Hutton’s Group, the international ship supply specialist, is expanding northwards. The company has this week opened a new branch office in Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Isles – the northernmost part of Britain some 170km (110 miles) north east of the Scottish mainland.

Shetland is a developing centre for the offshore oil and gas industry, located at the crossroads of the North Sea and the north east Atlantic Ocean. Lerwick port is strategically well-placed to enable Hutton’s to provide ship supply services to operators in both areas.

Hutton’s has a great deal of expertise in the offshore oil and gas sectors, particularly from its busy branch at Aberdeen. Now the group is bringing this professionalism to Shetland in response to requests from existing and new customers who want to benefit from Hutton’s high level of service in this remote location.

Hutton’s Lerwick branch will be supported by the group’s Aberdeen site via a daily ferry service. The branch will provide a range of ship supply services in Shetland and the Orkney Islands including: provisions, technical or industrial products and medical, as well as logistic & agency services.

Laurence Smith, Hutton’s sales representative who will head the Lerwick branch, brings to his role many years’ experience working within Shetland’s ship agency and oil and gas logistics sectors. Laurence’s customer -focused approach sits well with Hutton’s pledge to provide a reliable ship supply service in this developing maritime sector.

Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Managing Director, said: “This is an important move for the Hutton’s Group. We are growing fast within this sector of ship supply and believe opening this new branch in this developing centre for the oil and gas industry will help us to meet increasing national and international demand for our quality services.”

Hutton’s Lerwick address is: Hutton & Co (Ships Chandlers) Ltd, Unit 5.2 Office 4, Toll Clock Centre, 26 North Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0PE For more information about Hutton’s services in Lerwick please contact: Laurence Smith on email:


Leading ship supplier The Hutton’s Group has strengthened its Aberdeen logistics team with the appointment of a new Branch Manager.

Kirstene Wilson starts work today at the firm’s Sinclair Road depot, having completed a week’s induction training at Hutton’s head office in Hull.

Ms Wilson brings to her new role years of experience in both the retail, wholesale and logistics sectors, having worked previously for Makro and Strachan’s.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “I am pleased to welcome Kirstene to the Hutton’s Group and believe her knowledge of the Aberdeen shipping sector will be a great asset to our busy branch, which specialises particularly in supplying the growing offshore industry.”

Hutton’s Supports Youth Charity

International ship supply expert Hutton’s is to provide vital medical support to a dedicated charity which is helping to change the lives of hundreds of young people.

Hutton’s will provide medical certification, lifesaving medicines and equipment to CatZero, a hull-based sail-training charity which was established following previous involvement in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The Humber area has up to twice the national average of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).  These potentially vulnerable young people are more at risk from significant health and social problems and are up to three times more likely to become lawbreakers.

CatZero provides an innovative, dynamic and cost-effective solution to the problems associated with unemployed young people in the area, with an exceptionally high rate of success and a sustainable programme for future development.

Working on both sides of the Humber, the charity’s 2014 programme includes:

· Helping the transition for year 6 pupils moving from Primary to Secondary School

· Preparation for years 10/11 pupils moving from Secondary School into work or further training

· Specialist courses for 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training

· Programmes for 18-28 year olds not in education, employment or training

· Entrepreneurship programmes for 18-24 year olds looking to start in business.

John MacDonald, Hutton’s Medical General Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this very worthy and life-changing charity which offers training and guidance for young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, who need help to function in the adult world after school.”

John and his team will monitor CatZero’s medical inventory, keeping track of expiry dates and replacing items as they go out of date throughout the year, as well as supplying the team with medical equipment.

CatZero works with the most hard to reach young people through the delivery of innovative youth development training programmes. These programmes include training sessions, introduction to employment and education opportunities and links to local community activities, leading to a sailing challenge on board the charity’s 72 foot Challenge Racing Yacht called CatZero.

CatZero uses sailing to take young people outside their comfort zone, putting them into a unique challenging situation which looks at how they perform. The young people form two groups (watches) working on a four hour on, four hour off rota alongside two professional crew and volunteers. Each watch carries out key functions to enable the vessel to complete its voyage, including: navigator, engineer, cleaner, cook and team leader.

