Transport communications

Portcare International is the press relations consultancy for the shipping and logistics industry. Formed by transport people for transport people. We can truly claim to understand our clients’ needs and ‘talk the same language’. Portcare provide effective, value for money PR to some of the industry’s best-known names.

Dachser invests in its overland network

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Kempten, March 28, 2017. Dachser is currently creating new capacity for its overland network at several German locations. In the north, the Bremen and Hamburg locations are being expanded. Building is also under way in Alsdorf near Aachen and Dissen near Bielefeld. In total, Dachser is investing some EUR 60 million at the four locations, creating nearly 35,000 square meters of additional warehouse and office space.

“By continuously expanding and modernizing our locations, we are ensuring that Dachser’s overland network offers consistently high quality,” says Michael Schilling, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Road Logistics at Dachser.

More capacity in northern Germany

Employees were able to move into the new buildings at Dachser’s Bremen location at the beginning of March. Dachser invested almost EUR 20 million in the transit terminal south of the Weser, creating 8,800 square meters of warehouse space and 102 docks for the Bremen logistics center. A further 2,500 square meters are reserved for offices.

A new transit terminal is also being built on the premises of the Dachser Food Logistics branch in Hamburg. With 6,800 square meters of total area, the facilities will be operationally and physically separate and will be used to handle food items as well as industrial goods from the neighboring Dachser European Logistics branch. Another 1,200 square meters of office space is being built as well. The work, which represents an investment of some EUR 15 million, is scheduled to be completed in August.

Investments for Dachser Food Logistics

Dachser is expanding its Alsdorf location at a separate facility located within the border triangle between Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The new temperature-controlled Food Logistics transit terminal and contract logistics warehouse will add 6,800 square meters, 2,500 of which will be reserved for a food warehouse. Dachser has been operating in Alsdorf since 1985 and is now investing EUR 12.5 million in new buildings for the location, which is scheduled to begin operations in July. At the same time, another EUR 3.5 million will be used to extensively renovate the existing facility.

Dashser is also building additional facilities for Food Logistics in Dissen, Lower Saxony. The branch office’s transit terminal will be expanded by 4,430 square meters, plus an additional 1,370 square meters of office space. Existing buildings will also be renovated. Construction work in Dissen is scheduled for completion by July. Dachser established the Dissen branch office in 2005; since then it has steadily invested in the location. The current construction and renovation activities account for some EUR 8.5 million.

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser is a leading supplier of logistics services worldwide.

Dachser offers comprehensive 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 offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

For more information about Dachser, please visit

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“K” Line to Provide Free Ocean Transportation of Books for Children in the Republic of South Africa

Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has announced that it has provided free ocean transportation of books for children to be donated to the “Mobile Library Project” promoted by NPO “South African Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)” in the Republic of South Africa.

SAPESI is an NPO established in South Africa to help improve the quality of primary education in the country, and the Mobile Library Project is an activity to operate mobile libraries, donated from Japan with books sent from various English speaking countries such as the United States, around primary schools across the country. “K” Line has been supporting the Project since 2011 by providing free transportation of children’s books that are collected and presented by group companies of Sony Corporation, who has been supporting the activity of SAPESI as well. This year, “K” Line has already transported more than 12,000 books from Singapore, UAE and the United States to the port of Durban, South Africa, with its container vessels.

In addition, after the arrival of those books at the port of Durban, staffs of “K” LINE SHIPPING (SOUTH AFRICA) PTY LTD, an affiliated company of “K” Line in South Africa, have voluntarily provided repairing and sorting works of the book, which have been sorted by direction and sent to each mobile library (photo 2).

“K” Line, in cooperation with Sony Corporation at each other’s local affiliates, has transported more than 100,000 books so far. Hoping that the books presented to the project may contribute to the improvement of the quality of education as well as give children in South Africa dreams for the future, “K” Line would continue to contribute to the society through its core business, ocean transportation.

* “K” Line’s supporting activity to SAPESI is introduced on “CSR” pages its corporate web-site, namely “Collaboration with Stakeholders”( and “Social Contribution Activities” (


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Isis Communications Rebrands as Portcare International


The marketing and media communications consultancy specialising in the maritime, freight transport and logistics sectors has rebranded as Portcare International. The change is being made to focus attention on the company’s service offerings and to avoid unintentionally extending visibility of a terrorist organisation.

1st March 2016

As of today Portcare International will serve as both the trading name, or brand and the official registered company name of the marketing and media communications consultancy that has been serving the global maritime and freight transport industry for nearly twenty years.

