May 17, 2020

GEMS, U-Log officially join forces

Freddie Pierce
3 min
The GEMS, U-LOG agreement should help South American oil
Written BY: k.scarpati GAC Energy & Marine Services LLC (GEMS) and Ultramar Logistics (U-LOG) have joined forces to offer integrated logistics solu...

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Written BY: k.scarpati</p>
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GAC Energy &amp; Marine Services LLC (GEMS) and Ultramar Logistics (U-LOG) have joined forces to offer integrated logistics solutions to the oil &amp; gas and mining sectors. This mutual collaboration expands the existing GAC agreement with Ultramar Logistics to include GEMS, providing professional services to a fast-growing sector across Mexico and South America.</p>
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&ldquo;Our cooperation represents the right combination to provide a total logistics solutions for the oil, gas and mining industry in South America,&rdquo; Carlos Arrieta, President of GEMS, said. &ldquo;Ultramar Logistics is a leading service provider for the energy sector from ports to sites across Latin America.</p>
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&ldquo;Their local expertise, coupled with GAC&rsquo;s global network and the extensive GEMS portfolio of services, will provide great beneficial support for the industry, both regionally and beyond.&rdquo;<br />
The South American oil &amp; gas and mining sectors are set to attract considerable international investments, with World Bank and IMW estimating spending over $22 billion over the next five years.</p>
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Carlos Baez, Regional CEO of U-LOG, says the new partnership with GAC is a natural development, as the two companies had been working together for the last seven years.</p>
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&ldquo;As the international logistics arm of the Ultramar Group, we deliver quality logistics solutions customized to the specific demands of the industry and integrated into the customer&rsquo;s value chain,&rdquo; Baez said. &ldquo;With this partnership, GEMS and U-LOG will provide clients with a uniquely flexible and efficient service to meet all their international transport and logistics needs in Latin America, and throughout GAC&rsquo;s existing global network.&rdquo;</p>
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The GAC-Ultramar Network was formed in 2004, combining GAC&rsquo;s worldwide experience and resources with Ultramar Network&rsquo;s local expertise to provide tailor-made port and hub services to Principals with ships calling at ports throughout South America.</p>
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GEMS was established in 2010 in Houston to offer a wide-range of services for the oil &amp; gas and mining sectors, including: in-house case packing; international or domestic air &amp; ocean freight management; and charter &amp; project service. Its facilities provide 65,000 square feet of covered warehousing space and 45,000 square feet of open air storage and use the latest IT systems for track &amp; trace and reporting management of all its operations.</p>
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<strong>About the GAC Group</strong></p>
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GAC is a global provider of shipping, logistics and marine services. These services are constantly being refined and integrated to serve our customers&rsquo; increasing need for competitive solutions. Emphasizing trust, reliability and a strong human touch, GAC has been building its reputation in its chosen markets since 1956.</p>
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Headquartered in Dubai, GAC employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.gac.com/&quot; target="_blank" title="//www.gac.com">www.gac.com</a&gt; (<a href="http://www.gac.com/&quot; target="_blank" title="//www.gac.com">www.gac.com</a&gt;).</p>
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Edited by Kevin Scarpati</p>

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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