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Dachser expands its logistics center in Hof

Hof/Kempten, 27 January, 2020 – Logistics provider Dachser is stepping up its contract logistics activities in the Upper Franconia region of Germany and moving into a new warehouse in the town of Hof. The warehouse will provide space for around 39,000 pallets and have 47 docking bays. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2020. 

The expansion also includes offices and communal areas covering a total area of 900 square meters. “Our new multi-user warehouse next to the existing logistics center will offer space for us to provide contract logistics services for a medium-sized customer from the DIY and gardening sector for example,” says Klaus Neubing, General Manager of the Hof logistics center, about the expansion of business at the location. The contract logistics services that Dachser offers in Hof combine transport solutions and warehousing with comprehensive value-added services such as picking and packaging. Following the expansion, Dachser will employ some 500 people in the town. In addition, around 300 people work regularly for Dachser through the independent transport companies or, for example, as seasonal workers.

Pan-European project developer and logistics specialist Verdion carries oit the construction work, and Dachser will be able to move into the building in fall 2020. “This expansion marks the next important step in our work with one of our major DIY customers in the region,” says Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, who is responsible for Dachser’s industrial goods business in Germany. “Together, we’re putting in place a sustainable, growth-oriented logistics concept in Hof.”

From a geographic perspective, Hof’s central location in Europe is perfect for the logistics center, since all the relevant European destinations and economic centers are within easy reach. Dachser’s logistics center in Nuremberg connects the Hof branch to the company’s worldwide air and sea freight network.

30 years in Upper Franconia

Dachser has been operating in Germany’s Upper Franconia region for over 30 years. Today’s logistics center, located on the outskirts of Hof since 2008, offers a 13,800-square-meter transit terminal and 11,800 square meters of warehouse space with 35,000 high-bay pallet spaces. This capacity has made the logistics provider a long-standing warehousing and transport partner in the region for customers from the industrial goods and food sectors.

“Hof is becoming an increasingly important logistics hub, and this expansion marks another step in this growth. Our town is proud to be home to a global company like Dachser. This expansion of the Hof branch means the company will provide a total of around 500 jobs, making it one of our largest local employers,” says Hof’s Mayor Dr. Harald Fichtner. “I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks for the strong role you play in the community, including your valuable contribution to the Upper Franconia Logistics Agency. I wish the expansion project and the company every success!”

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.

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‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’

Insurance mutuals urge the container shipping industry and participants in the global supply chain it serves to give ever more serious attention to the causes and consequences of ship fires, jointly issuing a guide outlining the responsibilities of all stakeholders in reducing risk.

London, 22nd January, 2020

1st January this year saw mandatory enforcement of the latest version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 39-18.  As the incorrect declaration, packing, handling and stowage of dangerous goods of all types is seen as a primary cause of many container ship fires, insurance mutuals UK P&I and TT Club have once more collaborated in publishing guidelines under the title ‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’.

The guide published this week and available free of charge*, provides key insights for all actors in the freight supply chain responsible for preparing unitised consignments for carriage by sea. It gives an overview of the practical duties and responsibilities under the IMDG Code for each stakeholder.

Stuart Edmonston is UK P&I’’s Loss Prevention Director.  “As mutuals, our chief aim is to minimise risk for our Members and the industry we serve,” he says.  “The recent spate of container ship fires with the consequent loss of life, damage to ships and cargo, and trade disruption has been a major concern to ourselves and TT Club.  UK P&I continues to participate in initiatives which focus on the capability to detect, suppress and extinguish fires at sea.  However we share our sister organisation’s desire to tackle the causes of such fires at source.”

TT Club sees its core contribution to seek significant improvements in cargo declaration and packing. “As so often the case, fires and explosions are merely the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of problems, which are inherent throughout the supply chain,” observes Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director.  “There are far too many errors in classification and declaration of commodities to be transported.  These are often amplified by poor decisions and practices relating to packaging, packing, segregation and securing. Such errors severely compromise safety in a variety of ways, but most critically when the goods should be rightly be described as dangerous in a regulated sense and, here, in compliance the IMDG Code.”

Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management at Maersk Line and Chairman of CINS says of this guide, “I find this publication to be tremendously useful and that if only people would read one book this year that it should be this one.”

Through its ‘Cargo Integrity’ Campaign TT Club has been for some time seeking to enhance awareness of the issues and to urge implementation of more rigorous practices relating to entering cargo into the supply chain. Its support of, and participation in CINS, is one such initiative. CINS is comprised of representative of container shipping lines which together control over 85% of the world’s container slot capacity. 

A recent CINS report, which should be seen as complementary to ‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’, demonstrates substantial effort by the industry to bring understanding to the complexities involved in the ship stowage processes. It seeks to develop a commonality of approach in order to improve safety. Entitled ‘Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk‐Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships’**, it underlines the irrefutable fact that proper declaration is a paramount prerequisite.

One of the expert companies involved in the preparation of the CINS Risk Based Stowage report was Exis Technologies, whose input was focused around its detailed knowledge of the IMDG Code Dangerous Goods List and stowage requirements.  In collaboration other industry experts Exis categorised each commodity on the List by UN Number, placing it in the appropriate Risk Zone as defined by the CINS Stowage guidelines.  In order to further encourage the use of these guidelines, Exis has gifted the Hazcheck Risk Zone Data*** online as a free resource to all involved across the container supply chain.






About UK P&I

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1869 the UK P&I Club insures over 244 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Stable)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves of $505m, the UK P&I Club is renowned for its specialist skills and expertise which ensure ‘best in class’ underwriting, claims handling and loss prevention services.

The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.

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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

“K” LINE Awarded CDP’s “A List 2019” on Climate Change : Earning Highest Rating “A” for Four Consecutive Years

“K” LINE is proud to announce that the company was recognized as “A List,” the top rating, on climate change from CDP, which is a non-profit global organization (NGO) engaging in activities for realizing sustainable economy, in “CDP 2019 Japan Report Launch ” held on January 20 in Tokyo. The “A List” is awarded to companies that are evaluated as global leaders in their response to climate change.

From among the companies that disclosed their climate change information in response to a questionnaire sent from CDP on behalf of 525 institutional investors with total assets of over 96 trillion US dollars, 179 companies whose measures against climate change such as emissions reduction activities in the reported year were regarded as outstanding were recognized in the A List last year. Japanese companies number 38 among these and only 6 companies were selected for more than four consecutive years.

In our medium-term management plan, we have set ESG (Environment, Society and Governance) 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 -*. In particular, promotion  of a framework “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK” for continually promoting environmental preservation activities while ensuring environmental compliance throughout the entire “K” Line Group bore fruit to gain the 4th  straight year to receive the A List rating.

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

Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Atsuo Asano,
speaking at the debriefing session.

* : Please see the following for details of our “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050  –  Click here

TT Club Appoints Network Partner in Qingdao, China

International freight and logistics insurer, TT Club has announced the appointment of a new Network Partner, tasked with providing support for those the Club insures around the world, in Qingdao, China. The seventeenth such facility that TT provides globally, this complements the Club’s regional offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong

Hong Kong and London, 20th January, 2020

Fundamental to the mutual insurer’s service is its global reach.  Therefore to have the first Network Partner established in China, to complement the existing Shanghai corporate office, is an important landmark for the Club.

Allowing TT Club Members, its insured, to access a unique network of freight transport experts across the globe, Network Partners provide claims assistance, loss prevention and risk management advice to container lines, freight forwarders and other supply chain operators who arrange their insurance cover through TT Club.

Now in Qingdao, through the appointment of Ever Faith Marine Service Co Ltd., as of 10th January, TT Club has a presence in three key locations.  Qingdao joins TT Club’s management company Thomas Miller’s offices in Shanghai and its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

In making the announcement, Phillip Emmanuel, TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director said, “TT Club Members large and small both operate and trade in a truly global environment and it is vital that they receive assistance from us wherever their business transactions are made and carried out.  We strive therefore to continually enhance the reach of our service network in order to deliver an unequalled level of claims and loss prevention advice.”

