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Archives for October 2017

GEODIS rolls out new Digital Solutions to simply Road Transport

26 OCTOBER 2017


Neptune enables real-time co-ordination of transport activity, reporting and analysis of key performance indicators, and document archiving.  Neptune is the new web portal which has been developed by GEODIS for its road transport-related activities in order to offer more transparency, agility and simplicity to all those working within the supply chain.

Neptune makes it possible for hauliers and customers to manage all their activities from a single platform in just a few clicks: scheduling collections/deliveries, planning resources, reporting incidents and faults, and accessing digitalised transport documents are all part of the functionality being introduced.

“GEODIS’ vision is to be a growth partner for our clients” explains Olivier Royer, Executive Vice President Road Transport. “In this context, the digitalization of our activities aims to simplify the daily life of our customers and our partners.”

The Neptune portal works within the framework of Zenith, the transport management system (TMS), which GEODIS has been developing since 2003 and into which the new mobile application, Zenmob feeds in real time. Available on Android and IOS platforms in 8 languages, Zenmob is available to the 18,000 GEODIS employees in Europe. By simply entering the delivery order reference, the application can immediately share the delivery status, report any faults, add images showing events of non-compliance, and will therefore significantly reduce the number of telephone exchanges or texts required involving parties in the transport chain.

“Modern technology has created a new dynamic to improve our methods of working”, states Olivier Royer. “The digitalisation of functions enables us to share intelligent transport data and so influence the better organisation of the entire supply chain. The combination of big data, artificial intelligence and geolocation are at the heart of our current and future thinking and aimed consistently at further simplifying our customers’ activities; guaranteeing them new sources of productivity.”

From the Neptune portal, customers can also access the new reporting tool, Scorecard, developed by the GEODIS design engineering department. Being fully-customisable, this tool enables the user to analyse all the relevant indicators in order to monitor the performance of GEODIS controlled transport activities. Finally, in order to meet the ever-increasing administrative and legal obligations of its customers, GEODIS has wholly digitalised the management of all transport documents, which are now also accessible through the Neptune portal.

Discover more about Neptune here.



GEODIS is a logistics provider ranked amongst the largest companies in its sector in Europe and throughout the world. GEODIS belongs to the SNCF Logistics arm of the SNCF group and is the fourth-largest logistics provider in Europe and the seventh-largest in the world. In 2016, GEODIS was also classified by Gartner as a ‘Leader’ in its ‘Magic Quadrant’ of global 3PL providers.  The international reach of GEODIS relies on its direct presence in 67 countries and a global network that connects more than 120 countries. With its five specialist areas of focus (Supply Chain Optimisation, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express Couriering and Road Transport), GEODIS takes charge of its customers’ supply chain and provides them with complete solutions by drawing upon more than 39,500 employees, its facilities, it processes and its IT systems. In 2016 GEODIS achieved a turnover of 8 billion Euros.


“K” Line Awarded “Climate A List ”by CDP, an International Non-profit Organization

~Receives Top Assessment of “A Rank” for Second Consecutive Year


Yukio Toriyama, Managing Executive Officer, speaking at the debriefing session.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected for the highest evaluation on the “Climate A List” at CDP’s debriefing session held in Tokyo on October 24th by CDP, the international non-profit organization (NGO) which carries out activities to achieve sustainable economies. The “Climate A List” is given to companies that have been identified as global leaders for their corporate response to combat climate change.

In response to the questionnaire sent from CDP on behalf of 803 institutional investors with assets of over US$100 trillion in total this year, among the companies that disclosed their own information relevant to climate change, 112 companies accounting for the top 5%, which were evaluated as particularly excellent in climate change measures such as emission reduction activities in the reporting year, have been awarded “CDP Climate A List,” including 13 Japanese companies.

In our Medium-term Management Plan, we define the ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) initiatives as a key management issue. With respect of the environment, we are pursuing measures in line with “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow” (Note 1) that is our long-term environmental vision formulated in 2015, with efforts such as the delivery of “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY” (Note 2), next-generation environmentally-friendly flagship that was awarded “Ship of the Year 2016.” Achievement of our CO2 reduction targets ahead of schedule (Note 3), etc. have also brought fruit, and we have again been awarded the A list, being selected for the second consecutive year.

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to aim for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency.



(Note1) “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow:

Please refer to this link

(Note 2) “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY”: Please refer to this link

(Note 3) “The achievement of our CO2 emission reduction targets ahead of schedule”: Please refer to this link



New LNG Carrier for Ichthys LNG Project Named “OCEANIC BREEZE”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) held a naming ceremony for a newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI).

