1 December 2011
E-procurement provider signs ultra-premium operator
London, UK, 30 November, 2011. ShipServ, the leading marine and offshore e-marketplace, has strengthened its penetration of the cruise shipping sector with the signing of Crystal Cruises to the TradeNet platform.
Crystal Cruises is a luxury segment cruise operator owned by Japan’s NYK Line and operates independently out of Los Angeles, California. It has won numerous awards and accolades, including Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards for Large Ship Cruise Line” for the past two years running.
The agreement covers two ships [Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity] using SpecTec’s Amos maintenance and purchasing system.
Crystal Cruises joins a global ShipServ community of over 170 shipowners, managers, shipyards and drilling contractors trading with 37,000 suppliers servicing over 6,000 ships.
Sector leaders Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Norwegian Cruise Line, Star Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania are among active members of the growing cruise community.
Peder Arstorp, VP Sales, Americas, ShipServ said:
“The cruise sector is already among the most active users of TradeNet and we are delighted to welcome Crystal Cruises to the ShipServ community. The cruise industry has unique requirements that complement ShipServ’s core services platform. The sheer volume and need for a fast and hands free processing of their supply chain needs means that we can shorten lead times, improve competitiveness and automate a broad spectrum of parts and services deliverables.“
Bob Koven, Vice President of Procurement, Crystal Cruises, said:
“As we look to increase the efficiencies of our worldwide operation, we expect the new system to streamline our purchasing processes. We would like to thank ShipServ for making the implementation process so smooth and seamless.”
Because cruiseships work to tight itineraries in numerous ports, the volume and urgency of turnaround requirements for spares and consumables makes e-commerce a vital tool for buyers.
ShipServ helps buyers to do business with new suppliers using tools like TradeRank, which enables buyers to look at what their peers are saying about supplier service and deliverability.
ShipServ’s Reviews and Ratings function enables buyers to leave comments on supplier performance and encourages suppliers to seek reviews on their service levels.
Peder Arstorp adds;
“Buyers can also see the total volume of transactions taking place over TradeNet, enabling them to easily see which suppliers are doing a lot of volume. Brand owners and OEMs can also use TradeRank to certify authorised suppliers, adding a further level of assurance to buyer decisions.”
About Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises is owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) of Tokyo, Japan, one of the largest and most successful shipping companies in the world. Crystal Cruises was launched in 1988 and its first ship, Crystal Harmony entered service in 1990, joining NYK’s cruise division in 2005. Sistership Crystal Symphony was launched in 1995 and a third ship, Crystal Serenity, was introduced in July 2003. For more information visit www.crystalcruises.com.
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