WaterFront continues global expansion with senior appointment

01 November 2018 – Global ship agency business WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront) has today announced the appointment of industry veteran Tormod Ognedal as its new Business Development Manager for Europe, to support the company’s continued growth and expansion.

After 17 years with Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) as Senior General Manager and having gained over 30 years experience in international shipping & logistics, Ognedal has been appointed to oversee the expansion of WaterFront’s client portfolio across Europe. Prior to his role at ISS, Ognedal worked for Barwil Agencies (now Wilhelmsen) as a Sales Manager.

Tormod will head up WaterFront’s business development and relationship management functions in Europe. He will work as an integral part of the WaterFront Business Development Team, which operates from strategic bases in Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Miami. Ognedal will report directly to Chief Executive Officer, Terry Gidlow.

Speaking on his appointment, Ognedal commented:

The port agency business has changed a lot in the last few years, and there is huge demand from customers for their port agent to find new ways for adding value, ensuring best practice, delivering cost efficiencies and providing a first-class service. This demand for cost savings and synergies requires local knowledge, financial strength, local relationships and excellent teamwork, which is exactly what WaterFront provides.

By combining a really intuitive data management system and established networks with serious pedigree, WaterFront provides a new platform for delivering significant value to the market. In working as part of a global team, I will be able to maintain good relationships and work closely with business partners, owners, charterers, and traders, as well as crew and ship managers.

Terry Gidlow, Chief Executive Officer, WaterFront Maritime Services, commented:

Tormod is well known in the industry for his integrity, commitment and relationships in the market, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team. His experience, skills and relationships within the market will dovetail perfectly with our strategy of winning sustainable business by creating tangible value for our customers.

WaterFront was established by leading regional ship agency businesses Sharaf Shipping Agencies and Ben Line Agencies in 2016. Having built a global network comprising Proprietary and Network Partner offices, the company is now represented through over 415 offices in more than 67 countries. This makes WaterFront comparable in size to the largest global ship agency companies.

WaterFront is headquartered in Dubai with commercial offices in Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Miami. For more information about the organisation, visit www.waterfront-ms.com or call +971 (0)45520404.

Tormod Ognedal

Tormod Ognedal

Refinery Project Oil & Gas

Ocean shipment door to door of approx. 1,009.60 cbm / 139.7319 tons with max weight per piece 41 tons plus 5 x 40’ GP SOC.

Client Profile:

The chemical division of a large American O&G multinational with existing network of refineries all over the world and major activities in Singapore. A large multinational EPC contractor contracted to execute the FEED + EPC 1 of the project.

Challenges Faced:

  • The project consisted of downstream units including a steam cracker ethylene complex; two downstream plants for the production of ethylene and propylene derivatives such as ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide, cymene / phenol, oxo alcohols, acrylic acid and isopropyl alcohol
  • BLA were responsible for the largest part of the project in terms of cargo volumes (550,000.00 FRT over a period of 24 months)
  • The project consisted in the construction of a second train to double the capacity of the Singapore plant of our customer.
  • PO’s placed on a worldwide scale with shipments into Singapore

Project Solving Process:

  • Cargoes inbound Singapore from worldwide locations
  • Cargoes comprising of general freight, HLV, ultra HLV etc
  • Multimodal logistics solutions
  • Time chartering of Tug & Barge
  • Project implants in Batam fabrication yard
  • Special scheme customs clearance
  • HLV’s chartering
  • Daily Status Reporting
  • Warehousing

Dinner & Dance 2018

Ben Line Agencies Singapore held its annual Dinner and Dance on 23rd March at One Degree 15 Marine, in Sentosa. It was a joyous and wonderful event where all the staff gathered together to enjoy fabulous food and drinks as well as activities planned for the night.

The most remarkable moment was the appreciation of long service awards being presented to the staff who have been in this big family for more than 10 years. Everyone plays an important role towards the success of Ben Line Singapore.

It was an unforgettable night for all and we look forward to a prosperous year for Ben Line Singapore.

History Bites – Our heritage

During the course of the 19th and 20th centuries Ben Line forged its name in the maritime sector with its premier cargo and passenger services between Europe and Asia.  We cannot forget our rich heritage and this image illustrates the services we offered the market at the time.

Today, the Ben Line name continues to prosper as it grows its Marine, Liner Agency representation and Integrated Logistics business across Asia and Oceania.

Jack Up Rig Blocks – B Class

BLA was appointed to carry out customs clearance (both ends), vessel agency (both ends) and barging the cargos back to Singapore.
We carried out beach preparation a few days in advance. When actual operation day arrived, we performed RoRo operation (for the blocks) from yard onto the barge.
After this, sea fastening took place. Once approval from Marine Warranty Surveyor was obtained, vessel set sail back to Singapore.

Client Profile:

Client and its network of offshore yards have successfully delivered almost half of the world’s new-build jack-up rigs and semi-submersibles in the past decade

Client Relationship:

Ben Line Agencies was awarded the ocean and heavy lift task to ship two blocks of a jack-up rig from Thailand to Singapore. Till date, we have completed 4 shipments

Challenges Faced:

  • Beach preparation
  • Ramp installation on the beach
  • Having SPMT safely lift the blocks and move them from yard onto barge, across the beach – RORO OPS
  • Ballasting – Seafastening – Engineering
  • Ocean transport TH – SG
  • Custom clearance of cargos
  • Vessel agencies both ends

Project Solving Process:

  • The team was flown in a few days earlier to ensure that the ramp supports were erected as per engineering plans.
  • When the barge beached, ramp was installed immediately. Sometimes, it took longer than usual, due to varying tide.
  • With ramp properly installed, RORO ops is then almost a success. However, we still need to clear out a defined path for the SPMT
  • Ballasting and Sea fastening were carried out as per engineering calculations
  • Cargo custom clearance and vessel agencies under BLAS account