Wilhelmsen acquires Drew Marine Technical Solutions for $400m

Norway’s Wilhelmsen has signed an agreement to acquire the technical solutions business from Drew Marine, a manufacturer and provider of advanced performance chemicals and technical solutions to the maritime industry.

The purchase price of the deal is around $400m, which is among the largest investments in Wilhelmsen’s history. The acquired business will be brought into Wilhelmsen Ships Service.

As part of the transaction, the business, people and competence in Drew Marine Technical Solutions will be transferred to Wilhelmsen. Approximately 400 Drew Marine employees will join Wilhelmsen Ships Service upon completion of the transaction.

In addition to realising operational benefits, the acquisition is expected to result in a $150m increase in annual total income for Wilhelmsen Ships Service.

“This acquisition offers a unique opportunity to enhance the scale and geographic reach of our marine products division,” said Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO of Wilhelmsen.

“The acquisition strengthens our position as a comprehensive supplier serving the global merchant fleet. Stronger technical competence in combination with higher volumes and efficiency, offers our collective customers and partners attractive benefits in the time to come,” Wilhelmsen added.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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