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Maersk Line wins ‘Shipping Line of the Year’ at the ET Logistics Awards, 2016

Maersk Line has been awarded the ‘Shipping Line of the Year International’ at the ET Logistics Awards, 2016. The Economic Times in association with Logistics Asia organized the ET Logistics Awards on January 22, 2016 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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Mr. Franck Dedenis, Managing Director for Maersk Line India commented, “We are extremly honoured to have recieved this award. Maersk Line believes in  continuously seeking ways to provide the most competitive, innovative, and sustainable services to our customers and such awards validate our focus on our strategy.

The ET Logistics Awards is aimed at recognizing excellent services in terms of setting a benchmark in the logistics industry and inspiring companies to perform up to their maximum level to compete at the international level.

Maersk Line in India and Sri Lanka is the leading Container Shipping Line in the region with footprints across 16 offices and close to 400 employees covering all major locations and cargo hubs.

“We successfully completed 25 glorious years in India and our promise is to continue delighting customers in their quest for valuable and viable logistical solutions”, Franck adds.

Earlier in January, Maersk Line was awarded the prestigious ‘Container Shipping Line of the Year – Europe Trade Lane’ at the 7th edition of Gujarat Junction Awards 2016.

Maersk Line celebrates the Silver Jubliee of its operations in India

Maersk Line India has successfully completed 25 glorious years in India. With over 13,000 Indian employees, a global service center serving the whole world out of India, 7000 customers and 2500 seafarers on board its ships, Maersk Line India has been the leader in shipping industry in the country. The company has seen solid growth in its business and market share over the years. For Maersk Line India, the country is one of the key markets clocking a growth rate of 5 to 7%, way above the global markets.

Maersk Line India established its foothold in India on August 6th, 1990 and has since expanded its operations in the business across the supply chain. The company carries cargo to and from all major Indian ports and offer services that reach the extensive hinterland with strategically located offices across India and Sri Lanka. Maersk Line India is proud to have contributed to India’s growth story over the years.

Commenting on this historic milestone, Mr. Franck Dedenis, MD – Maersk Line (India and Sri Lanka Cluster) said, “It was 25 years ago that Maersk Line started Indian operations. The importance of India to Maersk Line has constantly increased over the years and we are overwhelmed by our growth here. I must say that we spotted the growth potential of India earlier than most of our Industry peers and are glad to be part of Indian growth story. Our strong value proposition based on the strengths of the reliable products and service differentiation will help us in propelling our Indian Business to new heights in future.”

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To celebrate the Silver Jubliee, ‘Connexion 2015’ was held in Mumbai at Hyatt Regency, Sahar on November 26th, 2015. The event awarded companies with best shipping and logistics practice across 9 categories. The function saw the participation from the stalwarts of the shipping and logistics industry along with the top management of Maersk Line and Safmarine which included Mr. Soren Skou, CEO, Maersk Line, Mr. Stephen Schuler, Chief Commercial Officer, Maersk Line, Mr. Marc Gijsbrechts, Regional Top for West & Central Asia, Maersk Line and Mr. Jakob Stausholm, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Maersk Line . Top customers of Maersk Line and Safmarine were also present to grace the occasion.

Awardees at Connexion 2015:

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Honda Car India Ltd. was awarded the Welcome on Board Award, the Fastest Growing Business – Dry Cargo award went to Pentagon Waterlines Pvt. Ltd. Safmarine awarded JSB Consultants with the Fastest Growing Business Award – Reefer and Sarjak Container Lines Pvt. Ltd was awarded the Special Cargo award. The Sustainability award was given to Aditya Birla Group and Ramco Cement bagged the Supply Chain Innovation award. Allanasons Limited was awarded the ‘e’ award.

Bajaj Auto Ltd. was awarded Maersk Line Connexion award in the Dry cargo segment and Ace Cleaning & Forwarding was awarded Maersk Line Connexion award in the reefer segment.

 

Able Seaman Vicente Somera honoured for bravery at sea by the IMO

“I grabbed hold of him and pulled him to safety”

Able Seaman Vicente Somera has been honoured for bravery at sea by the IMO, recognising his efforts along with the crew of the Lars Maersk to rescue a yachtsman in distress in 2014.

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A daring rescue of a stranded yachtsman was celebrated at an event in London on 19th November, when Maersk Line Able Seaman Vicente Somera received a certificate of commendation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at its annual Exceptional Bravery at Sea awards.

Vicente was part of the crew of the Lars Maersk in September 2014 when it answered the distress call of Stephen Collins, a solo yachtsman sailing from Australia to New Zealand. Stephen had been battling a diesel fuel leak, as well as damage to the yacht’s sail and boom and had fallen several times.

Stranded in stormy seas

In gale force winds, the crew of the Lars Maersk tried to fire a messenger line to the yacht. The first attempt failed, and the second time it reached Stephen but failed to hold, and in the confusion the line was pulled back in. Stephen jumped into the water to retrieve the line, but he missed and was stranded in the stormy seas. Strong swells made it difficult for the crew to spot him, and at one point they feared he was lost under the vessel.

The crew refused to give up, however. “We always believed that if we kept him in sight we could rescue him,” said Vicente.

After three hours of manoeuvring the vessel closer to the yachtsman, and several more attempts to reach him with a line, Stephen eventually managed to grab on to a lifebelt, next to the accommodation ladder.

Bracing the gangway

Vicente decided to put himself between the gangway and the side of the ship, bracing it with his feet to steady it and allow his colleagues to pull Stephen up. All the while the wind and water continued to batter the Lars Maersk.

“He was suffering from hypothermia from being in the water for so long, so I grabbed hold of him and pulled him up to safety.”

