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  • "ShipServ is a vital tool for us as a leading European ship chandler and we need to be highly visible in the ports we serve as it is used by all the leading shipping companies."

    George Saris, President
    Atlas Ship Chandlers

  • "We started to use TradeNet just to save time and stop manual typing of orders, but now we get other substantial benefits including vital benchmark data on suppliers’ response times that help us in all our negotiations."

    Knut Ove Thuland Hansen, Purchasing Manager

  • "Time is the biggest saving through ShipServ. We have detailed data that tells us that the amount of time we spend per vessel each week has dropped from 9.2 hours to 7.9 hours."

    Richard O'Malley, Purchasing Supervisor
    Crowley Maritime

  • "Encouraging our suppliers to adopt the e-commerce platform has been well worth the effort. We have reaped significant cost savings from streamlining our purchasing processes."

    Charles Ong, Purchasing Manager
    Keppel Shipyard

  • "Since joining ShipServ in 2012, we have gained 7 new clients in 18 months. It has helped our company be seen in the international shipping market as both ShipServ Pages and TradeNet are used by many different shipping companies and it also speeds up the process between buyer and supplier."

    Valeria Assandri,Machinery & Replacement Parts S.r.l

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17 August 2009

Columbia Shipmanagement adopts ShipServ e-commerce

Cyprus-based ship manager plans to support the operational purchasing of 150 ships with ShipServ.

LONDON, UK, 17 August, 2009ShipServ, the leading maritime e-marketplace, today announced that it signed an agreement with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM), a leading force in ship management.

Under the terms of the agreement CSM will integrate its purchasing systems with ShipServ TradeNet, the e-commerce trading platform for operational supplies. With TradeNet in place requisitions and orders will flow seamlessly to the CSM supply base, reducing administrative overheads, shortening order cycle times and providing CSM with better intelligence on supplier performance.

“Columbia continues to be focused on finding ways in which it can lower operating costs while continuing to provide quality services to clients worldwide,” said Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director, CSM Deutschland GmbH, “It was clear to us ShipServ can help us in this goal, by optimizing our purchasing processes and ultimately saving us money.”

The selection of TradeNet is part of the installation of a state-of-the-art purchasing infrastructure at CSM, which also includes Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) software.

The signing of CSM follows on from the major contracts recently won by ShipServ at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Nautisk Forlag and Alfa Laval.

Pictured (left to right) are Timothy Scheller, Business Development Manager, CSM Ltd.; Capt. Dirk Fry, Managing Director, CSM Ltd.; Lars Bratshaug, EMEA Sales Director, ShipServ and Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director, CSM Deutschland GmbH.

For more information on ShipServ email John Watton or call +44 20 3051 0257.

About ShipServ
ShipServ is the leading maritime e-marketplace, helping the buyers and sellers of ship supplies to reduce the costs associated with doing business together. In 2008 ShipServ helped its members save an estimated €250m and transformed the way they do business. Whether a Buyer needs to streamline its purchasing operations or a Supplier wants to reduce the cost of attracting or retaining customers, ShipServ is unique in helping businesses of all sizes to find each other easily, connect cost effectively and trade efficiently. Today the ShipServ community numbers over 130 buying organisations, 4,600 vessels and 27,000 suppliers. For more information visit

About Columbia Shipmanagement
Columbia Shipmanagement was founded in 1978 and has become one of the four largest ship management companies in the world. CSM provides its clients with a wide range of shipmanagement services including Full Management, Crew Management, Commercial Management, Financial Consultancy, New Building Supervision and the Sale & Purchase of Vessels. For more information visit

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