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Archives for June 2011

Dachser opens Eurohub in Bratislava

New logistics centre combines local branch office Bratislava and central logistics hub for central and eastern Europe
Kempten/Bratislava, 21 June 2011. With its new Eurohub Bratislava, Dachser opened a cornerstone of its European overland transport network. The logistics intersection for central and eastern Europe shares the 64,000-square-metre site with the local Dachser branch office.

The new logistics centre accommodates a 3,565-square-metre cross dock for industrial goods which allows for simultaneous loading and unloading of 31 trucks. An office building with 1,800 square metres of usable floor space has also been built. In a second building phase, a warehouse with 13,500 pallet spaces will be added.

In a first step, the second Eurohub within the Dachser overland transport network links 14 countries via 19 daily scheduled services and is also directly connected to the Eurohub in Überherrn, Germany. In late summer 2011, Dachser’s third European hub in Clermont-Ferrand, France, will also join the network.

At a ceremony, Dachser managing director Michael Schilling presented the Slovakian country manager Roman Stoličný with a tree as a symbol for the growth of the Dachser network and the Slovakian country organization. The ceremony was attended by numerous guests from the fields of politics and business, as well as professional associations.

“Growth is not an end in itself, but should always be geared to the benefit of our customers,” Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser points out. “The success of our joint venture in Slovakia underscores this principle. The very positive development over the past seven years is due to the commitment and market knowledge of our partner Mr. Engelbert Liegl. Together with his team he developed the Slowakian country organization into a pillar of the European Dachser network.”

“In only nine months, we have built a future-oriented logistics facility in Lozorno that meets today’s modern standards”, comments Roman Stoličný, European Logistics country manager for Dachser in Slovakia. “This also paves the way for the future growth of the Slovakian country organization.”

In 2010, Dachser generated total revenue of EUR 3.8 billion. 19,250 staff working in 310 profit centres worldwide handled 46.2 million consignments weighing a total of 35.5 million tonnes.

The enclosed press backgrounder gives you more facts and figures about the Eurohub and the Bratislava branch office.

A.M. Best Once More Confirms TT Club’s Rating as A- (Excellent)

London, 20th June, 2011

TT Club, the leading mutual insurer in the international freight and logistics arena has had its financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) re-affirmed once again by the US rating agency, A. M. Best.  TT’s issuer credit rating was also maintained at ‘a -’ by the agency, which at the same time determined that the outlook for both ratings remains ‘stable’.

In its statement issued today announcing the Club’s ratings A. M. Best expressed its view of the insurer’s balance sheet strength, “TT Club is expected to maintain excellent consolidated, risk-adjusted capitalisation in 2011 following the good operating surplus achieved in 2010,” it said and also commented positively, “The Club continues to set reserves with a significant margin established above internal actuary’s best estimate”.

Charles Fenton, TT Club’s Chief Executive Officer, in welcoming the rating announcement, said, “We are, of course pleased with the confidence the rating agency has expressed in the Club especially during the sustained soft market conditions the industry is experiencing at present.  The Club is strongly placed both in terms of its capital and operating positions to take advantage of an improvement in the world economy and in the premium rating environment when they occur”.

The agency expects The Club’s underwriting results, which were weakened in 2010 by losses arising from the earthquake in Chile, as well as two major maritime incidents, to improve as global trading conditions recuperate.  This belief is encouraged, say A. M. Best by TT Club’s strong specialist business profile covering both property and liability in the international maritime transport and logistics markets.

In further reaction to the A – (Excellent) rating and the accompanying observations made by A. M. Best, Fenton commented, “The statement draws attention to the Club’s strong positioning in its market place and its commitment to delivering to its members a superior service, quality loss prevention and risk management advice.  It is as a result of these factors that the Club maintains member retention rates of over 95% year after year. ”

TT Club’s detailed financial results for the year-end 31st December 2010 are available on the TT Club website –

Notes to Editors

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.


