J. Lauritzen - Strengthening relationships in the Singapore maritime industry
With 1,300 employees from over twenty different countries, the company’s business portfolio includes Lauritzen Bulkers (dry bulk cargoes), Lauritzen Kosan (petrochemical and liquefied petroleum gases) and part-ownership of Axis Offshore Ltd.
An increasing amount of J. Lauritzen’s business is being created and controlled in Asia. The company’s offices in Shanghai, Manila and Singapore are enabling J. Lauritzen to strengthen its position across the Asian market.
The company’s largest overseas office, with more than thirty five employees, can be found in Singapore and covers the company’s activities in the Pacific Rim.
“Over the last ten years, through our presence and activities in Singapore, we have been able to contribute to the economy by supporting the Singaporean people,” says Jan Kastrup-Nielsen, President and CEO in J. Lauritzen .
J. Lauritzen is actively creating opportunities for people living in Singapore through education and training and has recently launched a community engagement platform to attract talent and further strengthen the company’s ties with the industry.
“Throughout our time in Singapore, the Singapore Maritime Authority has proved to be extremely competent and transparent,” says Kastrup-Nielsen, “Singapore continues to offer a friendly and welcoming business environment - fluent in English and well educated. It is crucial to develop a pipeline of talent and train young people in order to meet tomorrow’s needs within the Singaporean, and global, maritime industries”.
Denmark and Singapore continue to enjoy strong maritime relations. A bilateral double taxation agreement is providing both countries with financial benefits and is helping to further strengthen business ties. With a strong understanding of the global shipping industry, a rational approach to doing business and strong workforce, J. Lauritzen is focused on growth.
“While we are being tested as an industry, we will ensure that, as a company, we continue to conduct ourselves in a proper and ethical manner in order to run our business in the correct way,” says Kastrup-Nielsen. “As we move forwards, the reputation of our company will be the key to our success and in Singapore; we see huge opportunities to strengthen and grow our business. We congratulate Singapore in this 50th anniversary year and look forward to continuing our close working relationships within the Singaporean maritime industry”.
This article has been published in the Business Times as part of the Singapore Maritime Week 2015 – the Business Times has kindly allowed us to publish it, see the original article here >>>
About Singapore Maritime Week
Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things maritime. The range of activities and events organised by MPA, the industry and research and educational institutions, as well as the cosmopolitan profile of participants, reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.
The 10th edition of the Singapore Maritime Week is taking place from 19-24 April 2015 and J. Lauritzen supports the event and is participating.