GSB TANKERS MOVES INTO STENA BULK'S OFFICE IN SINGAPORE
At the end of last year, the company GSB Tankers moved into Stena Bulk's office in Suntec Tower in Singapore. GSB Tankers – Golden Stena Baycrest – is a joint venture between Golden-Agri Stena and the Japanese Bay Crest Management, formed in early January 2019.
There are many reasons for merging operations, but one of the main ones is to complement one another’s commercial patterns in Asia. Golden Stena is strong between Southeast Asia and the Middle East, while Bay Crest has a strong position between Southeast Asia and the Far East (China/Japan/Korea). These have now joined forces and 1 + 1 was definitely more than 2 in this case. GSB Tankers can now offer am improved and more flexible complete solution to customers in these regions.
Stena Bulk and GSB Tankers already share offices in Dubai and this has worked out really well.
“Customers can, for example, more easily be offered cargo space on both larger and smaller vessels, and with their fleet we can provide additional tonnage with vessels equipped with stainless steel tanks,” says Erik Hånell, President of Stena Bulk. “The flexibility has been appreciated by many and we strongly believe that there will be many more synergies for both companies by having the same arrangement in Singapore.”
Jacob Enersen, the office manager at Stena Bulk’s office in Singapore, comments on the upcoming move as follows: “We see many advantages with this solution. We already share a lot of information with GSB Tankers, and since we will now also share offices, this is naturally even easier. We can be more flexible with our customers and, with our joint fleet of about 70 vessels, offer a greater variety of shipping options. To be completely honest, we Westerners cannot communicate the Japanese, for example, in the Japanese way, but our friends from Bay Crest can.”
“Before the move, there were twelve of us in the office, but now we are 25 with all of ten different nationalities,” Jacob adds. “We will become even more diversified office with a good mix of different national origins, ages and genders, which not only makes for a pleasant workplace but is also a prerequisite for success here in Asia.”
Jacob Enersen has lived in Singapore for seven years with his wife and two children, with the oldest nearly four years old and the youngest one.
“We are thriving here and the whole family has adapted extremely well,” he says. “My eldest son is learning Mandarin in school now, so for my children it is really a big difference in upbringing compared to my own in the far north of Sweden, born and raised in Luleå.”
The picture at the top:
Björn Stignor, Golden Agri, GSB Tankers, Shinsuke Togawa, GSB Tankers and Jacob Enersen, Stena Bulk.
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