Ivy Yu will lead the Ever Faith team in serving TT Club Members.  Ivy spent four years working at the offices of TT Club managers Thomas Miller in Shanghai and will bring valuable experience of mutual insurance to the new Network Partner.


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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

SAL adds further to its digitalization strategy and appoints spearhead

Hamburg, 13 January 2020

SAL Heavy Lift is taking further steps to strengthen and develop its digital landscape by creating a new executive function that focusses on Information Technology and Digitalization.

With the dawn of the new year, SAL is taking action to ensure its further growth strategy, by strengthening its efforts towards digitalization. SAL and owners Harren & Partner have appointed Claas Matthies, Managing Director, as the new group Chief Information Officer (CIO). He takes on the leadership of the group’s digital strategy combined with responsibility for Group Accounting and Merger & Acquisition activities.

Claas Matthies

Digitalization of business processes is becoming an ever more competitive parameter and we see great potential in developing our digital landscape even further from today. As a modern and dynamic shipping group, information technology plays a vital role in our further growth and development. I am happy to see Claas taking on this challenge in combination with his other activities within Group accounting and our M&A activities,” states Dr. Martin Harren, CEO, SAL Heavy Lift. 

This move aims to contribute to the increased profit growth and strategic development of SAL and Harren & Partner. Alongside this new position comes the appointment of a new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in the form of Mr. Soeren Bibow who joins SAL and Harren & Partner after a more than 20-year long career with leading German corporate banking institutions at which he oversaw shipping and maritime investments.

Soeren Bibow

Dr. Martin Harren goes on to state: “We are extremely pleased to see Soeren joining our management team. His tremendous experience and wide-ranging connections to the international banking world, paired with deep knowledge about Corporate Finance and Controlling, underlines that Soeren will play a key role in developing and executing on our strategic growth targets.” 

Soeren Bibow will take on the responsibility for the areas Financing, Treasury and Controlling and be part of the Group Executive Team.

“I look forward to being part of this highly experienced and motivated team and to take on the future challenges and the great work that lies ahead of us. I relish the task of continuing the successful development of SAL and Harren & Partner,” says Soeren Bibow.

The appointments were effective as of 6th January 2020.


About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The modern fleet of heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers both within project shipping as well as in offshore projects. With travel speeds of up to 20 knots, up to 3500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons the fleet belongs to the most advanced in the heavy lift sector.

With the Type 183 fleet, equipped with dynamic position systems and an optional mountable Fly-Jib for greater crane outreach, SAL offers offshore services to multiple sectors. With the Type 171 and 116, SAL holds a fleet of heavy lift vessels with 1A ice class, capable of trading in arctic waters and northern sea route transits. 

As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, SAL meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation, health, safety and environment. SAL’s latest investments in advanced hydrogen/methanol power generators, takes an industry leading step in applying green technology to its fleet. The global outreach of SAL is ensured via own sales offices and exclusive agents spread across more than 20 countries.  

GEODIS develops time definite Road Freight Service across Southeast Asia

Pioneer of cross-border trucking in the region now offers scheduled departures for consignments along the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok axis, with multi-modal gateway services beyond these hubs. 

Drawing on a wealth of experience running trucking services in the region over the last twenty years, GEODIS Road Network (GRN) Asia Pacific is now established as a time and date specific service. 2020 will see expansion of GRN’s time definite schedule to/from hubs throughout the Southeast Asian landmass.

Trade cooperation within the ASEAN bloc continues to strengthen through free trade agreements and e-commerce activity is set to rise dramatically.  Both trends support the forecast of growth in the regional cross-border road transport market to some USD4.1 billion in revenue by 2023.  This represents an annual growth rate of over 15%*.  

