Dutch shipping company Imtech Marine’s Radio Holland has been awarded a long-term contract by Hamburg-based Ahrenkiel Steamship for the maintenance of its entire fleet, comprising nearly 60 vessels.
Ahrenkiel Steamship was formed in April 2014 after the Christian F Ahrenkiel Group merged with a joint venture established by the MPC Group.
This merger accumulated the fleets of Ahrenkiel Shipmanagement, MPC Steamship and Thien & Heyengathe, which included container vessels and bulk carriers.
Radio Holland Germany Contract Management head Peter Axien said: "Economic and reliable maintenance is crucial.
"Ahrenkiel Steamship was very keen to have all its maintenance needs for navigation and communication equipment handled by one service supplier."
This five-year preventive maintenance agreement covers the navigation and communication systems onboard. This maintenance will be in combination with dedicated service coordination, planned service calls and statutory required inspections.
According to Axien, the contract is expected to reduce operational costs for the owners, as well as increasing uptime of the fleet.
Radio Holland has already carried out spot servicing and annual Nav/Com surveys for all three companies.
Ahrenkiel Steamships will be served by Radio Holland’s Service Coordination Centre in Hamburg, Germany, by an assigned dedicated coordinator, the company stated.
In February this year, Ahrenkiel Steamship agreed to take on eight container vessels from the loan portfolio of HSH Nordbank as part of a portfolio transaction.
This asset is part of the HSH Nordbank’s financing project Nautilus and comprises four 4,300TEU Baby-Panamax vessels, as well as four feeder ships in the 1,300TEU to 2,500TEU range.
Image: The five-year preventive maintenance agreement covers the navigation and communication systems onboard Ahrenkiel Steamship fleet. Photo: courtesy of Imtech.