Western Bulk Chartering Opens West Africa Office

Western Bulk Chartering AS is pleased to announce the opening of its new commercial office in Casablanca, Morocco, and the appointment of Henning Fotland as General Manager.

The Casablanca office will serve as a hub for the company's clients in the 22 countries linked to the Atlantic coast of Africa, and will place the company at the forefront of future trade opportunities for the entire African continent.

Mr. Henning Fotland has been with Western Bulk Chartering for eight years and is a graduate of the Maersk Executive Trainee program.

Jens Ismar, Western Bulk Chartering CEO, said of the opening, "West Africa holds tremendous promise and we see the opening of this office as a natural extension and the next stage in our increased business in a very exiting area for WBC.  We are also grateful for the good support of our clients and partners in Morocco in bringing about the opening of this new office."

For further information, please contact:

Henning Fotland
General Manager
33 rue Hassan Seghir
Casablanca, Morocco

Phone: +212 6 65 27 54 61 
Email: westafrica@westernbulk.com

Western Bulk

Email and IT-related Fraud Alert

There is an increasing risk of attempted fraud and other security threats via email. In particular, Western Bulk has noticed an increase of fraudulent requests to change bank account details of suppliers/creditors, in an attempt to redirect payments to criminals and not to the intended recipient. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and learn to detect fraudulent email instructions - seemingly legitimate emails may contain fraudulent information, this is not just a cybersecurity matter.

As a result, Western Bulk will treat any notice of bank account changes as suspicious. Urgent pressure to effect payment as soon as possible without verification of the changes will also be treated as suspicious.

Please note that Western Bulk would not inform of changes to bank account details by email notice alone. In the unlikely event that we need to change a beneficiary name or our other bank account details, we would personally contact our supplier or customer in order to personally verify any change in details.

Similarly, we ask that all our suppliers and creditors:

1. first notify us in writing and
2. personally verify any change in bank details or change in beneficiary in any payment advice to Western Bulk.

In summary, notices of bank account changes will require voice confirmation from your Western Bulk contact, either by telephone or face to face, before payment can be authorised so please make sure to notify any changes in good time.