19 October 2009
Maritime e-marketplace and ship suppliers association further endorse each other’s offerings.
LONDON, UK, 19 October, 2009 – ShipServ, the leading maritime e-marketplace, has strengthened its partnership with The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), the international association representing nearly 2,000 ship suppliers worldwide.
Under the terms of the new agreement, signed at the ISSA54 Convention in Istanbul, ShipServ will work with ISSA on an ISSA “Zone” on ShipServ Pages, the online marine suppliers directory. ISSA members will also benefit from a special offer to join Pages.
Pages currently features over 30,000 suppliers offering anything from stores and provisions to life saving equipment to main engine spares to paint. The new agreement raises the profile of ISSA on Pages, highlighting its members to visitors.
“This cooperation represents an excellent opportunity for our members to reach, cost-effectively, new customers and trade efficiently,” commented Jens Olsen, ISSA President. “And as a progressive association it was important to us to have an influence in what added value services we are able to offer our members,” he said.
Maritime buyers use Pages to find suppliers for a wide range of uses, from locating new suppliers in unfamiliar ports to sourcing alternative suppliers for existing contracts. Trust is very often an issue in many transactions, especially when dealing with a new supplier. The ISSA Zone will exclusively feature those ISSA members signed up to Pages, giving prominence to a community of high quality, accredited maritime suppliers.
“Our community of buyers tells us that finding a new supplier is relatively easy but finding one you can trust is much harder,” said Paul Ostergaard, Founder & CEO, ShipServ. “With ISSA’s increased involvement with Pages, we can highlight those suppliers with ISSA accreditation, giving buyers greater peace of mind.”
For more information on ShipServ email John Watton or call +44 20 3051 0257.
For more information on ISSA, email Debbie Munford or contact Sean Moloney/Debbie Munford?, Elaborate Communications on +44 1296 682356.
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 $350m 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 nearly 140 buying organizations, 4,700 vessels and 30,000 suppliers. For more information visit www.shipserv.com.
The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) is the international association representing nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world. It boasts a total of 43 national ship supplier associations as full ISSA members as well as associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists. For more information visit www.shipsupply.org.
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