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Columbia Cruise Services launches new UK operation

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Olag Groeger, adding managing director of Columbia Cruise Services UK arm to remit
Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) is heading into British waters by launching CCS UK, a Southampton-based ship management and recruiting operation. 

The cruise vessel management business will continue running fleets for its existing UK shipping operators while aiming to attract new clients. CCS recently purchased premises in Southampton, which will serve as the company’s UK office.

Olaf Groeger MD also of UK arm

‘We’ve set up a fully accredited UK subsidiary to better serve our existing clients and to prepare for future expansion,’ said Olaf Groeger, who as managing director of CCS GmbH will hold the same role at CCS UK.

‘This subsidiary strengthens our ability to secure more clients in the UK, an incredibly competitive ship management market, and gives us the platform to eventually develop CCS UK into a third-party agency.’

The new venture, which opens for business this month, will manage the strategic and commercial aspects of its clients’ vessels in accordance with all local regulations, such as the UK Tonnage Tax regime. All services will be supported by the company’s Hamburg-based parent, CCS GmbH. 

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