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“K” Line announce the delivery of “Millau Bridge” – 14,000TEU Container vessel

March 31st, 2015

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce that the “Millau Bridge”, the first of five 14,000 TEU vessels ordered in 2013, has been duly delivered to us today at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Hiroshima Shipyard.

Millau Bridge (14,000 TEU) March15

The respective vessel will be deployed on the Asia-Europe service (NE2) under the CKYHE Alliance. The NE2 service will be upsized following the delivery of our remaining 4 vessels along with our partners’ similar-sized vessels.

We have already placed an order of 5 more 14,000 TEU vessels at Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. which are due to be delivered in 2018 and our ULCV (Ultra Large Container Vessel) fleet, with the latest energy-saving technologies, will become 10 units in total. These 10 vessels will be the flagships of our Containership business with which we shall continue to deliver a service of high quality to our valued customers.

Particulars
LOA: 365.94m
Beam: 51.20m
Depth: 29.90m
Nominal TEU: 13,870TEU

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TT Club Warns Baltic Ports to Protect Against Reputational Damage

Huxley, AndrewSpeaking during Baltic Transport Week in Gdansk this week Andrew Huxley, Development Director at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, warned port and terminal operators to be aware of the reputational damage that can be a serious consequence of uninsured incidents resulting from avoidable risks

Gdansk, 19 March, 2015

It is estimated that for every unit cost incurred in insurance claims it can cost between eight and thirty-six times that amount in direct and indirect uninsured losses for the business involved*. Such expenses may accrue from the emergency supplies required to normalise the situation, operational delays, increased maintenance and training requirements after the event but particularly reputational and commercial damage that can affect business for some time. For the port and terminal sector, Huxley highlighted that TT Club’s own claims analysis concludes that 88% of the cost of insured claims result from operational inadequacies or poor maintenance; the vast majority of such shortcomings being avoidable.

“Our research, covering over 7,000 claims of a value in excess of US$10,000 made over the last five years, has sought to be precise in identifying the root cause of claims, which gives us a significant advantage in advising on preventative measures. The overwhelming conclusion is that much can be done to reduce future claims, improve safety and security in Baltic ports and prevent erosion to the profitability of terminal operators in the region,” commented Huxley.

Though wide-ranging in its scope, Huxley chose to concentrate on the analysis’ findings regarding theft, cargo contamination and bodily injury. These types of claims are high on the list of the most damaging, not just in terms of financial loss but particularly, if they become repetitive, to the reputation of an operator. Consequent loss of custom and revenue can be ultimately more critical to a cargo handling business than the loss caused by the initial incident.

Theft from an operator’s premises (at 55% of all theft claims) and from sub-contractors while in transit (at 30%) are the two main areas of concern. “Physical security measures such as fencing, guards, alarms and CCTV are the most obvious preventions”, highlighted Huxley in his presentation, “But crime using the internet is an emerging risk with hackers accessing cargo release codes, changing delivery locations and altering inventory stock levels remotely”, he warned.

Perhaps not surprisingly nearly 80% of bodily injury claim costs involve mobile terminal equipment and vehicles in ports. The circumstances causing danger are often obvious to those that work in the environment and as such prevention should be higher on operators’ priority lists. “Employment of traffic management systems, anti-collision devices and good, regular driver training are not initiatives that require massive investment and state-of-the art technology, rather just sensible and practical operational management”, emphasised Huxley. Indeed, a key message from the TT Club is that training and review of systems often will not involve significant capital expenditure but can have a major impact on reducing incidents and improving productivity.
*UK Health & Safety Executive

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Notes to editors:
TT Club
TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller
Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.
Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.
Principal activities include:

- Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
- Investment management for institutions and private clients
- Professional services
- Building defects insurance

www.thomasmiller.com

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Dachser at transport logistic

Kempten, March 18, 2015. Dachser will be exhibiting at transport logistic in Munich from May 5 to 8. In Hall B6, Booth 101/202, the family-owned company will be presenting the recent expansion of its international network, custom-tailored multi-channel solutions as well as new service offerings and trend-setting IT services.

At its two-level, 800-square-meter booth, Dachser will be showing its entire range of logistics solutions. The logistics provider has placed the subject of integration at the center of its trade fair presence: Dachser is integrating air and sea freight with overland transport and warehouse activities across all stages of the value chain.