“GEODIS recognises the opportunities this brings to its customers and will continue to develop GRN in support of their business growth,” comments Rene Bach-Larsen, Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN.  “As the region’s road infrastructure continues to improve beyond the Singapore-KL-Bangkok spine, scheduled road transits will become an increasingly attractive option, being faster than sea and cheaper than air. ”GEODIS has identified that this gap in the market is particularly true for 30 to 1000 kilo payload shipments. GRN will benefit shippers of such consignments with a simplified, door-to-door tariff structure.

For customers with this type of freight, GRN offers end-to-end control through the skills of GEODIS teams across the region, providing seamless management of consignments from first to last mile. To add to this level of care GEODIS owned assets, such as containers, air-suspension trailers and dedicated trucks are utilised.  Such control minimises delays at border crossings, heightens security and gives assurance of reliable transit times.

Alan Miu, Regional Director – Customs Brokerage, Truck & Rail, explains the importance of his people’s input in achieving swift cross-border transits, “Our customs control tower solution gives peace of mind to our customers.  A single GEODIS point of contact advises each of our clients before and during transits on customs and other necessary documentation, assisting with electronic lodging of declarations in advance to avoid delays.  This hands-on care also makes customers completely aware of their shipment’s progress through GPS monitoring, contingency planning if necessary and final, ‘signed-for’ delivery.”

GEODIS in Asia Pacific, and indeed around the globe, understands the need to respond to the fast-moving pace of changing economic circumstances and the consequent demands on the logistics environment.  “We believe that our client centric and employee driven approach provides the foundations of a successful future for GEODIS and our customers by adapting to the transformations in the logistics industry that we are seeing,” comments Onno Boots, Regional President and CEO, Asia Pacific. “Our investment in, and operation of GRN, are prime examples of this philosophy in action. Its development has been led by identifying a gap in the market, it is enabled by good data communication and implemented by our dedicated people.”

As ever with GEODIS solutions, the benefits to customers are paramount.  In GRN, GEODIS sees a product that reduces supply chain costs; enhances a client’s working capital by improving delivery times, which also optimizes assets by minimizing inventories and warehousing capacity.  Ultimately customers are provided with a competitive advantage in order to grow their businesses.

*Source:  ASEAN Cross-border Road Transport Market (2018-2013) Report


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.

2020 New Year Message from the President

“Moving forward with the aim of being customers’ first choice through enhanced Safety, Environment, and Quality”

The New Year Message delivered by Yukikazu Myochin, President & CEO at “K” Line Tokyo Head Office on January 6 is posted below.

Yukikazu Myochin , President & CEO

To everyone throughout the entire “K” Line Group, I extend my very sincerest Happy New Year wishes. We have reached the first year of the 2020 decade. This is also the year during which the company kicks off its new medium-term management plan. As we stand at this new starting line, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few words with you.

Looking back on 2019

Last year, the company celebrated the major milestone of its 100th anniversary while Japan entered the new Reiwa era. Looking back on the global situation, although the US maintained a relatively strong economy, the resurgence of an “our country first” approach impacted multilateral free trade. Besides prolonged trade friction between the US and China, there are also concerns about conflicts arising in non-tariff areas. Other developments such as growing geopolitical tension in the Middle East and the issue of Brexit resulted in 2019 being a year of uncertainty.

In FY2019, the Group strove together as one toward our resolute goal of achieving profit in the black. Efforts and execution were made to tackle three issues raised at the beginning of the fiscal year, namely, recovering the fleet’s cost competitiveness through structural reforms set into motion by former President Murakami at the end of FY2018, improving profitability in our car carrier business, and driving a turnaround of OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS (ONE). As a result of these efforts, as well as efforts to accumulate profits based on our medium and long-term contracts and reduce operating expenses, we were able to achieve more progress in the first half of the year than originally planned. I am grateful to the unremitting efforts of our officers and employees that made this possible.

A new starting line

Unfortunately, during the three years of our medium-term management plan starting in FY2017, financial indicators fell short of target due to factors including structural reforms in response to unexpectedly poor market conditions and a temporary deterioration in the bottom line caused by the teething problems of ONE’s first year of operation. However, we were able to steadily improve the foundations of our business in preparation for next steps, such as by rebuilding our business portfolio and introducing a business risk management system. We have so far been progressing as planned in the current fiscal year—let’s all work together to ensure that the remaining fourth quarter finishes well and achieve profit in the black for the full year.

