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Davies Turner perfect 10 A haulage alliance between Davies Turner and D.Perfect & Sons, that is celebrating its tenth anniversary, is proving to be a wise and mutually beneficial deal for both parties.

Recognised as one of the UK’s leading independent freight forwarding and logistics companies, Davies Turner said the alliance with D.Perfect & Sons, which specialises in general haulage and container transport, provides it with a dedicated HGV fleet to move consol containers between its regional distribution centre in Dartford and the ports of Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton.

With the domestic and international haulage market still in a difficult situation, with issues over a lack of drivers, port congestion; and forward bookings, this alliance is providing surety of service for Davies Turner's international ocean freight import and export consol services.

Tony Cole, director of Davies Turner & Co Ltd, and head of the company’s ocean freight operations says: “We find that merchant haulage, which our alliance with D.Perfect & Sons offers, enables us to book haulage in advance and guarantees that the tractor unit will be available when and where we want it.

“It helps us to secure timely transport of our clients’ consol containers, enabling us to deliver the flexibility, timeliness and reliability that they require.”

Dave Perfect, ( managing director of D.Perfect & Sons added: “Davies Turner is one of our largest customers and an excellent partner. It is really pleasing that our relationship continues to develop and grow.

“To mark our ten-year working relationship we have recently had one of our Volvo FH5 tractor units that we have added to our fleet sign written with Davies Turner’s corporate livery.”

Lionel van der Walt Nalian Nallian, the world's leading and most trusted partner in creating connected cargo hubs and optimizing freight management processes, today announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), effective July 1st, 2024.

In this role, Mr. van der Walt will be responsible for spearheading Nallian's growth strategy, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

"Lionel's appointment comes at a pivotal time for Nallian as we continue to expand our footprint in the global market," said Jean Verheyen, CEO of Nallian. "His extensive experience, network and strategic vision will be instrumental in accelerating our growth trajectory and delivering exceptional value to our customers, starting in the US where we already work with leading players such as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Menzies in Los Angeles"

van der Walt brings a wealth of experience in the logistics and supply chain industry. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions at prominent logistics companies, where he developed a proven track record of fostering innovation, driving market adoption, and building strategic partnerships. Most recently, van der Walt served as Chief Growth Officer at Raft, and prior to that, as Global Chief Commercial Officer and CEO Americas at PayCargo. He is recognized as an industry transformation evangelist, boasting extensive international experience spanning Southern Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Americas. Prior to his time at PayCargo, van der Walt was President at Cargo Network Services (CNS) in the US, held various leadership roles at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and prior to that he worked at South African Airways, was an air traffic controller and served in the South African Air Force in the early stages of his career.

"I am thrilled to join the talented team at Nallian and contribute to the company's continued success," said Mr. van der Walt. "I am excited about the opportunity to lead Nallian's commercial efforts and drive growth in key markets, particularly in North America, a region with immense potential for growth. I look forward to working closely with our customers and partners to deliver innovative solutions that address their evolving needs."

DSV Unicef partnership DSV, the global transport and logistics company, and UNICEF announced today a new partnership aimed at providing rapid emergency responses and strengthening global supply chains.

DSV will provide UNICEF with in-kind flights for swift delivery of essential supplies during emergencies, as well as flexible funding to enable timely support to children around the world.

"In 2023, UNICEF delivered 2.79 billion vaccine doses to 105 countries, supporting national vaccination targets and outbreak response. However, millions of children around the world missed out on life-saving vaccines, which indicates the significant challenges within global supply chains, especially in remote areas. This new partnership with DSV targets these vulnerabilities to ensure the rapid deployment of essential supplies. This will allow us not only to address immediate needs, but also to work towards long-term improvements in how we deliver critical supplies to children," said UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, Carla Haddad Mardini.

In the face of emergencies, children suffer first and suffer most, facing increased risks of disease and malnutrition. In addition to offering in-kind flights for emergency deliveries, DSV's flexible funding commitment allows UNICEF to mobilise resources swiftly - in as little as 24 hours after a crisis strikes - guaranteeing that supplies reach the children who need them most, no matter how remote their location.