Dachser is showing its entire service portfolio at its booth – from network expansions in all business lines, custom-tailored solutions and services, and integrated IT systems. “For us, the trade fair is an ideal opportunity to present Dachser as an integrated logistics provider with expertise in international supply chains,” explains Bernhard Simon, Dachser’s CEO.

Traditionally, the trade fair crew consists of international Dachser employees who relocate their regular workstation to the trade fair in Munich for a week, so there will be plenty of expert contact persons at the booth. This year, 92 employees from ten countries will be representing the company in Hall B6, Booth 101/202.

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned internationally operating 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 lines: 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 integrated logistics solutions worldwide.

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

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“K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 “Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow”

March 17, 2015

As an integrated logistics company grown from the shipping business, “K” Line is pleased to introduce “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050. This is a long-term environmental management vision for the global environmental conservation toward 2050 to realize a sustainable society, and to hand on this blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation by contributing to society for the well-being and prosperous lifestyle of people around the world.

In the future global environment, it is expected that the worldwide population will increases rapidly in emerging countries, and will lead to faster economic growth and a greater demand for natural resources – foods and water – and industrial products, such as cars and home electric appliances. As a result, environmental issues like resources depletion and global warming will become more serious problems.

Shipping is essentially a very efficient and eco-friendly transportation mode that can transport a large amount of goods at one time. We have therefore identified our course of action in order to reduce environmental impact to as close to zero as possible and fulfill the responsibilities as a key industry operating to support people’s well-being and prosperous lifestyles.

We are taking these firm steps towards our “Goals of 2050” set in our Environmental vision through a variety of initiatives related to environmental conservation.

Our Environmental Vision is available on Corporate Website – http://www.kline.co.jp/en/csr/environment/
PDF format –  http://www.kline.co.jp/en/csr/environment/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2015/03/16/2050vision_0312_en_fin.pdf
E-book format –  http://www.kline.co.jp/en/csr/environment/vision/pageview.html

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GEODIS is exhibiting at the World Retail Congress, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 13 MARCH 2015

GEODIS Freight Forwarding, the international transport division of the GEODIS group, will be exhibiting at the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific from 17 – 18 March at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore.

GEODIS has a strong network of stategically located teams across the world committed and dedicated to the retail sector. It understands the intricacies of this fast moving industry, and with its Traffic Management Teams can provide complete operational, tactical and strategic control throughout the supply chain.

Ashwani Nath, Global Vertical Market Director for GEODIS’ Fashion & Lifestyle, Retail segments, commented, “Retail is one of GEODIS’ strongest segments. Transport and supply chain solutions for the fashion and retail industries have become an increasingly important market for the freight forwarding division of the GEODIS group which is providing logistics services to a wide range of leading fashion labels and retail chains worldwide.”

Please visit GEODIS and meet with senior executives will be attending this key event at Booth J14.

The 5th annual Retail Congress Asia Pacific will unite senior retailers to share insights, experiences and future thinking on the Asian retail market. The Congress will gather over 700 senior domestic and international retail figures from 35+ countries.

For more information on the Congress go to : https://www.worldretailcongressasia.com/

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com
Supply chain operator and subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, GEODIS is a global European company (4th logistics provider in Europe). Through its ability to overcome logistical constraints and coordinate the different steps of the logistic chain (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding (air and sea), Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, Road Transport), the Group is the growth partner for its clients and offers them tailored solutions. With over 30,000 employees in 67 countries, the Group constantly innovates to improve its performance and its customers’ one. GEODIS reported in 2013 a €6.9 billion in revenue.

For more information about GEODIS Freight Forwarding go to –
www.geodiswilson.com or www.geodis.com

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GEODIS Marine Logistics team to attend Cruise Shipping Miami

GEODIS Freight Forwarding, the international transport division of the GEODIS group, will be attending the Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition at the Miami Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida from Monday, 16th to Thursday, 19th March 2015.

GEODIS operates one of the world’s largest freight forwarding networks, servicing its customers with integrated supply chain solutions that deliver cargo by sea and air. In the marine industry, unexpected situations and shortages must be dealt with seamlessly; GEODIS provides solutions for this challenge and is geared to reduce costs for its clients by optimizing their supply chain – this is what the company will showcase during the exhibition in Miami.

