Managing Director Tom Skare in Seatrans Chemical Tankers (SCT) and his team have set a new agenda for the company.
“In recent years, the chemical tanker shipping industry has been exposed to overcapacity in the market, increased competition and shrinking margins. SCT can neither influence the global tonnage surplus nor the fact that the market has favoured the clients. However, Seatrans can improve its services and help our clients to improve their value chain and profitability. That is what the new digital concept is all about,” Tom Skare explains.
“There is no other alternative besides reducing costs and improving time consuming processes. Actually, we really have improved the time we spend on a number of our critical processes and operations. Saying ‘we are the best’ is not our style, but a benchmarking process we carried out convinces us that we are among the best in the class. We have very few accidents, our cost base is good, the standard on our vessels is very high, and best of all: we have super motivated and skilled seafarers who deliver high quality shipping operations. All in all, we are a very strong team on shore and at sea combined. However, our competitors are also clever; we cannot rest and rely on what we achieved yesterday.
We also notice that operations at the terminals are getting more complex, more regulations have emerged, and more are in the time spent at the port is increasing. In order to be more efficient, we have to put more data together, following the logistic chain together with our clients and see how we can reduce valuable time and resources for both parties. We have to be careful when we select and prioritise projects that can give us significantly better results.”