Norwegian shipmanagement venture launched to fight competition from Asia

Norwegian companies Jebsens and Seatrans have formed a third-party shipmanagement joint venture called 7Mountains Maritime. The pair said the venture came about as a response to the dramatic growth of Asian managers.

“We see significant opportunities in an industry that is increasingly being challenged by large Asia-based shipmanagement companies. In the new company, we will use many years of experience and expertise, for the benefit of small and medium-sized shipping companies. In 7Mountains Maritime we will offer our customers solutions we use ourselves, thereby contributing to better operations for the shipping companies,” the CEOs of Jebsens and Seatrans said in a joint statement.

The new company will be headquartered in Bergen, a city surrounded by seven mountains.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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