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Ridgebrook LP

Transport & Logistics

Welcome to Ridgebrook LP company site! We are a transnational logistics company whose core operations include international multimodal transportation. We perform all of our duties well, but we specialize in container traffic and sea freight (BULK CARGO mode).

For now our company is one of a very few transnational companies, which has an impressive work experience in Russia, with its reality, circumstances and laws.

Besides, our company’s high quality of service is helped by the fact that we place special emphasis on recruiting only highly qualified personnel. Every specialist in the company is a highly qualified professional in his field, and possesses the knowledge of the very specific features that can play a dominant role in some situations.

We also pay very special attention to team work in the company. By experience we know that coordinated team work can solve a problem that is beyond the power of a single specialist. Long working experience and highly coordinated work are the components that have helped us to build up a good reputation and receive positive references.


The Company was founded in 1881 by James Edward Anderson. Anderson joined the West India Trading Company after he finished navigation school. Anderson served for 22 years, first as a navigator then as a captain and quit in 1880.

Having a great deal of maritime experience after serving on many vessels, including several well known craft such as The Sea Nymph, The Phermopills, and The Sculler, Anderson decided to create his own trade company.

Since that time James Anderson’s Ridgebrook company engaged in the sugar-cane and tea trade from South America. After a period of time warehouses in Ipswich and London were bought and an insurance office was established that started sharing sea shipping risks. In a few years Ridgebrook owned 3 vessels, each of 300 tons displacement: The Ridgeriver, The Ridgevalley и The Ridgebrook.

By the beginning of the 20th century the company had joined Lloyd’s Insurance Company. Anderson’s company was practicing brokerage and controlled a 50 vessel fleet. After the First World War James Edward Anderson withdrew from business. From this moment Ridgebrook turned to the warehousing business.

After World War II the company recommenced shipping sea freights and freight forwarding, in cooperation with container lines and ship owners all over the world. By 1978 the company had reached an annual turnover of goods in the amount of 720000 tons. Since the late 80s Ridgebrook has turned its activities to the Eastern Europe market, mainly in Russia. In the early 90s the decision to establish an office in Russia to carry out multimode and international traffic as well as dispatcher services was approved.

At the end of the 20th century the emphasis of the company was placed on developing new logistics schemes and digital optimization of all branches at all levels. It proved in considerable progress in speed and quality of Ridgebrook services.

Ridgebrook places its main emphasis on accuracy and the coherency of the system as a whole. During the years of work in the logisitcs market the company drew up its main principles: coherent sevice at all order stages, reliability, efficient work of agents in ports, delay adsence and coordinated actions at all order performing stages.


China Merchants Energy Shipping profit hit

CHINA state-owned energy tanker and bulker owner China Merchants Energy Shipping saw a 74% fall to Yuan220m ($32.3m) in net profit in the first six months of the year as a result of the weakening global demand.

MISC to launch intra-Asia Halal service

MISC is planning to launch a new intra-Asian container service targeting the Halal shipping market.

Hapag-Lloyd reports operating loss

GERMAN container line Hapag-Lloyd reported operating losses of €192.1m ($274.1m) in the second quarter of 2009, compared with a €115.2m profit in the corresponding period of 2008, Hapag-Lloyd shareholder Tui announced today.

Currency boost

Favourable exchange rates and rising sales lead MODEC to boost first half profit forecast.

Hitachi flies

Japanese shipbuilder’s first quarter bottom line shoots up over 100% as it sticks by ambitious full-year target.


NAT too bad

Herbjorn Hansson’s Nordic American Tanker Shipping posts small Q2 loss but its figures trump estimates.


Mixed for Meiji

Japan’s Meiji Shipping is staring at a drastically reduced annual net profit despite pos.

Bulk battering

GE Shipping’s Q1 profit slumps by two thirds with its dry-cargo earnings hit hardest.


Brazilian authorities are kicking up a stink after 64 shipping containers packed with rubbish.

Cranking down

Kobe Steel signals extent of shipbuilding downturn as it cuts production of main engine crankshafts.

Take two

Rising costs will slice first half profit in half at Guangzhou Shipyard International.

Blaze controlled

Firefighters take nearly four hours to extinguish fire in hold of Turkish cargoship at Istanbul.

LNG terminal row

An appeals court in Chile suspended on Thursday an order by a mayor to close a BG Group LNG import terminal as its commissioning cargo arrived.

Dayang Deaths

Four workers have been killed at China’s Dayang Shipbuilding and two other workers were seriously injured in the incident.

Stolt stronger

Improved showing from all of its units lifts second quarter profit by 92% at Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen.

