GAC Group Appoints Bengt Ekstrand President
Global shipping, logistics & marine services provider GAC Group appoints Bengt Ekstrand as its new Group President. Ekstrand is currently Group Vice President of GAC’s Asia-Pacific region and was previously the head of the Middle East region. "Bengt brings substantial experience in GAC’s core businesses plus an intimate understanding of GAC’s values to the position of Group President," says GAC’s Group Executive Chairman, Björn Engblom. Engblom paid tribute to Capt. Säfverström for his successful management of the GAC Group’s worldwide expansion.
GAC’s European Ops Expands via Acquisition
The GAC Group has expanded its Nordic ship agency, liner agency and project logistics network with the acquisition of all the shipping subsidiaries of the Lehmann Nordic Group (LN), one of the region’s oldest transportation groups. The move brings to the GAC team more than 45 staff at 5 offices in Denmark (two in Copenhagen and one in Aarhus), Sweden (Gothenburg) and Norway (Oslo). Since its establishment in Copenhagen in 1900, LN has grown from a local customs clearance and freight forwarding company into a leading global ship and liner agent operating a robust Scandinavian network with worldwide connections. Under the agreement signed by GAC Group President Lars Säfverström and LN Group Chairman Søren Halsted…
GAC USA Appoint New Business Development V-P
Reggie Gray, the president of Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce (HICC) has joined GAC Energy and Marine Services LLC as Vice President of Business Development. GAC Energy and Marine Services is the Houston-based oil and gas subsidiary of the GAC Group, one of the world’s largest service providers to the logistics, shipping and marine industry. In his new role Reggie is responsible for growing new business, strategically aligning the Group’s oil and gas arm with Houston’s…
GAC is ExxonMobil's logistics partner for Mid East
GAC Logistics, part of the world's largest independent shipping and logistics services provider, GAC Group, has signed a contract with ExxonMobil, to provide the petrochemical company with total logistics solution across the Middle East. With the signing of the contract, GAC's scope of services to ExxonMobil expands from the distribution of bulk lubricants in Fujairah to become a fully-fledged regional logistics operation providing ExxonMobil with seamless supply chain management, says Mr Dag Bore, General Manager, GAC Dubai, Logistics Services.
GAC Hong Kong Wins Chairman’s Environment Award
GAC Hong Kong’s multiple eco-friendly efforts were awarded First Prize in the GAC Group Chairman’s Award for Environmental Excellence for 2012. Since 2009, the company has been recycling paper, aluminum, plastic, toner cartridges, electronic equipment and more. In 2011, GAC Hong Kong’s recycling efforts helped it reduce its carbon footprint by almost four tons, and earned it the second prize in the Chairman’s Award. In 2012, its broad and sustained commitment continued, and the company’s carbon footprint was reduced by more than five tons. The company’s commitment to preserving the environment went beyond the office, with staff volunteering for coastal clean-ups and tree-planting schemes organized by local environmental groups.
GAC to support Total E&P’s drilling project in S. Africa
Leading gas & oil company, Total E&P, has appointed GAC South Africa to provide shipping and logistics support for its drilling project off the coast of South Africa, which started in June this year. Total E&P is one of the first companies to drill for oil & gas in the country. GAC South Africa is drawing on the global reach and resources of the GAC Group, and its own local expertise and experience, to provide strategic freight forwarding solutions to safely move the drilling equipment needed for the project by air, sea and road.
Ship Service Provider GAC Announces Senior Appointments
The GAC Group announces key management appointments for its head office and local operations in Oman and the United Kingdom. Group Vice President for Human Resources Jan Farnelid will retire on 31 August and take on a consulting role with the Group until the end of the year. Since 2004, Jan has successfully implemented HR policies and initiatives that underline the importance of GAC’s focus on human capital as a key enabler of its expansion strategy. Taking over Jan’s position…
GAC Bunker Fuels Strengthens HQ Team
GAC Bunker Fuels Limited has appointed two new UAE-based bunker traders as part of its regional expansion plan. Georgia Paravalou will trade and broker marine fuels in her new role. An economics and management graduate, she joins GAC Bunker Fuels from AP&A. Ltd, where she worked as a shipbroker, coordinated the marketing department and developed business in the UK and South China. Anthony Inglis is charged with expanding GAC's bunker business in the Middle East and developing bunkering operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. He joined GAC Bunker Fuels from Weatherford International, where he served as a Procurement and Logistics Co-ordinator for the same market. says Nicholas Browne, Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels.