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The new vessel was given her name “OCEANIC BREEZE” by Mr. Toshiaki Kitamura, President of INPEX Corporation (INPEX).

Designed by MHI, the vessel has adopted “SAYAENDO” which features a continuous cover integrated with the vessel’s hull that makes a reduction in weight and air resistance which accomplishes low fuel consumption while successfully achieving environmentally-friendly conditions.

“OCEANIC BREEZE” will be time-chartered by INPEX Shipping Co., Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of INPEX, and will be carrying LNG from the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia to Naoetsu, Niigata after her delivery.


[Main Particulars of the vessel]

Owner Oceanic Breeze LNG Transport S.A.
Shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

(Nagasaki Shipyard)

LOA abt. 288m
Beam abt. 49m
Tank Type / Tank Capacity Moss / abt.155,300m3
Propulsion System Ultra Steam Turbine


Students hit the beach to design a behaviour-changing bin

 Green Seas Trust Logo croppedCharity and University team up to tackle plastic pollution in the sea

London design students will descend onto East Beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex, next Tuesday 24 October to analyse and quantify litter, as part of a project to design and install a behaviour-changing bin that will encourage beach users to take the issue of ocean pollution seriously.

The 20+ students, from the University of East London (UEL), are working with charity GreenSeas Trust to create a bin that is not only functional but also a work of art aimed at changing people’s attitudes towards litter, particularly plastics.

Arun District Council is also on board to help the project with the siting of the bin, along with Biffa, whose municipal division handles local waste. Their staff will empty the bin and recycle the plastic waste collected.

The United Nations estimates that if humanity does not change its ways, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050*, and much of the problem is down to people not binning their litter, according to GreenSeas Trust.

Fazilette Khan, charity trustee, says that one of the problems is that although many beaches are equipped with bins, people don’t use them. “We need to make people aware of the problem of ocean pollution, so we are asking the design students, with their young minds and different ideas, to come up with a bin that will educate people as well as collect their litter.”

On the day, the UEL students will split into two teams: one will study the location and assess wind and environmental conditions at the site, while the other team will use GPS technology to survey the area and capture the types and location of litter found on the beach. The results of the studies will inform the design for the bin, which is expected to be installed at the beach next Spring.

Paul Lighterness, Programme Leader, Product Design at the University of East London, said: “The collaboration between product design students at the University of East London and the charity GreenSeas Trust is a great opportunity for young designers to work on a socially and environmentally conscious project brief, in order to understand ‘real’ issues and present ‘real’ solutions, with organisations who have a desire to improve lives. The topic of the project is central to the working methods of the Product Design Programme, to create socially responsive designers.

We are very fortunate to be involved in such an exciting and topical project, and the students are keen to provide solutions that meet the environmental demands, as well as those of the collaborative partners.

Greenseas Trust seeks to partner with other councils and companies to roll out the specially designed bins to other beaches around the UK coast.

*UN report 2017

Editor’s notes

The Greenseas Trust has worked on other projects at home and abroad to reduce plastic pollution in the sea and raise awareness about the issue. More information here

Biffa is a leader in the waste and recycling which provides collection, landfill, recycling and special waste services to local authorities.

Fazilette Khan has spent a lifetime in maritime occupations and sees her work at the charity as a chance to give something back to the ocean. She qualified as a marine electronic engineer from the Merchant Navy College formerly; HMS Worchester. She first went to sea when women sailing on ships were few and far between; working for many prominent shipping companies.

Fazilette has witnessed the growing problem of marine debris on our oceans first-hand. “My career at sea has allowed me the privilege to visit some of the most exotic and pristine coastal areas in remote parts of the world. It is heart breaking to come back a few years later and see those very same coves and beaches now strewn with unsightly plastics bottles and other non-biodegradable rubbish.”

Press enquiries:

Fazilette Khan


Registered Charity No: 1098649

Evergreen Enhances North Europe – Mediterranean Sea Network

October 23, 2017 — In order to offer an express service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade, Evergreen is teaming up with COSCO and YML to create a new joint operation, to be branded Europe – Med Express (EMX).

This weekly service will utilize five ships of 4,250 teu-class; one provided by Evergreen and YML respectively and the remaining three by COSCO. The first sailing is scheduled to depart from Rotterdam on 27th of November with a port rotation as follows:

Rotterdam – Felixstowe– Hamburg – Antwerp – Casablanca – Piraeus – Alexandria – Haifa– Mersin – Piraeus – Casablanca – Rotterdam.

