It’s Thursday 14th November and we are back in town. I say town, but I mean megacity, as I am sending you this newsletter from Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok has changed a lot since the mid-eighties when I first visited and there seems to be quite an investment in real estate, with lots of condos coming up. Infrastructure is developing rapidly, and Bangkok seems to provide value for money compared with the costs of living in places such as Singapore and Hong Kong.
You can buy property here, but it is always a good idea to check the rules and regulations carefully. Thailand is a beautiful country and it is generally a long-term winner when it comes to considering places to revisit. The great food and the friendliness of the locals make you want to return soon after departing. Therefore, I’m sharing a few shots taken from the corner condo that I invested in here, located downtown, also a few pictures with you here of the food we enjoyed at the Cross Ocean network conference and finally, the group photo from the event that I chaired.
It reminds me also to tell you that if you are looking for an Asian regional office, Bangkok is a very good location as you are within reach of most major markets in SE Asia and China. From Bangkok, I’ll be heading to Hong Kong. Although I am very saddened to see all the protests and vandalism that have been going on there for months, Hong Kong, with its location, port and proximity to China, will likely remain my favourite city in the world. My flight to Hong Kong takes only two hours twenty minutes, but naturally you’ve got to consider Bangkok traffic as an obstacle that’s not easily overcome.
On the political front, I’ve got to admit that I haven’t taken any notice, having been busy with some fifty-or-so guests in town. This meant that I’ve paid scant regard for the newspaper headlines, but I’m sure, as usual, that there’s a reason why newspapers are used to wrap fish in. The news is old as soon as its published.
In today’s newsletter, we start in a country known for scenery, salmon and oil wealth, by which I mean Norway. We talk to Tschudi Logistics, a Norwegian-owned but international project freight forwarder. Travelling south, we stop by in the country famous for cars and lederhosen, i.e. Germany, where we meet with famous global project freight forwarder Hansa Meyer. With the industrial base in Germany, there is little wonder that they have global forwarders located there although nowadays the car industry is sputtering, they also are looking at developing new markets.
Finally, we end up in the country of Morocco which, besides sand, scenery and tourism, also boasts a super location in the Atlantic and the Med, linking Europe with Africa. Planet ComTrans gives us insights into their business. We provide you with interesting news (especially this week), trade intel and wise words. As always, we wish you all the best and, until next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Tschudi Logistics Group – Oslo, Norway
Mr. Eskil Ødegaard
Tell us about the establishment and history of Tschudi Logistics in Oslo. Who are the owners of the company?
Tschudi Logistics Holding AS was founded in 2006. In 2016, we merged Tschudi Logistics and Tschudi Project Transports. The merge made us an even stronger as a single brand with the ability to offer a broader…
Hansa Meyer Global Transport GmbH & Co. KG – Germany
Mr. Henrique Wohltmann
Could you provide our readers with a few examples of projects that you have handled and that you are proud of having been part of?
Well first, there’s the AN-225 project from Chile to Bolivia, for which we just received the award Best Airfreight Solution of the Year award from…
Planet ComTrans – Morocco
Capt. Yahya Samer
Can you tell us about the history and ownership of Planet ComTrans?
Planet ComTrans is a Moroccan company, active in project cargo, freight forwarding, contract logistics and ship agency. The team has a proven track record in project…
United Heavy Lift and Ocean7 Projects follow up Joint Office in Norway with new Location in Malaysia
The two experienced, internationally renowned players in the market for heavy sea transport are expanding their sphere of influence by opening another office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, similiar to the one opened in Norway earlier this year.
The new Malaysia office will be run by Managing Partner Rune Larsen, who will be supported by Skyler Teh and Catherine Hybel. The transport specialists will be represented in Asia by people who already are very familiar with the local market.
CPO Tankers becomes ZEABORN Tankers
Zeamarine and Zeaborn group is developing rapidly. Here’s the latest.
Claus-Peter Offen Tankschiffreederei (GmbH & Co.) KG (“CPO Tankers”) has now been renamed ZEABORN Ship Management Tanker GmbH & Cie. KG (“ZEABORN Tankers”). The company is part of Bremen-based ZEABORN Group since June 2019 and has started trading under its new name with effect from 4 November 2019.
Zeamarine appoints Namir Khanbabi as Regional Director for Asia and Oceania
Zeamarine is pleased to announce that Namir Khanbabi has been appointed as the new Regional Director for Asia and Oceania. He most recently held the role of Chartering and Operations Director at AAL, where he was, in charge of the global chartering, operations and the engineering for Tramp and Liner services.
Wallem Pulse Magazine Issue 2
Wallem is an old and well established shipping brand and agency in Asia. Their latest newsletter makes for interesting reading about various aspects of this group’s activities.
ITIC Reminds Agents to Beware of Bankruptcies
Bankruptcies have ripple effects for many involved in a chain. That is also the case in shipping. Read this important notice from ITIC.
ITIC , the International Transport Intermediaries Club, is seeing an increasing number of ship agents becoming exposed to the fall-out from the bankruptcy of their principal.
In the normal course of business, the ship agent will settle a range of suppliers’ invoices on behalf of the principal and then recover these costs from the principal once the port call is complete.
PPDM Kruszbet SA Purchased the Second Super Cobra C120 Plant for Polish Market
After using Super Cobra C120 for two years, PPMD Kruszbet SA has decided to extend their production concrete activities. Having a great experience with Tecwill equipment was the key factor in the decision making process of purchasing the new plant. Kruszbet decided to order the second “twin” plant model to one of their aggregate mines located only 40 km far from the first Super Cobra.
Ianjin Chenlong Heavy Industry Machinery Co. LTD.
Tianjin Chenlong Heavy Industry Machinery Co. is a well-known name that specializes in offering an expansive range of advanced hydraulic machines like breakers and crushers, and also serves as an OEM partner for a number of other companies.
Feed Me Bottles’ Yoomi Range to be Sold in US and China
A baby product company has secured key export deals in the US and China with a total value of £2.2million.
The deals are expected to deliver the value over the next six years for Dartford firm Feed Me Bottles.
Sympatec GmbH Attending in Several Expos in 2019 and 2020
Sympatec develops, manufactures, sells, services and supports an innovative range of best instruments for particle size and shape analysis in laboratory and process for customers worldwide.
In 2019 Sympatec will participate in expos in USA, Russia and UK.
In 2020 Sympatec will participate in expos in China, USA and France.
Hoegh Autoliners New Vessel and Equipment Capabilities
An Impressive video of the newest type of RORO ships here from Hoegh Lines. It’s an amazing way to transport breakbulk cargo safely as well, even including transshipment, as the cargo is not touched as being on MAFI trailers.
This picture, taken by XS Global Logistics in Perth, shows one of four Cat777 units that were moved from Spain to Lae, Papua New Guinea, via Brisbane. The trucks were moved on a RORO vessel to Brisbane at the request of the customer, than transshipped to Lae. The cargo was loaded onboard a Swire vessel in Brisbane for its voyage to Lae.