12 May 2017

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Shipping News Feature SPAIN – PORTUGAL – Dachser has integrated its Iberian subsidiary Azkar Group into its European road haulage network. The overland freight transport organisations will operate under the names of Dachser Spain and Dachser Portugal in the future.

This rebranding is the culmination of an integration process that began in January 2013 with Dachser’s acquisition of Azkar. The companies had already been cooperating since 2007, and in 2008 Dachser purchased a stake of 10% in its then partner for Spain. Dachser CEO Bernhard Simon, explains:

“The two companies were an excellent match right from the word go. We share the same values, and we have the same corporate culture and business vision. On this basis, we were able to advance quickly and smoothly with the integration. Simultaneously, we have achieved profitable growth on the Iberian Peninsula every year since the takeover.”

UK – EUROPE – DFDS has reported a strong start to 2017 with revenues for the pan-European freight ferry and logistics company up 4% in the first quarter of the year.

Freight volumes and UK-Continental trade continues to grow and the company reports an 10% increase in shipments on its North Sea freight routes and a 3% rise in freight on its cross-Channel routes from Dover to France. First quarter revenues for the group were €432m (£363m), compared with €414m (£348m) for the first three months of 2016. This helped the company to its best-ever first quarter result.

EUROPE – US-owned online cosmetic products retailer, Totalskincare.com, has appointed Walker Logistics to manage the European supply chain the products that it sells through Amazon.

Walker’s role will receive lines as they are offered to a market from the manufacturers or suppliers, repackage or re-label them as required, then forward them in bulk quantities to the Amazon distribution centre in whatever territory has been identified by Totalskincare’s software as a boom market. William Walker, Sales Director of Walker Logistics, said:

“Totalskincare’s business model is, I think, unique. They have been hugely successful in the United States and have identified the UK and Germany as offering particular growth potential. We are delighted to be working with such innovative online entrepreneurs.”

AUSTRALIA – Bulk load carriers AAL recently hosted the Mission To Seafarers aboard the AAL Shanghai to celebrate volunteer Marcia Scholes’s 70 years of helping seafarers in the Port of Brisbane. Frank Mueller, General Manager of AAL’s Liner Operations in Australia, commented:

“We’re delighted to help with this recognition of Marcia’s amazing achievements. Seafaring is a fulfilling career, but it often comes with emotional and physical challenges that many land-based staff do not have to face. The Mission To Seafarers plays a huge role in providing the practical and pastoral support to seafarers and ports around the world and we’re grateful for everything they do.”

The Mission To Seafarers works in more than 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs – over 1.5 million people. Through its global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers it offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

JAPAN – K-Line took delivery of their latest bulk carrier, the 250,000 dwt ore carrier Cape Hayatomo. The Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) will be soon carrying cargoes of iron ores from West Australia, Brazil and South Africa to Japanese steel mills.

The ship has seven holds and seven hatches to improve efficiency for cargo loading and discharging operations plus a number of advanced features such as enhanced propulsion performance and hull form to save fuel. In addition, the Ballast Water Treatment System on her board is highly advanced in order to prepare for forthcoming international regulation for protecting global marine environment.

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