Hapag-Lloyd Chooses Nigeria, Ghana Partners GAC
Leading global liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has signed an agreement with the GAC Group to handle their vessels calling at ports in Nigeria and Ghana. Under the deal, GAC will act as full liner agents for Hapag-Lloyd, actively selling its liner services in the region, as well as providing a range of shipping agency and complementary services for its fleet. The deal comes as part of Hapag-Lloyd’s strategy to develop and expand its presence in sub-Sahara Africa. Currently, the company operates a fleet of approximately 150 modern container vessels…
Black Sea Offshore Drilling Upgrade Underway
Boost for Novorossiysk supply base to meet growing demand. GAC Russia said it is underlining its commitment to offshore oil & gas exploration and extraction in the Black Sea with a major project to upgrade its facilities at the port of Novorossiysk. The Black Sea is one of the areas in which the development of fields looks set to boom as Russian oil majors are granted licenses and joint ventures are formed with international energy companies to develop blocks. GAC Russia has already…
GAC Russia To Upgrade Facilities At Novorossiysk Port
GAC Russia is underlining its commitment to offshore oil & gas exploration and extraction in the Black Sea with a major project to upgrade its facilities at the port of Novorossiysk. The Black Sea is one of the areas in which the development of fields looks set to boom as Russian oil majors are granted licenses and joint ventures are formed with international energy companies to develop blocks. GAC Russia has already signed contracts with one of the key players to provide supply base support for their operations from Novorossiysk.
GAC Hosts Open House at New Facility
GAC is hosting an Open House giving its customers and all oil and gas companies the opportunity to view its new warehouse in the Central Green District of Houston, Texas. The 180,000+ sq. ft. LEED (Leader in Energy and Environment Design) certified cross dock facility includes four acres of outside storage space within a designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and is in close proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The new building centralizes GAC USA's local and regional executives, multiple business areas and staff under a single roof at 16200 Central Green Blvd in Houston. The grand opening comes hot on the heels of the GAC Group's new brand campaign that promises to help its customers achieve their strategic goals.
UAE Bunker Traders Appointed by GAC Bunker Fuels
GAC Bunker Fuels has appointed two new UAE-based bunker traders as part of its regional expansion plan. Georgia Paravalou will trade and broker marine fuels in her new role. Aneconomics and management graduate, she joins GAC Bunker Fuels from AP&A. Ltd, where she worked as a shipbroker, coordinated the marketing department and developed business in the UK and South China. Anthony Inglis is charged with expanding GAC's bunker business in the Middle East and developing bunkering operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. joined GAC Bunker Fuels from Weatherford International, where he served as a Procurement and Logistics Co-ordinator for the same market. "We are delighted to welcome Georgia and Anthony to GAC Bunker Fuels," says Nicholas Browne, Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels.
GAC Acquires Majority Stake in Norway’s Ole R Olsen AS
The GAC Group has acquired an 80 percent stake in Ole R Olsen AS (ORO) Norway’s oldest shipping agency. This follows a strong and positive half-year strategic alliance between GAC and ORO. GAC purchased the shares of ORO’s retiring President Frank H Toftesund. The remaining 20 per cent shares are held by ORO’s Managing Director, Ahmet Øzsoy, who will continue to head the new entity GAC-ORO. The merger brings together GAC’s global connections with ORO’s 162 years of maritime experience in Norway and its support for that country’s oil installation in the North Sea. Established in Bergen, Norway in 1845, ORO’s headquarters are in Mongstad, home to the country’s biggest oil, gas and product terminal.
GAC celebrates 30 years in India
GAC India has celebrated 30 years of operation in the country with an event held at the Trident, Bandra Kurla Complex. GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd. was the first GAC office to open in the Indian Subcontinent. Operations began in 1985 with the first agency appointment for a vessel calling at Mangalore. From just two staff working from an office in Cochin back then, GAC India has now grown into a company with close to 400 employees nationwide. Fredrik Nyström, Group Vice President…
Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC
GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East. From the second quarter of 2015, GAC EnvironHull, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, is using its HullWiper technology to remove fouling from the Statoil fleet of long term chartered vessels to enhance efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, while also preserving and protecting the maritime environment.
