Denmark-based LPG shipowner Lauritzen Kosan has handed over crew management for all its gas carriers to OSM Maritime Group.
The agreement covers 26 refrigerated ethylene, semi-refrigerated and pressurised gas carriers. Copenhagen-based OSM will manage the crew agency contract out of its Manila office and is already looking for additional gas-trained seafarers.
OSM hailed the deal as its largest individual win of the year. It now manages more than 500 vessels and is one of the largest shipmanagement companies in the gas-carrier segment. The deal takes effect next month, according to OSM managing director crew management Tommy Olofsen.
“We have been looking for a crew manager experienced in full-scale technical shipmanagement, giving them a full-picture understanding of the unique demands of the tanker and LPG industry, including Tanker Management and Self-Assessment (TMSA) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF),” said Lauritzen Kosan senior vice-president and head of fleet management Claus Winter Graugaard.
Other business gains for OSM this year include JP Morgan, Statoil and Scorpio Tankers. The company has a global crew pool of some 11,000 seafarers.