Wilhelmsen Ship Management adds UK office, targets ambitious growth

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) continues its ambitious expansion, announcing today the opening of a new ship management office in Southampton.

The new office will have an initial staff of five and kicks off with 11 vessels under management.

Carl Schou, president of WSM, tells Splash that the goal is to double the managed fleet within the next six to 12 months.

“Southampton is a city with one of the longest histories in the maritime industry. It has an established maritime cluster of infrastructure and human resources that we can tap into immediately to support growth,” Schou said.

WSM moved its headquarters from Malaysia to Singapore earlier this year to tap into the local market and take advantage of digital opportunities. In addition to Singapore, Malaysia and the new Southamption office, it also has offices South Korea, Norway, and the US.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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