"The world faces continued challenges that require effective solutions and support. This is why we have chosen to partner with UNICEF to ensure efficient humanitarian logistics for crisis-affected areas," said Group CEO of DSV, Jens H. Lund. "A pre-established in-kind flight agreement is a cornerstone of this strategic partnership, enabling the delivery of critical supplies to children and their families anywhere in the world when it is needed. In the event of an emergency, DSV is ready to support UNICEF in delivering life-saving supplies within the first 72 hours to help children survive and recover following a crisis."

As part of this partnership, DSV will draw on its industry expertise to work with UNICEF to strengthen supply chains - with a regional focus on Latin America - to improve children's access to essential goods and services. An important aspect of strengthening supply chains is enhancing the capabilities of the supply chain workforce. In global health, 40 per cent of resources are lost due to inefficiencies often linked to workforce challenges.

The partnership relies on the UNICEF Supply Chain Maturity Model to evaluate and enhance key operational and technical aspects of supply chain management, such as budgeting and planning, transportation, distribution and storage, and end-user monitoring. The findings will be used by governments in Latin America to develop evidence-based national supply chain strengthening plans, focusing investments to maximise improvements in supply chain resilience and access to healthcare supplies and services.

In 2023, UNICEF estimated that nearly a quarter of the world's children were living in, or fleeing from, conflict zones. The urgent needs of these children are often compounded by challenges relating to damaged infrastructure and insecurity. This makes strong partnerships vital in order to quickly overcome complex logistical and transport issues.

By leveraging its global network, DSV will provide UNICEF with resilient and efficient supply chain solutions to ensure that critical supplies reach remote locations in a timely manner.

This strategic partnership builds upon DSV's prior work with UNICEF, dating back to 2020, when DSV signed the World Economic Forum Supply Chain & Transport Industry Charter in support of UNICEF and COVAX Vaccine Distribution. DSV has also supported UNICEF's humanitarian response, most recently after the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria in 2023.

DP World Peru expansion DP World has completed a major $400 million expansion project at the Port of Callao in Peru, boosting container handling capacity at the South Terminal by 80% and solidifying Callao’s position as the key gateway for global trade on the west coast of South America.

The Bicentennial Pier expansion project extends the pier from 650 meters to 1,050 meters, making Callao one of the few ports in South America capable of accommodating three vessels (or two mega-vessels) simultaneously.

The project increases handling capacity from 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year to 2.7 million TEUs, while the container yard space has also been expanded to a total of 40 hectares.

The project is a key part of DP World’s ambitions for Latin America, announced last month. Given its proximity to the capital, Lima and complementing the growth of nearby Jorge Chávez Airport, the development elevates the Port of Callao from an efficient port to a premier logistics hub for the entire region.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: "The Bicentennial Pier project is a landmark achievement for us in Peru. Our $400 million investment represents our unwavering commitment to supporting region’s economic growth and solidifying Callao's position as a premier logistics hub, setting a new standard for sustainable port operations in South America. We are proud to contribute to a greener future for Peru and global trade."

Carlos Merino, CEO of DP World in Peru and Ecuador, said: “The completion of the Bicentennial Pier expansion marks a transformative moment for the Peruvian economy. The Port of Callao is the economic heart of Peru, handling over 90% of the country’s containerised cargo, with 60% of that cargo moving through the South Terminal. This expansion significantly enhances our capacity and operational efficiency. In conjunction with other DP World ports in the region, it solidifies our commitment to enhancing the connectivity and economic vitality of Peru and the entire region.”

Along with the pier extension and container handling, the project also adds state-of-the-art electric-powered equipment, including 15 electric cranes and 20 electric ITVs (internal transport vehicles). This makes it the first port terminal in the world to acquire a fleet of this magnitude.

Merino added: “This expansion is not just about increasing capacity; it's about setting a new standard for port infrastructure in South America. By integrating state-of-the-art electric-powered equipment and implementing sustainable practices, we are leading the way towards a greener and more efficient future for global trade.”