Power cut

Wartsila chops 77 staff at its Ship Power unit in Finland as it presses on with EUR 30m cost cutting drive.

Crashes down

Europe reports less maritime accidents in 2008 but tanker incidents are on the rise.

Ordeal revealed

Pirates lived like daemons, high on drugs and treated captured crew like animals, says Yenegoa Ocean captain.

Ridgebrook Ventures's birthday

On June, 4th the St.-Petersburg representation of company Ridgebrook Ventures celebrates the Birthday. Throughout all existence of the company the large quantity of sea transportations worldwide, international and in the Russian automobile carriages, carriages package freights and oversized has been organised. Now Ridgebrook Ventures has proved, as dynamically developing company in the market of transportation services. As acknowledgement to that, the introduction of the company into Chamber of commerce and industry, the St.-Petersburg Union of Businessmen, sharing in annual international exhibitions «TransRussia», «BalticBuild» staff increase, considerable expansion of a circle of clients serves!

S&P soars

Bulker spending reaches post crash high in May as China dethrones Greece as leading buyer.

Pal peril

Union claims 800 of 2,400 workers at Indonesian yard could be made redundant.

ATI sues

Philippines ports company goes to court over running of passenger terminal two at Batangas.

CGG misses

Robert Brunck-led offshore operator’s first quarter profit drops as it misses analysts’ forecasts.

No end in sight

Cosco says shipping and economy will not turn the corner any time soon as it reports 60% drop in first quarter profit.

More for Hornbeck

New York-listed offshore owner sees larger fleet boost its bottom line.

Strength restored

Pirated tanker Stolt Strength en route to safety of Salalah after US Navy chips in bunkers.

Substandard rise

Tokyo MOU reports huge hike in detentions as market boom kept old ships on the water.

ABP's axe ready

Depressed trading conditions could see UK port group chop 15 Humber Estuary pilots.

Stolt scarred

Niels Stolt-Nielsen says shipowner’s first quarter results reflect last year’s panic in the global credit markets as its profit dives.

NYK fires warning

Declining bulker and boxship earnings and a host of write-downs lead Japanese shipping giant to slash profit forecast.

Turkey twizzler

DryShips secures $630m drilling deal with Petrobras in the Black Sea.

Spot stinger

Nordea slices North Sea AHTS rate estimates by a fifth due to newbuilding crunch and reduced E&P spending.

Minerva mishap

US authorities are investigating why a tanker grounded near Galveston, Texas, even though it had pilot help and was within draft restrictions.

Martin cuts back

Martin Midstream Partners reported revenue improvements in both its terminal and barge businesses, but headwinds in 2009 are leading the company to sell assets.

Hijack spree

Nigerian gunmen have hijacked four vessels in a key oil and gas porduction area and seized two people aboard a passenger ferry, reports say.

SCI hatches link

Shipping Corp of India (SCI) has teamed up with Hull & Hatch Lines (H&H) of the UAE to launch a new Red Sea container service.


Bigger is better

The arrival of newbuildings and higher income from its offshore fleet pushed up fourth quarter profit at Hornbeck by over a third.

HD Ferries quits

HD Ferries has pulled its services linking the Channel Islands with France claiming the route is not viable.

Singapore slumps

Singapore’s two container terminal operators have both reported near 20% slides in container throughput for January.

Ship values rise

Strengthening bulker freight rates continue to have a positive knock-on effect on secondhand vessel values.

Dockwise lighter

Heavy lift player Dockwise has sold two older vessels to focus on “premium cargoes” with its remaining fleet.

Ro-ro chaos

A UK accident report has condemned the complacency and chaos on board the freight ro-ro Moondance (built 1978) as it grounded off Northern Ireland.

Scandlines down

Baltic ferry player Scandlines has watched passenger and vehicle numbers drop in 2008 as economic woes hit home in the second half.

Shock deaths

Two workers at Ghana’s Tema Shipyard have died after being electrocuted.

Out of action

Abbot Point, Australia’s most northerly coal port, has been put out of action by a severe storm.

Vietnam venture

MOL is teaming up with two other shipowners and a Vietnamese company to develop a container terminal in the Cai Mep region of Vietnam.

Stolt outlook cut

Shifting sentiment in the sector and expectations that rate drops will hurt Stolt’s fourth quarter earnings are behind the move, the bank says.

Pier prang

The 79,000-dwt self-discharging bulker Edwin H Gott (built 1979) has suffered a three-foot crack in its hull after hitting a pier in the US.

MISC slices order

MISC Berhad has chopped an order for eight tankers at a South Korean shipyard in half.

Axed six revealed

Pancoast Trading and Tankerska Plovidba are believed to be the owners behind the cancelled orders at China’s JES International Holdings.