GAC Appoints Cox as Marketing Manager
GAC has appointed Matthew Cox as its Marketing Manager for the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, based in London. Cox joins the company following a career in the British Royal Navy, both at sea and ashore. He replaces Darren Martin, who will shortly move to GAC's Houston office as Marketing Manager, Americas. Neil Godfrey, GAC's Group Sales Director - Shipping Division, confirms that Matthew's appointment is a natural development for the Group's Global Sales Team. "Darren has done a great job in the UK, Ireland and Benelux. The appointment of Matthew ensures market continuity now that Darren relocates to Houston, to take over the management of our ship agency sales and marketing in the Americas", he adds.
GAC's HullWiper set to launch in Rotterdam Port
GAC EnvironHull has announced that its pioneering hull cleaning system, HullWiper, will be available to shipowners berthing in the Port of Rotterdam next month. HullWiper - which will be demonstrated at an event co-hosted by GAC EnvironHull and the Port of Rotterdam at the port on 23 June - is a diver-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that eliminates the need for divers to clean the vessel, cutting costs and reducing the risk to human life. Unlike other cleaning solutions, HullWiper uses seawater under high pressure as a cleaning medium…
Green new-build wins GAC Group Chairman's Environment Award for GEMS
The commitment of GAC Energy & Marine Services (GEMS) to sustainability when building its new purpose-built office and warehouse building in Houston, Texas, has earned it the First Prize in the GAC Group Chairman's Award for Environmental Excellence for 2013. The 180,000+ square feet LEED (Leader in Energy & Environmental Design) certified facility opened in September 2013 to serve GEMS customers while minimizing its impact on the environment and achieving significant savings in energy costs. Built on a previously developed site to avoid the use of unutilised land and the destruction of natural habitat, the building's 'green' design include features which reduce energy and water savings by 34% and 40%, respectively, compared to a conventional office/warehouse building.
GAC Opens Ship Agency Offices Australia-wide
GAC Group announced an expansion plan with the opening of 13 ship agency offices in major ports throughout Australia. The locations include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Gladstone and Brisbane in Queensland; Sydney (country headquarters), Newcastle and Port Kembla in New South Wales; Melbourne in Victoria; Adelaide in South Australia; and Fremantle, Dampier and Port Hedland in Western Australia. Each office will offer a full range of ship agency and maritime ancillary services. Announcing GACâ€™s latest move from the Sydney headquarters, Christer SjÃ¶doff, GAC Regional Director, Asia Pacific says that it is the first time in the Groupâ€™s 51-year history that it has launched such a large number of offices in a single country within a span of just two months.
GAC-OMA Extends Ivory Coast Shipping & Logistics Service
GAC is further strengthening its presence in West Africa with the extension of the GAC-OMA network agreement to include the Ivory Coast. The extension of the network comes after the Ivory Coast's return to stability in late 2011 and its rapid re-establishment as one of the world’s leading cocoa producers. Exports of other products such as palm oil, coffee, some petroleum products, bananas, pineapples, cotton and fish are contributing to forecast year-on-year GDP growth of about 8%. GAC-OMA Ivory Coast supports that growth with a complete range of shipping and logistics services from its main office in the country’s main port city, Abidjan, strategically located between the port and airport. In West Africa, the GAC Group also has an established presence in Nigeria, Angola and Congo.
New Business Development Manager for GAC O&G
GAC is strengthening its strategic focus on the Asian Pacific energy sector with the appointment of Lailah Soon as Regional Business Development Manager, Oil & Gas. Soon has more than a decade of experience in the oil & gas logistics sector in Singapore, New Zealand and Dubai. She is now drawing on that experience to drive GAC’s business offering a wide range of integrated solutions to support oil & gas operations at established and new locations for exploration and extraction throughout the region.
GAC Re-locates Regional Office to Capetown
The GAC Group's Regional Office for Africa, Russia and Central Asia has relocated from Cairo to Cape Town in South Africa. transport, communication and energy sectors are factors which provided a strong motivation for the relocation. The Regional Office will assist the individual GAC companies' in the Region to implement their strategies. Cape Town is the hub for many oil & gas customers in Sub-Saharan Africa and the relocation of the office better places the team to support this niche market.