For ship owners facing cost pressures, crewing challenges, newbuilding integration hiccups and an uncertain global trade outlook, this is the time to re-examine all aspects of maritime outsourcing. What can we do in-house, what can we outsource and how can we benchmark the performance of our outsourcing partners? The maritime industry faces major challenges on several fronts. New vessels need to be financed and manned over the coming decade. Huge numbers of crew have to be recruited and trained. There are serious issues related to the growing demand for newbuilding supervision and the rising number of accidents linked to navigation errors. Suddenly maritime outsourcing takes on a new meaning.

Outsourcing can play a critical role in all these areas, offering potential cost advantages for owners by tapping into a fresh pool of expertise. With global fleet expansion, ship managers are poised to become an ever-more attractive solution for companies that lack the necessary in-house expertise. Many owners are also diversifying from traditional sectors into new vessel types requiring project-specific skills.

Here at AB Crewing, we take into consideration our clients’ business objectives before advising them on their outsourcing possibilities. Outsourcing is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Ship managers are constantly complaining that the flat-fee system provides little incentive for them to raise quality. Is the traditional model of ship management poised to be thrown out in favor of a value-added approach providing a menu of ancillary services?

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