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Managing Director Olaf Groeger

CCS steers into British waters with new UK operation

COLUMBIA Cruise Services opens a branch in the UK to better serve its existing clients and develop new partnerships. Additional business opportunities will be accommodated as COLUMBIA strives to make a difference in the area.

Hamburg, 10.08.2021 – COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) is proud to announce it 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, England, which will serve as the company’s UK office.

“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 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 in August 2021, 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 & Co. KG. 

“This is an exciting development for CCS and we’re really looking forward to make a difference in the UK market, as well as establishing new partnerships,” Mr Groeger said.