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GEODIS’ AirDirect Mexico Service from Asia takes off

Global Supply Chain provider GEODIS has launched its full cargo service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara, Mexico. This new weekly service has a 22-hour real-time transit to the Mexican hub.

Operated by a chartered B747-400ERF and MD-11 F aircrafts , AirDirect Mexico represents a completely new, nonstop service in the market, providing GEODIS’ customers with a highly reliable solution and secured capacity, in addition to GEODIS’ other air cargo services, AirFast, AirFlex and AirSave.

Commenting on the new service, GEODIS’ Executive Vice President for Freight Forwarding, Eric Martin-Neuville says, “We have been encouraged by the initial bookings that we have received for our inaugural flight and expect these to rise to a threshold volume where a second, and eventually, a third flight per week, will be established.”

GEODIS’ own and direct flight service between Hong Kong and Mexico also represents one of many initiatives that are being introduced to the market as part of a regional, multimodal growth strategy. “AirDirect Mexico follows the recent launch of our Road Network service in South Asia, providing scheduled services with day-definite transit times to all major destinations in the region”, explains Onno Boots, GEODIS’ Regional President and CEO for Asia Pacific. “As part of this growth strategy, Hong Kong is GEODIS’ hub for China and Southeast Asia originated cargoes to Mexico, Latin America, USA and Europe.”

Robert M. Krautheim, Regional Head of Sales for Freight Forwarding in the Americas adds, “GEODIS consistency combined with access to premier wide-body aircraft cargo capacity means our clients will enjoy better lead times and a reliable supply chain for dangerous goods, lithium batteries, and general cargo.”

AirDirect Mexico is the newest example of how GEODIS continues to offer its customers a truly integrated, end-to-end supply chain solution with focus on day-definite and reliable transit times, complemented by the Road Network services in Asia and on-carriage solutions in Mexico, including daily scheduled intra-Mexican deliveries to all locations in the country. GEODIS continues to be a leader in innovation by finding new ways to serve customers globally. This new service will ensure just-in-time service and space commitment through an Own Controlled Network (OCN) allowing GEODIS’ customers to meet and exceed their consumers’ expectations.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

“K” Line – Membership in “Getting to Zero Coalition” to promote GHG emission reduction

K” LINE expresses its concurrence with “Getting to Zero Coalition” (note 1 below), a corporate alliance launched at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September 2019.

In “Getting to Zero Coalition”, in order to achieve the GHG(Greenhouse gas)reduction target set by IMO (International Maritime Organization), GHG total emission reduction by half from international shipping by 2050, the goal of realizing the operation of ships by zero-emission fuel on a commercial basis has been established, and more than 90 companies and institutions representing the maritime, energy, infrastructure and financial sectors have currently participated.

In our medium-term management plan, we have set ESG (Environment, Society and Government) initiatives as a key management issue. As for the field of the environment, we are advancing measures in accordance with “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow-(note 2 below). In particular, with regard to tasks for climate change, “CO2 emission reduction of 25% by 2030” which is set in our “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050, was approved to be scientifically consistent with the level achieving the “Paris Agreement” set binding “2℃ goal” and obtained certification, “ Science Based Target Initiative (SBT Initiative)” (note 3 below).

In addition, we started activities for promoting the environmental management system “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK (DGN)” (note 4 below) with 14 affiliates of the “K” Line Group (Phase 1) in 2017, and we have expanded its range to cover our major overseas companies as Phase 3 during our 100th Anniversary this year.

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to work toward the goal for 2050, aiming for the realization of our marine transportation business being more environmentally low-loaded and highly efficient from which more people throughout the world can benefit.

(note 1) “Getting to Zero Coalition”

Partnership among Global Maritime Forum, Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum.

Please refer to the following link for details.

https://www.globalmaritimeforum.org/getting-to-zero-coalition

(note 2) “ “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050-Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow-”

CO2 emission by 50% for 2050 as one of the goals

Please refer to the following link for details.

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/other/other2292932378768149328.html

(note 3) SBT Initiative

Please refer to the following link for details.

