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Archives for October 2011


The UK’s premier event for the transport and freight community, Multimodal, will be held for the fifth consecutive year in 2012 on 1st to 3rd May at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

Multimodal 2012 promises to be the largest and best-attended of all the events so far, reflecting the value participants place on it as the principal place to do business.  Whether its comparing supplier services, transport routes and modes or gaining invaluable up-to-date information crucial in helping them become more efficient and effective, Multimodal 2012 will be the venue to network with colleagues in the industry.

The Event Director, Robert Jervis underlines the significant role Multimodal plays in the life of the UK’s freight transport sector, “Despite difficult trading conditions in some parts of the industry…..or more correctly….because of these challenging conditions, there is a real need for logistics executives to inter-act.  Multimodal aims to provide a dynamic forum for the sharing of information and ideas and development of business relationships.”

Visitors to last year’s event were of an exceptionally high quality and numbered over 4,000 from thirty-three countries; 205 companies exhibited.  For 2012 many shipping, freight, logistics, rail, road haulage, port services, warehousing and distribution and software companies have already committed to exhibiting, as Mulitmodal becomes an intrinsic part of their annual marketing investment and planning.

Such companies include Associated British Ports (ABP), Brittany Ferries, Charles Gee, Dachser, DB Schenker, DSV, Forth Ports, GEFCO, Hapag-Lloyd, Kewill, London Gateway, Maersk Line, Pall-Ex, Rail Freight Group, SDV, Transfennica and VTG Rail.

Multimodal 2012 is, of course more than an exhibition.   Seminars, work-shops and presentations are scheduled throughout the three days, giving a platform for experts to address the visitors on a variety of topics; predicting key changes in legislation; outlining trade and transport trends; introducing technological developments and providing service suppliers and users alike with the opportunity to learn from case studies, in all areas of transport and logistics, how they can benefit from the experience of others.

Basically it is the needs of shippers, the beneficial cargo owners that drive the industry.  The involvement of the executives and the representatives of these companies is crucial in giving Multimodal its energy.  Among the leading brands that support the event are Coca Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, BAe, Kimberly Clark and Kelloggs along with members of TIACA, FTA, CILT, RHA, RFG, BIFA and UKWA.  These are joined by a good number of small to medium sized shippers, who all benefit from having their suppliers of logistics and supply chain services altogether in one place.

As Robert Jervis sums-up, “In a nutshell, Multimodal is now established and unsurpassed as the largest meeting place for the entire transport and logistics supply chain community in the UK and Ireland. We have already received tremendous interest in Multimodal 2012 and I am anticipating our most successful event ever.”

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To register and find out more about Multimodal 2012 please visit

About Multimodal:

Taking place from 1st to 3rd May 2012 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2012 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings which are an integral part of the event, have scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics range from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.


For further information about Multimodal 2012, please contact:

Robert Jervis, Event Director,

Clarion Events Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8373



FIATA Conference sees Dublin-based Silvia Valles Barrera of Hawthorn Logistics pick-up the award, sponsored by freight transport insurer, TT Club for the thirteenth consecutive year

Andrew Kemp, Regional Director for Europe, TT Club with Silvia Valles Barrera, Winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2011

The thirteenth Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, presented recently at the Annual FIATA Conference in Cairo, has been won by the European Regional Finalist, Silvia Valles Barrera of Ireland.  Ms Valles Barrera currently works for Hawthorn Logistics in Dublin as an Air & Sea Operations Executive.

The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and is firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding community.

Speaking at the award ceremony at FIATA’s Annual Conference in Cairo, TT Club’s Regional Director for Europe Andrew Kemp, said, “We are proud to have been able to continue our sponsorship of this prestigious award and it is with great pleasure that we are able to celebrate the four Regional winners and the thirteenth overall Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year, who together represent the quality that exists among young executives around the world in our industry”.

Ms Valles Barrera wrote her paper on an air freight import consignment of rabies-infected racoon brain tissue from the US to Ireland and the air freight export of a computed tomography (CT) scanner from Ireland to a hospital in Moshi, Tanzania.  On winning her award, she said, “This has definitely been a positive experience for me, most interesting and challenging and I hope this competition continues to attract promising talent for years to come.”

Ms Valles Barera’s prize will consist of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of the TT Club’s regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey and attendance at the TT Club’s “Insight into Transport Law and Insurance” course in London. Additionally, one year’s free subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITJ), Switzerland and International Freight Weekly (IFW) in the UK, is provided.

The regional finalists were Mr Niranjan Venkatesh of the United Arab Emirates, representing Africa and the Middle East Region; Ms Rosa Maria Gallardo Reyes of Mexico, representing the Americas Region; and Mr Lai Kin Wong of Hong Kong, representing the Asia Pacific Region.

