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Friday, May 14, 2021

Gac Group News

Puget Sound Energy’s LNG Terminal in the Port of Tacoma (Photo: GAC)

New LNG Bunker Barge Planned for Port of Tacoma

Puget LNG and GAC Bunker Fuels have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fuel from Puget LNG’s terminal to GAC’s customers in the Pacific Northwest.When the Tacoma LNG Terminal becomes operational in the second quarter of 2021, it will be the first such terminal on North America’s west coast providing direct shoreside loading access for a bunker barge.GAC Bunker Fuels, a division of the Dubai-based GAC Group, will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Jones Act-compliant LNG bunker barge to be constructed…

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GAC Opens Office in Shenzhen, China

GAC has opened a new office in Shenzhen, China. Having its own Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) license and Ship Agency license, GAC (Shenzhen) Ltd will handle the croup’s shipping and logistics operations in South China.GAC Shenzhen’s coverage extends to the international airports in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, as well as the main logistics seaports including Yantian, Shekou, Chiwan, Huangpu, Nansha, Zhongshan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Guangxi, Shantou, Zhanjiang, Zhuhai, Haikou…

Thies Holm is heading up GAC’s latest new company, GAC Germany (Photo: GAC)

GAC Opens Hamburg Office

The GAC Group said Monday it has opened a new office just north of Hamburg to provide support for some of the 14,000+ vessels that call at German ports every year.Headed by Thies Holm, GAC Germany will offer ship agency, husbandry, bunker fuels, dry dock and other services, working alongside the group’s ship spares logistics specialist, GAC Marine Logistics GmbH, which has been operating at the port since 2014.Group Vice President, Europe & Africa, Thomas Okbo said, “With the establishment of GAC Germany…

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Innovez One to Digitize Singapore’s Last Mile Delivery of Launch Operations

New solution will increase efficiency in launch services, improve productivity, and accelerate automation and digitalization of manual, time-consuming pier operations.Port management software provider Innovez One is embarking on a collaboration to automate and digitize Singapore’s last-mile delivery of launch operations at its Marina South Pier (MCP) and West Coast Pier (WCP). This project is one of the 11 Joint Industry Projects recently awarded by the Maritime Port Authority and announced by Chee Hong Tat…

L to R: Sergio Delatorre (Agency Coordinator), Manuel Tirado (CEO & Captain of the Port of Gibraltar), Herman Jorgensen (MD, GAC UK), John Ghio (Deputy Captain of the Port) and Ivo Verheyen (GAC Group VP, Europe). (Photo: GAC)

GAC Opens in Gibraltar

The GAC Group has opened an office in Gibraltar.Strategically located at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, the port of Gibraltar serves as the primary supply point for passing ships. According to the Gibraltar Port Authority, approximately 60,000 vessels transit the Strait of Gibraltar every year, with nearly 240 million gross tonnes of vessel calls in 2018 alone.

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GAC Opens in Ireland

As part of its European growth strategy, the GAC Group has opened its first office in the Republic of Ireland, providing a wide range of shipping services to vessels at the country’s ports as well as in Northern Ireland.GAC Ireland provides ship agency services at all major Irish ports to a range of customers operating in sectors from tankers and dry cargo to offshore and navy vessels. Through its base in Cobh, near Cork, and the Group’s extensive regional and global network, GAC also offers customers joint agency solutions between Ireland and the UK…

GAC Mulls Expansion

The shipping & logistics company GAC is tapping into the growing contract logistics business potential of the Asia Pacific, Indian Subcontinent and Middle East, with plans to further develop and expand in its operations in the regions.That was the message Lars Bergström, GAC’s Group Vice President for Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent, had for the Group’s Contract Logistics Solutions experts who gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to chart GAC’s strategy to increase its share of the business in their regions.

Ravi Edirisinghe, Director/Chief Executive Officer - GAC Sri Lanka (Photo: GAC)

GAC Sri Lanka Taps Edirisinghe as Director

Business veteran Ravi Edirisinghe has been appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of GAC Group of companies in Sri Lanka.He brings to his new role 27 years of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, business development and re-engineering, supply chain management, logistics and project management in diverse industries to this role. He is responsible for the strategic growth and business direction of the Group comprising GAC Shipping Ltd, GAC Marine Services Pvt Ltd and GAC Logistics Ltd.