Dachser builds second facility in the Greater Frankfurt region

Ground-breaking ceremony for Frankfurt Ost logistics centre at the Hanauer Kreuz traffic junction

Kempten/Erlensee, 15 June 2011. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is investing EUR 16 million until March 2012 in a new logistics centre in Erlensee near Hanau, creating capacities for further sustained growth in the Rhine-Main region.

District Administrator Erich Pipa and mayor Stefan Erb joined Dachser managing director Michael Schilling and Frankfurt branch manager Friedrich Wilhelm Wasser for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Frankfurt Ost logistics centre. The approximately 47,000-square-metre site in Erlensee will accommodate a 6,660-square-metre cross dock that will allow for simultaneous loading and unloading of 68 trucks, as well as a two-storey office building with around 2,000 square metres of usable floor space. Additional space is available for expansion of both buildings if necessary. Dachser also has secured an option on an adjacent site with an area of over two hectares.

“During the past five business years, the number of staff at the Dachser CargoCity Süd location has increased by more than 50%. The tonnage transported has almost doubled, and the number of shipments broke through the sound barrier of one million a year for the first time in 2010,” reports Friedrich Wilhelm Wasser, manager of the Frankfurt logistics centre. “As a reliable and successful partner to the local economy, we are today laying the foundation stone for our further development in the Rhine-Main area.”

“Dachser is investing in the systematic expansion of its full-coverage, customer-oriented logistics network,” explains Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser. “The Frankfurt Ost logistics centre will link the Rhine-Main region directly or via hubs with 38 national and 190 European destinations.”

From March 2012, around 100 new Dachser employees will take up their posts in Erlensee, including eight trainees aiming to qualify as specialists in forwarding and logistics services, office activities and warehousing operations. Including service providers and subcontractors, the new logistics centre will create around 300 jobs in the Greater Frankfurt region over the medium term.

In 2010, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, generated total revenue of EUR 3.8 billion. 19,250 staff working in 310 profit centres worldwide handled 46.2 million consignments weighing a total of 35.5 million tonnes

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‘DACHSER magazine’ wins gold FOX AWARD

Kempten, 08.06.2011.

Gold for the ‘DACHSER magazine’ in the category ‘Special format customer magazine’: in the FOX AWARDS 2011, the first efficiency awards in the field of corporate publishing, the Kempten-based logistics provider’s international magazine format convinced the jury.

The jury was particularly impressed by the outstanding combination of customer and staff magazine, target group customization and reader analysis performed by a service provider specializing in corporate publishing. “We consider this award as a great honour and an affirmation of all the hard work over the past few years,” says ‘DACHSER magazine’ editor-in-chief Jörn Erdmann delightedly. “To receive an efficiency award is proof that we have successfully mastered the balancing act of producing a combined customer and staff magazine.”

Dr Andreas Froschmayer, manager of the Corporate Development & PR division, points out the importance of the ‘DACHSER magazine’ for customers and staff: “With some 40,000 copies sold, the magazine ranks alongside other specialized logistics publications and is an established magazine within the industry. But efficiency also means avoiding coverage losses and not producing for the waste bin. In the case of the ‘DACHSER magazine’, the vast majority of copies are distributed directly and personally to customers and staff via the branch offices.”

The FOX AWARD is the first efficiency award in corporate publishing. A jury made up of industry and media experts evaluated corporate media in internal and external communications with respect to their development, coverage, efficiency, contribution to revenue, distribution quality and brand conformity. The overall impression – enjoyment and curiosity when using the media – also influenced the final score. A total of 91 reknowned companies and agencies submitted their work for this year’s awards.

The ‘DACHSER magazine’ is produced by BurdaYukom in the Burda Creative Group and published four times a year in German, English and French. Going back 52 years, the magazine traditionally addresses international customers, staff and the general (media) public. This heterogeneous target group results from the especially integrative network concept that has made Dachser a leading global logistics provider.

In 2010, the internationally operating logistics provider generated total revenue of EUR 3.8 billion. 19,250 staff working in 310 profit centres worldwide handled 46.2 million consignments weighing a total of 35.5 million tonnes.

