Following the acquisition of Bibby Ship Management in 2016, we started to look for new premises for our offshore ship management operations - V.Ships Offshore - in Aberdeen, Scotland. Our previous site was tucked away outside of the city in a business park, beside the major subsea businesses but miles away from our seafarers and the client’s vessels coming into harbour.
The hunt was on for a new location and late last year, the newly expanded team moved into a harbour side office opposite the Maritime Museum on the aptly named – Shiprow. The official opening in February this year welcomed clients, suppliers, local government and community support services to the office and we also welcomed local Scottish Parliament member - Kevin Stewart last month – everyone admiring the new location and proximity to the harbour.
Andy Holt, V.Ships Offshore Aberdeen general manager, explains the importance of this new office: “We manage both international and North East based vessels. For those in the North East – the location means we can easily engage face to face with the on board teams – just by walking the five minutes to the harbour.
"Our former location was small and practical, but this new location gives us so much more scope for growth.”
There are 21 employees based in the newly opened Aberdeen office and they provide technical and crew management services for offshore vessels. V.Group’s wider marine services are also available to the vessels under our management from this office.
Jamie Grant, V.Ships Offshore deputy general manager adds: “The new office location also gives us space to conduct crew training and we’ve been able to welcome colleagues from our wider V.Ships Offshore global team here too.”
With the exception of two members of the team, all employees live in the local area and they’ve been actively involved in identifying opportunities to support local community initiatives – from fundraising and sporting events to looking at how they can engage the next generation of seafarers.