Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Logistics Group Manages Vital Cruise Line Freight Forwarding Contract

Meanwhile Middle Eastern Expansion Continues
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – OMAN - As anyone in the ocean freight industry knows the precise timing and accurate ordering and delivery of ships stores is vital to all vessels, be they container carriers or oil rigs. No ship afloat however involves a more complex and essential supply chain in this regard than a cruise ship when the complexity of items and sheer size of the supplies required can be staggering. With this in mind European logistics group Kuehne + Nagel was more than pleased when the company was awarded the freight forwarding obligations of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The Kuehne + Nagel branch in Miami, Florida, manages sea transports and provides customs clearance overseas, including coordination of on-time alongside-ship deliveries for three of Royal Caribbean Cruises brands - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. The company utilises the KN Login system which gives the company access to real time data across its supply chain and enables the forwarder to perform a multitude of tasks whilst handling and shipping in the region of 5,000 TEU containing some 65,000 products per year.

Naturally, given the nature of the business and the expectation of guests who are looking for everything they could obtain from a land based holiday and more, the range of articles is huge and includes hotel equipment and supplies, food & beverages, provisions, stores and marine spare parts whilst to add to the complexity, commodities require three different temperature zones - frozen, chilled and ambient. Royal Caribbean operates cruises all over the world and John Hextall, President of Kuehne + Nagel North America, commented:

"We're proud to team with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and look forward to building a long-term relationship, delivering logistics solutions that add value to the supply chain. Our logistics experts understand the importance of reliable cruise line delivery and of managing essential freight arriving in a foreign port to meet a tight loading window.”

In other company news K+N announced this week it had taken over 70 per cent of the shares of Universal Freight Services Co. LLC from the Khimji Ramdas Group in the Sultanate of Oman, a company which has held the agency for the Swiss headquartered group for some fourteen years. The new arrangement sees the birth of a joint venture company to be managed as Kuehne + Nagel LLC and Werner Kleymann, Regional Manager Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia at Kuehne + Nagel said:

“This acquisition fits our objective to significantly expand our activities in Oman, one of the region’s key growth markets. At the same time, the establishment of a Kuehne + Nagel company in Oman underlines the exciting business opportunities in the Sultanate in light of the government’s economic development strategy as well as increasing investments from the public and private sector.”

 Photo: Royal Caribbean’s, ‘Brilliance of the Seas’.