“GEODIS Freight Forwarding is strategically located across the world with teams dedicated to the marine industry along the entire breadth of international routes.” said Mark Hedin, GEODIS’ Marine Logistics Manager in the US. “Our superior account management and strong network can match the needs of even the largest, most complex lanes, so there will always be a direct line to somebody who knows your business – and who knows what is going on.” Mark will be attending this event together with other senior executives, showcasing Geodis Wilson’s capabilities in this segment.

For 30 years, Cruise Shipping Miami has been the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry by bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, and education. The event attracts a broad range of industry players, with nearly 2,000 cruise line owners and operators from 66 companies in attendance in 2014.

For more information on the Conference go to – http://www.cruiseshippingevents.com/miami

The GEODIS team can be found at Booth: 2311

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com
Supply chain operator and subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, GEODIS is a global European company (4th logistics provider in Europe). Through its ability to overcome logistical constraints and coordinate the different steps of the logistic chain (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding (air and sea), Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, Road Transport), the Group is the growth partner for its clients and offers them tailored solutions. With over 30,000 employees in 67 countries, the Group constantly innovates to improve its performance and its customers’ one. GEODIS reported in 2013 a €6.9 billion in revenue.

For more information about GEODIS Freight Forwarding go to –
www.geodiswilson.com or www.geodis.com

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Evergreen Line Enhances Southeast Asia Service

March 03, 2015

In light of the strong growth potential of the Intra-Asia trades, Evergreen Line is implementing service enhancements for its services to/from Southeast Asian markets. The carrier will launch its new Taiwan–Shekou–Malacca Strait Service (TSS) later in March and will, at the same time, introduce a dedicated Taiwan – Hong Kong Service (THK).

Evergreen will deploy three ships of 1,600 TEU on the TSS service, connecting Taiwan, Southern China, Singapore and Malaysia. The start of this weekly service will be marked by the inaugural sailing from Kaohsiung on the 19th of March. The port rotation will then follow as Hong Kong – Shekou – Port Klang – Penang – Port Klang – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Kaohsiung.

This new service string will not only provide an efficient link for regional trade but also connect into the global networks of Evergreen Line and its alliance partners via hubs at Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas.

In addition, this month will see the start of the THK Service. Employing a 1,200 TEU vessel, the weekly service will have a port rotation of Taichung, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Taichung with its maiden voyage from Hong Kong on the 25th of March.

The goals of this move are to improve service frequency between Taiwan and Hong Kong and to increase connectivity to Evergreen’s global network. Moreover the service will provide a ‘Blue Way’ coastal feeder option between Taichung, Taipei and Kaohsiung, thereby significantly reducing the demand for trucking across Taiwan. This arrangement is in line with Evergreen’s environmental policy to contribute to the sustainability of natural environment.

 

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TT Club appoints Regional Claims Director EMEA

3 March 2015

 

TT Club, the leading international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, has appointed Justin Reynolds as Regional Claims Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for handling member’s claims across the EMEA region.

Justin Reynolds (low)

Justin Reynolds, Regional Claims Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Justin is a qualified solicitor and has over 20 years’ dispute resolution experience, having handled a diverse range of high profile claims in the cargo, transport, shipping and logistics arena.

Prior to joining the TT Club, Justin was a partner at the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP where he negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and litigated claims in the UK and around the world.

Charles Fenton, CEO of the TT Club, said: “Justin will be a strong addition to our experienced claims team across EMEA. His extensive expertise in claims management and his knowledge of the transport and logistics industry will be a pivotal asset for the TT Club.”

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For further details, please contact:

Roddi Vaughan Thomas/ Shelly Durrant/ Chiara Barreca – Broadgate Mainland

TTclub@broadgatemainland.com

+44 (0) 207 726 6111

 

Notes to editors

TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.
www.ttclub.com

 

 

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Building defects insurance

 

thomasmiller.com

 

 

 

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A NEW UNIFIED IDENTITY FOR GEODIS: UNIQUE BRANDING WILL BRING CLARITY AND BENEFITS TO CUSTOMERS

 

2 MARCH 2015, CLICHY

 

GEODIS has united the commercial identity of its varied operations under a unique brand, reaffirming its position as a leader in the global freight transport and logistics sector. The existing brands, Geodis Calberson, Geodis Wilson, Geodis BM, Geodis Logistics and Geodis Supply Chain Optimization will disappear to be replaced by one stand-alone brand, GEODIS.