In April of this year, the company will launch a new medium-term management plan. Although specific details of the plan are still under discussion, there will be no change in our core philosophy of facing customers head-on and providing high-quality services that meet their needs. We will further refine our strengths and increase competitiveness in our four core business operations of dry bulk, energy transportation, car carrier, and logistics/shortsea-coastal services. Having overcome the teething problems of operation, ONE is now at the stage where it can achieve more synergy through best practices and expect further improvements in meeting the bottom line.

As we stand at this new starting line, it is critical that we keep our antennas up and remain alert and prepare to respond flexibly to any changes. Market fluctuations are inevitable in the shipping business. From a medium to long-term perspective, we can see that the automotive industry is entering a once-in-a-century period of transformation, and that the energy industry is also moving toward low carbon and decarbonized alternatives. I believe that constantly reviewing conventional methods of doing things to see through to the heart of the matter, enhancing individual strengths, and then acting based on these insights, will lead to certain progress.

Being a first-choice company

Engaging in business that allows us to clearly see each of our customers face-to-face will be main business in our efforts to further strengthen the company’s four core operations of dry bulk, energy transportation, car carrier and logistics/shortsea-coastal business. Our customers are leading companies in infrastructure and pillars of industry at home and abroad. Our ability to grasp these customers’ needs and respond by providing unique value and services will be a key theme in our efforts to continue being our customers’ first choice.

The pillars supporting this theme are Safety, Environment, and Quality. These are our company’s strengths, cultivated over 100 years of history, and their importance will further increase in the future as sustainability becomes increasingly emphasized across society. By promoting research and development of various leading technologies and introducing and utilizing AI and IoT in our business to meet customers’ needs, we will further enhance our strengths of Safety, Environment, and Quality in both tangible and intangible applications.

Safety is at the root of our Group’s business as a comprehensive logistics company grown from shipping. I believe it is our mission to achieve a vision of “reliable and excellent services” by making continuous efforts in increasing safety – the foundation of society’s trust – while maintaining a top-class operational safety worldwide using advance technologies. The K-IMS platform we developed jointly with Kawasaki Heavy Industries is an integrated ship operation and performance management system that can collect, monitor, and analyze up to 2,000 items of operational data every 30 minutes. The platform, which has already been installed in 170 of our ships, will be utilized in selecting optimal routes, preventing serious accidents, and predicting failures.

Another theme that we must address head-on is environmental conservation, especially since we are a company that utilizes nature for its business. Compliance with the tightened regulation on emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) that began this year is significant change to our industries. As a shipping company entrusted with our customers’ valuable cargo, we meticulously prepared each member of at-sea and on-land personnel under the slogan of “Never stop the ship”. An even greater challenge lies ahead in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). As stated in the company’s Environmental Vision 2050, we announced the construction of an LNG-powered car carrier at the end of last year. We also announced our participation in an LNG fuel supply business in Singapore with Shell in addition to the launch of a joint venture in the Chubu Region. However, we cannot reach IMO’s 2030 targets by simply switching diesel oil to LNG fuel; on top of that, we must continue to study new technologies as “LNG + (plus)”, such as the self-flying energy kites announced last year that utilize wind power. Furthermore, in order to reach our 2050 goals, we will accelerate research in alternative fuels such as ammonia, and methanation fuels in addition to hydrogen, participated in demonstration of shipping liquefied hydrogen through HySTRA (*) in last November.

Regarding our efforts toward advanced business management, we are establishing risk measures and investment guidelines for each business division based on our actual data on shipping market conditions and shipbuilding prices from over the past decade. Going forward, we will make investments that correspond to our customer strategy based on a quantitative understanding of risk levels and commensurate return.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat (Kanoe Ne), which is said to indicate a state of transformation into a new form while inheriting previous methods. Now that we have taken a step of profitability, I hope that all of the officers and employees of the Group will move steadily forward as one and strive to further refine the three pillars of Safety, Environment, and Quality, and improve our customers’ trust, which will build a stable profit base and make a fresh start for the next 100 years.