A CatZero spokesman said: “Sailing brings you back to fundamentals. Spending time on a boat seems to bring out the best in human nature. Sharing the experience with colleagues or complete strangers, working through challenges, experiencing the thrills and discovering strengths you didn’t know you had.”

Hutton’s Reports Increased Water Sales

Water is very much on everyone’s minds at present – whether you are suffering the effects of recent floods, snowstorms or droughts.

Surprisingly this increased interest is also being reflected in rising sales of bottled water.

Hutton’s Group, the UK’s leading ship supplier, reports sales of bottled water are up 30% on last year’s figures.

The Hull-based supplier to the international shipping industry says this January alone it sold almost 40,000 large bottles of still water and nearly 20,000 small bottles with sales of sparkling water (particularly popular with eastern European customers) growing too. In fact January’s sales equate to more than 13,000 litres of water – a positive deluge!

Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Group Managing Director, attributes this increase to a growing awareness of health living and the industry-wide deterrence of alcohol onboard ships.  He said: “We are getting clear signals from our customers that their crews want to live a healthy lifestyle while on board and we think this increase in requests for bottled water reflects this desire. I also think the portability aspect of a bottle of water is having an impact too – seafarers want to have clean water at their fingertips while they are working.”

With health in mind, Hutton’s also stocks a variety of water filtration products including the anti-legionella safe shower head which it also reports increasing sales for. The showerheads are treated with antimicrobial coating and use a filter to remove any legionella from the water.

Hutton’s Medical General Manager John MacDonald said: “We have fitted these shower heads in a range of vessels for our customers and they are proving popular as they remove the bacteria without the need to take the shower heads off to disinfect them. As well as saving time and labour, they have a proven health benefit which is essential when you are out of sea and miles from medical assistance.”

Hutton’s Group Strengthens Its Management Team

With ambitious business development plans for 2014, UK leading ship supplier Hutton’s has invested in new core management positions to take its growing business forward.

The Hutton’s Group has appointed a new Commercial Manager, Business Development Manager and Warehouse & Transport Manager to enhance its already successful enterprise which last year recorded a group turnover of £14million.

Joining Hutton’s as Commercial Manager is Shaun Casey who brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role and comes to us from RMS Trent Ports where he was Operations Manager. Responsible for developing the Customer Service and Operations departments, Shaun will focus on ensuring all Hutton’s customers experience 100% service and aims to streamline the operational path from customer enquiry to delivery.

Colin Greetham joins as Business Development Manager. Declaring himself to be “one hundred per cent committed to customers” Colin specialises in increasing sales and new business. His previous roles have included Sales Manager for Marine Safety Equipment and Industrial products.

Colin will be responsible for identifying and targeting new business opportunities within the Hutton’s core UK chandlery division.

Hutton’s huge stockholding and logistics facility is the heart of the business and is now in the hands of highly experienced logistics expert Dominic Smith who joins as Warehouse & Transport Manager. Dominic, who previously worked for international logistics providers including DHL, will bring his wealth of experience in just-in-time logistics to Hutton’s and will focus particularly on enhancing the functionality of Hutton’s vast stockholding and logistics services, ensuring orders are right first time, every time.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome these three experienced professionals to Hutton’s. Their appointments form part of Hutton’s exciting development plans and will assist us in strengthening our business. We are determined to ensure our existing customer receive the highest level of service while, as part of an ambitious global expansion strategy we will also be targeting new business opportunities within the UK and overseas. We are investing significantly to grow our Offshore Renewable, Medical and Global Divisions along with enhancing our core UK Chandlery business to ensure that Hutton’s remains the market leader.”

Hutton’s Group Expands Its Renewables Service

Hutton’s Group – the UK’s leading ship supplier – is expanding its Renewables Division to better service the growing offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

Hutton’s Renewables has relocated to larger quayside premises in the centre of Great Yarmouth’s vibrant maritime community in order to expand its stock holding capabilities and support services for the East Coast windfarm developments and offshore oil and gas facilities. With its deepwater harbour, Great Yarmouth is situated within 100 miles of one of the world’s largest concentrations of offshore renewable projects.

