Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Freight Alliance Takes On Logistics Challenges Of Global Yacht Shipping

Three Companies Join to Provide Service
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The sight of an expensive boat being loaded aboard the deck of a container ship or stowed in the belly of an aircraft always stirs the most hardened of experienced freight forwarding cynics. Each one knows the stresses of the logistics involved and the nervousness that accompanies the shipping of such large and vulnerable pieces – especially when the craft in question is a thoroughbred racing yacht.

Now three separate companies have joined together to offer a logistics and transportation service for sail racing teams and individuals across the world. The international triumvirate consisting of boat transport specialists PSP Marine, independent sailing company Team Pindar and GAC, the global logistics provider, has been established in a bid to take on the market leaders and become the world's biggest provider for race teams and individuals competing in sailing events globally.

Scarborough based print giants Pindar have been involved in yacht racing since sponsoring the North Sea Race in 1980 and are now one of the most established names in the sport. With GAC, it jointly manages Team GAC Pindar, which this year is competing in the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 and, with skipper Ian Williams at the helm, in the World Match Racing Tour championship. The team came to prominence in November 2009 when its boat, Kingdom of Bahrain, and crew were detained by Iranian authorities en route to the Dubai to Muscat race.

PSP will lend its worldwide experience, expertise and knowledge of race logistics to provide the physical service. Having transported boats and maintenance equipment across the world for some of the biggest names in the sport, it will be responsible for ensuring the service levels required when handling such valuable items. The GAC network provides a logistics network of offices and resources in key locations around the globe.

Founder and Principal of Team Pindar, Andrew Pindar OBE, says he is very excited to be working with GAC and PSP to continue and develop Team GAC Pindar's active participation in the world of sailing commenting:

"Throughout our 30-year history we have enjoyed the diversity of this fabulous sport, sponsoring sailors in dinghies on lakes to yachts on the oceans, carrying our name and logo around the world no fewer than six times. This year, our participation in the Extreme Sailing Series and the World Match Racing Tour builds on our pedigree and promotes our new business venture in yacht and boat logistics. I couldn't be more proud of this partnership as it brings together the skills of PSP, the scope scale and strength of GAC and the great sailors who carry the name of Team Pindar."

Frank Dixie, Managing Director of PSP, added:

"A union with the strength and experience of all three companies will create a formidable force within the market. We are already in talks with a number of potential customers and expect to see a great demand for this service. For PSP this represents yet another innovative and collaborative way of working, which will further strengthen our position internationally and give customers more choice."

Photo: Courtesy of PSP