European chemical tanker operator Essberger has entrusted its ship agency requirements to GAC in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Under the agreement, GAC will handle 600-800 port calls a year for Essberger vessels.
The expanded deal comes after more than 20 years of managing Essberger’s port calls in Finland. The benefits of improved business processes are already evident and continuous review will ensure GAC maintains its levels of support to give Essberger the most cost-effective and efficient ship agency operations.
Peter Österman, GAC’s Commercial Manager in Scandinavia, says: “This contract with Essberger is testament to the breadth of support GAC can provide in the region and is a clear sign that our strategy of staff investment, continuous improvement and a wide network of offices is working.
“Essberger Tankers is known for its first-rate service and their people demand the same from their suppliers. GAC is proud and privileged to be appointed their ship agency partner throughout Scandinavia.”
Since the acquisition of Norway’s oldest ship agency, Ole R. Olsen (established in 1845) in 2007, GAC has expanded its presence in Scandinavia by acquiring several more businesses throughout the region: Transweco, JoShip and the agency arm of Ivar Lundh & Co AB in Sweden, John Nurminen Navis Oy in Finland and the shipping subsidiaries of the Lehmann Nordic Group in Denmark. Cumulatively, the companies have been in business for over 500 years.