Fujairah National Shipping gears up to challenge rivals in GCC

Fujairah National Shipping gears up to challenge rivals in GCC
Sanjeev Sarin, CEO, FNS.
Published: 23 September 2017 - 12:04 a.m.
By: ASC Staff

Fujairah National Shipping (FNS) is launching an ambitious bid to challenge network rivals in the Gulf by aiming to become one of the top three maritime services companies in the region by the end of 2018.

Based at the Port of Fujairah and taking advantage of the port’s strategically important location near the Strait of Hormuz, FNS is targeting greater market share in the region by becoming the first ‘one-stop-shop’ maritime services company and further adding to its portfolio of services. The company has also brought in a new management team, invested in new physical assets within the port, and launched a new technology platform.

Established in 1982, and part of the extensive Fujairah National Group, FNS is the only maritime services company in the Gulf Region who can offer a fully holistic range of services to shipping clients. The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the eastern seaboard of the United Arab Emirates and has unique access to international east – west shipping routes.

Previously known as Fujairah National Shipping Agency, FNS, which also has offices in Dubai, has relaunched under the fresh leadership of its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Sarin.  Prior to joining FNS, Sanjeev Sarin worked in a number of senior strategic roles, covering ship agency, ship management, clearing and forwarding, logistics and distribution, technical and crew management and commercial chartering.

With major new capital to be invested in FNS over a 12-month period, services now include agency, husbandry, ship management, repairs, maintenance, clearing, forwarding, offshore support, crew management, warehousing, and distribution.  Based on new data analytic capabilities, the company is also launching new technology platforms which will help clients to optimise voyage management and supply chain efficiency.

FNS provides solutions to ship owners, charterers, managers and brokers and amongst its service bouquet offers bunkering, oil storage and ship repairs as well. A new FNS marine workshop will open in the Port in Q1 2018, while wholly-owned subsidiary, Amwaj Ship Management is expanding to deliver services to increasingly diverse fleets of cargo-carry and offshore support vessels.

Sheikh Sultan bin Saleh Al Sharqi, vice-chairman of Fujairah National Group, said: “Fujairah National Shipping is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the growing market opportunity at the Port of Fujairah and throughout the Gulf Region. The company’s strong core offering plays a central role in meeting the exacting demands of its ship owner and operator clients”.

Adds Sanjeev Sarin, CEO, FNS: “In 1982, FNS became one of the first agencies to open its doors in Fujairah, and the company has always been one step ahead of clients’ needs. By continually embracing change in the maritime sector during that time, including the deployment of new technology, we have been able to offer unrivalled service and value.

“Now, through further expanding our footprint in the region, including exploring new operating locations, and bringing in talented people, we are confident of becoming one of the top three maritime services companies in the region. The company’s many developments, including employing innovative data analytics, will enable us to maintain a leadership position.”

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