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/other/other6417039574512811908.html

(note 4) “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK” (DGN)

Please refer to the following link (P.35) for details.

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/ir/library/report/main/01114/teaserItems1/00/file/Kline%20report2019en-s.pdf

“K” Line : Announcement of Financial Highlights for 2nd Quarter FY2019

OCTOBER 31st, 2019

Financial Highlights for 2nd quarter FY2019 :

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/ir20191031e/main/0/link/2019_2_report_e.pdf

Notice on Differences between Consolidated Financial Forecasts and Results for 1st Half of Fiscal Year ending March 2020 and Dividend from Retained Earnings (No Interim Dividend) :

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/auto_20191030415156/pdfFile.pdf

If you cannot open the URL, please try to access the Website.

http://www.kline.co.jp/en/

“K” Line – Changes of the responsibilities of Executive Officer

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has decided in a board meeting held today on changes of the responsibilities of Executive Officer.

Changes effective as of January 1, 2020
Position : EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Name : SATOSHI KANAMORI
Responsibilities :
(Present) In charge of LNG, Energy Business Planning,
General Manager of Energy Business Planning Group
(New) In charge of LNG, Energy Business Planning, Fuel
Strategy & Procurement, General Manager of Energy Business Planning Group

Please see the full list of responsibilities of Executive Officers scheduled on and after January 1, 2020 https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/ir-5203133214530180264/main/0/link/20191031_2E.pdf

GEODIS: Stéphane Cassagne named new Executive Vice President of Distribution & Express Line of Business

Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS

Stéphane Cassagne has been appointed Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS. He is a member of the Group’s Management Committee, which is chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.   

Stéphane Cassagne holds a postgraduate degree in business law. He began his career in the Legal Affairs Department at Calberson in 1993, becoming Department Head in 1998. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs for the GEODIS Group. In 2007, he took responsibility for the Group’s real estate, insurance and customs portfolios. Since 2013, he has served as Group Corporate Secretary.

Alongside his new duties, he will retain his role as Director of Group Real Estate.

“Stéphane Cassagne has all the necessary qualities and skills to succeed in his new missions. His great experience and knowledge of GEODIS are strengths that will contribute to the success of our ambition of being the growth partner for our clients,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

“K” Line : Consecutive Voyage Contract and Construction of Woodchip Carrier for Nippon Paper

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereinafter “K” LINE) is pleased to announce that an agreement is to be made with Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., on consecutive voyage contract of new 3.6 million CFT woodchip carrier delivered in 2022. She will be in dedicated service to them for carrying woodchips for paper materials and some Biomass woodchips for Biomass power generation business which operation will be started at Tomakomai in 2023.

She is equipped with the latest economical and environmental-friendly features. She installs Hybrid fin behind the propeller to save energy and Ballast water treatment system to compliant with the ballast water discharging rules. Furthermore, for complying with the regulation of SOx global cap that will be enforced in all sea areas from January 2020, the vessel is equipped with a scrubber on the funnel to remove sulfur oxides from the gas discharged from the engine.

“K” LINE group recognizes that environment problems are common issue for all humanity and specified in “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 to take action independently for reducing environmental burden and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. Use of Biomass woodchips leading to reduce CO2 is common to our efforts.

In order to achieve“K”LINE Value for our Next Century, we secure long term contracts and contribute to stable supply of Biomass woodchips for environmental load reduction.

“K” Line – Launching of a 200,000-dwt Bulk Carrier “CAPE DISCOVERY”

200,000-dwt ton Cape size bulker “CAPE DISCOVERY”

Today, at the Marugame business headquarters Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., the 200,000-dwt ton Cape size bulker “CAPE DISCOVERY” has been completed.

The ship is compliant with the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carrier (CSR-BC) for bulk cargo ships, and the main institution is equipped with an electronically controlled engine with enhanced anti-corrosion measures, in order to save energy, we have installed WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) in front of the propeller and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller.

