Emanuele Grimaldi awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland

Emanuele Grimaldi awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland

During a short ceremony held on July 4 in Rome, Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group and President and CEO of the subsidiary company Finnlines, received the honour of Commander of the Order of the Lion of the Republic of Finland.

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The Ambassador of Finland in Italy, Janne Taalas (pictured at left with Emanuele Grimaldi), declared that the award, conferred by the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, is a recognition for the great commitment of Emanuele Grimaldi, through the company Finnlines, in developing maritime transport to and from Finland which is of great support to the country's economy.

"I am very pleased to receive this honour", said Emanuele Grimaldi. "We worked very hard in Finnlines, as a team of hundreds of employers both at sea and ashore, to improve our operational and economic performances, achieving results beyond our expectations and allowing us to position the company among the successful business stories in the Baltic area. It is an honour for me to lead this team, and to receive this prestigious award from the President of the Republic of Finland and the Ambassador of Finland in Italy".

The decoration Commander of the Order of the Lion is awarded to individuals, very few of who are foreign citizens, who have distinguished themselves in the service of Finland.

Finnlines is a company owned by the Grimaldi Group, which started the acquisition process in 2005 until it was completed in 2016. The leader in the maritime transport of freight and passengers in Baltic and North Seas and in the Gulf of Biscay, it operates the biggest and more efficient fleet of ro/ro and ro/pax vessels.

Besides maritime transport, Finnlines supplies terminal services in the ports of Helsinki and Turku, through the subsidiary Finnsteve.

Kerry Logistics and Anaklia City sign MOU on strategic cooperation

Kerry Logistics and Anaklia City sign MOU on strategic cooperation

Kerry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics) announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between its member company Globalink and Georgia’s Anaklia City JSC (‘Anaklia City’) to cooperate in the development of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port (‘Anaklia Port’) and Special Economic Zone (‘Anaklia SEZ’) in Anaklia, Georgia.

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Leveraging its long presence in Georgia and the Caucasian region, Globalink is expected to bring in a wealth of logistics and multimodal freight knowledge and expertise to the project.

Scheduled for opening by the end of 2020, the Anaklia Port and Anaklia SEZ, comprising modern logistics and industrial parks, will be fully integrated with rail and road connections to the infrastructure networks of Georgia and neighbouring countries.

The Anaklia Port is expected to become one of the largest ports in the Black Sea region and first deep water port in Georgia with a handling capacity of up to 10,000 TEUs vessels, catering for a mix of cargoes including containers, dry bulk, liquid bulk and other types of cargoes.

Edwardo Erni, Managing Director, China and North Asia of Kerry Logistics (pictured at right, next to Ketevan Bochorishvili), said, "We are honoured to be given the opportunity to participate in this exciting project. Anaklia is a key cargo gateway in the Caucasian region. With Globalink's proven track record in the Georgian market, and our comprehensive multimodal freight network across Eurasia, we are committed to devising innovative solutions to facilitate the building of Anaklia Port into a successful logistics hub for the region with integrated logistics, sea-rail, and sea-road services."

Anaklia is strategically located along the shortest trade route between China and Europe in the Belt and Road network, acting as a cargo gateway of the landlocked Central Asian and Caucasian regions.

Ketevan Bochorishvili, CEO of Anaklia City JSC, said, "We are excited about the cooperation with Globalink which has a deep understanding and comprehensive experience in the Caucasian region and Central Asia. With the Anaklia Port and Anaklia SEZ, we are establishing a state-of-the-art logistics, trade and business platform, which will serve a pivotal role in increasing the connectivity of Georgia as it is positioned along the shortest route from China to Europe via the Middle Corridor and from India to Europe. The successful development of Anaklia projects is expected to unlock a potential market of over 150 million consumers and serve as a bridge between Asia and Europe."

On 28 June 2018, Hong Kong signed a free trade agreement ('FTA') with Georgia, which is the first FTA between Hong Kong and an economy in the Caucasian region of Eurasia. The FTA is comprehensive in scope, encompassing trade in goods and services, investments, a dispute settlement mechanism, and other related areas.

Grimaldi Group awarded for Leadership Excellence

Grimaldi Group awarded for Leadership Excellence

The Grimaldi Group has been bestowed by the Italian magazine Panorama with the “Leadership Excellence Award” in the prestigious setting of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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The award ceremony took place during the gala dinner of the event "This is Italy", held in the framework of the "Panorama of Italy" tour, three days of events and meetings to celebrate and reward Italian entrepreneurial excellences in art, creativity, food and wine.