The launch of this new service will enable Evergreen to provide a direct connection from North Europe to the Mediterranean, particularly to/from Morocco, Turkey, Israel and Egypt and is open to all types of cargo, including reefers and special containers. This new service is being introduced in response to increased customer demand for a reliable service and demonstrates Evergreen’s strong commitment to enhance efficiency on Europe-Med routes.


GEODIS experiments Connected Glasses in its Warehouse in Cologne

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GEODIS is implementing augmented reality solutions for its logistics operations in its warehouse in Cologne. The implemented solution, based on the Picavi’s “Pick-By-Vision” technology, aims at easing order preparation processes for the warehouse’s employees.

Equipped with data glasses, employees receive visual information into their visual field. This solution thus provides employees with all the information they need for order picking or loading. GEODIS has initially equipped twelve employees with this system.

The data glasses use visual displays to guide the order pickers through the current picking order. They inform the pickers in advance of the loading unit (pallet or carton) which need to be taken along, refer to the units to be picked as well as the item level and the storage location. If required, images of the products can be imported into the field of view. At the end of the picking run, the data glasses guide employees to the correct storage location in the outbound area and the picking order is automatically completed in the warehouse management system (WMS).

The use of data glasses gives employees more freedom to move compared to the use of handheld scanners while providing more detailed information on the type and appearance of the units to be picked. This increases the productivity and eliminates potential sources of error. The data glasses can be used for taking pictures of the loaded pallets after the order has been completed, which ensures a complete loading documentation. Thanks to the precise and strict process, the team achieves high picking performance, better quality and complete documentation. A simple and very flexible parameterizing process- linked to the WMS – enables the solution to easily adapt any changes in the warehouse’s organization.

In addition, Pick-by-Vision delivers another added value: “The scope and presentation of the relevant information is easily scalable. This means that even new employees without previous knowledge can be trained very quickly. This ensures high quality, even in peak seasons”, says Christian Müller, Area Manager FMCG at GEODIS for Contract Logistics in Germany.

This solution also represents a very good news for our customers which will see an increase of productivity -estimated up to 12% – and will thus benefit from the use of this innovative technology in their supply chain” declares Bernhard Heimann, Director of Operations at GEODIS for Contract Logistics in Germany.

After conducting several tests with different solutions, GEODIS has chosen the Pick-by-Vision technology developed by Picavi. If the expected results are confirmed, GEODIS plans to deploy Pick-by-Vision at other locations in Germany.



GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World.  GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers’ Supply Chain by providing end to end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2016, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.


Installation of “KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solutions Navigating System” to operated/managed vessels

October 10, 2017

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.


~ Improve safety, economy and environmental friendly ~

We decided to install “Optimum Weather Routing System” developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as KHI) to operated/managed vessels in our fleet.

This system provides the minimum fuel consumption route in consideration of the safety navigation, hence we are planning to install the system in about 120 vessels by 2021, as part of the system which is the KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solution “K-IMS” (*1) that we developed in collaboration with KHI group.

Upon the development of the system, we cooperated as onboard testing for various types of vessels, and sharing our experience and knowledge about a ship operation in evaluating the optimum route validity. As the result of onboard testing, the estimated value of rolling, pitching and fuel consumption on the route selected by the system matched with in-service results with high accuracy that led us to the decision of installing the system to vessels in our fleet officially.

By installing the system, beside the safety of ship operation will improve, it leads to economical and environmentally friendly operation by energy saving.

We will keep moving forward in achieving our vision of contributing to the society by safe and high quality service with various advanced technologies.


(*1) KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solutions “K-IMS”

(Applying for a registered trademark by KHI, The application number; 2017-112264):

The ship ICT system which uses ship-shore intercommunication system and has functions of operation management of ships, condition monitoring of engine plant, and ship performance analysis from the office.

Please see the link below for more information –

FIATA Announce Winner of Young Forwarder Award

The 2017 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award has been presented to Bradley Davis of Canada at the FIATA annual World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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YIFFY Award Winner 2017: (l-r) Michael Yarwood, TT Club; Thomas Sim, Chairman of FIATA’s Advisory Board Vocational Training; Award Winner Bradley Davis; Hu Xiang Zhao, President of FIATA

10th October 2017

Each year FIATA celebrates the achievements of young freight forwarders representing national associations at its annual World Congress.  This year was no exception as over 1,000 attendees at the Kuala Lumpur Congress congratulated the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award, Bradley Davis of Canada.

