Radio Holland Pens 13-Vessel Service Deal with BWFM
Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has concluded a service agreement with BW Group’s internal provider of ship management and newbuilding services, BW Fleet Management (BWFM).
The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment on board 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these vessels.
BWFM has technical responsibility for more than 50 vessels including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), Long Range 1 product tankers (LR 1s), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers.
This latest agreement follows a long-established relationship of some 15 years, as Radio Holland has been providing support for the company’s Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) systems and GMDSS equipment.
“As part of regular efforts to streamline internal work processes, we decided to issue service contracts for Navigation and Communication systems, for a dedicated number of vessels, to a fixed partner. This will allow us to have a single point of contact, increase efficiency and release resources to pursue other work improvement initiatives. It was a natural choice for BWFM to invite Imtech’s Radio Holland and their Norwegian department to such a cooperation,” says Hans H. Lange, Electro Automation Superintendent, BW Fleet Management AS.
Jan Erik Skjonsberg, Technical Manager/Radio Surveyor at the Imtech Marine/Radio Holland office in Norway, comments: “The new service agreement gives BWFM the benefits of fixed hourly rates worldwide so the company can plan its maintenance budget. We offer 24/7 support and provide quarterly reports.”
Currently, Radio Holland is in the process of evaluating all the navigation and communication equipment on the 13 vessels so it can guide and advise BWFM about any upgrades or replacements that need to be carried out in the near future.