Norwegian shipmanager OSM is providing clients with a package of solutions to comply with the global sulphur cap including the complex procedure of retrofitting ships with scrubbers.
A dedicated team of engineers provides consultancy and engineering to customers along the entire process ranging from an initial assessment on the most suitable approach for IMO 2020 compliance for each individual vessel to entire project management and installation of retrofit solutions globally. An OSM fact sheet seen by Maritime CEO shows which type of scrubber is suited to certain businesses (see below). Major manufacturers have been subjected by OSM to on site vettings and selection of preferred yards are amongst the services provided.
“The entire service is provided using latest technologies including VR, 3D scanning and cloud-based project management,” says OSM’s CEO, Geir Sekkesaeter.
With scrubbers very much under the microscope at the moment, particularly open loop ones, Sekkesaeter maintains it’s a case of horses for courses, certain ships on certain tradelanes will benefit from that kind of technology.
“OSM’s approach is to identify and recommend the most appropriate and suitable solution relative to trading area of each vessel. We emphasise on discussing future-ready solutions to our customers,” Sekkesaeter says.
OSM launched in 1989 and has grown from its roots providing crewing solutions to Norwegian clients to become a top 10 shipmanager in the world with more than 500 ships on its books. At the end of July, American asset manager Oaktree Capital Management bought it out.
Oaktree is best known in shipping circles for its investments in shipowners such as Torm and Star Bulk, two keen advocates of scrubbers.
OSM is ackowledges to be among the most tech savvy of shipmanagers around the world, and Sekkesaeter is adamant that the industry must change its stance about connectivity at sea.
“We believe that the difference in using connectivity and technology onboard and ashore will soon reach similar levels, both in terms of business applications as well as crew access,” Sekkesaeter says, adding: “It will be critical for the entire industry to embrace and support this approach to remain relevant.”
Sekkesaeter has been CEO of OSM since 2013. Prior to that he worked at Teekay and Wilhemsen Ship Management.