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Young Joins GAC

Daniel Young has been appointed as GAC’s Group Marketing Manager, covering the eastern United States, eastern Canada, and the Caribbean.He brings to his new role 15 years’ port agency and logistics experience drawn from a diverse working background that includes business development for both commercial and government customers, port operations management and freight forwarding. Young’s appointment reflects the Group’s continuing drive to fully understand and meet the needs of its customers by drawing on its strengths and versatile, integrated range of shipping and logistics services.

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GAC Inaugurates Dubai Logistics Facility

A quarter of a century after opening the first distribution center in the Middle East, GAC Dubai officially unveiled its new purpose-built contract logistics facility, at Dubai South.The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) & Dubai South, and attended by GAC Group President Bengt Ekstrand, GAC Group Vice President for the Middle East Fredrik Nyström, GAC Dubai Managing Director Ronald Lichtenecker…

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GAC Opens New Office in Panama

A GAC Group-owned office is now operational in Panama, providing a wide range of shipping services to vessels calling at Panamanian ports or transiting the Panama Canal.Bob Bandos, GAC’s Group Vice President – Americas, said, “As a global ship agency, GAC has a growing base of customers and prospects utilizing the Panama Canal, so it was imperative to set up our own office here. Our expansion into Panama reaffirms the Group’s long-term commitment and investment in the Americas region.

GAC Group Appoint Johan Ehn as MD for Sweden

The GAC Group has appointed industry veteran and current Chair of the Swedish Shipbrokers Association, Johan Ehn, as Managing Director of its operation in Sweden.Ehn started his career in shipping in 1989 when he joined Swedish Maritime AB, and subsequently gained logistics expertise as a partner in a freight forwarding business, before establishing his own company. He also served as Managing Director of Georg Hansen AB, and Head of Commercial with APL line in Gothenburg. In addition to his active role in the Swedish Shipbrokers Association…

Johan Ehn (Photo: GAC Sweden)

New Hands at the Helm for GAC Sweden

The GAC Group has appointed industry veteran and current Chair of the Swedish Shipbrokers Association, Johan Ehn, as Managing Director of its operation in Sweden. Ehn started his career in shipping in 1989 when he joined Swedish Maritime AB, and subsequently gained logistics expertise as a partner in a freight forwarding business, before establishing his own company. He also served as Managing Director of Georg Hansen AB, and Head of Commercial with APL line in Gothenburg. In addition to his active role in the Swedish Shipbrokers Association…

Front row, from left: GAC Group Vice President – Americas Bob Bandos and Managing Director of LNG for Translux Marcellus Catalano. Second row, from left: GAC LNG Services Business Manager Tim Karl and GAC Group President Bengt Ekstrand. (Photo: GAC)

GAC to Provide Voyage Management for Translux

GAC LNG Services said it has secured a global contract to provide voyage management services to Translux Limited as they enter the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business.GAC LNG Services, officially formed in 2016, provides a full-service solution for the sector, covering charterers’ vessel operations, as well as technical and commercial information. Under the Translux agreement, GAC’s global network of offices and approved agents will support operations, which will be overseen by GAC LNG Services in Houston.Bob Bandos…

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GAC Dubai Opens New Contract Logistics Facility

New temperature- and humidity-controlled facility brings total capacity in Dubai to over 170,000 pallet positionsGAC Dubai has opened its newest contract logistics facility, in the Logistics District of Dubai South. The new facility adds to the company’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones, bringing total capacity in the Emirate to over 170,000 pallet positions dedicated to customers active in the local and regional markets.The 45…

Eric Barnard, Managing Director for GAC Shipping. Photo courtesy GAC

GAC expands into Port Elizabeth

GAC South Africa has opened its fifth branch, to provide a portfolio of shipping services for oil & gas projects and LPG shipments at Port Elizabeth as well as its neighbouring port Ngqura (Coega). GAC has served customers with vessels calling at Port Elizabeth through a sub-agent for more than 10 years, and is now expanding its operations in the region in response to growing demand for GAC’s range of shipping, logistics and complementary services. “Increasing our presence to…

Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager of Contract Logistics, receives the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year Award at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House Marina. (Picture courtesy of ITP Media Group)

GAC Dubai Wins Supply Chain Award

For the second consecutive year, GAC Dubai has been named the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year in the Logistics Middle East Awards. The 2018 award, like last year’s, acknowledges the company’s service to the Middle East’s busy Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. The win recognizes GAC Dubai’s procedures, training and technology deployed in ensuring a seamless, safe and efficient cold chain and consistent commitment to providing supply chain management services to the sector.