Additionally, the terminal now hosts the first electric charging station for trucks in Latin America. The 2-megawatt station will support DP World’s fleet of electric ITVs, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 2,000 tons per year and promoting a sustainable energy transition in the Peruvian market.

DP World tommyfleetwoodDP World, a leading provider of global smart supply chain solutions, has announced golfing superstar Tommy Fleetwood as its latest Global Ambassador.

He joins cricketing royalty Sachin Tendulkar, who was announced as a DP World Global Ambassador late last year.

Fleetwood, currently ranked World Number 13, was a member of last year’s victorious European Ryder Cup team to become a two-time winner, he has amassed seven wins on the DP World Tour, and finished a career-high sixth in the FedEx Cup last year.

Fleetwood and DP World officially opened The DP World Golf Performance Centre at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai in 2022, the region’s first-ever Tommy Fleetwood Academy. Appointing Fleetwood as a Global Ambassador perfectly aligns with DP World’s commitment to growing grassroots golf in the region and globally, encouraging everyone to learn to play the game of golf, something Fleetwood is extremely passionate about.

Daniel Van Otterdijk, DP World’s Group Chief Communications Officer, said: “We are thrilled that Tommy is now part of the DP World family as our new Global Ambassador. Appointing him was a natural next step, strengthening our already very strong partnership. The calibre of talent that Tommy represents aligns perfectly with our goal to further build our brand in the realm of sport, as he appeals to such a huge audience. We look forward to watching the magic he brings to the game week after week.”

Tommy Fleetwood said: "It's an honour to grow my relationship with DP World as their Global Ambassador. Over the past two years, the work we have done together has made significant strides in the game we all love, and I'm excited for what lies ahead. DP World is a forward-thinking, innovative company that continues to invest in golf's development, and anyone who knows me knows how close growing the game is to my heart.”

The appointment of Fleetwood adds another asset to DP World’s expanding global sports portfolio. With a year-round calendar and a truly global footprint, golf is a sport that reflects the nature of its business. Through innovative, state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, DP World delivers the ingredients that make golf possible, supporting grassroots initiatives and shaping the future of golf and trade for everyone.

Pharmaaero Pharma.Aero, the leading global platform dedicated to excellence in pharmaceutical transportation, announces the addition of four new members.

Kuehne + Nagel, EarlyHealth Group, E.T.H. Cargo Services and Tive have signed up to the cross-industry collaboration platform.

Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General of Pharma.Aero, welcomes the new additions: “Pharma.Aero looks forward to the synergy and innovation that these new members will bring. These new partnerships further strengthen our organization’s position as a hub of cutting-edge solutions and collaborative initiatives in the realm of healthcare logistics.”

Kuehne + Nagel is one of the world’s leading logistics companies, headquartered in Switzerland. With 81,000 employees and a strong global presence, Kuehne + Nagel provides logistics solutions across the healthcare industry for every phase in a product’s life cycle.

Kristine Palm, Global Air Logistics Healthcare Product Manager: “Kuehne + Nagel aims to be the most trusted supply chain partner by offering our customers the most consistent and dynamic service experience in the industry which supports a sustainable future. Entering a partnership with Pharma.Aero will give us the opportunity to develop and ensure that high quality solutions are available for the healthcare industry, so that we can continue to deliver the products our customers need in the condition that they deserve.”

EarlyHealth Group (EHG) is a leading pharmaceutical service provider specializing in clinical research and market access for the life sciences industry. With over 40 companies within the group, EHG has facilitated clinical trial services and managed access solutions in 60+ countries for biotech, pharmaceutical companies, and CROs for four decades.

Yulia Celetaria, Heads of Logistics at EarlyHealth Group: “We are excited to announce our partnership with Pharma.Aero as part of our continued commitment to enhancing supply chain logistics in the pharmaceutical industry. By joining the Life Science Manufacturers Advisory Platform, we aim to drive innovation and transformation in supply chain management, ultimately improving access to essential healthcare solutions. Together, we look forward to creating impactful change in advancing the delivery of healthcare services to patients worldwide, as well as bringing positive impact to the healthcare ecosystem.”