Furthermore, for complying with the regulation of SOx Global Cap that will be enforced in all sea areas from January 2020, the vessel is equipped with a scrubber on the funnel to remove sulfur oxides from the gas discharged from the engine, it is a state-of-the-art ship that gathers world-class technology among Cape size bulkers and she will be engaged in iron ore and coal transport for JFE Steel Corporation under a long term consecutive voyage charter contract.

With a large number of vessels from various types with various sizes – from very large to small -, “K” Line offers its customers a unique range of transport services. “K” Line will remain committed to flexibly and actively responding diversifying needs for shipments of ore and other iron-bearing raw materials.

Vessel Particulars

LOA                      :          299.95M

Width                  :          50.00M

Depth                  :          24.70M

Draft                    :          18.32M

Deadweight        :          208,603T

Gross Ton            :          107,919T

Main Engine       :          MES MAN-B&W 6G70ME-C9.5

Speed                  :          14.6KTS

Class                    :          NK

Flag                      :          Liberia

Builder                 :          Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

TT Club Wins Marine Insurance Award in the Middle East

Caption:  Marine Insurance Award – TT Club
(l to r) Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard; Hamad Al Maghrabi, General Manager- Marine services, Abu Dhabi Ports; Julien Horn, Director TTMS (Gulf); Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, The Maritime Standard

London & Dubai, 23rd October, 2019

The international freight and logistics insurer, TT Club was this week honoured at the sixth annual The Maritime Standard Awards in Dubai with the title of Marine Insurer of the Year 2019.

The award was presented to Julien Horn, Director of TTMS (Gulf), TT Club’s Network Partner based in Dubai, at a gala dinner held in the Atlantis Ballroom of The Palm.  In accepting the award Horn said, “TT Club is greatly honoured to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of its role as the leading insurer in the maritime, freight and logistics sector.  TT Club insures many of the region’s leading organisations from port authorities to terminal operators, transport and logistics companies to freight forwarders and has done so for over forty years”.

The occasion celebrated the achievements of the top performers in the industry in some style. Attended by over seven hundred top executives, the event demonstrated clearly why it has earned the right to be considered the leading awards ceremony for the industry in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.

H.E. Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Shareef Al Khoori, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime, gave the keynote speech  saying “The maritime sector is an important incubator of economic growth and diversification, companies and organisations active in this sector are to be valued and encouraged. That is what these Awards tonight will do.”

The awards, held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline, attracted a high standard of entries for each of the twenty awards presented on the night.

The judging panel had a tough challenge in deciding the winners.  The organisers, The Maritime Standard, pointed to the record number of entries of an exceptional quality, meaning those who were successful had to overcome tough competition, whatever the category.

TT Club, has a local presence in many parts of the world, including for over twenty-five years in the Middle East, which enables it to deliver its quality service globally.   Unlike general insurers, TT Club is a specialist in the field with 100% of its expertise coming directly from and being channeled to the marine and freight focused operators it insures. TT stands for ‘Through Transport’, reflecting the door-to-door nature of the risks covered. ‘Club’ denotes its mutual status, with membership belonging to its Members rather than shareholders – TT Club exists to serve its Members rather than for profit.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

Dachser opens new logistics center in Freiburg – Thirty new jobs created at the Breisgau industrial park

Photo caption – from left to right: Peter Kraus, Logistics Manager, Ecomal Europe GmbH, Markus Riesterer, Director Gewerbepark Breisgau, Ralph Bartsch, General Contractor Unglehrt, Michael Gaudlitz General Manager Dachser Logistics Center Freiburg, Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics Dachser and Thomas Hörmann, Head of Construction & Real Estate Dachser.

Freiburg/Kempten, October 21, 2019 –This weekend, logistics provider Dachser held a ceremony to mark the opening of its new logistics center on the Breisgau industrial park in Freiburg, Germany. Covering a total area of 6,117 square meters, the new facility houses a transit terminal with 82 docking bays as well as a two-story office building. The company invested around EUR 22 million in the location, where it is also creating 30 new jobs.