Maersk Line Able Seaman Vicente Somera receives his certificate from the International Maritime Organisation Secretary General Koji Sekimizu.

Stephen had been in the water for most of the four hour rescue, but fortunately the crew were able to give him medical attention and his condition improved enough to allow him to stay onboard the vessel as it continued its voyage to New Zealand.

Training helps you focus

The Able Seaman was nominated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for his role in the rescue of Stephen Collins, but the first time Vicente knew about the commendation was just before he finished his last contract, almost a year after the rescue.

“I missed a call from my crewing manager, so I rang him back and he was asking me if my wife had a passport. I thought this was very strange, as usually crew wives do not join their husbands on vessels. Then he told me I was going to London, to the IMO. I was shocked.”

All Maersk Line seafarers receive regular training on rescuing people in the water, and it was this familiarity that Vicente believes helped him and his colleagues save Stephen. “Every month we do drills, and we have the tools we need to reach people in the ocean. I wasn’t afraid when we were trying to reach him, and I think that’s because we have training and familiarisation and that helps you focus on what you needed to do.”

Following the rule of the sea

Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards, was there to see Vicente receive his certificate from the Secretary General of the IMO, Koji Sekimizu. He said:

“Able Seaman Somera and the crew of the Lars Maersk were following the rule of the sea when they went to rescue Mr Collins. We are delighted that Vicente Somera and the crew of the Lars Maersk have been recognised by the IMO for their role in the rescue of Mr Collins.”

Somera’s certificate was one of four awarded on the night of 19 November, with the medal of bravery, the IMO’s highest award, going to Aviation Survival Technician Christopher Leon of the United States Coast Guard for his role in the rescue of four ocean rowers.

In 2011 the crew of the Charlotte Maersk also received the IMO’s special bravery award for their efforts to battle a fire on deck in July 2010.

 

*Image source: www.amsa.gov.au

Growing opportunities in the Pacific

Four years after launching a dedicated service into Papua New Guinea, Maersk Line is one of the key carriers in this fast growing Pacific country.   

Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia.

One of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world, Papua New Guinea (also known as PNG) is home to huge economic opportunities, thanks to significant endowments of gold, oil, gas, copper and silver – plus fisheries and fertile land.

PNG is also one of the poorest places on earth and like many developing countries, opportunities come with unique challenges. Maersk Line’s service differentiators have proven a winner in tackling the tricky business environment and increased local presence is helping customers put their products on the global map

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Delivering global connectivity 

Craig Lyon is Maersk Line Owner’s Representative in PNG. He says that while nearly all manufactured goods are still imported into the country, the market is growing across all sectors. Overseas trade partners include Asia, Europe and Americas.

Maersk Line’s ‘PNG Express Service’ has been designed specifically to provide local customers with competitive transit times and global connectivity via Tanjung Pelepas. The service deploys two 1,100 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) sized vessels on an 18-day frequency. Competitive transit times to and from Port Moresby and Lae are achieved by running the vessels on a counter-clockwise rotation around the country.

Quality reefer equipment and technical support is one of Maersk Line’s differentiators in this market. Frozen tuna export is one of Maersk Line’s core strengths in PNG where the company’s specialised reefer containers have set a new industry benchmark.

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Winning over challenges

The ‘PNG Express Service’ has just been crowned the winner of Lloyd’s List Australia’s 2015 Liner Trade Awards, taking home the no. 1 title in the Australia-New Zealand/Pacific Islands/PNG category.

This is a great achievement especially when considering frequent issues with infrastructure, security, political stability and corruption which all present impediments to doing business in Papua New Guinea.

The company’s Port Moresby office is often without power and phone connections for several hours at a time. “You just learn to deal with it”, says Craig Lyon, a native New Zealander.

Local businesses seem to share that same approach to getting things done despite the challenging environment. Tellingly, Maersk Line’s suite of online services are proving popular with its 24/7 accessibility allowing customers to manage their work outside of normal office hours.

“You quickly learn the importance of a positive can-do attitude, as well as a good back-up generator,” concludes Craig.

Facts about Papua New Guinea

Population 7.3 million people

Area – 462,840 km2 /178,703 sq mi

Capital – Port Moresby

Currency – Papua New Guinean Kina (PGK)

GDP USD 16.1 billion

Primary exports – oil, gold, copper ore, palm oil, timber (balsa, teak and kwila), tuna, coffee and cocoa

Primary imports – machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food, fuels and chemicals

One of the most culturally diverse nations in the world, Papua New Guinea is home to hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups, with over 820 spoken languages.

The majority of the population lives in rural areas where they adhere to a traditional clan-based culture. The capital is Port Moresby, which lies on the southern coast of the island of New Guinea.

Situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, PNG has a number of active volcanoes and earthquakes are fairly common here. It is connected to Australia by a shallow continental shelf across the Torres Strait, which would previously have been a land bridge.

Maersk Serangoon becomes the longest ship to call at Chennai Port

Maersk Line India has added another feather to its cap by berthing  M.V. Maersk Serangoon V.1510 at Chennai port, making it the longest vessel to call Chennai port.

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Commenting on this development, Mr. Franck Dedenis, Managing Director for Maersk (India and Sri Lanka) said, “The berthing of   MV. Maersk Serangoon V.1510 at Chennai port is a historical achievement. It shows our confidence in the south India market. The berthing not only sets the bar for the future but it will also help us in achieving operational improvements through reduction of cost due to economies of scale.”

To mark the occasion, an on-boarding ceremony was organized at the Chennai port in association with DP World, one of the largest marine terminals company. Senior officials from the regional office of Maersk line DP World and Chennai Port Trust graced the occasion.