Tive is a U.S.-based company providing validated, real-time supply chain visibility across road, air, ocean, and rail. With a track record of delivering over a million devices to 700+ global customers— and approved in over 180 countries — the company has solidified its position as a solutions provider for real time visibility in the pharmaceutical industry.

Alex Guillen, Global SME Life Science and Pharma at Tive, stated, “Partnering with Pharma.Aero marks a pivotal moment for Tive in our commitment to revolutionizing pharmaceutical logistics. Together, we will continue to elevate industry standards and ensure unmatched reliability and quality in global pharmaceutical transportation. Armed with a full suite of cutting-edge IoT solutions, Tive continues to push the boundaries of supply chain and logistics visibility—empowering businesses to make smarter decisions and optimize their operations. Joining forces with the Life Science Manufacturers Advisory Platform will undoubtedly help Tive achieve these goals.”

E.T.H. Cargo Services is the first-ever company from Puerto Rico joining Pharma.Aero. Founded in 2001, the small to medium-sized independent forwarder offers dedicated tailor-made solutions to the pharmaceutical, medical device and life science industries.

Sascha Herzig, President of E.T.H. Cargo, highlights the vision of this new partnership, stating, “By joining Pharma.Aero’s global network, we aim to collaborate closely with the life science, pharma and med tech manufacturers, as well as fellow forwarders, packaging suppliers and airports, to gain knowledge and leverage our expertise. It is also our goal to place a spotlight on Puerto Rico with its vast manufacturing footprint producing and exporting worldwide some of the top medicines. While located in Puerto Rico, E.T.H. Cargo has an extensive worldwide network of pharma-certified specialized forwarders.”

BLG AGM 2024 “In 2023, BLG LOGISTICS proved to be a strong and reliable logistics partner for trade and industry in an economically and politically highly erratic environment.

The shortage of skilled labor, climate change, inflation, the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East, attacks on trade vessels by Houthi rebels – the list of conflicts, crises and catastrophes is long and constantly changing. Despite all these obstacles, we were able to close the financial year 2023 much better than expected. 2023 showed that reliability and adaptability remain the decisive factors for success even in difficult times.”

This was the positive conclusion of the CEO of BLG, Frank Dreeke, in his report on the 2023 business year to the 144th general shareholders meeting of BREMER LAGERHAUS-GESELLSCHAFT -Aktiengesellschaft von 1877.

The BLG Group posted sales of EUR 1.21 billion in financial year 2023. That was 8.1 percent more than in the previous year. “Considering the many crises and challenges we faced, that is a more than respectable performance. This means that we beat the downward trend caused by the coronavirus crisis for the second time in succession. All our areas in the company and every colleague contributed to this,” emphasized Frank Dreeke in his address.

The earnings before tax (EBT) of the Group for 2023 totaled EUR 36.1 million. This was 35.2 percent below the previous year (EUR 55.7 million). The Group EBT therefore decreased by EUR 19.6 million. The EBT margin was three percent. In the previous year, the figure was five percent.

The AUTOMOBILE division was able to increase sales and profit dramatically. Sales grew by EUR 62.1 million to EUR 641.9 million. The sales growth is mainly due to higher revenues in the areas of transport and storage. In the entire AUTOMOBILE network, the division handled, transported or technically processed some 5 million vehicles last year. In the reporting year, the BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven returned to positive figures, achieving a significant improvement in its result. This was due especially to the restructuring and transformation processes coming into effect as well as newly agreed contracts with a number of key accounts.

The CONTRACT division also developed positively. Sales revenue increased by EUR 20.9 million to EUR 569.1 million. In the continuing multi-crisis situation, the division again succeeded in meeting its targets in 2023. Some individual locations suffered significant volume reductions, but higher volumes and productivity plus additional business at other locations compensated for this. Other factors with a positive effect were falling inflation rates and especially lower energy prices in the course of the year.

