Copenhagen: Shorn of its shipowning duties Denmark’s Erria is now firmly focused on shipmanagement and consulting. The 21-year-old listed company, which rebranded as Erria six years ago, got out of chemical tanker owning 18 months ago, with Danish firm Uni-Tankers taking over Erria’s ships.
Henrik Andersen, Erria’s ceo, is keen to highlight one of the new services offered by the company to clients, namely marine energy optimization, a hot topic in today’s shipping environment. With bunker prices still gnawing into shipowners’ pressed margins, he’s confident of a strong take up to this new service.
Andersen is clear what shipowners are asking third party managers for these days.
“Stick to the budget and avoid any surprises,” he says. Unlike some in the industry he is not going down the cut-price route to attract business however. “Our prices are competitive and not negotiable,” he stresses.
Erria currently manages 20 ships plus is involved in newbuild supervision for nine ships around the world and oversees an inland container operation in Vietnam. The company has offices in eight different countries around the world. [25/07/13]