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Harren & Partner adds jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet and launches SAL Renewables

Bremen, 13 January 2021

The offshore renewables sector is about to meet a new contender in the rapidly expanding market for offshore wind. With Harren & Partner’s addition of the versatile jack-up vessel Wind Lift I to its fleet, SAL Renewables launches as a specialised provider for offshore wind services and installation with a strong asset in its portfolio. Born as a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift, this new specialised entity focuses on the offshore maintenance and installation of wind turbines and their corresponding components.

The Harren & Partner Group is as busy as ever with its work in the global wind energy sector. Already an established and preferred logistics provider to contractors and turbine manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, SAL is taking another significant step in expanding its footprint in the field of renewables. Today, SAL Renewables opens its doors as a supplier of specialised vessels as well as maintenance and installation solutions to the offshore wind industry.

SAL Renewables proudly launches with a specialised vessel in its fleet: the Wind Lift I – a 2010-built dynamic positioning (DP) jack-up crane vessel ideally suited for offshore wind maintenance projects as well as the installation of wind turbine parts. With a 500 t capacity, high outreach offshore crane and a fully equipped accommodation block for up to 50 people, this highly versatile asset also has a strong track record.

Wind Lift I represents an important enhancement of our fleet. It extends our scope of action to provide our customers with comprehensive, yet customised solutions,” says Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director of SAL Renewables. “Wind Lift I is a highly adaptable vessel. There are only few things that it can’t do, it’s kind of like a Swiss army knife. This asset makes for a great start for our new venture with SAL Renewables.”

Matthieu Moerman, Head of Projects at SAL Renewables, adds: “Megawatts capacity of wind parks keep increasing and old wind parks will need to be renewed with new turbines or decommissioned. With Wind Lift I we are not only targeting the installation and maintenance market but also decommissioning and upgrading of old existing wind parks.”

The Wind Lift I was recently deployed by SAL for a hydraulic hammer test as part of an offshore wind project in the North Sea. Despite for the season’s unpredictable weather patterns, the vessel managed the job perfectly.

In addition to Wind Lift I, SAL Renewables also holds access to the offshore DP2 heavy lift ship Blue Giant.

SAL Renewables benefits from the years of wind experience in the group, and employs specialists with extensive expertise in the sector. SAL Renewables is not involved in any traditional heavy lift shipping operations, which are performed by SAL Heavy Lift as the transport and logistics arm. As such, SAL Renewables is a perfect complement to SAL’s existing services – providing comprehensive, complete maritime solution for the offshore wind industry.

Dr. Martin Harren, Managing Director of Harren & Partner, explains the strategy behind the founding of SAL Renewables and the acquisition of Wind Lift I: “Wind power has been a cornerstone of our business in the past few years, and we continue to see significant projects here. The world’s demand for energy is higher than ever before, and a major energy transition is currently underway. The projects resulting from this change are crucial to our business. SAL Renewables is a perfect supplement to our established logistics business, but also something new. By offering maintenance and component installation services predominantly for the wind turbines themselves, we are expanding our total service offerings to the global renewables market while also meeting the toughest individual demands and expectations in the offshore markets.”

SAL Renewables is based in Bremen – a convenient location to leverage the diverse and far-ranging resources within the Harren & Partner Group and SAL Heavy Lift.

About SAL Renewables

SAL Renewables is a sister company to the renowned heavy lift shipping company SAL Heavy Lift and a member of the Harren & Partner Group.

The company specialises in offshore maintenance and support services targeted towards the offshore wind sector.

Through its access to specialised, diverse and advanced offshore vessels with dynamic positioning and/or jack-up capabilities, SAL Renewables offers a wide range of expert, cost-efficient services – including vessel time chartering, specialised engineering solutions and complex project management services.

SAL Renewables meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation, health, safety and environment. SAL’s large network of sales offices and exclusive agents across more than 20 countries ensures our strong global outreach. SAL has a green perspective, is committed to building a greener tomorrow through its services and technical innovations.

GEODIS appoints a New Regional Customs Brokerage Director in Asia-Pacific Region

Dr Kian Chuan Chang joins GEODIS to take over as Regional Customs Brokerage Director

Dr Kian Chuan Chang,
Regional Customs Brokerage Director

Dr Chang has extensive experience within the express transportation sector. Skilled in Logistics Management, Transportation, Customs Brokerage Management and Third-Party Logistics (3PL), he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London and a Professional Doctorate from Central Queensland University. He replaces Alan Miu, who is retiring.