Specialist insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club is proud to have sponsored this award throughout its nineteen year history and Senior Loss Prevention Executive Mike Yarwood was on hand to announce the winner and present the award with a brief speech, in which he cited the important achievements in training made by FIATA and its members.

FIATA and TT Club duly recognise the succession challenges facing many areas of the global industry and therefore the need to invest in the development and education of young logistics professionals. The YIFFYA competition provides opportunities for all candidates, of which there were twenty-two this year, to demonstrate and develop their knowledge of the industry. The competition remains both challenging and rewarding for the candidates, requiring as it does each to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining an import and export shipment from their native country.

Each year four regional finalists are selected and are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each finalist with invaluable learning and networking opportunities. In addition the overall winner of the award is invited to attend two, one week training sessions with the TT Club at one of their regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong as well as a one year subscription to the International Transport Journal.

Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges this year, Yarwood said, “From a highly professional and broad array of entries the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. These four young professionals were then asked to deliver a short presentation on their dissertation topic to the steering committee at the World Congress. I would like to congratulate all four finalists for their polished presentations and especially, of course to our winner Bradley Davis.”

The four regional finalists for the 2017 competition were:

Region: Africa/Middle East  –  Tinasche Chiwanza – Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)

Region: Americas  –  Bradley Davis – Canada (CIFFA)

Region: Asia/Pacific  –  Nian Wan – China (CIFA)

Region: Europe  –  Nina Brose – Germany (DSLV)

The judges stressed that the dissertations this year were of a particularly high standard. The work of the entrants as a whole admirably demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills employed in its service.  The diverse subjects covered by the dissertations included the transport of Zoological Animals, Olympic Team Equipment, Agricultural Chemicals, Wine and Raw Tea, a clear example of the variety of challenges the industry is facing to provide crucial trade services

The TT Club sponsored award is presented in recognition of operational excellence in the logistics field 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 and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community, which is regarded by FIATA as a strategic important cooperation.

Yarwood concludes, “We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of this unique award into 2018. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe.”

To learn more about the YIFFY Award, please join us through the following social media platforms.

Twitter:        @yiffya




Notes to editors:

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. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.


FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries.

FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.


This Year’s Innovation in Safety Award Goes to …. Hapag Lloyd

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Caption: (l-r) Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club; Ken Rohlmann, Senior Director Cargo Service, Hapag-Lloyd (Winner: Hapag-Lloyd Cargo Patrol) ; Joseph Westwood Booth, IMO’s Senior Deputy Director, Maritime Safety

The TT Club Innovation in Safety Award was presented earlier this week to Ken Rohlmann who heads Hapag Lloyd’s Cargo Patrol Team.  The initiative is an industry-leading attempt to reduce fraudulent cargo declarations that obscure the true identity of dangerous goods transported around the globe

Las Palmas, Spain, 5th October 2017

The TT Club Innovation in Safety Award is now in its second year and the winner was announced at ICHCA’s 65th Anniversary Conference in Las Palmas this week.  The Award is aimed at identifying innovative developments that engender greater safety and efficiency in the intermodal supply chain. Following the inauguration of the award last year, TT Club and ICHCA have been delighted with the response of the industry, which resulted this year in some twenty-two high quality entries, each revealing exciting and proven improvements to supply chain practices.

In introducing the award, international freight insurer TT Club’s Risk Management Director Peregrine Storrs-Fox commented, “One of the more serious issues that continues to blight the entire shipping industry is non-compliance in relation to the transport of restricted commodities and dangerous goods. It is estimated that this is the root cause of a major shipboard fire, on average every 60 days. All shipping lines have attempted to mitigate the problem but Hapag-Lloyd has long been at the forefront, creating in 2011 what has become the ‘Cargo Patrol’ search engine.”

Indeed the value of Cargo Patrol has grown year on year and now identifies in the order of 1,250 potential undeclared or misdeclared bookings each day. During 2016, the total of 264,000 alerts resulted in 4,200 positive ‘hits’ – many of these bookings were subsequently cancelled by the line.  As this often results in the ‘problem’ cargo moving on to another line, Hapag-Lloyd has taken the decision to pass its software to IBM for further development and in order to make the solution accessible to all shipping lines.

In accepting the award, Ken Rohlmann said, “Hapag-Lloyd is delighted to receive this prestigious Innovation in Safety Award. I’d like to dedicate the award to my colleagues from the Hapag-Lloyd IT department, who built Cargo Patrol as an in-house solution, and of course to my Cargo Patrol Team, who tirelessly investigate all the potential misdeclarations day by day. This award will further motivate us in the work to keep our crews safe.”