 
GEODIS sees the initiative as an opportunity to reaffirm its ability to offer a comprehensive end-to-end supply chain management service to its customers in 120 countries. This will be delivered through its five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport.

 
The new branding also includes a revitalized logo and slogan, illustrating the GEODIS promise of performance and growth. The phrase reflects the GEODIS mission to help its customers succeed by overcoming logistical constraints: ”We logistic your growth”

 
Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of GEODIS, in announcing the new strategy said, “The evolution of our new brand will unify the constituent parts of our group and will clarify our common mission. This new brand architecture was designed with our clients’ needs for simplicity, efficiency and consistency at its core. It is a unique brand that bears the same promise for all of our lines of business. ”

 
The new visual identity, including a modernized logo, signifies a common thread running through all the services offered by GEODIS. The brand architecture will be gradually rolled out from March, appearing on all buildings, vehicles, uniforms and communications across GEODIS. To give life to the new brand identity, an advertising campaign (which will include print media, TV, web and airport display advertising) will be launched in March in the French market as well as in Germany, Poland, China and the USA through 2015 and 2016.

 
GEODIS – www.geodis.com
Supply chain operator and subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, GEODIS is a global European company (4th logistics provider in Europe). Through its ability to overcome logistical constraints and coordinate the different steps of the logistic chain (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding (air and sea), Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, Road Transport), the Group is the growth partner for its clients and offers them tailored solutions. With over 30,000 employees in 67 countries, the Group constantly innovates to improve its performance and its customers’ one. GEODIS reported in 2013 a €6.9 billion in revenue.

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Menlo Secures ISO 13485 Status for Specialist Handling of Medical Devices

Menlo Secures ISO 13485 Status for Specialist Handling of Medical Devices

Amsterdam – March 2nd 2015  - As further evidence of its proficiency in the medical device sector, Menlo Logistics, (Menlo), the global logistics and supply chain management unit of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) has achieved ISO 13485: 2003 for its Eersel (Neth.) facility.

The International Standard sets specifications for a quality management system where an organization demonstrates its ability to manufacture or control and handle inventory management of medical devices and related logistics services while complying with applicable international regulations governing the supply and distribution of medical devices, and consistently meet customer requirements.

Menlo’s Eersel site in the south of the Netherlands provides logistics and supply chain management services to two divisions of the Getinge group, which is a leading global provider of equipment and systems to the healthcare and life sciences industries. ArjoHuntleigh, the division specializing in medical equipment for those with reduced mobility and its corporate sibling Maquet, also a producing of high-end medical devices, both benefit from Menlo’s professional abilities dedicated to the specific supply chain needs of sophisticated healthcare medical supplies.

Commenting on the attainment of the ISO 13485 standard Menlo’s Senior Director of Business Development, Arthur van Gerven said, “Both quality assurance and regulatory compliance are essential for a logistics company offering supply chain services to the medical device sector. Therefore, we are pleased with the ISO accolade.  Menlo, however, believes success in this sector also involves a sharing of similar cultures with our business partners.  In the case of our Eersel customers this includes a mutual dedication to Lean continuous improvement practices as well as a commitment to quality and compliance.”

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About Menlo Logistics Europe

In Europe, Menlo Logistics maintains 17 dedicated and multiclient logistics centres located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom. This warehouse network can serve as a pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

Supply chain and transportation management solutions, as well as 3PL, warehousing and distribution services, are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors, including: lifestyle, fashion and apparel; health care and medtech; e-fulfillment and e-returns; manufacturing support; data center logistics; spare parts and aftermarket supply and high-tech. The European headquarters is at the multiclient Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands. www.menlologistics.com/europe

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About Menlo Logistics

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services, including packaging, kitting, order fulfilment and light assembly, through a strategic network of multiclient and dedicated facilities.

With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world. Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.8 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

 

 

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