Franman and IMI sign exclusive agreement

Athens-based Franman, a leading representative and supplier of premium equipment, parts, products and high-quality services to the shipping industry, has been appointed as the exclusive agent for Greece and Cyprus, by Saudi Arabia’s International Maritime Industries (IMI), the largest full-service shipyard in the MENA region.

In detail

The agreement makes Franman the sole agent responsible for promoting IMI’s Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) business to potential Greece- and Cyprus-based clients. IMI selected Franman for its expertise and long history serving these countries’ maritime sectors.

IMI’s fully integrated shipyard spans more than 11 million square meters and caters to a wide range of commercial vessels, including VLCCs, bulk carriers, tankers, offshore support vessels and offshore jack up rigs. Recognised as the largest and only yard in the MENA region capable of multiple MRO projects and large-scale new build programmes including VLCCs, IMI’s tech-led infrastructure for New Build & MRO features state of the art facilities, multiple dry-docks and the largest ship lift facility in the world with a lifting capacity of 31,200 tonnes, that collectively enable unmatched service capacity and efficiency.

A new era

“Our partnership with IMI is a significant milestone in Franman’s 33-year-long solid track record of representing leading international service providers to the maritime sector,” Costis Frangoulis, Founder and CEO of Franman, said. “This agreement could bring about mutually beneficial opportunities for both Franman and IMI, ultimately enhancing the maritime capabilities across our regions.

“Franman’s clients in Greece and Cyprus seeking enhanced capabilities, sustainability alignment and a strategic location for their MRO needs, now have access to one of the most advanced and sustainability-focused maritime facilities globally located strategically at a key maritime route closer to home. And with IMI’s expertise and the extensive facilities of the shipyard, Franman could potentially tap into a broad range of maritime industries, from commercial shipping to offshore energy, bolstering our position as a key player in the maritime service sector.”

“This partnership is another significant step in our journey to increase our geographical reach and deliver best-in-class services to global clients,” Feras Al-Sahan, Acting Chief Executive Officer, of IMI, said. “We are confident that through our collaboration, as the largest full-service shipyard in the MENA region, and Franman’s expertise and far-reaching market presence in Europe, we can jointly unlock opportunities for the maritime sector and in turn spur economic growth. We recognise the evolving needs of shipping companies to ensure operational efficiency and business continuity.

“We are excited to support our prospective clients via IMI’s state-of-the-art integrated shipyard, where we not only provide ship and rig building capabilities, but also deliver MRO services. This collaboration will also be enhancing scalability of our operations and offering world class facilities in the region to new global clients.”

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