Mrs. Jillian Peacock
Group Marketing Manager
First, Jillian, can you please tell us who the owners of ALS are? Elaborate a bit on the history of the company and explain to our readers, if you will, what the abbreviation ALS stands for?
ALS stands for Abnormal Load Services.
In 2000, René van de Vin, who is still ALS’ managing director and one of the shareholders, brought together an international development opportunity for ALS. In 2012, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) required a majority stake in ALS to help support and develop WW’s break bulk and project cargo specialism. ALS celebrates her fortieth birthday in January 2020.
Where is your head office located and, also, do you also have offices located abroad and if so where?
Our HQ is in Hull, UK. We are expanding and are currently in the throes of moving to larger and more modern premises from 1st July 2019.
Our other office locations are Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and our new office in Sweden, along with a global network of reliable partners and suppliers.
Could you provide our readers with some examples of project cargo that you are particularly proud of having handled?
20-month Rail Project – 1,185 rail wagons transported from Poland to Saudi Arabia.
I have noticed that you also provide yacht handling. Can you possibly tell us more?
Our colleagues in Norway provide services to
Nowadays, there are stringent demands from several shippers about the way their transport providers go about their business and they want project freight forwarders to sign all kinds of (sometimes very demanding) contracts, taking full responsibility. In your view, has this changed in the last few years and has it perhaps come to a point where demands are too extreme?
I do believe that contracts have become more demanding and more responsibility is placed on project forwarders to ensure accountability.
How do you choose the shipowners with whom you work? Cost is, of course, one thing, but do you also choose them from a range of other parameters?
Cost is certainly a factor, along with availability, reputation, route and timescale.
When did you start your career in freight forwarding and logistics? what made you choose this kind of job?
I started with ALS in 2000 as I wanted to pursue a career combining marketing and languages. I have previously worked in manufacturing and healthcare, both in marketing and customer services positions.
How do you view the project cargo logistics market currently? What do you think is in store? Do you believe that the shipowners will try and outfox the freight forwarders and start doing end-to-end by themselves?
It is very competitive and more and more companies are diversifying into the project cargo sector with limited knowledge. However, I believe that shipowners will still require the support of specialist services and flexibility from project freight forwarders.
How is best to get in touch with you?
Group Marketing Manager
Address (from 1st July 2019):
Eltherington Business Park,
1305 Hedon Road,
Former Address (until 1st July 2019):
1501 Hedon Road,
Kingston Upon Hull,