Hutton’s, the UK’s primary ship supplier, has established a supply network in West Africa through a new joint venture with leading Ghanaian ships chandler Remote Site Services.
Hutton’s Remote Site Services is a direct response to customer demand and increasing business and enables Hutton’s to provide European standards of quality and services, combined with local knowledge and experience.
Hutton’s has been working in West Africa for the past year but up until now it has been sending containers from the UK and sub-contracting to local chandlers. The new joint venture establishes a proper supply network to enable the company to supply a range of high-quality solutions in West Africa including chandlery, catering and logistics.
HRSS has established a supply base in Takoradi, Ghana, to service this developing offshore oil and gas port and the neighbouring port of Tema. It is staffed by 10 experienced and well-trained members of staff who provide a high quality service and are assisted by computer processes linked to Hutton’s UK operations. A second office has been established in the Ivory Coast with eight staff. Further offices will open over the coming months in Liberia, Equatorial Guinea and Angola.
Hutton’s Ghanaian services include secure storage facilities for an extensive range of provisions and chandlery items, handling of customer spares and consignments, stocks of European-quality products and deliveries via a fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles which are Unique in this part of the world.
Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “West Africa is a rapidly growing maritime area and Hutton’s is very excited to be working there. Through Hutton’s Remote Site Services we are embarking on a rapid expansion plan to develop a branch network to provide chandlery, catering and logistic solutions throughout the whole region.”
Notes to Editors:
• For more information see the website: www.huttons-rss.com
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to international shipping and the offshore industry.
• Earlier this year Hutton’s took over a large, new head office premises in Witty Street, Hull, and the company recently appointed a new General Manager (David Greenwood).