Commenting further on FIATA’s initiative Andrew Kemp said, “We were delighted that this year’s awards proved to be the most successful in terms of attracting candidates from across the globe – the highest number of candidates that we have had since the inception of the award.  In terms of the calibre of dissertations, this year’s candidates managed to raise the bar on expectations. It was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into the production of these papers.  All of these dissertations were of an extremely high standard, making the task of judging the best, an arduous, if pleasant one.”


Note 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.

Photo Note:

A high resolution digital image of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award Winner, Ms Silvia Valles Barrera is attached.

Caption:  (l) Andrew Kemp, Regional Director for Europe, TT Club with ( r) Silvia Valles Barrera, Winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award 2011.

“K” Line Announce Financial Highlights for 2nd quarter of F2011

On behalf of our client Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd, (“K” Line) we are pleased to send you notification of their Financial Highlights for 2nd quarter of F2011. 

English version

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is proud to announce the launching of “ZEN-NOH GRAIN MAGNOLIA,” an 82,000 DWT-type

Kamsarmax bulk carrier at the Fukuyama Tsuneishi Shipyard of Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan on October 26, 2011.

She will be involved in long-term service carrying grain to “K” Line’s esteemed customer National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative

Associations (JA Group).

Her name is connected with the state flower of Louisiana where Zen-Noh Grain Corporation’s grain shipment elevator is located and

where she is scheduled to make periodic calls in the future.


LOA:                                                    228.99M

BEAM:                                                32.26M

DEPTH:                                              20.05M

FULL DRAFT:                                  14.429M

DEADWEIGHT TONS:                    82,165MT

GROSS TONS:                                   43,012T

NET TONS:                                        27,239T

HOLD/HATCH:                                7/7

“K” Line Supports Flood Victims in Thailand

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has extended its deepest condolences for the victims of the recent Flood and sincerely hopes for swift recovery of the people and areas affected by the disaster that has occurred in Thailand.

“K” Line and its subsidiary, K Line (Thailand) Ltd., donated THB 2 million (about 5 million Japanese yen) to The Thai Red Cross Society in support of the recovery of affected areas and relief for those impacted by the flooding in Thailand.

The “K” Line group is also cooperating with the Thai government by providing ocean shipping containers for use in areas inundated by the high water.

“K” Line continues to consider other support activities such as cooperating in transportation by monitoring future conditions.

Dachser USA opens new branch office in Dallas

Kempten/Dallas, 20 October 2011. Dachser USA, the US subsidiary of the Kempten-based logistics provider, Dachser, has opened a new branch office in Dallas, Texas, to serve the growing import and export business in North Texas and Oklahoma.

Janis Mullman is manager of the new Dachser branch office in Dallas, Texas

Janis Mullman, a seasoned logistics executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the Texan metropolis, has been appointed branch office manager. Three logistics specialists and a sales manager will work with Ms Mullman. By mid-2012, the office is expected to expand to 15 personnel.

With its new branch office, Dachser is extending its service offering, focusing in particular on continued growth in the region of import and export trade with Asia.

“The North Texas and Oklahoma Sunbelt region is a strong and growing market for air and sea import trade,” says Frank Günzerodt, President & CEO of Dachser USA. “Our new branch office will enhance our service offerings throughout the US and globally, as well as ideally complement our Houston location, which is focused mainly on project logistics for the oil and gas industries.”

Dachser plans to add more branch offices in the USA in coming months. “The United States is the number one trading partner for many countries in the world,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. “We are expanding our US capabilities to support the growth of Dachser’s global network.”

Dachser Transport of America Inc. (Dachser USA) was founded in New York in 1972 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company employs a staff totalling 150 at 11 locations in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Phoenix. Dachser’s branch offices in the US ensure seamless integration of all import and export activities via air or sea to and from Europe, Asia and South America, offering American customers optimal access to international markets.

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.

Shipowners’ boost loss prevention resource with appointent of New Director

 18th October 2011

David Heaselden, Loss Prevention Director, The Shipowners’ Club

The Shipowners’ Club, the mutual P&I insurer specialising in small and specialist vessels has appointed David Heaselden to the new post of Loss Prevention Director, with immediate effect.

The post, which is an appointment to the Shipowners’ Protection Limited Board reflects the importance Shipowners’ Club accords to loss prevention advice provided to its Members. Announcing the appointment Charles Hume, Chief Executive commented, “David’s outstanding cross-branch leadership of loss prevention is recognised by his appointment; we will also be looking to his organisational skills to enhance our emphasis on loss prevention at Board level and strengthen the liaison in productive effort between our branches in Singapore and London”.

David joined the Shipowners’ Club in 2001 as Loss Prevention Manager with overall responsibility for loss prevention initiatives and the Ship Inspection Programme. In 2003 he was appointed Chairman of the International Group’s (IG) Ships Technical Committee (IGSTC), where he supervised the technical aspect of the Committee’s input to the IG’s response to the OECD Policy Statement on Sub-standard Shipping in 2004; and the development of the Group’s initiatives on monitoring the quality of tonnage joining IG Clubs.

