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“K” Line to Invest in Four (4) Additional Next Generation Car Carriers

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce it has just decided to order four (4) additional new next generation car carrier vessels on top of its recent identical 4-vessel shipbuilding contracts placed with Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd and Japan Marine United Corporation.  In total, each company will be building four new “K” Line next generation car carriers, respectively, with delivery starting in 2015 and continuing through the first quarter of 2017.

By adding this series of eight new ships with better stability of the vessel and better fuel efficiency, we continue 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 in order to be best suited for not only passenger cars but also other RORO cargoes.

Existing Large size PCC

Next Generation PCC

L.O.A

about 200 m

about 200 m

Beam

about 32.2 m

about 37.0 – 38.0 m

Cargo Capacity

about 6,200 units

about 7,500 units

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Transunion becomes Dachser

Kempten/Valencia, 16 December 2013. A little more than ten months after the acquisition by Dachser, the Spanish air and sea freight forwarder Transunion, S.A., is completing its integration into the network of the global logistics provider. Starting on 1 January 2014, the company will be operating as DACHSER Spain Air & Sea Logistics, S.A.U.

The rebranding also relates to the former national subsidiaries of Transunion. The name change has been completed in Turkey (as DACHSER Turkey Hava ve Deniz Tasimaciligi A.S.) and Peru (as DACHSER Peru S.A.C.). The country organization in Argentina will start to operate as DACHSER Argentina S.A. January 1st 2014.

“The air and sea freight business knows no national boundaries. Large customers want to work with a logistics service provider that offers them consistent processes and quality standards worldwide,” explains Thomas Reuter, Managing Director of DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics.

Federico Camáñez, CEO of Transunion and, starting on 1/1/2014, Country Manager of DACHSER Spain Air & Sea Logistics, S.A.U. adds: “We also want to demonstrate with our company name that we now belong to the network of 160 air and sea freight locations of Dachser. Our customers benefit from this expanded global network; at the same time, they will keep their established contacts in the branches even after the name change, of course.”

Dachser acquired Transunion in January 2013 after more than fifteen years of cooperation. In 2012, the family business with headquarters in Valencia, Spain, generated revenue of around 100 million euros.

Caption: Thomas Reuter, Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics, and Federico Camáñez, CEO of Transunion (from left to right)

Caption: Thomas Reuter, Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics, and Federico Camáñez, CEO of Transunion (from left to right)

 

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers in Europe.

Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in three business areas: Dachser European Logistics, Dachser Food Logistics, and Dachser Air & Sea Logistics Comprehensive and multi-disciplinary services, such as contract logistics, consulting and advisory services, and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless transport network—both in Europe and overseas—and information technology that is fully integrated into all its systems provide intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

With a staff of 21,650 employees in 37 countries at 347 locations all over the globe, in 2012, Dachser generated revenue of EUR 4.41 billion and handled 49.8 million shipments weighing a total of 37.46 million tons.

For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.de

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Naming Ceremony for EVER LOTUS

 

December 10, 2013

Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for the EVER LOTUS, the fifteenth of the line’s L-type vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries.  The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Raymond Lin, Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group.  Ms. Ku Lai, Mei-Hsueh, Executive Vice President of Evergreen International Corp’s Financial Division, performed the official rope-cutting of the 8,452-TEU vessel, wishing the new ship fair winds and safe voyages.

In his speech Mr. Lin said, “The naming ceremony today has a very special meaning.  Lotus is a flower blooming on the water; so our newest vessel has a name that is symbolic.  She will always sail the seas in full bloom. That is to say, fully loaded and bringing prosperous business to Evergreen Group.”  EVER LOTUS is owned by Greencompass Marine SA (GMS), EMC’s Panamanian subsidiary. After her  delivery on 11th December, she will join Evergreen Line’s Far East – Europe route, replacing an older vessel.

Evergreen commenced its fleet rejuvenation program with the ordering of thirty 8,000 TEU L-type containerships when shipbuilding costs returned to sustainable levels in 2010.  Besides, in order to meet the vessel demands of the joint venture agreements with its strategic partners, Evergreen has also chartered five 8,800 TEU ships and ten 13,800 TEU vessels.  The delivery schedule of the vessels started in July 2012 and will be completed during the first half of 2015.

Of the forty five new vessels, twenty four will have joined Evergreen’s services on the delivery of EVER LOTUS.  The fleet will receive another eighteen newbuildings in 2014 and the remaining three ships in 2015.  To complete the fleet renewal program, the new vessels entering service will be balanced by a gradual redelivery of fifty-four chartered vessels as the terms of their charters expire.