Construction work on the approximately 65,000-square-meter plot of land on the Breisgau industrial park began in summer 2018. Now, a year later, Dachser can commence operations at the new logistics center. Dachser opened its first Freiburg branch in 1984. It was clear from the outset that, due to its proximity to several national borders, the city was the ideal location for a logistics hub to handle groupage transports to Switzerland, France, and southwestern Germany. The existing branch in Freiburg-Hochdorf grew steadily and has now reached the limit of its capacity. Sited to the southwest of Freiburg, the new logistics center offers ideal operating conditions as well as opportunities for expansion in the future.

The opening ceremony took place this weekend. Around hundreds guests accepted the invitation to attend the event in the Breisgau business park. “Located directly on the A5 highway, the new facility has excellent connections to three countries: Germany, France, and Switzerland. For Dachser, the new facility’s location, technical infrastructure, human resources, capacity, and expansion potential together form an important building block for growth in Europe and for further strengthening the network,” said Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at Dachser, in his speech on the outstanding strategic role that Freiburg plays for Dachser. 

As things stand, the 160 Dachser employees in Freiburg handle 260,000 metric tons of industrial goods a year—and the volume is increasing. “When it comes to our continued growth in Freiburg, one thing is clear: good logistics needs good employees. That’s why, in addition to the 30 newly created roles, I’m delighted that nine new apprentices will be joining us as our new logistics center begins operations,” says Michael Gaudlitz, General Manager Dachser Logistics Centre Freiburg. The apprentices will be embarking on their training to become warehouse specialists, professional drivers, and forwarding and logistics specialists, while some will be completing the practical element of a dual-study program at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Lörrach. “By deciding to pursue an apprenticeship in logistics, they’ve chosen an occupation with future prospects,” Gaudlitz says. Dachser is strongly committed to nurturing young talent and usually hires those who successfully complete their training at the company.

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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

Dachser wins the 2019 IMD Global Family Business Award

(l-r) Peter Vogel, Director of IMD Global Family Business Center; Marta Widz, IMD Research Fellow; Bernhard Simon, CEO Dachser SE; Birgit Kastner-Simon, Corporate Director Corporate Marketing, Dachser SE; Prof. Benoit Leleux, IMD Global Family Business Award Director; Matthew Crudgington, Associate Director, IMD Global Family Business Center

IMD recognized Dachser for robust corporate and family governance structures combined with operational excellence and a focus on quality

Udaipur / Lausanne / Kempten, October 18, 2019. IMD Business School, a top-ranked global business school headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, awarded Dachser with the renowned IMD Global Family Business Award. On behalf of the company and the founding family, Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser, and Birgit Kastner-Simon, Corporate Director Corporate Marketing, accepted the award at the 30th Summit of the Family Business Network International (FBN-I) in Udaipur, India.

Awarded since 1996, the prize recognizes large, global, and multigenerational family businesses that are exemplary in uniting family and business interests, combining tradition and innovation with clear corporate social responsibility imperatives. A panel of independent experts finally selects the award winner. “Dachser is an outstanding family enterprise that has successfully adopted a comprehensive governance system balancing the influences of the family and the company,” commented IMD president Jean-François Manzoni. “Dachser’s success is a testament to three generations of family owners who have built up one of the most sustainable family businesses anywhere in the world.”

IMD recognized Dachser for its robust corporate and family governance structures combined with operational excellence and a focus on quality. Dachser has stayed true to its core business and continues to stand out through strong values, sustained growth, and a truly global reach. It has also placed significant importance on innovation and sustainability in the area of economics, ecology, and society.

“Quality is always delivered by people. That’s why we constantly strive to maintain a harmonious balance between global growth on the one hand and, on the other, the value system and the human dimension of being a family-owned company,” explains Bernhard Simon, CEO Dachser SE. “The IMD Global Family Business Award is a sign that we’re on the right track. Dachser’s success is founded on a clearly defined mission and strong values that we live by every day. This ensures that everyone worldwide is able to understand our long-term strategy, and it puts the company on a secure footing for future generations. Yet another reason this award is very meaningful for me.”

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