United Ocean Lines adds Estonia's Contimer LLC
LONDON's United Ocean Lines (UOL) has added Contimer LLC, of Estonia, to its portfolio offering full and less than container load service, logistical services such as intermodal, rail, road or air transport, bonded warehouse operations and distribution and consolidation as well as labelling, sorting, packing and re-packing.
The addition of Contimer enables UOL to link local expertise and service quality with its global market strategy. The present set-up in 48 countries involving more than 70 offices enables UOL to use partnerships with ocean carriers to generate custom services.
UOL was founded in 2002 to create a neutral and independent NVOCC in the logistics field and its core activities include container cargo, involving break-bulk and project business, as well as a wide range of logistic activities. It is operated today by NAXCO Group France (www.naxco.com).
Maersk's Damco opens up biggest ever office in Chengdu
AP MOLLER-Maersk logistics arm Damco has opened its largest office globally in Chengdu, China.
Some 1,000 Damco employees and 400 AP Moller-Maersk back-office staff will work at the new branch, which will largely serve as a customer service centre.
Damco north Asia CEO Steffen Schiottz-Christensen said that the move to Chengdu would help the company centralise its customer relations operations by allowing each client team to be based in the same office. The firm's customers, he said, were largely supportive of the idea.
Commenting on the company's cooperation with authorities and other stakeholders in the region, Mr Schiottz-Christensen added that proximity to the Tianfu Software Park and a high-tech industrial development zone were important determining factors in the company's decision to pick Chengdu.
Tanjung Pelepas Port CEO Ismail Hashim retires
THE MALAYSIAN Port of Tanjung Pelepas has announced the retirement of its chief executive officer Ismail Hashim which took effect at the end of 2009. He had provided more than 10 years of service to the port.
Captain Ismail had been CEO since 2008 and led the port to new levels of growth, port authorities said in a statement.
"PTP is perhaps the only major port in the world that has grown container throughput volume in a very challenging 2009," reported Bernama news agency, adding that the port will announce its throughput volume as the numbers are tallied up at year-end.
Deputy CEO Azlan Shahrim will cover the CEO functions until a new chief executive officer is appointed, PTP said.
Port authorities added that Mr Azlan will be supported by PTP's senior management team in the day-to-day running of the company.