In closing, I wish all of you, the members of the entire “K” Line Group and your families, good health and prosperity as we celebrate the New Year and pray that all our ships will navigate safely throughout 2020.

Yukikazu Myochin , President & CEO

(*) HySTRA: CO₂-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association –

SAL adds three heavy lift vessels to its fleet

Hamburg, 17 December 2019

SAL Type 171 Vessel

SAL Heavy Lift is happy to announce that it will expand its fleet with three heavy lift vessels with 800t lifting capacity in early 2020. They will come to serve breakbulk and heavy lift clients on world markets via SALs well known Semi-Liner Service, but will also potentially offer new service options.

When the new year 2020 dawns, SAL will see its fleet expanding with three vessels – an addition that aims to strengthen its semi-liner service and underline SAL as a leading player in the heavy lift and project cargo segment. The vessels will enter the SAL fleet as type “171” following the long tradition of categorizing vessels at SAL.

The vessels are reliable workhorses of the well-known and commonly recognized P1 Type design. They are geared with two 400t SWL cranes capable of lifting up to 800 tons in tandem plus an additional 120t SWL crane. They will service clients along SAL’s main trade lanes between Europe and the Far East, but also SAL’s more recently introduced Africa service.

Karsten Behrens, Director, SAL Engineering; “The Type 171 vessels come with certain technical features such as ice class E3, equivalent to Finnish/Swedish 1A – amongst the highest in the industry.”

The vessels can operate in arctic areas and SAL will now offer Northeast passage transits when suitable.

Karsten Behrens continues; “The vessels also have very high crane pedestals which provide a much greater lifting height, in fact amongst the best in our fleet. In combination with the strong hydraulic hatch covers and large box-shaped holds with multiple tween deck configurations, it gives us an array of options when taking break bulk cargo onboard.”      

Sebastian Westphal, CTO, SAL Heavy Lift adds; “The vessels are, as the rest of our fleet, equipped with reliable high-quality machinery. With cranes from TTS-NMF, main engines from MAN and MacGregor hatch covers, the vessels are built with equipment with which we have tremendous experience. Despite obvious design differences with our other vessels the Type 171 will be reliable work tools in our fleet and will add value.”

SAL is strengthening its fleet during a time when a greater part of its existing heavy lift fleet is engaged in renewable and oil & gas projects.

Dr. Martin Harren, CEO, SAL Heavy Lift says; I am very happy that we have been able to add these vessels to our heavy lift fleet. This way SAL will be able to service clients who may at times look for ships that can take larger volumes of cargo in combination with heavy lift items. With SAL Engineering providing the engineering solutions and our SAL crew manning the vessels, we continue to offer our well-known SAL quality and know-how, but on a larger scale – something that I am sure clients, both new and existing, will come to appreciate.”

“MV Hanna”, “MV Klara” and “MV Lisa” will join the SAL fleet in the first quarter of 2020. These names represent family members of the former owner Heino Winter Group which will continue to handle the technical ship management of the three vessels.

Dr. Martin Harren concludes: “We have a long-lasting relation with the Winter family, and I am happy to see their continued involvement with these three ‘large ladies’.”

Further details, including specific take over dates and more information about the vessels can be found on SAL’s website.

About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The company was founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG” and belongs to Harren & Partner Group since 2017. The modern fleet of heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers both within project shipping as well as in offshore projects. The vessels boast an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3500 square metres of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons: amongst the world’s highest lifting capacity in the heavy lift sector.

With the Type 183 fleet, being equipped with dynamic position systems and an optional mountable Fly-Jib for greater crane outreach, SAL Heavy Lift offers offshore services to multiple sectors. As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, the company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment.  

Industry-Leading Study of $246m of Injury Claims Offers New Shipping Safety Insight

ABS, The American Club, and Lamar University Call for Better Maritime Injury Reporting 

(HOUSTON) ABS, the American Club, and Lamar University (Lamar) are calling on industry to advance the cause of safety at sea with more comprehensive reporting requirements for injury and near miss reporting.

