With the expected upsurge in numbers of superyachts calling in the UK over the coming months sparked by the Olympic Games and attending superyacht racing events, new opportunities are opening up for ships agents.
First Class Nautical Ltd, already a supplier of technical services to the industry, has enlisted the support of ships agents Denholm Barwil Ltd, to provide Port Agency services across the United Kingdom.
Denholm Barwil Ltd one of the UK’s leading port and marine service providers operates through a network of 22 offices at all major ports of the country.
Concentrating on ship agency services in the UK, they have in house capability to handle all vessel types, including the specialist services required by large yachts.
Ian Fenton of First Class Nautical says “Port agency is not just a ‘report and clear’ function of a vessel port call, but a partnership which ensures the master, owner, charterer and port are kept advised as appropriate while the vessel is supplied as efficiently as possible.”
Peter Knight, of Denholm Barwil Ltd, says, “We are ideally placed to welcome Yachts to the city, having developed close working relationship with all parties involved with the berthing and servicing of vessels. The Olympic year 2012 will undoubtedly be a busy time and we strongly encourage Yachts to contact us now.”
While UK based, the services of both companies are available worldwide via the parent and partner companies. Case in point is the recent quote of 120,000 litres of a specific grade of fuel to a 60m yacht in a remote part of the Caribbean and the management of a delicate situation for a firm of solicitors for a yacht in the Mediterranean.