Today it is Thursday, June 1. Last week saw the US president visiting Europe and shaking its foundation a bit, mainly by asking the NATO members to pay their dues. Not an unreasonable request frankly, given that there really is no free lunch these days for security and safety. Perhaps its time that we all wake up to that fact.
I took a quick trip to Marseille, France (with passport control in/out mind you!) where I had an interesting meeting with the head of special cargoes of CMA CGM, a shipping group that has grown to be the 3rd largest in the world.
The week also provided some shipping news, with the Hapag Lloyd / UASC merger being finalized. Coincidentally our first interview today is with Hapag Lloyd.
Other news also from Germany involves Rickmers Group that seems to be filing for bankruptcy but it is not to be confused with Rickmers-Line that is owned by Zeaborn and thus separate.
Now for this weeks issue:
Interview with Hapag Lloyd (as mentioned)
Interview with Tschudi Group in Denmark which is an interesting Scandinavian project logistics entity working worldwide
We speak with VR Transpoint – a Finnish group involved with both road and railway transportation in Finland, Russia & beyond
I hope that you will find the articles interesting and I remind you as readers to feel free to contact me if you wish to be portrayed, or if you believe you have something to contribute. Project Cargo Weekly plays no favorites and is prepared to write about anyone truthfully and transparently.
Wishing you a good read and until next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Hapag-Lloyd AG – Hamburg, Germany
Mr. Christian Denso
Director Public Relations
Can you tell us a bit about the upcoming alliance / merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC? Will this merger make a difference for the acceptance of project cargo?
In view of the merger with UASC we see that our Special Equipment Fleet did grow even further. The difference we expect is to become a stronger player within the Special Cargo segment. We will also increase our focus with one additional region and set-up in Middle East.
Tschudi Logistics A/S – Aarhus, Denmark
Mr. Thomas Vestergaard
Chief Commercial Officer – Tschudi Logistics Group
What are the main business functions of Tschudi Logistics A/S in Denmark?
Project cargo worldwide for local clients, but also for a large proportion of international companies. We aim to answer the customer before they ask, this is a result of awareness and proactivity.
VR Transpoint – Helsinki, Finland
Ms. Kirsi Liflander & Mr. Antti Pursiainen
Sales Director & Sales Manager – Rail Logistics
What services does VR Transpoint provide in Finland and beyond?
We offer rail logistics services, domestic road logistics services, as well as international road logistics services in the Baltic region, CEE region and Russia.
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