Over this time the company has built a strong reputation for providing relevant and well-crafted communication services to a range of clients that include blue-chip organisations in container shipping, maritime insurance, port and terminal operations, logistics, freight transport and supply chain management.

It is unfortunate that in recent years the Isis brand has been increasingly used to describe a particularly destructive terrorist group, deflecting attention from the company’s professional abilities and tainting its image. However, Portcare is now confident that the consistency of its service levels and strong relationships with both media and clients will maintain its reputation in the industry.

Managing Director Peter Owen commented, “Over the past months we have resisted changing our name, feeling that we would be giving in to forces seeking to destabilise our society. However, more recently we have felt an increasing moral obligation to cease being an unwitting promulgator of a ‘brand’ with such evil connotations. We thank our clients for their support and sympathy in taking this necessary step and reassure our friends in the media that we strongly maintain a ‘business as usual’ attitude”.

Portcare International has been the official limited company designation since the organisation was established in 1997. It now becomes a brand representing honest and effective communication, intimate understanding of the industries served and of values that hold personal relationships with both clients and the media in the highest esteem.


About Portcare International:

Portcare International is a leading media and marketing communications specialist in the maritime, international freight transport and logistics sectors. Formed by transport people for transport people, we can truly claim to understand our clients’ needs and ‘talk the same language’. We provide effective, value for money consultancy in reputation management and brand promotion through communication with all stake-holders; investors, employees, customers and community partners. Formed in 1997, Portcare is an enthusiastic and expanding enterprise, which capitalises on the extensive media knowledge and first-hand industry experience of its management team. We deliver tailored communication programmes to a broad range of clients across the freight transport spectrum and have long standing relationships with many blue-chip clients, who appreciate a high quality, personal service.

Contact Details

Peter Owen , Director, Portcare International

T:            +44 1737 248300



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Winners of the 2015 Seahorse Journalist of the Year Awards

Award Winner Publication
Seahorse Winner Max Tingyao Lin Lloyd’s List
Seahorse Runner-up Roger Hailey Air Cargo News
International Editor Richard Meade Lloyd’s List
Newcomer Joe Lo Container Management
Feature Winner Louise Cole Roadway
Feature Runner-up Eric Johnson Breakbulk
News Winner Jaya Prakash BC Shipping News
News Runner-up Jim Wilson Lloyd’s List Australia
Supply Chain Winner Tim Maughan BBC
Supply Chain Runner-up Alex Lennane The Loadstar
Environmental Winner Danny Shorten & Namrata Nadkarni The Marine Professional
Environmental Runner-up Tim Maughan BBC
Air Cargo Winner Randy Woods Air Cargo World
Social Media Winner Holly Birkett Asia Shipping Media


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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.

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GEODIS Voted Airfreight Forwarder of the Year for the Fourth Time

The ACW World Air Cargo Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry – and GEODIS has now won the accolade of Airfreight Forwarder of the Year for a fourth time. The award presentation was made to Henk Venema, Global Product Director Air, at a ceremony during the world’s largest transport and logistics event, at TL Munich, in Germany.

Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President of GEODIS Freight Forwarding, said, “We are honored that our customers around the world have recognized our consistent standard of air freight service by voting for GEODIS in such numbers once more. Under the recently unified banner of GEODIS we are proud to receive the recognition that our airfreight product is differentiating and a key solution in our efforts to help our customers overcome their logistical constraints.”

Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of GEODIS, added: “Being an award based on our customers’ votes, this achievement perfectly underlines what GEODIS stands for. It emphasizes that we, as a key provider of supply chain solutions, indeed are a strategic partner for our clients in their ambition to grow their international business.”

The key criteria on which voters were asked to rate entrants in the Airfreight Forwarder category were global coverage, customer service, focus and performance, as well as commitment to developing technology. GEODIS prevailed as the winner from a short-list of service providers that represent the world’s top selection of global forwarding and logistics companies.

Prior to this year, GEODIS also won the same award in 2010, 2011 and 2014. The awards, which are hosted every year by the industry publication, Air Cargo Week are presented during of the world’s largest transport & logistics conferences, TL Munich and TL Shanghai.


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, 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 add value to its customers supply chain. GEODIS reported €6.8 billion in revenue in 2014.

For more information about GEODIS go to

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“K” Line Enters Long-Term Time Charter to Serve Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

May 12, 2015

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce that a joint venture comprising “K” Line, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui, Head Office: Tokyo, President: Tatsuo Yasunaga) and Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Imabari, Head Office: Imabari, President: Yukito Higaki) has concluded the agreement to enter into a long-term Time Charter contract with Mitsui for its Cameron LNG Export Project in the U.S.A..