The CONTAINER division was impacted by weak demand in the economy and closed the year with a clearly positive result, but financially down on the previous year. Over the reporting year, in total noticeably fewer containers than expected were handled at the inland terminals of the EUROGATE Group. The handling volume decreased from 11.2 million TEU by 5.1 percent, and declined at the German terminals overall by 10.5 percent. Storage earnings, which significantly increased in the previous year due to disrupted schedules of the shipping lines, also decreased earlier than expected. Due to a decline in handling volumes by the fully consolidated companies in Germany, EUROGATE posted a significant decrease in sales by some 13 percent to EUR 301.9 million (BLG share).

Summing up the developments in the three divisions, Frank Dreeke said: “The result for 2023 exceeded our expectations and is proof of our reliability, performance capability and our entrepreneurial strength in a dynamic and challenging business environment.”

“Delivering” is the title of this year's Annual Report. “Short, simple and to the point. Delivering is what we do every day. We move goods, raw materials and products of all kinds. From the smallest screws for global automobile production to core assemblies for the Ariane 6, due to be launched into space in the near future. We deliver. Every day with high performance, expertise and passion,” said BLG CEO Frank Dreeke in his address.

That would not be possible without the employees of the BLG Group, he stressed. BLG LOGISTICS provides approx. 20,000 jobs around the globe. “To recruit, train and retain employees, we aim to permanently raise awareness on the employment market of our company as an attractive employer. The basis for this are our corporate values and corporate culture,” said Frank Dreeke.

The BLG CEO admitted to some concerns about the future: “The Middle East conflict and the continuing war in Ukraine could exacerbate the situation further. We continue to operate in a volatile market environment. To meet these challenges, we are investing heavily in flexibility, digitalization/AI, automation and sustainability. BLG is a well-positioned, robust, future-oriented and competitive company.”

Following the report and questions from the shareholders, the Annual General Meeting approved the actions of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management with a large majority, and also approved the payment of a dividend of EUR 0.45 for the financial year 2023.

Movu WESTHOF BioThe leading German Organic vegetable freezing company Westhof BIO has selected easily accessible, plug and play automation in the form of a stow Racking silo served by Movu atlas 2D pallet shuttles.

Part of an integrated intralogistics solution from systems integrator Körber, the silo and shuttles play a key intralogistics role in Westhof BIO’s brand new, highly automated production facility, located near Hamburg in Germany.

Due to go live in June 2024, the Movu system provides reliable and efficient automated flow of goods and high density storage in a six-level silo to hold over 5000 pallets of frozen vegetables in the cold store.

Westhof BIO processes around 10,000 tonnes of fresh produce annually providing an organic frozen range. Its new climate- and resource-saving organic freezing plant gives the company room to expand and represents a major step forward for the company. The ultra-modern and automated freezer warehouse stores the frozen vegetables to allow their delivery on pallets to manufacturers of organic food and baby food all year round.

The company looked for a high density storage solution for the vegetables in its minus 24 degrees centigrade cold store that offers reliability and scalability as well as efficient and accurate flow of goods.

The automation solution consists of six Movu atlas shuttles, one of which transports the pallets on each of the six levels of the stow silo, which measures 60 m long x 31 m wide x 17 m high. Providing deep, multi-pallet channel storage, the silo maximises space by minimising the number and width of driving aisles – this installation has just one.

Efficient and quick to set up, the plug and play Movu atlas system fits all buildings to ensure no warehouse is left behind when it comes to automation. Even if a shuttle goes down or requires maintenance, it can be easily removed and replaced with a new shuttle within a day, with Westhof BIO ’s WMS directing goods to one of the other silo levels. The easily scalable atlas system allows the addition of shuttles to increase throughput and store greater quantities of vegetables during harvest peak.