The award was handed over to Costantino Baldissara, Commercial, Logistics & Operations Director of the Grimaldi Group (pictured at right), who attended the event on behalf of the Neapolitan group.

"It is a great honour for us to be included among the Italian business stories of success and excellence in the American continent," said Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group. "North America, in particular, represents an important market for the Grimaldi Group, because of our long experience as a supplier of logistics services for the automotive industry", he concluded.

With over 70 years of experience, the Grimaldi Group is a dedicated supplier of integrated logistics services based on maritime transport to the world's major vehicle manufacturers. The Group operates various maritime services for rolling freight and containers in Europe, the Near East, North and West Africa, North and South America.

In Europe, the Group is a leader in short sea services, particularly in the so-called motorways of the sea. With regards to the transport of passengers, the Group offers regular services in the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea through the Grimaldi Lines, Minoan Lines and Finnlines brands.

Chennai Port eyeing logistics business from Kia Motors in India

Chennai Port eyeing logistics business from Kia Motors in India

Port of Chennai is trying to win over Kia Motors, who recently announced their plans to enter the Indian market.

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The South Korean automaker is setting up their Indian base at Anantpur in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The port is attempting to win the auto giant's contract to fulfil the import of machinery, while the production plant is being set up. Once the facility is functional, the port authorities are also willing to provide services with regards to the export of vehicles produced at the said plant.

The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) handles exports of Hyundai Motors India, which is a sister company of Kia. ChPT has the necessary infrastructure to manage automotive logistics, which gives the port an added advantage compared to its competitors.

ChPT is also mulling to provide incentives to the automaker to sweeten the deal. Some of these incentives include making berth available on priority to ships carrying Kia cargo, concessional rates on berth hire and storage and so on.

The port is also constructing a concrete yard for storage and parking of cars. At around 70,000 sq.m, the yard will be an essential infrastructure and will be placed close to the berth. The yard will also provide facilities such as washing, pre-delivery inspection as well as security.

The other ports that are in contention to win this contract from Kia are Kamarajar, Katupalli and Krishnapatnam.

GEFCO and BERGÉ join hands to develop automotive logistics in Spain

GEFCO and BERGÉ join hands to develop automotive logistics in Spain

GEFCO Group, a global provider of industrial supply chain services as well as automotive logistics and BERGÉ, a player in multimodal logistics services in Spain, have agreed to join forces to create a company in the finished vehicle logistics market in Spain.

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The new equally-owned company, BERGÉ GEFCO, will be formed by the finished vehicle logistics divisions of both companies in Spain, through GEFCO Spain FVL activities and BERGÉ Automotive Logistics (BAL). The operation is subject to European Commission approval.

The finished vehicle market in Spain is one of the world's largest with 3 million vehicles produced annually, 2.4 million exported and 1.2 million commercialised. BERGÉ GEFCO's aim is to build closer relationships with customers to meet their needs by improving key processes, optimizing existing resources and increasing reactivity.

The new company will offer customers a full-range of finished vehicle logistics including transport, storage, technical services, inspections and delivery. The combined resources and transport means of the partner companies will provide comprehensive end-to-end services including logistics design and engineering from customer production sites to delivery to final customers.

Building on the expertise and resources of the parent companies, BERGÉ GEFCO will create value for customers, partners and employees. The company will focus its activities on the Spanish market and help both partners develop their international networks in other markets.

BERGÉ GEFCO will provide a significant increase in transport and storage capacity and geographical scope. Customers will benefit from 3.4 million m2 storage in compounds and ports and the capacity to manage and transport 1.4 million cars annually through a fleet of more than 700 vehicle trucks and 100 rail wagons.

In addition, the new company will offer a wide variety of complementary services at its 10 logistic centres throughout Spain and its 40,000 m2 of workshop space including repairs, paint work, car washing, delivery preparations and quality and finishing controls.

"We are very pleased to create a joint venture company with BERGÉ. Our partnership will allow us to offer an extended range of high-quality services that will benefit our customers, partners and employees," highlighted Luc Nadal, Chairman of GEFCO SA's Management Board. "The new company will be well-positioned to anticipate the evolving needs in the automotive sector and welook forward to combining our resources to boost innovation."