131210 - Ever Lotus - Naming Ceremony

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Geodis Wilson Sponsors Major Automotive Logistics Event in India

 

India, 10 December 2013

 

The global multimodal service provider Geodis Wilson is once again a gold sponsor at this year’s Automotive Logistics – India Conference, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency Pune from 11 – 13 December. Mark Ellis, the recently appointed Global Industry Director for Automotive, will be addressing as the conference and will be joined by several Regional Executives from Geodis Wilson. 

The automotive industry in India is the sixth largest in the world and Asia’s fourth largest. It has grown to around three million units in the course of 2011-12.  The growth is attributed to the rise in the middle class population, as well as the younger demographic of the country.  India’s auto industry is going through an evolution; decreasing labour turnover, improving vehicle delivery infrastructure and signs of progress in the legislative and regulatory environment. The combination of these factors together with a pool of skilled manpower and growing technology are some positive indicators of increasing efficiency in the supply chain.

The fast pace of the auto industry’s growth and its obvious potential for the future, makes it a  key focus for Geodis.  The Company has been present in the country since 1998 and is well equipped with local expertise, experience and industry knowledge to offer integrated logistics solution for the auto Industry.

Mark Ellis will be participating in session 3A of the Conference on Thursday, 12th December.  He will present, along with colleagues from the logistics sector as well as a representative from Mahindra and Mahindra, the Indian automobile manufacturing corporation; the topic for discussion will be “Managing the Complete Supply Chain.”

Speaking prior to this key event, Mark Ellis said, “Geodis Wilson understands that the automotive industry brings its own set of challenges. We stand behind our company slogan “Expect More”. This goes beyond a brand promise; it is our commitment to the industry.   We help to drive the automotive business forward with an innovative approach to analyze supply chains and understand logistics needs for our customers.”

For more information on the Conference go to – www.automotivelogisticsindia.com

About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading, global freight management company. With 7,700 employees in more than 50 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated logistics solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson – with a revenue of 2,64bn€ in 2012 – is the freight forwarding arm of Geodis Group which became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF in 2008. With its 46.000 employees in more than 60 countries and a revenue of 9.5 bn € (2012), SNCF Geodis ranks among the top 7 companies in its field in the world.

For more information about Geodis Wilson go to – www.geodiswilson.com

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GEODIS WILSON APPOINTS NEW GLOBAL CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

 

Freight Management specialist Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Dean Devasia as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will also join the Freight Management Board. This appointment will further strengthen the international outlook of the board and bring renewed focus on harnessing technology to deliver global strategic objectives.

Dean Devasia 2013 (CIO)

Dean Devasia moved into his new role of Global CIO, and member of the Freight Management Board, on 1st December 2013 from his most recent position as CIO for the US and acting regional CIO for the Americas Region.

He joined Geodis in 1991 and has held a wide variety of positions in operations, sales, branch and regional management, and latterly IT. He brings to his new role consummate business and technical skills, a strong track record in change and transformation, and wide-ranging knowledge of the GW operations, organization and IT infrastructure.

Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson, comments: ‘Technology is key to success in today’s dynamic business environment, particularly in our global transport and logistics business, where our customers require a transparent and reliable flow of information to steer their supply chains. I am very convinced that with the appointment of Dean Devasia we will further increase our innovation drive in this strategic business area.”

 

Geodis: a transport and logistics expert – www.geodis.com

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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Changing Patterns in World Trade Bring Unforeseen Liabilities for Middle East Transport Operators

In a speech to be given at the TOC Container Supply Chain: Middle East Conference on 9th December, Andrew Kemp, Regional Director EMEA of the freight transport insurance specialist TT Club will warn of the additional liability that freight forwarders and other logistics operators are open to as a consequence of dynamic changes in global trade.

London, 3rd December, 2013

Statistics compiled by the World Bank reflect the fast-growing influence of the so-called South-South trade routes between Latin America, Africa and Asia. The value of exports on this trade now exceeds that between the developing and developed countries of the world, representing 32% of total global trade. As both an influential import/export region as well as a key hub for the movement of goods in the South-South trade, the Middle East, and its transport operators are experiencing significant growth opportunities.  In conjunction with this business growth has come a dynamic change in the amount and variety of services freight forwarders, logistics service providers and other transport companies are offering shippers.

“This trend is not limited to operators in the Middle East, indeed we are seeing such developments across the globe. However, I’m taking the opportunity of speaking at the TOC Conference to highlight the consequences of the changes to an operator’s risk profile to the freight transport sector in the region”, says Kemp.

Such new trade growth has meant that the demands on forwarders and other logistics operators are changing rapidly from the traditional organisation of international movement of goods.  Manufacturers, retailers and other shippers are increasingly requiring the provision of additional logistics services such as warehousing, sub-assembly and packing, with tight margins for error and sometimes harsh financial penalties for breakdowns in their supply chains.

