382 ambient pallet places. 

Managing Director Alex Taylor explains: “This move is a great development for Hutton’s, both increasing our capacity and improving our facilities. It will result in the highest levels of quality and service for our customers. 

“We have invested in excess of £100,000 in the new warehouse and plan to invest an additional £250,000 in the next 12 months. Our Aberdeen branch opened only 3.5 years ago and starting from zero has built up an annual turnover of £2.5 million, making it the biggest of our branches in terms of sales,” he says.

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For Further Information Please Contact: 

Elaborate Communications: Debra Munford

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Website:

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Hutton’s Set To Open Largest Uk Depot

Britain’s leading ship supplier, Hutton’s, is set to open its biggest UK depot in Aberdeen next month.

Hutton’s, which recently announced record sales figures, is expanding it’s Aberdeen office into a larger 13,000 sq ft (1300sq m) depot providing state of the art facilities.

Hutton’s need for expansion is a result of increased business from the offshore industry.

The new facility is ideally located near Aberdeen harbour and boasts 13,000 sq ft of warehouse to provide Hutton’s with considerably increased capacity. In addition, the depot provides modern office space with up-to-date IT systems and hi-tech meeting facilities. Leased from the Harbour Board the unit is recently refurbished and houses 350 cubic metres of chilled and frozen freezer facilities and 382 ambient pallet systems.

Managing Director Alex Taylor explains: “This move is a great development for Hutton’s, both increasing our capacity and improving our facilities. It will result in the highest levels of quality and service for our customers.”

Members of the Maritime Press are cordially invited to attend an
Open Day at the new Hutton’s depot
at 10 Sinclair Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9PL
on Thursday October 22nd between 3pm and 7pm.

This will give you an opportunity to find out more about Hutton’s and to view the new warehouse and facilities, while enjoying a buffet and drinks.

To confirm your attendance at the Open Day please contact Debra Munford on 01296 682356 or email dmunford@elabor8.co.uk

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Hutton’s Nominated For Two Awards

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has been short-listed for two important regional awards.

The company, which traces its history back more than 180 years, has been short-listed for the Business of the Year award in this year’s “The Business” Awards, run by the Mail News and Media group.

And 30-year-old Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor is himself short-listed for the Young Businessperson of the Year category.

Responding to the news Alex said: “I am delighted to see Hutton’s being recognised for its successes and for the dedication of our staff. We work hard to meet the needs of our many clients throughout the shipping industry and to source the products they need.”

Hutton’s, which has offices throughout the UK and a headquarters building in Hull, East Yorkshire, has gone from strength to strength over recent years, rising to an annual turnover of more than £5.5million. The company continues to develop despite the current recessionary trend and recently announced record sales figures for the month of July – up by 37% on 2008 figures.

In addition, Hutton’s has made a number of strategic purchases and expansions to consolidate its coverage of UK ports. It recently purchased Milford Haven-based Pan Europe Ship Supply enabling it to service LNG tankers at this key terminal, and has just opened a new office at Great Yarmouth to facilitate its supply to the offshore industry there.

Alex Taylor took the helm of Hutton’s from his father Alan Taylor in 2006, having worked for the company for eight years. Chairman Alan said: “I am pleased that Alex is getting some recognition for the dedication he shows to the company. Hutton’s is in safe hands and the future looks secure with Alex. I am very proud of his efforts.”
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Notes to Editors
o Hutton & Co (Ships Chandlers) Ltd is one of the UK’s longest established marine suppliers and is the UK’s leading supplier to the maritime industry.
o With a history dating back to the 1800s, Hutton’s has provided a quality service to ships calling at UK ports for almost two centuries.
o Today Hutton’s boasts first class facilities and a fleet of state-of-the-art climate controlled vehicles which deliver a full range of food, technical and medical products to its global customers.
o 95% of the UK’s ports are within two hours’ drive of a Hutton’s branch.

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IS YOUR SHIP READY FOR THE WORLD’S BIGGEST KILLER?

Sept 9th, 2009
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Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer with over three million people dying each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). So with an ageing seafarer profile, concerns over lack of exercise and the need for healthy diet onboard ship, preventative action needs to be taken to ensure seafarers who suffer a heart attack have a good chance of survival as they wait for emergency medical care. 

Hutton’s Medical, the UK’s leading supplier of medical products for onboard ship, believes every ship should be equipped with a heart defibrillator as a matter of course. 

According to John MacDonald, General Manager of Hutton’s Medical, when a person suffers an SCA, their heart’s regular rhythm becomes chaotic or arrhythmic, which means it is not pumping blood around the body. Every minute that the heart is not beating lowers the odds of survival by 7% to 10%. After 10 minutes without defibrillation very few people survive. 

“We now supply the LIFEFORCE® marine defibrillator which is the first product of its type to be designed specifically for the marine environment and has been Type Approved by Germanischer Lloyd,” he says. 

“With a life saving medical device such as LIFEFORCE® onboard, you need to be sure that it will deliver the life saving care when needed. Even after many years in a marine environment LIFEFORCE® has been tested and approved to deliver this care,” he points out. 

With AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) located onsite, life saving care can be delivered almost immediately and studies in the US have shown that survival rates increase from 5% to over 70%. According to Martek Marine, manufacturers of the LIFEFORCE®, businesses often invest in the equipment after they have had a SCA incident occur, as they realise after the event how very real the chance of SCA happening is.

Given the number of crew and passengers onboard and the considerable amount of time and activity spent here, the chances of someone suffering cardiac arrest are very real. 

More than 300 ships have already been supplied with LIFEFORCE® in the past five months, protecting approximately 12,000 seafarers in the process.

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HUTTON’S OPENS NEW UK OFFICE IN GREAT YARMOUTH

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has responded to increased demand from the Offshore Oil and Gas industry by opening a new East Coast outlet.

The new office in Great Yarmouth offers Hutton’s full range of provisions and technical stores and will be responsible for the area from King’s Lynn to Harwich including the key ports Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Now open for business, the Hutton’s office is located on the docks at Great Yarmouth and is manned by Mark Norton in the role of Territory Sales Representative. Mark is well known in the Great Yarmouth area and brings with him a wealth of local knowledge as well extensive knowledge of the offshore market.

Jon Hickey, Hutton’s Sales Manager, says: “Great Yarmouth has strong links to the offshore industry and offshore wind farms. In the past three months business has increased with offshore support vessels berthing in Great Yarmouth for re-supply. We feel opening a local office will enable us to respond more quickly and effectively to this demand.”

Privately owned and operated since May 2007, the port at Great Yarmouth – known as EastPort UK – is a modern, multi-purpose facility integrating a new deep-water outer harbour with the well established river port.

Strategically located in the Southern North Sea the port has become a centre of excellence in the offshore energy sector and with the introduction of a new deep-water facility, the port can now facilitate larger offshore vessels. The port is the closest deep-water facility to Northern Europe and provides a gateway to and from Europe and beyond.

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