Stefan Pieters, CEO of Movu Robotics said: “We are delighted to have successfully handed over another Movu project to our customer. With the combination of the stow silo and the Movu atlas 2D shuttle, Westhof BIO could trust on consistent high engineering and Project Management standards with a reliable project lead time. The Movu atlas 2D Shuttle is a true example of simple and easily accessible plug and play automation in challenging cold storage environment. It´s scalability provides Westhof BIO with automation that handles peaks and adapts easily to future requirements.”

Berit Carstens-Lask, Managing Director of Westhof BIO, adds: ”We are extremely satisfied with the automation solution that has been realized and with both the engineering and execution of the project. We hope that when we start running it, the automation solution from Movu will make a significant contribution to optimising our entire production and warehouse processes, making them much more efficient and flexible.”

zepa onboarding The Zero Emission Port Alliance (ZEPA) announces the onboarding of 11 organizations from the container port industry.

Among the members are APM Terminals, CATL, DP World, Kempower, Patrick Terminals, Port of Aarhus, Port of Rotterdam, Rocsys, Sany, SSA Marine, and ZPMC.

The ZEPA members are committed to accelerating the adoption of Battery-Electric Container Handling Equipment (BE-CHE) together. Their collective effort is aimed to take a significant step to speed up port decarbonisation and make BE-CHE affordable and accessible within this decade. The new members bring vital insights, contacts and a strong drive for decarbonisation to the alliance. The alliance is open to all industry partners and is run by an independent 3rd party Secretariat.

Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonisation, APM Terminals, stated: “Reflecting on our journey, it is incredible to see how far we have come since defining the problem at last year’s TOC Europe conference. From the ‘tipping point’ White Paper nine months ago to launching ZEPA with DP World in December during COP28, and now onboarding 11 key members across the value chain, our progress highlights that we are addressing a valuable problem that resonates across the industry, and it affirms our conviction that collaboration is essential to tackle it effectively.”

In the past months, ZEPA has conducted working sessions and initial analyses, and held its first formal Steering Committee during TOC Europe on June 11th.

ZEPA is led by its Steering Committee, which held its first successful meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam. During the meeting, ZEPA members highlighted their membership as a key priority in their efforts to reduce emissions and to bring forward the Total Cost of Ownership parity of battery electric equipment with diesel. Key industry leaders voiced their support and emphasised that change comes faster with cross-value chain collaboration. The alliance is designed and implemented in full compliance with all applicable anti-trust and competition laws, monitored by external legal counsel.

Representatives of ZEPA members were actively involved in several panels at TOC Europe, where the alliance' mission and progress were discussed, further emphasizing the urgency and collective effort required to reduce emissions. ZEPA has kicked off work in three (of the four) workstreams:

Measure and report projected aggregated global demand for BE-CHE, to incentivise Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to scale-up production and shorten their lead times.

Develop voluntary and accessible design standards for untethered BE-CHE, to achieve economies of scale and simplify implementation through equipment interoperability and compatibility. This includes harmonising operational requirements and identifying potential for charging strategy harmonisation and component standardisation. Any design standards will be voluntary, public and accessible, without enforcement. The deliverables do not prevent stakeholders going beyond the standards in terms of BE-CHE performance. ZEPA actively seeks industry and public sector input in the process.

Develop an electrification toolkit, including best practices and a technical checklist for port authorities and terminal operators to prepare for and implement the power infrastructure required for BE-CHE, shore power and other cargo segments at ports.

Maersk Vestas contract Besides integrated logistics for conventional, containerized products, Maersk offers also out-of-gauge and special cargo shipments as part of its Maersk Project Logistics (MPL) business.

Another example for these heavy lift capabilities of Maersk is a new project from the leading Danish renewable energy company Vestas.

As a global leader in renewable energy solutions, Vestas has awarded Maersk with an important contract for transporting the extra heavy powertrains of its largest ever built wind turbine V236. This heart-piece of the 15MW turbine weighs 260 tons alone and will be installed in the nacelle in Vesta’s factory in Lindø, Denmark. Maersk will manage the transport with special equipment from the assembly site in Lommel, Belgium via Antwerp to the port of Lindø. The powertrain is one of a number of large components of the nacelle. The final V236 nacelle has a total weight of more than 630 tons including the powertrain.

