Schat-Harding teams with Unitor
Lifeboat specialist Schat-Harding, part of Norway's Umoe Group, has teamed up with Unitor Ships Service to strengthen after-sales service for the cruise industry in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area. Unitor will act as a marketing agent for Schat-Harding and provide logistics support for cruise ship life-saving equipment service for all cruise ships using Florida's ports.
Schat-Harding supplies and supports the majority of lifeboats and davits for the world cruise fleet. With this alliance, Schat-Harding aims to further strengthen its level of service.
Trygve Kjerpeseth, after-sales and service manager of Schat-Harding says, "We have a service center and a sales coordination center in Louisiana and a service team in Daytona, Florida. Using Unitor's network and logistics support, our cruise clients can draw on these resources. We are developing more and more service contracts with cruise operators. This agreement provides the maintenance, training and support they need to ensure their lifesaving equipment is always ready to meet an emergency situation or the demands of increasingly frequent and stringent port state controls. The Unitor link in Miami is vital to cutting response times and being close to users of Schat-Harding boats and davits."
Unitor supplies two out of three cruise vessels worldwide through a network of 22 dedicated cruise ports, including a major technical and logistics operation in Miami. Unitor visits every cruise vessel in Florida ports.
According to Philip Bannerman, Unitor's business manager for cruise, the alliance with Schat-Harding is a good fit, "Both Schat-Harding and Unitor have solid reputations for high quality technical service, so there is good synergy between us. With this agreement, our clients can take advantage of Unitor's extensive Account and Port Sales network to access Schat-Harding service and parts."