In April 2009 David transferred to the Singapore branch as Principal Officer, assuming responsibility for the management of the office function as well as continuing to run the Loss Prevention team. Following his move to Singapore he has continued in the role of Chairman of the IGSTC.

David sees his new role as having two major objectives: “The first, to enhance and continue the success of the Club’s Loss Prevention initiatives driven by a team which has grown in size and stature to a total of seven staff; and the second, to continue and further enhance the cooperation between the three Shipowners’ branches in London, Singapore and Vancouver in order to deliver the highest standard of loss prevention advice to Members and the industry as a whole”.


Notes for Editors:

The Shipowners’ Club is a mutual marine liability insurer, providing Protection & Indemnity insurance to small and specialist vessels since 1855. The Club currently insurers over 30,000 vessels from more than 6,200 Members worldwide and is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

The Club has branches located in Luxembourg, London, Singapore and Vancouver.

“K” Line Adds China-Philippines-Indonesia Service

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (“K” Line) is pleased to announce the newly-added weekly service called Jaseco-J from North East Asia to South East Asia as a slot operator.

“K” Line aims to expand the service coverage to/from China to the Philippines and Indonesia with this direct service providing an even better quality service to our valued customers in this region.

Details of the service are as follows:-

  • Port rotation:

Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Manila South Port – Manila North Port – Jakarta – Surabaya – Manila South Port – Hong Kong – Qingdao

  • Service frequency:


  • Starting vessel:

King Adrian V377S, ETA Qingdao on November 3rd, 2011.

For further information, please contact:

Fumiyoshi Sato

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategy Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5288


Dachser opens branch office in St. Gallen

Kempten/St. Gallen, 17 October 2011. With a new location in St. Gallen, the Dachser Air & Sea Logistics business field now serves the eastern part of Switzerland even better through its global air and sea freight network.

St. Gallen is now the fourth Dachser Air & Sea Logistics branch office in Switzerland in addition to Basle, Geneva and Zurich. Customers in eastern Switzerland have been looked after by a sales rep since 2007. The new branch office will enable the logistics provider to offer even better service. “We believe an operating facility will enable us to significantly expand our service offering,” says Florian Schwizer, manager of the new branch office.

The service portfolio extends from air and sea freight imports and exports, to warehousing and the handling of customs modalities. The St. Gallen location is optimally linked to Dachser’s overland network, enabling it to offer customers an integrated and transparent door-to-door service. “Eastern Switzerland is an up-and-coming economic region. The proximity to the borders with Germany and Austria has advantages: new routes to the EU area mean shorter transport times,” explains Dachser Air & Sea Logistics’ managing director, Thomas Reuter.

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.

Dachser opens third Eurohub

Unique concept in European network design

28 September 2011 – Überherrn, Bratislava and now Clermont-Ferrand: Dachser’s three-hub concept is at the heart of a pan-European network design that is unique in the logistics world. In declaring its third Eurohub open for business in France – after Überherrn in Germany and Bratislava in Slovakia – Dachser has put the finishing touches to this concept. The logistics company has invested ten million euros in the transshipment centre, where it has also created 100 new jobs.

The new Eurohub is situated in the municipality of Combronde, around 30 kilometres from the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. It acts as a central logistics platform to which all of the branch offices in the French network are linked. Every night around 60 trucks converge on the 98 loading bays. From there the shipments are forwarded on directly to their target destinations.

Thanks to the hub Dachser can operate daily services within France. All of the French branch offices can be reached within a maximum of 48 hours, while France’s economic centres benefit from direct links. In the near future there will also be daily services between France and Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain and Portugal. By intelligently consolidating direct and hub services Dachser can dispense with expensive express services.

“Thanks to targeted and systematic consolidation of consignments at the three Eurohubs, we can offset imbalances in European traffic flows using national and regional freight. This enables us to achieve better capacity utilization rates, increasing the economic efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of our forwarding services,” says Bernhard Simon, head of Dachser’s management board.

The location of Clermont-Ferrand was a deliberate choice according to Simon: “It is true that France’s economic centre is Paris, but its geographical centre is actually Combronde,” explains the head of Dachser’s management board. At this geographical centre, on a 60,600-square-metre site, Dachser has constructed a 7,000-square-metre transit terminal and a three-storey office building, measuring around 1,600 square metres. Both buildings reflect Dachser’s policy of sustainability: 3,000 square metres of the transit terminal’s roof have been fitted with solar panels and the office building has been constructed to low-energy building standards.

The logistics company is using double-deck swap bodies both at the Eurohub and at many other locations in France. In so doing, Dachser is playing a pioneering role in the French groupage market. The “road container” offers the following advantages:

  • High payload – double-deck loading provides space for 38 europallets in one swap body.
  • Flexible goods transshipment  – fewer transshipment processes optimize goods flows.
  • Increased level of load security thanks to modern stowage systems.

 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.