Nicolas Saverys-controlled Exmar Ship Management has teamed with Anglo-Eastern Univan Group to form AEX LNG Management, a joint venture that will provide newbuilding supervision and vessel management for LNG carriers for third-party owners
Singapore-based AEX LNG Management will draw on Exmar’s niche expertise in the LNG sector while leveraging the systems, resources and global reach of Anglo-Eastern to provide specialist services for the growing LNG carrier market.
A subsidiary of CMB Group, Belgium-based Exmar owns, manages or holds an interest in 11 floating storage and regasification units, one LNG carrier and the floating LNG vessel Tango LNG, commissioned this year as Argentina’s first LNG export terminal. Exmar is also a major player in the LPG business with 39 LPG midsize gas, pressurised, semi-pressurised and very large gas carriers. It also controls two accommodation barges and a floating petroleum storage and offloading vessel.
AEX LNG Management will offer newbuilding planning and supervision, ship management, crewing and training via Anglo-Eastern’s network of strategically located maritime training centres and state-of-the-art simulators.
“I look forward to combining Exmar’s unique competencies in the LNG space with our crewing and training solutions to offer our customers a platform for LNG ship management that carries the same depth and strength as we have in our other tanker segments,” said Anglo-Eastern executive chairman Peter Cremers.
“I am sure that our vast LNG ship management expertise in combination with the global network of Anglo-Eastern will create exciting synergies that will change the third-party LNG ship management game,” said Exmar Ship Management chairman Nicolas Saverys.
Mr Saverys has been involved in the family shipowning business since graduating from the University of Ghent with a degree in economics in 1980. He has been responsible for developing Exmar from a small subsidiary of a shipyard in the early 1980s to its current position as one of the leading independent gas shipowning companies.