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[post_date] => 2019-02-28 08:38:43
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[post_content] => Seaco America LLC has announced the opening of a new regional office for the Americas in Houston, Texas. Since the amalgamation of Seaco and Cronos, Seaco has strengthened its presence worldwide, including in the Americas, with representation in Rio de Janeiro and Miami, Florida and now a new regional management base that includes customer service and operations in Houston.
The Seaco Americas team has been focusing on establishing the infrastructure required to provide its customers with the service levels that they deserve and to position the company to expand its key activities in this important market.
The Port of Houston has always been the dominant US location for ISO tank shipping in North America. The regional growth in petrochemical investment in the past five to ten years - and the anticipation of further future expansion - in the US Gulf chemical industry, magnifies the importance for Seaco to be close to the business and its clients in the area. Expanding Seaco’s presence in Houston enables the company to ensure hands-on provision of its services.
The US and global market for tank container shipments have seen some softening in recent months and this has temporarily relieved some strain from the depot and truck operations that support the business. However, without investment and change, the industry will continue to face driver shortages and delays at depot tank service centres moving forward. It has been observed that trade wars continue to disrupt supply chains and changing trade lanes, but not necessarily decrease volumes.
“The market in this region is the strongest example of Seaco’s position as the most diversified container leasing company in the world,” says Peter Folkard, Seaco’s regional vice-president, sales and marketing, for the Americas. “We continue to ensure that we exhibit excellence and know-how in the region in order to serve our diversified market.”
The significant regional importance of Seaco’s tank container business and container resale activities was one of the drivers behind relocation of the regional office to Texas, the others being its central time zone and close proximity to customers, principal vendors and industry partners. At the same time, the company has retained a satellite office with commercial representation in Miami, which will continue to serve its customer base in Florida and the Caribbean. Folkard continues: “We now have an optimum balance of presence and support to our regional and global customer base as well as the more specialist tank and container sales activities.”
Seaco America has established a dedicated team of talented individuals, each of whom is highly qualified and motivated to value relationships with all business partners. Collectively, the previous careers of the Americas team demonstrate decades of experience across a wide range of industry sectors, including logistics and materials supply chain management, mining, government, defence, shipping, leasing, engineering, manufacturing, and oil and chemical transport.
Seaco was acquired by the HNA Group in 2011 and was later merged with Cronos, a Bermuda-based container leasing group. The acquisition and merger have created the second largest tank lessor in the world and fall in line with HNA Logistics’ devotion to becoming a modern logistics operator and solution provider.
[post_title] => Seaco: Heading south
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[post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:09:49
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Seaco has opened a new office in Houston, to take advantage of the rapidly expanding regional market and provide its customers with a dedicated service