Capesize held

An Orient Steamship (Canada)-owned capesize with 28 deficiencies was one of four bulk-carriers to fall foul of inspectors in the UK in November.

Bunker building

Giant Russian tanker owner Sovcomflot is planning to order a series of bunker vessels at the domestic Nevsky Shipyard.

Tough times in 09

Singapore’s PSA International has seen a year-on-year increase of 7.3% in volumes, but has warned of tough times ahead.

Hebei two jailed

The Indian master and chief officer of the Hebei Spirit VLCC have been jailed for their part in South Korea’s biggest oil spill

Fairstar set up

Fairstar has bagged a $4m boost in its overdraft to secure the additional finance it needs for the first half of 2009


Troubled Norwegian cruise and ferry player Hurtigruten has received a NOK 79m ($11.20m) shot in the arm after a court victory over the state.


Nigg hope

Plans are afoot to turn Scottish naval shipyard Nigg into a major ferry builder.

Eight late

John Fredriksen’s Frontline is facing delays of up to five months on eight suezmax newbuildings on order at Rongsheng.

Idle brace sold

PetroProd has sold two laid up tankers in a bid to clear its debt, its chief executive says.

Rolling out ro-ros

A new Saudi-owned ferry company will launch operations next year from Jeddah on the Red Sea.

STX dry warning

Likely newbuilding delays or cancellations due to difficulty in securing credit, however, could provide the stimulus for a recovery, the South Korean owner also contends.

GE ‘attack’ foiled

A Great Eastern (GE) Shipping bulker had to call on the help of the Indian Navy to foil a suspected pirates attack in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday

Kyoei brighter

Japanese tanker owner Kyoei Tanker has raised its annual profit forecast as revenues improve

Scandlines cuts

Baltic ferry owner Scandlines is pulling its ro-ro service from Denmark to Klaipeda in Lithuania due to falling demand and rising costs.

Havila buys AHTS

Norway’s Havila Shipping has bought an anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) newbuilding from PACC Offshore
Oslo-listed Havila says it will pay $22m for the 10,000-bph unit on order at a Malaysian shipyard.

Costs hit Skaugen

Soaring expenses and higher finance costs set Norway’s IM Skaugen back in the third quarter as net profit slumped 60%.

Give and take

Carnival is cutting fuel surcharges on six of its brands for all cruises from 2010, but it is also set to increase prices on those very same voyages.

Svithoid sunk

The shipowner was hoping to reorganise, but now admits it is not an option.

Spanish practices?

The owner and manager of the 43,500-dwt chemical carrier Nautilus (built 1998) are to be prosecuted by the United States over the alleged discharge of oily water from the vessel through a nine month period.

Financial strife will cut orders for new ships by a quarter over the next year, a leading bank says.

The warning from BNP Paribas comes as newbuilding contracts sank by over 60% in September.


Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been downgraded by the HSBC bank as an indirect result of the global financial crisis.

Sales lift Aries

Aries Maritime Transport has reported increased quarterly profits thanks to the sale of three vessels, but revenues took a hit from utilisation rates.

Russian record

Russian tanker giant Sovcomflot has posted its best ever profit in the first six months in strong freight markets.

Uni-Asia buys

Uni-Asia Finance Corp has purchased a handysize bulker newbuilding resale from China for $30m.

A Seaspan Container Lines vessel which grounded off Pakistan at the weekend has been re-floated.

The 4,250-teu New Delhi Express, which is operated by Hapag-Lloyd, grounded early on Saturday afternoon outside Karachi port.

MISC quits Gulf

Two hijackings in ten days have led MISC to call time on its vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden.

Ferry crash

A P&O cross-Channel ferry has been taken out of service after it was damaged in an incident in Calais at the weekend.

CMA CGM invests in Port of Tianjin

CMA CGM has signed a fifty-year concession agreement to build and operate a container terminal in the Port of Tianjin, North China.

UPS Freight improves transit times on another 1,200 traffic lanes

UPS Freight has improved transit times on more than 1,200 traffic lanes originating in the US Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

CMA CGM invests in Port of Tianjin

CMA CGM has signed a fifty-year concession agreement to build and operate a container terminal in the Port of Tianjin, North China.

UPS Freight improves transit times on another 1,200 traffic lanes

UPS Freight has improved transit times on more than 1,200 traffic lanes originating in the US Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Dalian Port to form oil terminal venture with PetroChina

Dalian Port plans to build an oil terminal with designed capacity of 300,000 metric tons with PetroChina.

Maersk reshuffles its Asia-Australia service

Maersk Line will combine three Asia-Australia services into one single pendulum loop.

