GSM launches Indonesian serviced anchorage and lay-up site

by Hans | July 1st, 2010

Graig Ship Management has launched a service providing safe, secure anchorage at  Batam, Galang Bay on Indonesia’s Galang Island. Close to trade routes and airports, the deep water site can accommodate all vessels types in a safe setting. The serviced anchorage is suitable for hot and cold lay-up, maintenance, survey, underwater cleaning and tank cleaning and is fully supported with relevant services. Meeting requirements demanded by insurance companies, Galang Bay is away from typhoon-affected areas. Laid-up and idle vessels are also safe from piracy, theft and vandalism as GSM works with the security services to ensure security of the area.

Geoff Hutcheon, General Manager, Graig Services (Singapore) Pte says, “Traditional lay-up sites and anchorages remain congested. Graig has a very good relationship with the Indonesian authorities and has onsite Indonesian partners so we have been able to develop this mooring site into an excellent area for lay-up and general services. We can offer lots of advantages to owners and GSM is able to support the whole process from planning through to lay-up and reactivation. GSM’s agreement with Indonesian partners BDP means costs are competitive. With us, one fixed monthly fee covers a safe mooring, port dues, dehumidification, 24/7 watchmen, routine tasks and maintenance, reporting and record keeping.”

GSM will provide a range of services to protect, lay-up and reactivate vessels. These will include risk assessment, a  safe mooring, a lay-up plan and preparation advice, dehumidification, 24/7 watchmen, routine tasks and maintenance, reporting and record keeping, provision of equipment including generator, a workboat and if required warehouse facilities, crew repatriation, garbage disposal, FW and bunkers and a full re-activation service. Or owners can use GSM’s serviced anchorage as a safe and secure area to wait for cargo, complete maintenance or cleaning or undergo surveys.

A good infrastructure has been arranged with the bay constantly monitored from a purpose built control tower monitoring the entire bay. Ships are electronically tracked as well as being in close radio communication. Superintendents and crew can be accommodated in purpose-built air conditioned chalets on the beach overlooking the bay.

Hutcheon says, “Graig has a strong group of expert senior managers who have been project managers in the building of modern ships and who really understand how a ship is put together and works. That sort of knowledge is rare, and it is vital to knowing how to safely lay-up a ship. It is no use laying-up a ship safely if when reactivated it gives problems. That’s where owners using Galang Bay and GSM will benefit. GSM has a good site, a good local partner, security, low costs and we have the expertise to pull it all together for owners seeking lay-up or other services in a safe, serviced anchorage.”

The Graig Group is a broad-based international shipowning and shipping services group delivering technical and commercial ship management, newbuilding supervision,  lay-up services, ship design, ship owning and ship finance to global clients who appreciate personal service.

Graig has been building, managing and owning ships since 1919. Today it provides technical management and crewing for a mixed fleet of vessels on behalf of a number of owners. It has supervised over 120 newbuildings for itself and major shipowners. It provides technical consultancy services to a major European bank with a portfolio of 90 vessels. It develops innovative designs such as the Diamond bulk carriers and it can source yards and finance and provide newbuilding supervision and follow up with in service management. Based in the UK, Graig has offices in Cardiff, London, Shanghai and Singapore.

Source: John Guy-Merlin Corporate Communications

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One Response to “GSM launches Indonesian serviced anchorage and lay-up site”

  1. A new anchorage co-owned by a Singaporean and Indonesian partner under the company PT INSI Anugrah Internasional, has been launched recently in the Durian Strait of Karimun, Indonesia. This anchorage site will complement anchorages currently existing in Galang, Nipa as well as off the main island of Karimun.

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