Mitsui, through its subsidiary company in the U.S.A., is participating in this project and will be off taking the LNG once the production starts.

The vessel to serve the project will be built in Imabari and equipped with an electronically- controlled dual fuel gas injection diesel engine (ME-GI).

By utilizing the knowledge and network established for more than 30 years in LNG transport business, “K” Line is achieving consistent growth and corporate value improvement which is incorporated as part of the “K” Line Group’s new medium-term management plan “  Value for our Next Century.”

Outline of the contract:

Date of Contract May 11, 2015
Charterer Mitsui
Owner Trinity LNG Transport S.A.

(A joint venture of “K” Line, Mitsui and Imabari)

Term of Contract Maximum 25 years after delivery
Vessel Membrane type LNG Carrier (Capacity: 178,000 m3)
Propulsion Electronically-controlled dual fuel gas injection diesel engine (ME-GI)
Builder Imabari
Delivery 2020 (scheduled)
Ship Manager “K” Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited (planned)
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ModusLink Helps Cricut® Meet Global Demand and Enables European Expansion

—Cricut’s strategic growth plan focuses heavily on e-commerce and strong execution of logistics —

WALTHAM, Mass. and SOUTH JORDAN, Utah—June 17, 2013—ModusLinkGlobal Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) and Cricut® have announced a significant operational expansion, making Cricut’s highly innovative craft, hobby and educational products more readily available in Europe. ModusLink will help Cricut manage numerous supply chain and logistics functions including regional warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment. ModusLink will also support e-commerce, payment and local tax processing and order support in more than 35 countries.

“Cricut is seeing strong growth and high consumer demand for our crafting supplies across Europe, especially among the young and technology-savvy demographic,” said Simon Faulkner, executive vice president and general manager for EMEA at Cricut. “These customers want quick and easy access to our products through online channels and expect the quick shipping options that are available to them with other goods such as clothing and electronics. ModusLink has the logistics operations in place and the regional expertise that is helping us quickly expand our business and increase brand loyalty in this key market.”

In addition to driving an exceptional purchasing experience for Cricut’s customers, ModusLink’s current product distribution infrastructure in Europe is expected to save Cricut considerable freight costs and help reduce the associated carbon footprint of long-distance shipping.

“ModusLink is eager to play a role in Cricut’s current growth by providing global supply chain and e-commerce support that helps build the business in a highly efficient and cost-effective way,” said Scott Crawley, president of global operations, sales and marketing at ModusLink. “Taking the right approach to growing a company’s presence in new regions often requires a knowledgeable local operations partner and our goal is to help clients expand in a carefully planned manner that yields revenue and satisfied customers, without disrupting or overhauling their existing business.”

In addition to the collaboration in Europe, Cricut has also recently extended its engagement with ModusLink for U.S.-based logistics services.

Additional Resources

About Provo Craft/Cricut

Provo Craft is a creative crafting products company and world leader in personal electronic cutting machines that enables people to achieve their creative best. For 40 years, Provo Craft has sold millions of products worldwide that bring crafting tools to the masses, including the Cricut® personal electronic cutter, the Cricut Craft Room® design software, and the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutter and embosser. The Cricut launched in 2005 and revolutionized the paper crafts industry. Today, millions of people use Cricut products to create projects that range from greeting cards, scrapbooks, home décor, school projects – anything that allows people to capture their memories and share these with their loved ones. For further information, visit

About ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 451 million product shipments through more than 25 sites across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit and, the blog for supply chain professionals.



This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, the expected benefits of the business relationship between ModusLink Global Solutions and Provo Craft. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: We are not designated as this client’s sole supplier of the services referenced in this press release; We frequently sell to our clients on a purchase order basis and without contractual minimums and therefore our sales are subject to demand variability; Our success depends on our ability to execute on our business strategy and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of our solutions and services; We may not be able to expand our operations in accordance with our business strategy; We may experience difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with our business strategy; We derive a significant portion of our revenue from a small number of customers and the loss of any of those customers would significantly damage our financial condition and results of operations; Increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which we compete; and risks associated with international operations. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect ModusLink Global Solutions’ future results of operations and financial results, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and  Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made by us.

CRICUT is a trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc., South Jordan, Utah.