Jaime Gorbeña, President of BERGÉ y COMPAÑÍA, commented: "BERGÉ's commitment to working in partnership with GEFCO, a global leader in industrial logistics, will definitely strengthen our leadership in Spanish vehicle logistics. We are confident that pooling our knowledge and experience in this segment will improve our service offer and drive businesses growth."

BERGÉ GEFCO will offer an extensive portfolio of logistic solutions to current customers of both companies enabling them to better manage seasonal peaks and benefit from dedicated resources. In addition, the new company expects to develop strong operational synergies through pooling of resources and capacities, and to strengthen both its position on domestic and international flows.

The new company will be well positioned to anticipate evolving needs in the automotive logistics segment and help customers manage increasing sales volumes.

Adani Ports completes acquisition of Kattupalli port

Adani Ports completes acquisition of Kattupalli port

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, (APSEZ), a port developer based in India, announced that it has executed Share Purchase Agreement between Larsen and Toubro Limited, Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited, L&T Shipbuilding Limited and Adani Kattupalli Port Private Limited to acquire 97% shares of Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited (MIDPL), the developer and operator of Kattupalli Port.

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Kattupalli Port is a modern port in India emerging as Chennai's New Gateway for EXIM trade in Chennai/Bangalore region and provides a whole new dimension of services with speed and sophistication. Amongst the many advantages of Kattupalli port is its unique location. It is located 30 kilometres towards the north of Chennai and has connectivity with the hinterland of North Tamilnadu, Chennai, Bangalore region and South Andhra Pradesh, locations which are highly industrialised.

Speaking on the development, Mr. Karan Adani, CEO, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd. said, "We are happy to announce the acquisition of Katupalli port. We are thankful to the Tamil Nadu government and Ministry of Commerce for giving approvals in record time. Adani Ports is committed to making Katupalli port one of the largest ports in southern India. We are going to start our construction to diversify the cargo of the port and will be adding 40 MMT of new capacity in the next three years. We are confident that with our superior infrastructure and efficient handling of cargo we will be able to reduce logistics cost of industries in the region and be one of the engines of growth."

With a backup area of 322 acres, Kattupalli port provides ample space for future expansion of port to facilitate trade requirements. APSEZ plans to transform Kattupalli into a multi-commodity port to handle cargoes like containers, automobiles, break bulk, general cargo, liquid cargo and project cargo. Presently the port has two berths with a quay length of 710 metres, 6 quay cranes, 15 RTG cranes, 5120 ground slots with the capacity to handle 1.2 Million TEUs per annum.

The Kattupalli has various facilities to aid automotive logistics such as car parking yard, pre-delivery inspection, car wash and RoRo berth.

Kerry Logistics acquires majority stake in Saga Italia

Kerry Logistics acquires majority stake in Saga Italia

Kerry Logistics Network Limited acquired a majority stake in Saga Italia S.p.A. (‘Saga Italia’) as part of its ongoing global expansion strategy.

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With the acquisition of the Milan-based logistics company, Kerry Logistics will strengthen its overall service portfolio by adding Saga Italia's specialised know-how in the fields of project logistics, heavy lift services, and material management.

The acquisition will also add three new countries to Kerry Logistics' network, namely, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Egypt, as well as new offices in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and the US.

Founded in 1985, Saga Italia provides end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers' project requirements. More than 150 logistics professionals manage projects for multinational corporations across the globe. Saga Italia's comprehensive range of services also includes a complete suite of international freight forwarding services covering air, ocean, and overland transportation.

Thomas Blank, Managing Director of Europe, Kerry Logistics, said, "With this step, we continue to build upon our expertise in project logistics which currently spreads across China, The Philippines, Indonesia, The Commonwealth of Independent States, and India. Saga Italia's specialised knowledge further strengthens our activities and will support us to tap into the immense business opportunities as more Belt and Road projects get off the ground. With Saga Italia on our team, we are able to provide a platform to consolidate our project logistics capabilities across the globe."

Marco Oriolo, owner and Managing Director of Saga Italia, added, "By joining Kerry Logistics our services are leveraged by an extensive network in Asia and Europe. We are looking forward to a successful future as part of the Kerry Logistics team, driving the businesses of our customers through innovative logistics solutions."

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