Thome boosts lay-up services to meet changing market needs

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Singapore-based manager home Group has expanded its vessel lay-up services in response to the changing trading climate for many ship owners.

S&P Marine Consultants, a wholly owned unit of award-winning Thome Group, has secured several safe and secure lay up locations in and around south east Asian waters which can be used by owners for both short and long term lay-up. Raul Matovic, S&P Marine Consultants General Manager, said: “It is apparent that in the current trading markets, many owners are looking at lay-up as one option for their vessels. We have seen several new operators attempting to offer this service recently.

“In response to this and the fact that several owners have already approached Thome, we have secured several safe and above all secure lay-up anchorages around this region and owners can now take advantage of this.”

He said the extensive expertise within the Thome Group meant that a full range of service could be offered. “We can provide backup, technical expertise and a full range of other services to owners wishing to take this option,” he added.

Thome Group President, Claes Eek Thorstensen (pictured),added: “Lay up of a vessel requires to be done by professionals with a track record. The key requirements are proven lay-up procedures, planned maintenance, professional lay-up crew and stringent supervision in order to maintain the value of the owner’s asset.”

Mr Matovic noted that Thome had a team of experts dedicated to the expanded lay up service. Container vessel operators and dry bulk owners had been making active inquiries about lay up in particular, he said.

He said the benefits of lay up included much lower operating costs, a reduction of fuel and lubricants costs, plus lower hull and machinery and P&I premiums. Some registries are also prepared to either waive or reduce tonnage taxes.