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Archives for September 2013

Geodis Wilson wins long-term contract with Caracal Energy

Paris, 24 September 2013

The Industrial Projects division of international freight forwarder Geodis Wilson secured a new 3-year contract with Caracal Energy Inc. (“Caracal Energy”), an international player in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields.

Caracal Energy has chosen Geodis Wilson as its logistics partner for the exploration of a new resource field in Chad, the company’s primary market. The deal includes global freight forwarding activities by air and sea, planning and execution of inland logistics, customs clearance, as well as rail and road transportation through Chad and Cameroon. The contract is worth 34 million Euros, with an option to extend for an additional 2 years.

Philippe Somers, Senior Vice President Industrial Projects, comments: “We are extremely proud that Caracal Energy is placing its trust in us to operate this key business for them. It underlines our capabilities in oil & gas project logistics, which is one of our biggest differentiators in the market.” Geodis Wilson serves some of the world’s largest oil & gas companies, mostly in markets that are challenging from an infrastructure perspective. “We are known for delivering specialised transport solutions for the energy segment worldwide, as well as for mining companies, the petrochemical industry, infrastructure projects and the rail industry. Our Industrial Projects division is a strategic driver for our future growth,” says Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President at Geodis Wilson.

“Geodis Wilson has performed well over the past 18 months and continues to improve in areas that are particularly important to Caracal. Caracal looks forward to a productive relationship over the next 3 years”, commented John Vivian, Director Procurement & Supply Chain at Caracal.

The next shipments related to the exploration project in Chad are taking place in September this year.

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A 78000 lbs emulsion treater (Dimensions - 580x156x17 inches), being transported by Geodis Wilson for Caracal Energy from  Edmonton, Canada to Houston, US by land and then ocean to Douala, Cameroon, and then rail/truck to final job site in Chad

Caption:  A 78000 lbs emulsion treater (Dimensions – 580x156x17 inches), being transported by Geodis Wilson for Caracal Energy from  Edmonton, Canada to Houston, US by land and then ocean to Douala, Cameroon, and then rail/truck to final job site in Chad


Notes to the editor:

About Caracal Energy Inc.

Based in Canada, Caracal Energy Inc. is an international exploration and development company focused on oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in the Republic of Chad, Africa. In 2011, the Company acquired three production sharing contracts (“PSCs”) from the government of the Republic of Chad. These PSCs provide exclusive rights to explore and develop reserves and resources in southern Chad. The PSCs cover two world-class oil basins with development opportunity, oil discoveries, and numerous exploration prospects.

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About Geodis

Geodis: a transport and logistics expert

A logistics provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of SNCF Group, Geodis is a European company with a worldwide scope, ranking number four in its field in Europe. The Group’s ability to break through the constraints of logistics and to coordinate all or part of the logistics chain (air and sea freight forwarding, groupage, express, contract logistics, transport of part and full truck loads, reverse logistics, supply chain coordination and optimisation) enables it to be its customers’ growth partner and provide them with solutions tailored to optimising their material and information flows. Across a presence in 66 countries, the Group’s 32,100 employees aim at continuously improving their own and their clients’ performance. Geodis reported revenues of €7.1 billion in 2012.

Geodis Wilson is the freight forwarding division of Geodis Group. Its core business is tailor-made airfreight and ocean freight solutions with a dedicated industry focus. In combination with value-added services and information services Geodis Wilson provides transport and logistics services on a global scale and helps its clients to enhance their business development worldwide.

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Priority Freight Attends MRO Europe

London, 23rd September 2013

Priority Freight, the award winning global lead logistics provider of time-critical freight transport services is exhibiting for the first time at ‘MRO Europe 2013’ Europe’s leading networking event for the Commercial Aviation MRO & Aftermarket. The exhibition is being held Excel Conference and Exhibition Centre, London this week (24-26 September)

“The aviation, aerospace and AOG sectors remain areas where a particular type of specialised logistics services such as ours are often called for to deliver parts for both maintenance and assembly in a time-critical and reliable manner.” comments Priority Freight’s Group Managing Director Neal Williams.  “Having attended other events in this sector this year, we certainly want to be part of this dynamic community.  I am also pleased to introduce my colleagues to the MRO market, in particular Gemma Holmes, General Manager of our Heathrow office, who recently joined Priority Freight.”

Priority Freight will be showcasing its expedited freight services that have been honed to the height of efficiency by years of experience in the demanding aviation and automotive sector on Stand F54 at the exhibition this year.  The company has an experienced multilingual staff that operates from nine offices located in seven European countries. It provides emergency freight solutions to time-critical transport problems 24/7, 365 days a year around the world.

‘MRO Europe’ is proud of the place it holds in the airline supply chain, facilitating business exchanges and contacts between airlines and their technical supply base. Covering the full range of MRO and related services, exhibitors, delegates and visitors between them represent the full spectrum of activities which go into keeping airlines flying.


Notes for Editors:

About Priority Freight: Established in 1996, Priority Freight’s reliability and competitiveness have allowed it to progress rapidly. Now with over 90 employees, the family-run business continues to take pride in maintaining its core values of trustworthiness and value for money. Priority Freight is one of Europe’s leading time-critical freight specialists, helping clients to meet complex and urgent international delivery challenges worldwide. Priority Freight has offices throughout Europe and members of its experienced staff are available 24/7, 365 days a year, meeting its customers’ time-critical transport needs and often beating seemingly impossible deadlines.

Priority Freight Representatives attending ‘MRO Europe’ include:

Neal Williams, Group Managing Director

Gemma Holmes, General Manager

Stuart Jones, Business Development Manager

Gabi Dopazo, Business Development Manager

(Maria Udy – Marketing & PR)

“K” Line to invest in Next Generation Car Carriers

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) and shipbuilding companies have reached agreements to build four next generation car carrier vessels.

Participating shipbuilders are Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd and Japan Marine United Corporation, each company to build two vessels, respectively.

“We have spent considerable length of time studying and investigating the most suitable next generation car carrier with shipyards. We have appointed two shipyards and are adopting state of the art design in terms of top notch fuel efficiency and flexibility on cargo handling that will be far better than our existing fleet”, says Yoshiyuki Aoki, Executive Managing Officer, Car Carrier Sector. “These vessels will be the widest beam ever built, around 37-38 meters with 7,500-unit capacity. Length of the vessel is kept at 200 meters, considering ability to call at any port.”

“37-38 meter beam has come as a result of a series of simulation tests, exploring both better stability of the vessel and better fuel efficiency at the same time. Thanks to full support from the Shipyard, we are confident that we will have success in optimizing those two factors. These new vessels will be equipped with “CAUL” to mitigate wind pressure for optimum fuel consumption. Another technical point being addressed with these new ships is cargo loading equipment inside of the cargo hold and loading ramp as well in order to be best suited for not only passenger cars but also other RORO cargoes.”

“These four ships will replace existing aged tonnage. It is our estimation that the car transport market and RORO cargo market will steadily grow, so we will continue to develop our fleet to deliver value added efficiency and capability of handling an even wider variety of cargo mix to assure our services successfully meet the needs of our valued customers,” Aoki added.

Delivery of this quartet of new ships will take place in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

For further information please contact:

Toru Otoda

Group Manager, Car Carrier Planning & Development Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.  Tel: +81-3-3595-5471

Takamasa Soejima

Manager of Planning & Co-operation Team, Car Carrier Planning & Development Group