In welcoming Dr Chang, GEODIS APAC Regional President and CEO, Onno Boots said, “With the constant evolution of our customers’ supply chains featuring the establishment or expansion of manufacturing bases in ASEAN markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam, or selling into more countries riding on the ecommerce boom, our customs brokerage team works alongside our customers, guiding their businesses through the different regulatory requirements for trade. Dr. Chang’s expertise will lead us to become an even more valuable partner to our customers.”

Customs brokerage services must, of necessity be based on a local presence in key locations within APAC. There is a requirement for up-to-date knowledge that is specific to industry verticals; hi-tech, automotive, FMCG or retail. New Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and new customs procedures recently introduced by different governments underline the value of trusted customs brokerage advice. 

Therefore Dr Chang observed, “With an increase in global challenges due to regulatory changes as well as customers’ expectations, we will work to offer a full suite of innovative customs brokerage solutions that focuses on adopting new technologies to deliver accurate customs and trade compliance.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #6 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2019, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

Dachser expands its contract logistics capacities for Maas-Rhein logistics center

Dachser wins contract to provide contract logistics for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division in Europe and invests in Alsdorf

Alsdorf/Kempten, February 11, 2020. The US conglomerate Emerson is expanding its collaboration with Dachser. In view of the new European contract logistics mandate for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division, Dachser expanded its capacities in Alsdorf by adding a 7,000-square-meter warehouse.

Over the past 30 years, Emerson’s Climate Technologies division has steadily grown its European business, which includes products from the heating, climate control, ventilation, and refrigeration technology sector. Dachser has been providing transport services since 2003, but in the past Emerson relied on an in-house logistics solution for warehousing and packaging. What ultimately tipped the scales in favor of outsourcing the entire logistics process to Dachser was the many years of successful collaboration between the companies. 

New warehouse in Alsdorf

As part of the contract logistics agreement, Dachser will handle not only storage and picking, but also the end-customer-specific packaging of the products as a value-added service. Until now, Emerson has supplied its customers directly from the factory—from Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Ireland. The new warehouse in Alsdorf is now to be established as a central warehouse and distribution center for Europe with a view to bundling shipments more effectively.

The warehouse in Alsdorf offers space for up to 10,000 pallets and around 5,500 shelf spaces over an area of around 7,000 square meters. It also features the necessary office space and social areas. Located only three kilometers from Dachser’s Maas-Rhein logistics center, the distribution center for Emerson’s Climate Technologies division is also ideally connected to the Dachser transport network. Alsdorf is an important regional hub in the German-Dutch-Belgian border region. From here, Dachser operates direct routes to some 50 destinations in eleven countries. With its current workforce of more than 300, the location handles almost 85,000 shipments per month. European shipments dovetail with the services of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, which also maintains a presence at the Alsdorf branch.

Dachser invests in expanding contract logistics

“Having a comprehensive logistics process chain from a single source has long since become a factor in the success of manufacturing companies like Emerson. This is why Dachser has been expanding its contract logistics services for some years now,” says Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, who is responsible for Dachser’s transport and storage business for industrial goods in Germany. “Dachser’s European network offers a combination of warehousing expertise and short transportation times that is convincing more and more companies to enter into tailored contract logistics partnerships covering functions such as transportation, terminal handling, storage, and additional services. Our contract logistics concepts aim to increase the responsiveness and flexibility of our customers in terms of warehousing and transport. We’re sure that we will succeed in doing the same for Emerson,” Tonn says.

About Emerson:

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company that provides innovative solutions for customers in the industrial, commercial, and residential markets.  Emerson is divided into two core business platforms, Automation Solutions and Commercial & Residential Solutions. 

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of two business lines: Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s range. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,600 employees at 399 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2018. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.7 million shipments weighing 41.3 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

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

RTG cranes from Konecranes for the new Baltic port of Bronka

Saint-Petersburg, 15 June 2015

IMG_7413On 11 June the freighter “Meri” was the first vessel handled in the new Russian Baltic port of Bronka. She delivered the first three of a total of ten RTG cranes from Konecranes in Finland. The firm is among the world’s leading manufacturers of cranes and lifting gear. Arriving from Hanko in Finland, the “Meri” was the first merchant ship to transit the new, recently constructed canal providing access to Bronka, then making fast at the already operational Berth 3. Discharge of the three RTG cranes constituted a dress rehearsal for clearance of a vessel at the new terminal in Bronka, in advance of the official start of operations in Bronka in September. Delivered in a state of operational readiness, the RTG cranes rolled ashore from the “Meri” on their own wheels and will in future be deployed at the Port of Bronka container terminal. A second batch of three RTG cranes will be delivered by Konecranes in mid-August.

