Monday, May 14, 2012

Asian Logistics Group Opens Indian ISO Tank Cleaning and Repair Depot

New Portcentric Facility for Kerry plus Chinese Foundry Development
Shipping News Feature

INDIA - CHINA - Asian based Kerry Logistics is once again to be seen expanding operations in its traditional trading grounds in China but the latest investments for the freight forwarding and supply chain specialist are different both geographically and in structure with the development of an 11,300 square metre site offering ISO tank cleaning and repair servicing in India and a foundry to supply engineering parts for tank customers in China through its member company Kerry-ITS. 

The Indian facility is located eight kilometres from Kandla Port in the state of Gujarat providing direct ocean access to international markets and offering its services to tank lessors, operators and end users. Kerry Logistics also plans to introduce the latest Robogrind interior tank shell corrosion treatment technology used in its Singapore operations. The state-of-the-art sheltered cleaning station installed in the new depot has a capacity to clean up to 40 tanks a day using a high performance automatic cleaning system.

In China, Kerry Logistics has opened a new foundry facility in Dongying city, Shangdong province to support its regional ISO tank business with uninterrupted OEM precision engineering, parts manufacturing, distribution and supplies. Kerry Logistics’ depots in Singapore and in Laem Chabang of Thailand are certified as “Approved Cleaning Station and Repair Depots” by @tco (the Asia Tank Container Organisation). The depot in India has applied for certification and aiming to complete the audit by the end of 2012. William Loh, Managing Director, Singapore, Kerry-ITS, commented:

“Our investments in advanced ISO tank maintenance facilities in India as well as the manufacture and supply of tank engineering parts in China are the result of sustained growth in demand in these dynamic regions. Both the depot and foundry are ideally located to serve their respective shipping communities.”