About Western Bulk
Western Bulk Chartering AS, known commonly as Western Bulk, is a leading dry bulk shipping company that combines solid shipping experience with an asset-light, decentralized, and trading-oriented model. The company uses risk management as a guiding principle for all decisions, and empowers its worldwide business units with a high degree of autonomy.
Boston, MA, USA and Oslo, Norway – April 19, 2018 – Veson Nautical, the market leader in commercial maritime software and services, and Western Bulk, a key player in global dry bulk, today announced the selection of Veson’s Veslink IMOS Platform as Western Bulk’s end-to-end digital freight solution. Such a solution is increasingly essential in today’s market as shipping companies race to modernize and leverage technologies that will safeguard future competitive advantage. Western Bulk made the decision to implement the Veslink IMOS Platform as part of its ongoing digital transformation initiative.
Western Bulk has been a client of Veson Nautical since 2014, with more than 100 users around the globe using IMOS. According to Martin Hjelle, Head of Technology & Digital Strategy at Western Bulk, “We are a global company, and one of our reasons for moving to the new Platform was to improve speed and performance at our offices around the world. We also wanted to give our employees better mobility and the freedom to work from any device simply using their browser.”
He continued, “When working with digitalization, we feel that it is very important to balance present with future thinking. We need to both exploit our current business model, and to explore new opportunities. By moving to the new Platform, Veson is helping us to improve our operational effectiveness. And, when looking at the future, we feel that Veson is listening to our needs, and we do believe that our companies have a good match on strategy for moving forward. Together we will develop and explore new possibilities, and new ways of working.”
Stated John Veson, CEO of Veson Nautical, “We are thrilled that Western Bulk has chosen the Veson IMOS Platform and that we have the opportunity to partner with them as they digitally transform their business. We look forward to them realizing the benefits of the Platform. We have worked closely with Western Bulk in the past—even embedding a project manager on site to ensure as smooth an implementation as possible. We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship as together we determine new ways to succeed in the maritime shipping industry today, tomorrow, and far into the future.”