“We are extremely satisfied with the mutually agreed fitting-out of the RTG cranes ordered from Konecranes, and their punctual delivery. At our new Port of Bronka, we are installing highly efficient, state-of-the-art equipment. We are convinced that with these RTG cranes from Konecranes, we shall achieve high operating reliability and productivity in container handling at our new multi-purpose port,” says Alexei Shukletsov, CEO of the Port of Bronka.

Konecranes possesses immense knowhow in designing port solutions. The rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) supplied for container handling at the Port of Bronka not only fulfil normal performance specifications but also feature numerous standard innovative functions. While cutting maintenance costs, these also boost performance and reliability. This both enhances operational dependability and minimizes costs for maintenance and spares. In the tough operating conditions in the Russian Baltic port of Bronka, that will be a distinct advantage.

About the Port of Bronka

The deepwater Port of Bronka is being built on the Southern bank of the Gulf of Finland, on the outskirts of St. Petersburg and near the municipality of Lomonossov. The multi-functional cargo handling facility comprises two terminals plus a logistics centre. Covering 107 hectares, the container terminal offers five berths along quays extending 1,176 metres. The Ro-Ro terminal covers 57 hectares, and with a quay length of 630 metres permits simultaneous handling of three ships. At the first stage of construction, handling capacity of the container terminal totals 1.45 million TEU per year, plus 260,000 units at the Ro-Ro terminal. A first-stage water depth of 14.4 metres enables the Port of Bronka to handle post-Panamax vessels. The multifunctional Bronka handling facility is scheduled to enter service in September 2015.

Uniserve acquires Portall Solutions

London: 13 September 2012

Uniserve, the UK’s largest privately owned international freight and logistics company, has announced is acquisition of Portall Solutions Ltd, a finance and management consultancy business.  This signals Uniserve’s intention to redefine supply chain management services and to raise current standards of industry capability with its new concept of Global Trade Management (GTM).

Extending beyond the traditional freight forwarding competencies, the Portall product will provide Uniserve’s GTM service with a degree of flexibility designed to tackle today’s economic conditions and to exploit opportunities; an alternative approach to existing supply chain solutions which reflect past conditions.

Iain Liddell, Managing Director of Uniserve said “The acquisition of Portall will give us a significant addition to our range of capabilities.  It is our intention to lead the industry and promote the next generation of business support services, taking supply management to another level.  Our concept of Global Trade Management, or GTM, encompasses many skills and competencies in which Uniserve has been investing for some time.  To accelerate the growth of GTM, the 100% acquisition of Portall gives us a number of unique and innovative products to provide for our clients.”

The world class supply chains devised for many of our customers and other blue chip companies require to be updated constantly to remain world class.  To sustain this development Uniserve strives to up-date supply chain management structures by asking these crucial questions: is an existing supply chain designed for current trading conditions and for those of the foreseeable future; given limited growth in UK and EU markets, how can supply chain design facilitate those growth opportunities that do exist; how can opportunities to increase efficiency, not previously identified, be unlocked and what can be done to identify changing trends in rates and other performance metrics?

Uniserve believes with its global infrastructure of partners it is well placed to take advantage of the extremely competitive prevailing conditions and so react to these challenges to the benefit of our customers.

Liddell concludes, “Uniserve is pleased to be able to invest through this acquisition of Portall, adding to its knowledge bank and expertise.  Only companies like ours, with a strong balance sheet and a clear vision for the future, will be able to grow during this current down-turn.  We are confident that Uniserve will attain such growth through extended margins and a good return on this current investment.”

ENDS

About Uniserve Group

Established in 1984, Uniserve are the largest British privately owned international freight and logistics company in the UK. Working with an unrivalled network of professional partners across the world, Uniserve is a leading import and export consolidator and full load carrier, operating via air, sea and road.

We are experts in all major Global trade markets and specialists in Europe, China, South East Asia, and The Indian Subcontinent. At Uniserve we pride ourselves on our experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated team, selected from the finest in the industry to provide the best service and advice to you, across all modes and aspects of transport, import and export procedure.

www.uniservegroup.co.uk

www.portallsolutions.com

For further details please contact:

Mike Woodall

Tel:   0044 1708 259 400

Mobile:  0044 7557 092 606

Email:  maw@ugroup.co.uk