I believe customers will quickly see the benefits offered by improved predictability and simplified planning, not to mention the potential to cut costs in an industry where time is money.
In response to growing demand from the oil and gas industry for enhanced logistics solutions to and from Norway, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has launched a seamless RoRo solution connecting the west coast of Norway with the rest of the world. Venture caught up with WWL’s Business Development Manager for Norway, Odd Egil Borgen, to find out more.
Why was it necessary to develop an improved service for this sector?
“We have identified a growing demand from the oil and gas industry to cut costs across the entire production chain. Our new concept is not only more cost effective but also enables straightforward logistics planning, with greater transparency and fewer surprises. The service offers predictable arrival times, enabling customers to plan more accurately – regardless of whether they are operating in a short- or long-term perspective.”
What is this improved solution?
“Together with Norwegian operator Sea-Cargo, we now offer a weekly ocean service between the west coast of Norway and the ports in WWL’s global network. Using WWL roll trailers the whole way enables us to minimise cargo handling, while the regular nature of the service means that we don’t need to build up volumes typically needed for charter-vessel solutions.”
Why did you choose Sea-Cargo as your partner?
“Sea-Cargo not only shares WWL’s commitment to quality and innovation but already enjoys an excellent reputation in the oil and gas sector, due to its experience of handling Norwegian coastal traffic, as well as traffic between Norway and Europe. In addition, its service concept is similar to ours in that it operates RoRo vessels and handles cargo using roll trailers.”
How will this service benefit customers?
“I believe customers will quickly see the benefits offered by improved predictability and simplified planning, not to mention the potential to cut costs in an industry where time is money. Our fixed liner vessel schedules offer customers a unique degree of arrival-time predictability, greater visibility across the supply chain and damage-free, high-quality service.”
What?Expanding the ocean offering from Scotland and Norway to the rest of the world to better support the global oil and gas industry
Where? Sea-Cargo’s weekly service will link the Norwegian west coast ports of Stavanger, Haugesund, Bergen, Floro, Aalesund, Kristiansund, Molde and Trondheim and Aberdeen in Scotland to WWL’s global ocean network. The Norwegian east coast will continue to be covered by itspartner UECC via Drammen.
How? The use of roll trailers minimises the need to handle the cargo from initial loading at the port of acceptance until delivery at its final destination.