Opening soon, Hutton’s new premises in South Dene’s Road provide a unique 200 metres of  quay-side loading area as well as 500 sq metres of warehouse space and more than 200 sq metres of yard storage.

Hutton’s will supply its full range of services including chandlery provisions, logistics, energy and medical services from the new facility which is ideally situated to supply this developing maritime sector. The company is employing new staff to meet customer needs and increasing order levels.

Rob Ludlum, Hutton’s Renewables Division manager, explains: “This is a great development for Hutton’s and our offshore shipping and renewable industry customers. Our new location facilities and range of services will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for their full requirements.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to offer the unique resource of having our own quay, capable of accepting vessels up to 100 metres long with a minimum water depth of 3.8metres. This facility will enable us to work more closely with our customers to provide a full range of services.”

Hutton’s Group, which recently announced the strengthening of its management team, is predicting further growth during 2014 as the company expands further within the marine marketplace.

Hutton’s Adjusts To Meet Customer Demand

Customer service and meeting fast-moving international deadlines are at the heart of a head office reorganisation by Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier.

Hutton’s has developed a centralised Customer Services department at its headquarters in Hull.

Bringing together staff skilled in sales, accounts and client liaison, Hutton’s highly trained and knowledgeable Customer Services team will assist all its customers with any sales or technical enquiries they may have. They are able to respond to enquiries relating to any UK delivery location or port as well as handling orders for offshore industry clients based in Norway or the North Sea.

Hutton’s Customer Services department can be reached by dialling just one telephone number or sending one email, making it quick and easy to reach – +44 (0)1482 324093 or email:

The reorganisation comes as a result of feedback from customers who expressed a desire to simplify the order process. Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Managing Director, explained: “At Hutton’s we are constantly developing our services and product range to ensure we meet the highest expectations of our customers. We are very responsive to customers’ needs as well as being at the forefront of ship supply industry developments.

“This new department will simplify the ordering process and ensure quotes are handled quickly and accurately. We know our customers already see us as a one-stop-shop for their ship supply needs and we believe they will appreciate this streamlining of services.”

Hutton’s has been providing its quality services to ships calling at UK ports for more than 180 years. Today the company boasts first-class facilities and a fleet of state-of-the-art climate controlled vehicles which deliver a full range of provisions and technical products to international customers via all the major UK ports.

Investments in the latest technology, additional warehousing and modular freezers have enabled us to further increase the range of products we hold on stock. Hutton’s is now able to offer our customers a wide selection of products including ethnic foods, particularly Scandinavian, and specialist items.

Hutton’s also specialises in the supply of marine and offshore medical supplies, offering a management service for vessel medical supplies to ensure stocks are maintained at safe levels, any expired medicines are removed promptly, and onboard medical stores meet SOLAS, IMO and Flag State requirements.

Hutton’s comprehensive branch network provides logistic solutions through its nationwide network of warehouses and transport fleets. These include storage, distribution, and a full logistics service for international shipping and the handling of spares and goods in transit.

The company is developing fast, particularly in the Offshore sector where it is supplying customers involved in all aspects of the offshore renewables and windfarm sectors.

Alex Taylor said: “We are dedicated to providing cost effective and timely ship supply solutions and our approach is very much appreciated by our worldwide clients.”

Notes To Editors:

• Hutton’s can be found at Nor-Shipping on stand number: C03- 04a

Hutton’s Achieves Important International Standards

Leading international ship supplier, Hutton’s, has achieved important international accreditations to benefit customers and its staff.

UK-based Hutton’s has been awarded International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) quality management standard ISO9001, environmental management standard ISO14001 and British occupational health and safety standard (OHSAS)18001 after several months of dedicated work to ensure its services and systems meet and exceed global expectations.

Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “These accreditations are a very important endorsement of our approach to ship supply and in particular our customer-focussed approach. I congratulate all our staff on helping Hutton’s to achieve these standards.”

Business auditors recognised Hutton’s high levels of customer satisfaction and retention and the dedication of its highly motivated employees during the assessment process. The environmental award recognised Hutton’s commitment to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment and its ability to comply with environmental regulations. Hutton’s has put in place robust systems to avoid food spoilage and wastage.

Being a maritime company Hutton’s has a keen dedication to health and safety procedures and its comprehensive policies to control health and safety risks, both in the preparation and management of food products and the operation of its warehouses and offices around the UK, led to its earning the OHSAS 18001 award.

Tracey Rowley, Hutton’s Quality, Safety & Environmental Manager said: “It has taken a great deal of time and effort to refine our procedures and assist the auditors in their assessment of Hutton’s and we are pleased to be in the unique position of achieving three important business standards at the same time. With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s continues to provide the highest standards to our customers.


Notes to Editors:

· Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the offshore industry.

· Having the UK’s largest branch network ensures that most of the UK’s ports are no more than two hours from a Hutton’s depot.

Hutton’s Helps Support The 2012 London Olympic Spirit

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, is playing its part in supporting the London 2012 Olympic Games. Hutton’s is the official supplier to the Clipper Stad Amsterdam which is home to an array of Dutch team supporters and official Dutch events during the Games.

Stad Amsterdam serves as the hospitality home base for guests of Randstad Netherlands, the Dutch Olympic Committee, the City of Amsterdam, Ernst & Young, Pon and Aegon. As well as hosting business meetings, the high-profile vessel provides guests with a range of hospitality including high teas, dinners and lunches prepared on board by the resident chefs.

Using its fleet of state-of-the-art climate-controlled vehicles, Hutton’s is supplying Stad Amsterdam daily with a range of provisions and supplies to help its 30-strong international crew host up to three receptions a day on the 76 metre-long vessel with its three mast square rig boasting 31 sails.

The range of products supplied includes locally-sourced top-quality ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables from London’s Covent Garden market, fresh fish direct from Billingsgate market and meat from a local butcher, as well as specialist chocolates, flowers, Dutch foods and celebratory items like Dutch-flagged cocktail sticks and Heineken glasses.

Jon Hickey, Hutton’s Sales Manager, said: “This is a lovely and unique vessel to supply and it’s great to be able to play a part in helping our Dutch visitors enjoy these fantastic Olympic Games. Let’s hope the medals role in for their team too!”

Amanda Jonathans, Hotel Manager for the Stad Amsterdam said: “The Olympics is our biggest program of this year. During this extremely busy and demanding period, Hutton’s has worked very well with us. The products they are delivering and their services are high quality and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Notes to Editors:
• Photograph of the Stad Amsterdam alongside West India Quay in London is attached (low resolution). A high resolution (7mb) version is available on request.
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the international shipping and the offshore industry.
• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s has the largest UK branch network and has recently expanded to offer a high-standard supply service in West Africa.

Hutton’s Announces New Joint Venture

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:
• 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).

Hutton’s Appoints General Manager

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has appointed a General Manager to work at its new head office in Hull, England.

David Greenwood brings to Hutton’s a wealth of experience having been responsible for running international logistics and supply operations for almost 20 years.

He has been responsible for start-ups, growth and change management and operations for companies such as UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Tibbett & Britten and Whitbread. More recently he managed the food and non-food supply chain for the MoD into Iraq during the Gulf War, and since 2009 he has successfully managed a ship chandler company in Dubai, UAE.

David, who joined Hutton’s on March 1st, will assume responsibility for the overall day-to-day management of Hutton’s, enabling Managing Director Alex Taylor to focus on the company’s overseas projects and new ventures.

Alex Taylor said: “David’s international experience of shipchandling and indeed the logistics and supply chain will bring an added dimension to the already strong management team at Hutton’s.”

David Greenwood said: “I am proud to have joined Hutton’s and I look forward to helping the company to further enhance its customer service and the comprehensive range of services we offer to the market.”

