Thome’s Chairman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of the Thome Group, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tanker Shipping and Trade’s annual conference held in London on 20-21 November.

Looking back over his 50 years in the maritime industry, Mr Eek Thorstensen recalled the early days of third party ship management and how he realised that Thome could offer more efficient services to owners trading vessels in the Far East. So began Thome’s growth in that sector which continues to this day.

He also paid tribute to his staff recognising that the success of the Thome Group is not down to just one person and that every employee has contributed with dedication and hard work.

Looking to the future he predicted that, within the next 10 years, there would be fundamental changes in the structure of ship owning with an increase in vessels being owned by asset management companies which bodes well for third party ship managers as their expertise will be required to run these fleets.

In conclusion, he stated that he cherishes all his memories of working in such a dynamic industry and thanked the organisers for recognising him in this way.

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Thome Opens Fleet Operations Hub

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The Thome Group has opened a modern operations hub at its offices in Singapore to enhance the quality of its ship management services and reaction times to emergency responses.

The state-of-the-art facilities enables situational awareness for both duty-personnel and Thome’s crisis teams, providing high tech systems allowing remote tracking of individual ships in the fleet, passage planning, security risk assessment, weather routing, video conferencing, integrated vessel management system (NAU) implementation, and individual on-board CCTV remote monitoring by the hub.

“The Operations Hub means that we now have an even closer control of our managed fleet, offering our clients up to date information and even greater improvements in our ship management services. The monitoring capabilities provided by the hub will enable us to direct our managed fleet more efficiently saving time and improving our operational efficiency,” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, President and CCO of the Thome Group.

“Furthermore, in times of emergency we can react much more quickly and get faster and more accurate information about the situation in real time, allowing our crisis teams to make informed decisions on how to resolve any issues,” he continued.

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Thome Welcomes Singapore Government’s Possible Intervention to Support Marine and Offshore Sectors

Thome has welcomed the recent announcement by the minister of trade and industry S. Iswaran that the Singapore government is working in consultation with the marine and offshore engineering sectors, plus the region’s financial institutions, to review the possible need for measures to help them recover from the economic downturn prolonged by the recent slump in oil prices.

Government-backed loans are already provided which help small businesses deal with cash flow issues but the offshore sector has been particularly hard hit by the recession with thousands of job losses.

“A healthy marine industry is crucial to the Singapore economy and so it is good news that the government is taking a serious look at how it might help those sectors of the industry struggling to stay afloat.” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, President of the Thome Group.

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Solicitor And Master Mariner Joe Quain To Join Hill Dickinson’s International Shipping Team

Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce that Captain Joe Quain, formerly of Bentleys Stokes and Lowless, will be joining the firm as a partner in the Singapore office with effect from 1 September 2015 bringing the firm’s strength of Master Mariner lawyers to six in total.

His appointment will enhance the already impressive international standing of the shipping team in Singapore which achieved impressive results in the most recent Chamber’s rankings featuring in the top tier for shipping litigation and with recognition for all five of the current partners. Read more

Thome Ship Management Strengthens Its Presence In Norway

Thome Group, one of the world’s leading ship management companies, is pleased to announce that it has established a local presence in Norway by opening a new office in the premier shipping and ship-finance district of the nation’s capital, Oslo.

Norway is one of the premier ship-owning nations and its offshore fleet is the world’s second largest, which is why this marketplace is so important to Thome Group, which was established in Singapore 52 years ago.

The Thome Ship Management Norway AS office in Oslo is headed  by Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen, newly appointed director of business development, and Sverre Eikestøl, who supervises the management of Thome’s NIS flag vessels. Ditlev-Simonsen will build on business and relationships developed in Norway by Olav Eek Thorstensen and Claes Eek Thorstensen.

Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen is a Norwegian native with extensive international shipping experience who will source business in the Norwegian market, in addition to serving key shipping markets in Europe and the United States. He said: “In today’s digitalised economy, the value of personal relations and local presence in shipping and offshore markets is increasingly important and having this office in Oslo will provide us with a valuable local base for our service provision.”

He added: “Ever-increasing international requirements related to safety, quality, crew competence and efficiency, together with a need to lower costs, have resulted in a rapid rise in the demand for third party ship management. Thome’s combination of personal contact, high standards and scale-based efficiencies places us as the forefront of our industry.”

Presently Thome Group manages vessels across all sectors, including 30 NIS flag vessels. Sverre Eikestol commented: “With the new and ongoing initiatives by the Norwegian Maritime Authority, and in case of a positive outcome of the Norwegian Government’s review of the NIS flag trading area restrictions, owners’ interest in registering vessels under NIS flag may increase.”

Thome Group Chief Executive Officer Olav Nortun said the establishment of the Norwegian office, which will be officially launched during Nor-Shipping, is a significant step forward for Thome Group. Our business is developing rapidly across the globe as an increasing number of ship owners recognise the benefits of our professional services and relationship oriented approach. We feel confident that the new office in Norway will further reaffirm our long-term commitment to the important Norwegian shipping cluster”.

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Notes To Editors:

Contacts details of Thome Group’s Norwegian office:

Thome Ship Management Norway AS

Dronning Mauds Gate 1, 0250 Oslo, Norway

Mobile: (47) 9017 1860

Email: sverre.ditlev-simonsen@thome.com.sg