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Columbia Shipmanagement opens new office in Dubai

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Regional MD at Columbia Group, Xanthos Kyriacou, said Dubai's prime location enhances connectivity with key players in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia
Columbia Shipmanagement is stepping up its presence in the Middle East with the launch of a new office in Dubai.

The new office will offer the full spectrum of Columbia Group’s integrated maritime services as well as full ‘second party’ technical and crew management services. 

The strategic expansion will complement CSM’s existing operations in Saudi Arabia, aimed at strengthening the shipping industry and fostering partnerships across the region.

‘The UAE's maritime industry offers huge potential not only in shipmanagement but for Columbia Group’s platform of integrated maritime services to the region,’ said Columbia Group CEO Mark O'Neil. ‘The new Dubai office allows us to enhance our relationships and explore new business avenues, emphasising our dedication to growth and excellence both in the region and globally.’

Connectivity with the Middle East, Africa, Asia 

CSM Dubai will offer vessel digitalisation and optimisation services through Columbia’s platform, in addition to procurement, training, catering, crew welfare and newbuilding consultancy. It will also act as a springboard for expansion into the luxury aviation, super yacht, and cruise management sectors in Dubai.

Plus, according to Xanthos Kyriacou, regional MD at Columbia Group, ‘Dubai’s role as a dynamic maritime centre and our established relationships in the area make it the ideal setting for our new office. The city's prime location enhances our connectivity with key players in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Moreover, Dubai's advanced logistics infrastructure and the presence of a diverse maritime community with cutting-edge facilities, all align perfectly with our goals to evolve and lead in supporting local partners through our maritime services platform.’