Ship management and marine services giant V.Group (V.) has entered into a strategic partnership with international shipping group Erasmus Shipinvest Group (ESI), for the management of commercial vessels, including the provision of crewing and marine services.

Under the agreement, V.Group will take a “double-digit number” of ESI’s vessels of various types into management, with the first container vessel having entered management earlier this week, followed by an LPG carrier entering management later this month.

These two vessels will be followed by further ESI tonnage during 2024 and beyond as ESI continues to expand its global fleet.

The partnership gives ESI access to Oceanic’s vessel catering and GMT’s crew travel services, membership of V.Group’s supply chain solution Marcas, and proprietary digital ship management platform ShipSure.

René Kofod-Olsen, chief executive of V.Group, said: “This partnership with Erasmus further demonstrates the value of our global platform, the strength of our end-to-end offering of shipping services and our expertise in managing complex vessels, including LPG tankers.”

John Su, chairman and chief executive of Erasmus Shipinvest Group, noted: “We have been looking for a top-class ship management partner with global presence to work with, and we are convinced that V.Group’s undoubted reputation as a leading services provider fits well with our ambition and standards to expand our diversified state-of-art fleet across different segments.”