The Asian market becomes more and more important to Wagenborg. Besides the fact that a lot of Wagenborg vessels are built in Shanghai, many Wagenborg seafarers are also Asian. That is why we recently opened a brand new state-of-the-art office that will survey all Wagenborg’s South East Asian interests. This office has been set up to enhance Wagenborg’s market position in the South East Asian region and to coordinate the increasing number of Filipino and other Asian seafarers on the Wagenborg fleet.
The long term dedication and commitment of the Asian seafarers on the Wagenborg fleet and the increasing commercial importance of Asia, have resulted in a new office for the Wagenborg group. stateof- the-art. According to Cees Horvers, general manager crewing, “the establishment of this new office in Manila will enhance the capability to handle the increasing number of Asian seafarers’ movements on a more efficient way, which will ultimately result in more control and a better service to the Seafarers, Wagenborg fleet and to our customers”.
The location of this new office is on the Coral Way in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Being already one of the most important economical centres of Manila, several other Asia orientated non-Filipino shipping companies are also present there and moreover, this area is perceived as the new business area of international shipping companies in the Philippines.
Wagenborg South East Asia invited their Filipino manning agents (Wagenborg Manila Inc. and Sealanes Marine Services Inc.) to join the new 750 m2 office. By doing so, Wagenborg centralized the coordination of Asian seafarer movements to one location. Remco van Rossum, area manager, Manila for the next two to three years. Part of his assignment is to manage the coordination between all Wagenborg’s Asian manning agents and the Wagenborg fleet, including captain owners and possible other clients.
With this new office Wagenborg took a major step towards controlling its interests in South East Asia.
Shanghai office up and running
Since February last year, our Wagenborg Shanghai office, managed by Paul Bakker, is up and running. The office creates a foothold in the fast changing and rapidly developing Chinese market. Activities deployed from this office will mainly focus on business development for Wagenborg Reining, Wagenborg Projects & Logistics and Wagenborg Shipping. By working closely together with local partners, we are able to provide door-to-door project logistics from and to Asia. For Wagenborg Shipping more vessels are trading in the Far East which creates the need to be close to the market and clients.
For Wagenborg Reining, we promote our transport and warehousing services and our local knowledge in Europe to Chinese clients. The logistics link between Europe and China, and especially west China, will play an important role in the near future and creates opportunities for Wagenborg Reining and Wagenborg Projects & Logistics.