May 17, 2020

Maersk exits Handygas, selling vessels to Navigator Gas

Maersk
Navigator Gas
Handygas
tanker
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The dispatch of tankers to Navigator gas will begin in January
Maersk Tankers is exiting its Handygas segment by selling all 11 vessels to Navigator Gas. According to an online statement by the company, the divestm...

Maersk Tankers is exiting its Handygas segment by selling all 11 vessels to Navigator Gas.

According to an online statement by the company, the divestment allows Maersk Tankers to focus on fewer segments and releases capital for future investments.

The sale affects around 300 seafarers on the Handygas vessels. It is expected that all seafarers will be transferred to other vessels in the Maersk Tankers fleet or be offered employment by Navigator Gas. Maersk Tankers is working closely with Navigator Gas to ensure a smooth transition of the vessels and to support the employees in the period of change.

The Navigator Gas fleet will be comprised of 23 modern 20,500-22,500 semi-refrigerated and fully refrigerated gas carriers after completion of the transaction and, in addition, have four semi refrigerated, ethylene-capable vessels under construction.

 

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Hanne B. Sørensen, CEO Maersk Tankers commented: "Navigator Gas presented us with a great business proposition that supports our aim to simplify and release capital for future investments. Navigator Gas is an experienced and well-renowned player and I am confident that they will deliver the same first-rate service to our customers as we have."

David J Butters, Chairman, President and CEO of Navigator added: "We are pleased to be able to acquire Maersk Tankers modern fleet of handy sized vessels and based on our shared views of maintaining the highest operating standards, we are certain that we can continue to deliver excellent service to all stakeholders within our industry."

Maersk Tankers will fulfill all existing contractual commitments and the vessels will be delivered individually to Navigator Gas during the period 31 January through the fourth quarter of 2013.

Maersk Tankers employ around 3,800 seafarers and 400 people ashore, of which 150 are based in Copenhagen. The company operates in the crude, product and gas segments and manages a fleet of more than 200 vessels. 


 

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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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