Quay Cranes Safety Recommendations Formalised

London, 9th June, 2011

Three industry bodies have produced joint research and published safety specifications for container quay cranes.  Experts, working from TT Club insurance claims records and with combined operational experience, recommend minimum standard safety features to promote safety.

The ‘Recommended Minimum Safety Specifications for Quay Container Cranes’ document has been released during a safety workshop at TOC Europe 2011 in Antwerp. Published jointly by property, equipment and liability insurance provider TT Club, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) and ICHCA International, the recommendations are the first such publication by the three parties.  Born out of the Club’s claims experience, the research has drawn together a formidable group of operational engineering experience from around the globe, particularly through the ICHCA International Safety Panel, to identify solutions to common problems that jeopardise safety on the waterfront.

The parties launched the initiative on crane safety in late 2009 to establish a baseline standard of safety specifications. The publication profiled at TOC Europe this week calls for a new approach to the crane procurement process in order to recognise safety as an integral part of operational decisions that will minimise exposure to injury, damage and disruption costs over the life cycle of the equipment.

As John Strang, the Chairman of ICHCA International, noted at the outset of the project, “Inevitably, crane procurement is price sensitive and requires significant budget. However, buyers will not always be familiar with the most effective safety technologies,” he said. “Furthermore,” continued Strang, “The process of specification is complex; any quote needs to be carefully assessed against the invitation to tender, and subsequent change requests can be costly. For all these reasons, there should be a standard safe baseline provided in every tender to ensure the industry has the safest cranes possible.”

The recommended minimum safety features directly address the causes of accidents and failures identified by TT Club from its claims records. These include:

  • Damage caused by high winds
    While the Club in 2009 published its handbook covering the general risks arising from high winds, ‘WindStorm II – Practical risk management guidance for marine & inland terminals’, it has been clear that design features play an important part in minimising exposure to this type of loss. Non-technical people would be surprised at the ‘sail effect’ inherent in the ‘Meccano-like’ structures. There are innumerable instances of cranes being blown along the rails, often colliding with neighbouring cranes, or being dislodged from the rails, generally leading to structural collapse.
  • While extreme conditions cannot be entirely precluded, the recommended baseline functional requirement includes details for driven braking system and anemometer design, including practical operational controls to facilitate appropriate shutdown of the crane. Further losses can be prevented through the installation of storm pins on both waterside and landside, and crane tie-downs on each corner of the crane – with appropriately positioned and engineered anchor points in the terminal apron.
  • Damage caused by collision
    Accident statistics clearly demonstrate that collisions are a surprisingly recurrent problem. Most commonly, it is the boom of the crane that impacts a ship’s superstructure, leading to damage to both the ship and the boom, resulting in substantial repair costs and consequent downtime. TT Club has for a number of years recommended the installation of radar or laser electronic sensors. This proven technology, integrated appropriately into the operational systems, allows the crane to come to a ‘normal’ stop prior to impact.
  • Risk of fire
    The incidence of fires in quay gantry cranes is low, certainly compared with mobile terminal equipment. However, the position of control machinery high up on the crane structure presents a considerable challenge to most port fire response services. Thus, it is important to install temperature and smoke detection systems and provide appropriate alarms for all relevant operational staff. Fully automatic fire suppression is also recommended.
  • Damage caused by snagged loads
    A constant operational concern, that from time to time leads to major accidents, relates to the potential damage to the crane structure or lifting system when a container or spreader is jammed during lifting operations. Apart from the potential to damage the ship’s cell guides or other structures, the risk to the crane itself is obvious as – in extremis – it attempts to lift the ship out of the water. Detection and safety protection is necessary to prevent the excess of designed load in the lifting system. Related to this is the emergence of load sensing technology that can accurately measure the actual weight and eccentricity of each container, as well as provide warning of snag loads.

The intention is for suppliers to include as standard, not optional, the baseline of safety features on this list in all their quotations for container quay cranes. Terminals and buyers are also recommended to incorporate such requirements in their tender specifications. In many instances the safety features identified can be retrofitted to existing equipment. This publication aims to contribute to protecting the substantial asset investment and minimising the costs associated with any type of accident.