At a later stage, Maersk will also move the V236 powertrains to a new Vestas factory in Poland. Maersk is building a full supply chain solution for all cargo flows inbound manufacturing into both production sites in Denmark and Poland. Apart from heavy lift transports, Maersk is also taking care of Vesta’s containerized cargo as well as air freight, customs services, intermodal and warehousing as part of a fully integrated logistics solution on a global scale.

"Since our cooperation started, Maersk has proven to be a very capable and optimal partner who can serve a lot of our logistics needs globally out of one hand. An integrated supply chain solution which is being designed and built together with a strategic partner adds visibility and thus resilience to our logistics operations as well as a lot of ease while executing our complex logistics business. It has been an exciting joint journey which we will continue and expand." Damien Lhors, Group Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Transport at Vestas.

"For more than two years, we have been working for Vestas in a close partnership, developing exciting heavy lift projects as well as normal containerized cargo. We are extremely honoured about being the preferred and trusted partner for Vestas. The transport requires complex logistics capabilities and experience, which makes us even more proud to be selected by the world’s leading renewable energy company." Claus Svane Schmidt, Global Head of Maersk Project Logistics.

Maersk provides project logistics services across industries such as renewable energy sector, power generation, automotive, industrial manufacturing, but also government contracted logistics as well as aid and relief. The MPL offering includes the full spectrum of planning, orchestration and end-to-end specialised transportation services to manage the flow of project-related cargo according to the unique sequence, schedule and conditions of each project.

Maersk 100 years in Japan A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), a global leader in integrated logistics, celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first call in Japan with its long-standing partner Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation (MLC).

In 1924, the first Maersk vessel, “LEISE MAERSK” called Yokohama, Japan, kicked off a century of Maersk’s development in the country. Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation’s collaboration with Maersk can be traced back to 1928 when it became Maersk’s local agency for the Japanese market.

The 100-year ceremony, co-hosted by Robert Maersk Uggla, Chairman of the Board of A. P. Moller – Maersk, Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director of Northeast Asia at Maersk, and SAITO Hidechika, President and Representative Director, Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation, took place on June 4, 2024. The event welcomed 150 distinguished guests, including INADA Masahiro, Director-General of Ports and Harbors Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, YAMANAKA Takeharu, Mayor of Yokohama, FUJIKI Yukio, The Chairman of Port of Yokohama Promotion Association, and Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to Japan, who celebrated this historic milestone for Maersk.

"A century has passed since Maersk’s first vessel called Yokohama. We have witnessed and participated in the remarkable growth of Japan as it has become a global economic powerhouse. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the support over the years, including that of the Japanese government, our partners, customers, and employees. The 100-years history has paved the way for our further growth and innovation in Japan." Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director, Northeast Asia at Maersk.

This milestone for Maersk coincides with the 165th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama. As part of the commemorations, Robert Maersk Uggla participated in a Floral Tribute Ceremony at the Yokohama Dockworkers’ Memorial Tower with MLC’s management to pay tribute to the unwavering dedication of Yokohama port workers and unions.

"We are celebrating our 96th year of doing business with Maersk. Together, we have faced challenges along the way, but with mutual trust and cooperation, we have been able to overcome them. The shipping industry is rapidly evolving, but with our years of experience and foresight, we are committed to providing the utmost support to navigate through these times of transformation together." Saito Hidechika, President of Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation.

Over the past 100 years since “LEISE MAERSK”’s call, Maersk has been extending its business footprint in Japan. Currently, Maersk has offices in Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka, serving Japanese clients across various sectors such as Automotive, Technology & Electronics, Chemical & Industrial, FMCG, Retail & Lifestyle, and Refrigerated goods. Maersk augmented Ocean logistics with strong addition in air, in-land, and contract logistics in Japan, as part of its integrated strategy. Japan plays a critical role in realizing Maersk’s 2040 net-zero emission goal. In December 2023, Maersk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) to the develop green methanol bunkering infrastructure in Yokohama.

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