Notes to Editors:
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.
• Hutton’s recently took over a large new head office premises in Witty Street, Hull, incorporating 3,000sqft of frozen and chilled warehousing, four temperature-controlled dock levellers and a customs-approved bonded warehouse
• Photograph of David Greenwood available

Hogmanay High For Hutton’s Edinburgh Branch

Hutton’s central Scotland branch will see the New Year in sparkling new premises!

Hutton’s has moved to a larger distribution and office premises in Edinburgh with modern facilities and increased freezer capacity.

Branch Manager, Andy Robertson says: “The new facilities are perfectly located to service all east and west coast Scottish ports and will enable us to give an even better service to our customers.”

The Edinburgh branch with its team of four staff, serves central Scotland from Hunterston, Greenock & Glasgow in the west to Dundee, Leith & Grangemouth in the east. Customers range from vessels associated with the offshore oil and gas industry to bulk carriers. In addition the office is a Unitor stockist and distributor.

Customers are advised that the new address and telephone numbers are:
Unit 1, 23 Dunedin Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4JG.
Tel: 0131 557 5550 and Fax: 0131 557 5551

Growing Hutton’s Moves To New Headquarters

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has moved into a large new head office and warehouse facility to accommodate the company’s growing business.

Located in Witty Street, Hull, the new double-sized unit is called Dianthus House and has access straight onto the A63 and national motorway network, along with being strategically located for access to Europe overnight via the Hull to Rotterdam ferry. The large new facility provides increased storage, warehousing and logistics facilities along with larger administration offices.

Managing Director Alex Taylor says: “This is an exciting time for us and an important step to prepare for our next ten years of business. We look forward to many years of success in our new, larger premises.”

The new premises has plenty of room to accommodate Hutton’s extensive stock list and boasts:
• 3,000 sq mtrs of warehousing
• 1,500 cu mtrs of freezer and chilled storage, packing, delivery and loading areas
• secure bonded warehouse
• tailor-made office space
• filing and storage facilities
• meeting rooms and staff areas

Customers are advised that the Hutton’s sales lines will remain the same:
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 324093 Email:

Hutton’s dominant role in the UK’s marine supply industry is demonstrated by its sales figures which continue to exceed expectations. June and July both recorded monthly sales in excess of one million and the annual turnover is anticipated to reach seven figures – up more than £3million on 2010 results. In particular the company is benefiting from the offshore boom, supplying a wide range of offshore support vessels in the North Sea and Humberside region.

Alex Taylor said: “We believe these figures demonstrate that our dedication to providing cost-effective and timely ship supply solutions is an approach very much appreciated by our world-wide clients.”

Notes to Editors:

• Hutton’s new address is:
             DIANTHUS HOUSE,
               WITTY STREET,
                    HU3 4TT
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.

• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s ensures the highest standards are provided to customers from its extensive branch network.

• Having the UK’s largest branch network ensures that most of the UK’s ports are no more than two hours from a Hutton’s depot.

• In recent years Hutton’s has acquired a number of related businesses including Pembroke and London-based Lars Knutsen & Clode


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Workplace First Aid: Is Your Kit Up To Date?

Leading ship supplier Hutton’s is warning UK-based customers to ensure their workplace first aid kits comply with latest legislation. New standards for workplace first aid kits have been introduced this summer and will become mandatory from January 1st 2012.

The British Standard Workplace First Aid Kits – BS8599 – take into account revised first aid training protocols, heightened concerns about infection control and technological advances. The standards apply to all UK workplaces and replace BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) kits numbers BHTA-HSE 10, 20 and 50.

UK Law states that employers must ensure that adequate and appropriate first aid equipment and facilities are provided to enable first-aid to be rendered to employees if they are injured or become ill at work.

The new kits are available in four sizes – small, medium, large and a travel kit – and have good quantities of essential items such as plasters, gloves and wipes which was a common criticism of the old kits. In addition they include new items like gel dressings for burns, adhesive tape and a foil emergency blanket. For the first time they include a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation device which incorporates a one-way valve to protect the first aider from infection from body fluid pathogens.