The judging process was rigorous and intense, as the range of entries displayed both a great  diversity of safety issues, as well as tremendous passion, effort and ingenuity.  The task of evaluating the entries was, for the five judges (listed below) therefore a formidable one; so much so, in fact that they chose to also award a Highly Commended honour. This went to Safety Ammo.

The dangers faced by ‘pinning’ workers – those who physically handle twistlocks on the underside of containers on the waterfront – are considerable.  Safety Ammo is a RFID-based safety solution that brings together practical operational expertise within a range of technologies and requires minimal user interaction. It monitors in real time any personnel within the safe zone and indicates all activity through a simple interface. The result is that the ‘pinning station’ can notify any external control systems of workers’ whereabouts, thereby significantly increasing the safety of those exposed.

ICHCA International’s Captain Richard Brough thanked Joseph Westwood Booth, the IMO’s Senior Deputy Director, Maritime Safety, who presented the award and also commented, “ICHCA is proud of the level on safety initiatives that the award has encouraged and would like to thank TT Club for its help in administering the awards process and financial support through its continued sponsorship.”


Notes to Editors:

About the ICHCA International ‘Innovation in Safety’ Award

Open to individuals, teams or companies involved in cargo logistics, entrants for the ICHCA International Innovation in Safety Award had to provide evidence to show that a product, idea, solution, process or scheme had resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.

Judging panel:

Jan Boermans, Chair, ISP

Bill Brassington, Owner, ETS Consulting

Richard Brough, Technical Adviser and Observer, ICHCA International

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club

Rachael White, CEO Secretariat, ICHCA International

About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain. |

Follow us on Twitter @ICHCA2

About TT Club

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


GEODIS highly rated for its Corporate Social Responsibility approach (CSR)

The collaborative platform EcoVadis has awarded GEODIS a score of 68/100, after analyzing its entire Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. EcoVadis assesses companies on environmental, social, ethical and supply chain issues. With this score, it has placed the Group among the best in its overall rankings.

The EcoVadis report describes the GEODIS’ CSR approach as “Advanced”.  It also considers the strategy adopted by GEODIS to be based on “a structured CSR approach, quantified commitments, tangible action on all issues, detailed information on the implementation of these actions and precise CSR reporting, as well as use of performance indicators”. The score obtained this year is the highest ever obtained by GEODIS since its first voluntary participation in the EcoVadis assessment. This result underlines a continuous improvement in its CSR processes and actions. It also reflects the success of extensive work conducted over several years on CSR topics within the Group.

“GEODIS develops innovative responses to environmental and social challenges through the collective day-to-day efforts of its employees.  These efforts promote sustainable development and are rooted firmly in the business ethics of our Lines of Business, their processes and organizations,” says Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of GEODIS. “Our ambition is to position ourselves as the sustainable growth partner of our customers.”

“The assessment by EcoVadis is a voluntary undertaking that we adopted in order to satisfy our customers, who were seeking a clearer picture of our CSR approach,” continues Régis Lesieux, Business Excellence & CSR Vice President, GEODIS. “Just as we ask our suppliers to have their CSR policies assessed, we want to provide our customers with a precise indicator of our own performance in this field. The fact that our CSR approach has been praised by EcoVadis – particularly with respect to our commitment to fighting climate change – is a real source of pride for us and underlines the commitment of our workforce.”

The EcoVadis assessment is based on 21 criteria covering four areas of activity: environment, social issues, ethics/fair business practices and supply chain. The assessment of the GEODIS’ approach can be broken down as follows:

Environment: In this area, EcoVadis highlighted the level carbon reporting provided by GEODIS for its customers and the regular renewal of its fleet and fleet equipment along with initiatives to reduce environmental impact (CO2, noise, waste, etc.).

– Social:  The Group primarily owes its good results in this field to its many initiatives to promote employee health and safety: OHSAS 18001 certification, regular training for drivers on health and safety in the workplace and regular health checks.

Business ethics: EcoVadis underlined the significant measures deployed by GEODIS in the field of IT security in order to protect its data. It also praised the updating of the GEODIS Code of Ethics, the quality of whistle-blowing procedures and the internal audits relating to the fight against corruption.

– Supply chain: EcoVadis identified a number of strong points manifested by GEODIS, primarily the inclusion of environmental and social criteria in contracts, as well as supplier assessments, particularly with respect to vehicle acquisition.

EcoVadis is the first collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Over 20,000 companies use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust within business partnerships.

To discover the GEODIS CSR report, click here.