As Kemp will highlight, “As a consequence of providing these additional services, whether sub-contracted or provided within their own operation, forwarders are typically accepting extended contractual exposure, in terms not only of the period during which customer’s goods are in their custody but also usually more onerous terms and conditions. Simply put, the more complex the services undertaken, the greater are the chances of errors and omissions occurring”.

TT Club has experienced an expanded range in types of claims occurring as a result of the extension of liabilities. With the increased complexity in services and contractual arrangements it is becoming important to select an insurer with specialism in assessing and advising on the level of exposure that the signing of a particular contract may imply.

Kemp will conclude, “Awareness of these circumstances, and the seeking of professional advice on the extent of the possible risks which may result, are essential for the modern day forwarder and logistics operator to assimilate, particularly when involved in the rapidly developing Middle East hub”.

ENDS

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.

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“K” Line, NYK, MOL, and SCI Reaches LNG Long-term Time Charter for one LNG Carrier with Petronet LNG

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.

The Shipping Corporation Of India

“K” Line, NYK, MOL, and SCI Reaches LNG Long-term Time Charter for one LNG Carrier with Petronet LNG

-Contract for Construction of a Carrier for Gorgon LNG Project-

 

A consortium comprising Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.(“K” Line), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has announced an agreement with Delhi–based Petronet LNG Limited (PLL) for a long-term time charter of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier having a capacity of 173,000 m3. At the same time, the consortium concluded an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Ulsan, South Korea) to build the vessel.

 

PLL is India’s first importer of LNG, and since 2004 has imported 5 million tons of LNG a year from Qatar, and an additional 2.5 million tons per year since 2009, using three LNG carriers. The new LNG carrier will be employed in the Gorgon LNG Project.

 

The four-company consortium that won the contract for the new carrier also operates the three vessels already in service, and will continue to ensure a steady supply of LNG to India, where energy demand continues to grow.

 

Outline of Charter Contract

Date and place of contract signing December 2, 2013; Delhi, India
Owner India LNG Transport Company (No. 4) Private Limited (Headquarters: Singapore), new JV by “K” Line, NYK, MOL, and SCI
Charterer Petronet LNG Limited
Charter period 19 years after launch of the new LNG carrier (September 2016)
Vessel One new membrane-type LNG carrier (173,000 m3)
Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
Ship management SCI

 

 

(Reference) Outline of Petronet LNG Project

Buyers: Petronet LNG Limited (PLL)

(Main shareholders)

GAIL (India) Limited  (GAIL) 12.5%
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) 12.5%
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) 12.5%
Oil & Natural Gas Co. Ltd. (ONGC) 12.5%
GDF International (part of GDF Suez) 10.0%
Asia Development Bank (ADB) 5.20%

*The remaining percentage (about 35%) is publicly held

GAIL: India’s largest national gas company, holding a 95% share of the Indian gas market
BPCL: India’s third largest national petroleum refinery and sales company
IOC: India’s largest national petroleum refinery and sales company
ONGC: National crude oil and natural gas extraction and refining company
   

 

 

Seller:

 

Ras Laffan Liquefied Gas Company Ltd. II (RasGas II)

Gorgon LNG Project (sales contract with ExxonMobil holding 25% of stock)

   

LNG purchasing volume/period:

(RasGas II)

5 million tons per year, 2004–2027

2.5 million tons per year, 2009–2034

(Gorgon LNG Project)

1.44 million tons per year, for 20 years after the beginning of supplying

 

LNG discharging port: Dahej Port, Gujarat State of India

Kochi Port, Kerala State of India

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GEODIS WILSON APPOINTS COMPETENCE HEAD FOR INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS DIVISION IN ASIA

Freight Management specialist, Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Igor Muñiz as Competence Head for Industrial Projects (IP) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. This strategically important role will significantly enhance Geodis Wilson’s IP team in the region, where market growth is marked, and strengthen the Company’s offering of tailored logistics services.

Igor Muñiz

Igor Muñiz will be based in Singapore from where he will spearhead Geodis Wilson’s IP freight management and logistics operations in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and joined the Geodis Group in 2008 as Industrial Projects Director for Spain and Portugal. Based on his thorough expertise in European and Latin American markets, Muñiz has driven business development for Geodis Wilson in the region, leading a range of successful projects in key strategic segments such as oil & gas, power, mining, rail and renewable energy.

Geodis Wilson is internationally known for its strong footprint in the Industrial Projects business, particularly in the oil & gas markets. Recently the company signed a €34 million contract with Canadian based Caracal Energy Inc., which has a leading international role in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields

Commenting on his appointment, Muñiz said: “This move does not only enable me to expand my professional horizons, but also to contribute to the further growth of one of Geodis Wilson’s strategic business areas.”

About Geodis

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.

 

For more information please visit:

www.geodis.com

www.geodiswilson.com

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