Hutton’s Medical General Manager John MacDonald says: “The new British Standard First Aid Kits are the only safe way for UK employers to ensure they meet their obligations.”

Hutton’s stocks a full range of BS8599 compliant first aid kits. For more information telephone: 01482 324093
Notes to Editors:
• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.

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Vector Signs Exclusive Medical Contract

Huttons has signed an exclusive contract to supply medical equipment and to provide annual survey services for Vector Offshore Limited.

Vector’s fleet of offshore support vessels operates out of Aberdeen and each uniquely carries two Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft (ARRC) which are capable of operating on their own, putting the company at the cutting edge of rescue and recovery in the North Sea.

Hutton’s will deliver directly to the vessels as needed on a seven-day a week, 24hours a day basis as required.

In addition, Hutton’s will ensure the ships’ medical stores are up to date and comply with relevant regulations and will provide a removal service for out of date medicines.

Craig Warburton, HSE Advisor for Vector Offshore, explains they chose Hutton’s to supply directly to their vessels: “As the Master of the vessel is ultimately responsible for the safe keeping of controlled drugs and maintaining stores onboard at the recommended level, removing the office from the chain simplifies matters”.

John MacDonald, Hutton’s Medical General Manager, said: “We are delighted that Hutton’s is able to meet Vector’s individual requirements. We are always happy to provide tailor-made services for our clients to suit their needs.”

Hutton’s Medical specialises in supplying a wide range of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to the shipping and offshore industries and holds appropriate Home Office and Wholesale Dealer licenses.

John explains: “Ensuring a ship’s medical requirements and supplies are always up to date is a necessary and legal obligation for the well-being of those onboard and the denial of essential medical treatment can have very serious legal implications.

“Staff at Hutton’s Medical are fully conversant with the latest marine medical legislation and can provide an inspection, stock replenishment and certification service of a ship’s medical locker anywhere in the world to ensure that customers’ legal requirements are always maintained,” he said.

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Hutton’s MD adds ‘young’ blood to BASS Council

Fresh blood and forward-thinking ideas are two of the key elements Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor is hoping to bring to the table as the newest, and youngest, member of the British Ship Suppliers Association’s (BASS) Council.

Mr Taylor, who has just turned 32, believes he is probably the youngest-ever serving BASS councillor, but he plans to turn his age to his advantage.

He was voted onto the council at the association’s AGM and luncheon this week, almost 30 years to the day that his father, Alan, joined the same board.

“I think the shipping industry in general is changing at a very fast pace at the moment, and so I think any organisation needs a good mix of older, experienced people on it with some younger members who join with younger ideas, a fresh approach, and who are a bit more in tune with the direction the market is going,” he said.

“It is also about getting as wide a spectrum of companies as possible on the council, and I come from a very established company, one of the biggest players in the UK. At the same time I am very much in tune with way the market is going.”

Like other councillors, Mr Taylor will serve three years before being given the opportunity to be re-elected for a further three years.
He has already identified several key issues he would like to tackle including raising the profile of BASS.

“The way I see it is, this is a very exclusive club for quality suppliers in Britain. It’s a case of maintaining the values so it legitimises the industry and we can use it to promote itself.
“That is a key point I am going to be pushing across during my time on the Council. I am keen to promote the association to ensure the wider shipping industry understands its importance.

“We need to ensure that the name is being pushed all the time – at every trade show and every conference, in the press, and also spend more time in workshops and on round table discussions with other trade associations.”

The promotion, he says, is even more crucial with London hosting the 2013 annual Convention of the International Ship Suppliers Association (ISSA).

“It is a great opportunity in a number of ways,” he said. “It is a great way for Britain to get on the world map and for BASS to get involved with that and to promote companies not to just those within the shipping industry but to people outside of it.”

No decision has yet been announced as to where the Convention will be held in London but Mr Taylor is keen to assist in the preparations and is looking forward to regular BASS meetings to plan proceedings.