Spectra Logistics Opens New Container Yard in Sri Lanka

GAC Logistics Sri Lanka and Hemas Transportation have opened a new 30,000m² container yard with a capacity of 6,000 TEUs at their joint integrated logistics facility in the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone, Wattala. It is the latest development in the partnership between the two companies, under the name Spectra Logistics, which was announced a year ago at the facility’s groundbreaking ceremony. Work has already begun on the next phase, with a distribution centre due to be completed by June this year.

GAC Opens new office in Taiwan

GAC has set up a new office in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to cater to the growing demand for ship agency services in the country. Since entering the Taiwanese market in 1999, GAC’s prime focus has been on its mainstay logistics business, and it has worked with local partners to provide ship agency services. Growing demand in recent years, however, prompted the establishment of another GAC office close to Kaohsiung Port, the country’s largest international harbour. The new office complements the main office in Taipei and serves as a base for the company’s ship agency services in Taiwan.

Chakraborty Appointed Branch Manager, GAC Bangalore

GAC Shipping (India) Pvt Ltd has appointed Mukesh Chakraborty as the Branch Manager, Logistics Services for its Bangalore office. Mukesh brings 13 years of experience in freight forwarding, customs clearance, transportation and warehousing and distribution to his new role. GAC is tapping into growing logistics business potential in Bangalore, India’s fastest growing major metropolis. The city is also a major hub for Business Process Outsourcing and specialised services like information technology and aeronautics.

GAC, Hemas team on Sri Lanka Logistics Facility

GAC Sri Lanka has partnered with Hemas Transportation to build an integrated logistics facility in Muthurajawela Industrial Zone in the western part of Sri Lanka. It will comprise a state-of-the-art distribution center, a container yard and a 15-acre warehouse. A groundbreaking ceremony, graced by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the Honorable Ranil Wickramasinghe, was held. The facility is expected to be operational by early June 2017 and the distribution center by February 2018.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, and his team receiving Mr. Simon Duran, the Director General of “GAC EnvironHull Limited” at the DMCA HQ in Dubai. (photo: DMCA)

Officials Mull Future of Dubai Maritime Cluster

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) officials recently met with officials of maritime company GAC Group to discuss current and future aspects of maritime freight and logistics services in light of the successive achievements of Dubai which ranked in the top 10 Maritime Capitals for 2017. According to DMCA , the move is in line with the its commitment to establishing direct communication channels with leaders of the global maritime industry with a presence in Dubai, and forms part of its continuous efforts to drive the growth of the local maritime cluster…

GAC Announces IT Appointments

The GAC Group has announced two key IT management appointments as the group aims to maximize the effectiveness of digital tools to serve and grow its global business. Chief Information Officer Martin Wallgren says GAC’s new digital platform focuses on market intelligence, customers, the commercial ecosystem and new means of gathering and sharing data. The new appointees will form part of central team dedicated to consolidating the group’s digital development to date and lay the groundwork for future development.

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

GAC Breaks Ground on New Dubai Facility

GAC Dubai has broken ground on the site of its newest contract logistics facility that will bring its total capacity to more than 200,000 pallet positions serving customers active in the local and regional markets. Construction of the three chamber warehouse and executive office complex in the Logistics District of Dubai South is due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, with operations expected to go live in January 2018. It will add to GAC’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones.

GAC SMHI Weather Solutions for Safer, Efficient Shipping

Forecasts and route planning tools from GAC-SMHI Weather Solutions are playing a key role in a European Union initiative to promote safer and more efficient shipping. The Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project, developed by a European Consortium led by the Swedish Maritime Administration, aims to make merchant shipping safer, smoother and more efficient by tackling the fact that international shipping remains relatively unregulated. The route chosen by a ship is often unknown to other vessels – something which can increase the chances of collisions, near misses, congestion and delays.