Having brought together manufacturers, insurance interests and operational users, the tripartite collaboration has reaffirmed the longer term aim to establish similar international baseline safety standards for all types of port and terminal equipment.


For further information please contact:

Emma Chalmers, Marketing Manager

TT Club

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7204 2635




The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Shortlisted Nominees Lead the Way in Climate Change

The forthcoming Sustainable Shipping Awards will highlight the shipping industry’s sense of responsibility in playing its part in fighting climate change.     


London, 8th June, 2011

With 40 shortlisted nominees across the eight awards categories the Sustainable Shipping Awards, with a presentation ceremony to be held on the 7th July at London’s Radisson Blu Hotel, are set to highlight the need for a coordinated industry approach to climate change issues.  Indeed the same week that saw the nominations for this year’s awards close also saw the launch of Forum for the Future, a bold new initiative to overhaul the shipping industry’s approach to sustainability. 

Jonathon Porritt, a founder director, of the Forum, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability will host this year’s Sustainable Shipping Awards. He highlighted the fact that; “companies who fail to act to take tangible action regarding our environment will become increasingly vulnerable to competition.” 

Yvo de Boer, Special Global Adviser, Climate Change and Sustainability at KPMG and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will welcome guests to the evening, where winners in the eight categories ; Clean Air Award, Environmental Technology of the Year Award, Green Shipping Initative of the Year Award, Environmental Innovation of the Year Award, Ocean Environmental Protection Award, Regional Environmental Protection Contribution of the Year Award, Sustainable Shipping Operator of  the Year Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping Award, will be announced.

Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate and Environment for Maersk Line commented “The Sustainable Shipping Awards play an important role in drawing together those companies and individuals making great strides to improve the impact of shipping on our world.” 



Note to editors:

Nominees in the eight awards categories:

Sustainable Shipping Awards 2011 – Judges

  • Charlie Browne, Environmental Manager, IKEA UK;
  • Natalie Bruckner-Menchelli, Senior Editor,;
  • Peter Hinchliffe OBE, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping & International    Shipping Federation;
  • Mike Penning, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport;
  • Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate & Environment, Maersk Line;
  • Dr Simon Walmsley, Marine Manager, WWF International

 Forum for the Future

The fifteen founding members of are:

Lloyds Register, Maersk Line, WWF, ABN Amro, BP Shipping, Cargill, DSME, Gearbulk, IMC, Morgan Stanly, Rio Tinto, RSA, Tsakos Energy Navigation, Wartsila and Carnival Corp.

“K” Line Ship Rescue 2 Italians in Distress

DAIO AZALEA, a woodchip carrier owned by an overseas subsidiary of TAIYO NIPPON KISEN CO., LTD. which is the wholly-owned ship managing subsidiary of “K” Line, rescued 2 Italians from STELLA COMETA, a 43-foot catamaran that sank 900 miles east of Boston on May 11. 

STELLA COMETA was on a voyage from New York City to Portugal, but she requested the rescue after suffering a broken mast and was taking on water after hitting a big wave. DAIO AZALEA was 28 miles from the stricken sailboat when the U.S Coast Guard radioed a request to assist at around 5:15pm local time on May 11. DAIO AZALEA rushed to the scene and at around 7:45pm found the abandoned crew members in life rafts. As rescue operations continued in the darkness of night while facing heavy and threatening sea conditions, both of the Italians were finally safely transferred to DAIO AZALEA at around 10:30pm. Once onboard, their health condition was reportedly good and they safely disembarked at Pozzalo port in Italy on May 23.


Ship Management       :  TAIYO NIPPON KISEN CO., LTD.

Captain                            :  Master Sinoy, Ely Cataluna

Flag                                   :  Panama

Crew                                 :  20 Filipinos including the Captain

Gross Tonnage             :  40,330 tons

Type of Vessel              : Woodchip Carrier

For further information please contact:

Toshiaki Takasaki

Manager, Information & Public Relations Team, IR & PR Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.  Tel: +81-3-3595-5083 Fax: +81-3-3595-5001