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Are You Paying Too Much For Logistics?

Hidden delivery costs can add thousands to stores loading, warns Alex Taylor, Managing Director of Hutton’s, who has added a new section to the company’s website to help customers take account of likely additional charges when they arrange deliveries at particular ports.

“Due to legislation like ISPS and Health and Safety regulations there are an increasing number of restrictions on suppliers being able to deliver direct to vessels, especially to tankers in terminals where most deliveries are made by barge. These barge costs can be very high and add a large ‘hidden’ cost to their stores budgets,” he warns.

“When placing orders we are concerned that many customers just look at the cost of the stores and do not take into account the additional cost of transport to the vessel. But I have heard of cases where the cost of barge delivery has been as high as $10,000!

“For example, Rotterdam is a major hub for ship stores and is well known for it’s competitive chandlers but many deliveries require the use of a barge and barges in Rotterdam are very expensive and can result in huge bills which are often hidden in the Ship’s Agent’s disbursement account. I want to ensure that Hutton’s customers are aware of these problems so that they can plan accordingly – either to avoid barge transfer or to take account of it.”

Acting to help customers with important information about loading costs at various UK ports, Hutton’s has added a new table to its website which advises customers of any supply restrictions on UK berths. Alex Taylor explains: “We are keen to assist our customers to minimise their supply chain costs.”

Alex points out that UK ports do not always suffer these problems and often allow supplying from a truck, even in oil terminals. He advises: “Many berths at oil terminals in Tees, Milford Haven and Immingham do not require barges which can reduce the overall supply ‘bottom line’.”

To view the new delivery chart table go to the Hutton’s website:

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PRESS RELEASE – embargoed to 00.01am Wednesday September 1st
For Immediate Release 1 September 2010
Ref: 1053

Hutton’s has announced its acquisition today of ship supply company Lars Knutsen & Clode in a move which further enhances Hutton’s position as the UK’s leading ship supplier, with a national network able to supply all British ports.

Established in South Wales more than 100 years ago, Lars Knutsen & Clode (LKC) has a strong history in ship supply. The company’s network boasts 8,000 sq ft of warehouse facility in Pembrokeshire with full bond, ambient, freezer and chilled facilities and Unitor stock which is superbly placed to supply Pembroke and the Milford oil and gas industry, South Wales and South West UK. In addition its 3,500 sq ft of warehousing in London with full bond, ambient, freezer and chilled facilities is ideally positioned on the Thames to supply London, Harwich, Dover and South East UK.

With a turnover of £4.5million and a client base which includes James Fisher, Fastnet Ferries, Irish Ferries and Gulf Offshore, LKC is a successful company with 16 staff including Managing Director David Thompson, descendant of the company’s founder, who will remain onboard in a sales development role and be fully involved in incorporating LKC into the Hutton’s business model.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “This latest acquisition will further strengthen Hutton’s position in Wales and the South of England, providing Hutton’s with additional bases to supply ships in the local ports. This addition will benefit our customers and further increase our buying power and logistics network.”

This is the fourth acquisition for Hutton’s in the past five years. The company previously purchased Admiral Marine’s Edinburgh office in 2005, Marine & Offshore Medical Supplies (rebranded Hutton’s Medical) in 2005 and Pan Europe in 2009. In addition, organic growth has led to the opening of an Aberdeen branch in 2006, with further expansion at this location in 2009.

Alex Taylor added: “Over this five year period Hutton’s turnover has increased from £2.5 million to £7.5 million and, with the addition of LKC’s £4.5 million turnover, we are set to have an annual turnover of at least £12 million which secures Hutton’s future.”
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Notes to Editors:

• Hutton’s has developed as the UK’s one-stop shop facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.

• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s ensures the highest standard are provided to customers fromits branch network covering all UK ports.

• Having the UK’s largest branch network ensures that most of the UK’s ports are no more than 2 hours from a Hutton’s depot.

• Hutton’s boasts first class facilities and a fleet of state-of-the-art climate controlled vehicles which deliver a full range of food and technical products to customers.