ModusLink Global Solutions is a trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


ModusLink Contacts:

Media:  Teresa Osborne

ModusLink Public Relations



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ModusLink and Newton Circus Join Forces to Increase Digital Inclusion

— Donated smartphones will undergo ModusLink’s enterprise-quality refurbishment for philanthropic project—

WALTHAM, Mass. and SINGAPORE— 2 April 2013—ModusLink Global Solutions™ Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) and Newton Circus today announced a collaboration to provide senior citizens high quality, renewed smartphones with a suite of apps known as Silverline, designed to connect them to the digital world.

Based in Singapore, with contributors across the globe, Newton Circus develops creative, environmentally-sound and people-focused business projects across a number of industries. For its newest endeavor, Newton Circus has selected ModusLink to provide global supply chain management capability and for its rigorous standards in electronics repair and recovery.

“Our goal is to provide millions of re-purposed smartphones that can be distributed free of charge through participating cellular providers, so that seniors and their families can have peace of mind knowing that a connection to select service providers is just a tap or a call away,” said Jason Aspes, co-founder, Newton Circus. “With the support of numerous global telecom leaders, this project will connect these seniors with critical information, provide education and connect them with family and friends for enrichment, safety and security. Silverline and its success hinges on the reliability of the systems we provide and ModusLink has a proven, industry-leading handset processing discipline that will ensure the high quality of these donations.”

“Newton Circus has a history of entrepreneurial projects that combine humanitarian endeavors, environmental stewardship and sound business opportunity,” said Scott Crawley, president, global operations, sales and marketing, ModusLink. “We find an increasing number of technology clients are interested in the renewal of electronics as an additional revenue opportunity that is simultaneously beneficial for the environment. Our expertise in this area has grown over the years and our ability to maximize value at every point in the process makes ModusLink truly unique in the supply chain and logistics market. It’s gratifying for our company to be involved with a project like Silverline.”

Donated handsets will be shipped to ModusLink’s repair and refurbishment locations in Bloomington, IN, and Singapore, where they will undergo a rigorous security and data wipe process before being restored to near-new condition and pre-loaded with the Silverline apps before being distributed to seniors through the Silverline program.

Additional Resources

  • Watch the video on ModusLink’s Aftermarket Solutions for electronics return, repair and recovery
  • See a first-hand account of Silverline’s benefits for seniors
  • See additional detail on ModusLink’s Repair and Recovery programs
  • Value Unchained, the blog for supply chain professionals

About Newton Circus

Newton Circus creates products, services, and applications that are good for people, planet, and profit. We focus on key drivers of global change including climate, the environment, poverty, development, natural resource preservation, healthcare, migration, and urbanization. Newton Circus understands the mainstream consumer has shown an overwhelming propensity to support products, brands, companies, and retailers that are committed to responsible business practices. Contact us to embed sustainability into your company and improve your bottom line. Visit and for more information.

About ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 470 million product shipments through more than 30 sites in 15 countries across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit and, the blog for supply chain professionals

ModusLink Global Solutions is a trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


Teresa Osborne

ModusLink Public Relations


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ModusLink Improves Operations in The Netherlands

—Move from Apeldoorn to Venray in The Netherlands will yield improved warehousing, provide additional transportation options for clients—

WALTHAM, Mass.—March 14, 2013—ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) has announced a planned move of its operations in The Netherlands from the current site in Apeldoorn to a new location in Venray. Initial work to transition client services is underway and the new facility is expected to be fully operational by July 2013.

“The Netherlands is a highly strategic logistics hub in Europe and our company and our clients have enjoyed many benefits over the last 25 years from our location in Apeldoorn,” said Scott Crawley, president, global operations, sales and marketing, ModusLink. “Today, we are managing numerous supply chain programs for global consumer electronics companies whose growth necessitates a facility that is better designed in terms of warehouse space and layout, shipping bays and with access to more transportation options. We have found an ideal location in Venray and this move will improve our clients’ operations while also benefitting ModusLink economically and competitively.”

ModusLink’s new Solution Center is located in an area of Venray that is home to many logistics and transportation facilities. The geographic location of Venray within the country offers easy access to major European highways, river-based shipping and an extensive rail system. There are approximately 50 weekly inter-modal transportation service options for moving materials and finished goods in and out of the logistics area by train and barge.

The new facility features 28 loading bays, 15,000 sq. meters of warehouse space in a layout designed for storage and fulfillment, as well as designated areas ideal for product assembly, configuration and packaging. A number of the current ModusLink employees will be moving to the new location and the Venray area boasts a skilled workforce experienced in logistics and supply chain work.

Additional Resources

About ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 470 million product shipments through more than 30 sites in 15 countries across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit and, the blog for supply chain professionals.

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