The call follows an industry-wide project analyzing more than 12,000 injury records with a financial cost of $246m and a further 100,000 near miss reports from the ABS and Lamar Mariner Safety Research Initiative (MSRI) and nearly a decade of data from the American Club. 

The research offers unprecedented insight into the nature of accidents at sea but inconsistent data along with a lack of consistency and comprehensiveness have led the American Club, ABS, and Lamar to urge industry to adopt a comprehensive new standard for maritime injury reporting.

“Nothing is more important to ABS than the safety of the men and women working at sea. This project offers a deeper insight into how and where seafarers are being injured and also highlights what industry can do to take our understanding of safety to the next level,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.

The research reveals how injuries sustained while lifting or in slips, trips/falls are the most frequent incidents at sea, with more than 1,300 incidents in this study’s dataset. According to the American Club data, these incidents cost in excess of $85m for the six-year period studied. The average cost per incident exceeds $65,000: lifting incidents averaged $48,000; falls and trips averaged $88,000; slips averaged $56,000. Looking at costs and anatomical locations, the two most costly body locations were the head and neck, averaging just over $100,000 per incident followed by the back and torso at $66,000.

Joseph Hughes, the Shipowners Claims Bureau’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, “Shipping is currently navigating through a digital era in which asset owners are increasingly able to use the power of operational data to predict potential failures. As those capabilities grow, the industry would be well counselled to also get ‘smarter’ about how it compiles and uses its safety data.”

“This industry, academic, and class partnership provided valuable insight into the financial impact of injuries across the maritime industry. This is another tool to help provide better solutions to help prevent the occurrence and reoccurrence of maritime injuries. We all believe that this partnership will help improve the welfare of the maritime industry’s most valuable asset: its seafarers,” said Dr. Brian Craig, Lamar University, Dean of Engineering and Co-Director of the Mariner Safety Research Initiative.

A PDF of the report accompanies this press release.


About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

About the American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual protection and indemnity club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Houston, Piraeus, Hong Kong and Shanghai, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

About Lamar University

Home to more than 15,000 students, Lamar University (LU), near Houston in Beaumont, Texas, is among the state’s fastest growing colleges and universities, and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.

The university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. LU stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Several LU colleges and programs hold additional specialized accreditations, including the five undergraduate engineering programs in the College of Engineering. LU also is home to the many unique programs including the Center for Advancements in Port Management, the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, and the Mariner Safety Research Initiative.

GEODIS Poland wins “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019” Silver Award

(l-r) Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager GEODIS Poland; Serge Schmittag, Freight Forwarding Manager, GEODIS; Karol Kołodziejczyk, Road Transport Sales Manager, GEODIS
(Photo Credit: Eurologistics Publishing House)

GEODIS Poland was awarded with the Silver Emblem Award for the “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019”.

The award, based on the results of a reader survey organized by Eurologistics, was presented during a Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production, which took place in Warsaw at the beginning of December. After already taking home the third place award in 2018, GEODIS Poland is once again among the best logistics companies in Poland.

Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager of GEODIS Poland, said: “This is a great honor for GEODIS, the recognition supports our ambition to become the logistics leader in Poland. I would like to thank Serge Schmittag and his team for the hard work and commitment they display every day in the service of our customers.” 

The Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production is the most important event in the TSL industry organized by Eurologistics Publishing House, during which the successes of the industry, the best companies and products are honoured. Logistics Operator of the Year is a joint venture of several dozen leading companies in the Polish TSL industry.  The purpose of the survey is to provide knowledge about the requirements and expectations of customers and the level of logistics service performance achieved by suppliers.

GEODIS’ President & CEO north, East and Central Europe, Thomas Kraus also congratulated the GEODIS team in Poland, “This award is a great achievement for us and our employees. With Poland being one of our focus countries in the region, I am very proud to receive this recognition for our continuous effort and commitment to complete customer satisfaction.”