• Hutton’s will be exhibiting at the forthcoming IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association) event in London from September 15th to 16th.

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Hutton’s Agrees Partnership With Inov8 Science Ltd

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has agreed a partnership with air disinfection company Inov8 Science Ltd to become sole UK shipping and offshore industry distributor of its innovative air disinfection system which helps to prevent the airborne spread of a wide range of fungus, viruses and bacteria, including norovirus.

John MacDonald, General Manager of Hutton’s Medical says: “Hutton’s is at the forefront of improving seafarer health and when a product comes along which has such a drastic positive impact we have no hesitation in putting our resources behind it. This device is being used in UK hospitals to help prevent outbreaks of infection and it has the potential to become invaluable aboard ships too. In fact Hutton’s is so impressed by the product that we are installing one in our head office to prevent the spread of colds.”

The maritime benefit’s of Inov8’s Air Disinfection (AD) unit include:
• Reduced outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships
• Improving seafarer health and offshore workers health in enclosed working environments
• Reduced loss of working time due to illness

The system is already in global use, including in clinics and hospitals throughout the UK and Mecca in Saudi Arabia, in commercial offices worldwide and in Government buildings in Bahrain. The AD air disinfection system was a winner in the 2009 Smart Solutions Programme for the UK NHS. Inov8 Science Ltd is currently conducting further tests specifically relevant to the shipping industry.

Keith Esdon, Inov8’s Central Support Manager, explains how the system works: “Operating within enclosed spaces, the unit takes in the surrounding air before combining it with olefin (a natural compound responsible for the scent of plants and flowers) to create hydroxyl radicals (OH).This is a natural process but doesn’t usually take place within a contained environment because the component parts (a required mixture of ozone and plant olefins) are not present. We effectively duplicate the process that goes on outside within our machines.”

He continues: “Hydroxyl radicals take hydrogen from the proteins that make the cell walls of viruses and bacteria. They puncture the cell walls and render the virus mechanisms useless. In effect they change the way viruses work by altering their ability to do what they do. So our machine can effectively destroy the airborne viruses and bacteria in an enclosed environment like a ship.”

Inov8 says that within approximately one hour the unit can make a room 99.9% free of biological airborne material. The UK’s National Health Service estimates that around 30% of infections are caught via airborne methods of transfer.

Notes to Editors:
• Hutton’s provides the UK’s ‘one-stop shop’ facility providing the full range of products and services to the International Shipping and the Offshore Industry.
• With a history dating back almost 200 years, Hutton’s ensures the highest standard are provided to customers from its large branch network covering all UK ports.
• Inov8, the air disinfection company, will shortly release a study paper which it says confirms the link between airborne pathogens and infection rates in hospitals. This will also be presented during the Health Protection Agency conference at Warwick University in September 2010.

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Hutton’s Weathers Maritime Recession At Posidonia

Hutton’s, the UK’s leading ship supplier, has demonstrated it is weathering the maritime industry recession by recording year end figures which exceeded its target and are 23% up on last year’s figures.

The company reports that its annual sales for 2009-10 were above its £7.2 million target. Sales for the previous year amounted to £5.6 million.

Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “This is an exceptional achievement made possible by the hard work and dedication from all the Hutton’s team. Hutton’s continues to go from strength to strength.”

Key areas contributing to the Hutton’s rise in sales have been the growth in its supply of the offshore and windfarm markets particularly in the ports of Aberdeen, Leith, Great Yarmouth and Tees, and the opening of the new LNG terminal at The Dragon in Milford Haven, where Hutton’s, last year expanded its business by acquiring former Pan Europe Ship Supply Ltd.

Alex Taylor believes the company’s adaptability and willingness to meet customer’s needs is key to its survival: “We know our customers are having to watch their budgets and we are striving to supply goods at the best possible prices without reducing quality. We have seen some reductions in the number of more luxury goods being purchased – like chocolate for example – but overall we are seeing a commitment from ship owners and managers to maintaining a healthy and happy onboard regime for their crews at this time.”

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