Freight forwarding – supply chain’s new frontier

More than 70% of potential savings and service enhancements in a supply chain come from the re-engineering and integration of logistics processes, writes Philip Wylie, COO of Barloworld Logistics' freight forwarding division.

New vessels for Hanjin and UASC

Hanjin Shipping christens its new 4,300 TEU vessel; UASC names its latest 6,919 TEU ship.

Seko Synergy expands to South Africa

Seko Synergy has launched a new company in Johannesburg and Durban to support exporters and importers in South Africa.

AirBridgeCargo appoints Airnautic France as GSA in France

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has appointed Airnautic France as its cargo general sales agent in France.

Buyer leaves SYMS on the shelf

THE future of cash-strapped Chinese container line Shandong Yantai International Marine Shipping has been thrown into question after takeover talks appear to have broken down.

CSBC set its sights on $300m new orders

TAIWANESE shipmaker CSBC Corp is on its way to clinching a $300m bulk vessel order from Taiwan Power Co, and is in talks with Yang Ming Marine Transport on a new order for six container vessels.

K Line moves to ensure shiprepair space

By Mike Grinter in Hong Kong

Fourteen NYK Logistics (UK) sites ISO-certified

NYK Logistics (UK) was presented with a total of fourteen Quality Management certificates: nine sites have been accredited to the ISO 9001 Quality Management standard and five to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard.

Kuehne + Nagel announces wholly owned subsidiary in Saudi Arabia

Kuehne + Nagel has strengthened its foothold in Saudi Arabia by becoming the first global logistics provider to operate a wholly owned subsidiary in the Kingdom.

OceanGuaranteed expands in China, and to Canada

Asia Asia News General Freight Road Sea

DSME union steps back from action over sale

DSME's union said it should be consulted at each stage of the sale.

Samudera's net profit for the second quarter more than doubled to $8.2m.

SAMUDERA Shipping Line is upbeat about the container shipping market and said it will continue to add to its fleet.

NOL finally confirms Hapag-Lloyd bid

NEPTUNE Orient Lines has for the first time officially confirmed its interest in acquiring Hapag Lloyd.

SIPG seeks to extend control along Yangtze River

SHANGHAI International Port Group is seeking to invest in Taicang port in eastern China to extend its reach further along the Yangtze River.

Wei steps down as chairman of Cosco Corp

WEI Jia Fu, the charismatic chairman of Singapore-listed Cosco Corp will step down from his post on Tuesday due to his engagement as president of China Ocean Shipping (Group) and chairman of China Cosco Holdings.

Investors must wait on DP World dividend payment

IT WILL be up to the DP World board to decide at the end of the year if the company is to present its investors with a dividend to ease the pain of its weakened share price, chief executive Mohammed Sharaf told Lloyd’s List in Sydney yesterday.

Jiangsu New Yangzi wins $120m order for bulkers

CHINA’S Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co has won orders worth more than $120m in total for two post-panamax vessels from electricity group Guangdong Yudean Group.

Stricken bulker assessed for pollution potential

THE stricken bulker Atlantic Eagle has been towed closer to the coast of Western Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and state Department for Planning and Infrastructure reported today.

Hebei Spirit pair stuck in Korea for another year

Captain Jasprit Chawla, left, and Syan Chetan could face at least another year in South Korea.

Avoid bunkering OPL in Singapore, Intertanko urges

Intertanko is urging its members not to take bunkers outside port limits in Singapore.

Italy plans E500m sea research programme

THE Italian government is considering a proposal for a major new research and development project for the sea, covering a broad range of areas from maritime transport to sustainable fishing to coastal protection.

Japan steel shortage biting at yards

DELAYS in deliveries of raw materials to Japan’s leading shipyards are growing worse, a local survey revealed yesterday.

Imarex and Baltic clash on Worldscale rate equivalents

DISCREPANCIES of up to $12,300 per day for the same rate assessments of key tanker routes have emerged between the Baltic Exchange and major derivatives broker Imarex.

Containerships could be forced off-hire by fuel costs

SKY-high fuel prices and falling rates will force container lines into off-hiring vessels, according to Neptune Orient Lines chief executive Ron Widdows.

Posco fills pockets for DSME bid

POSCO, South Korea’s largest steel mill, said Monday its second-quarter operating profit soared by 51.2% to Won1.89trn ($1.89bn), adding to its war chest for its bid for a stake in Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Somalia and Nigeria are biggest piracy hotspots

MORE than one-third of the piracy incidents reported worldwide in the first six months of this year took place in Somalia and Nigeria.

Former Cosco Corp official fined for insider trading

SINGAPORE’S de facto central bank has fined the former financial controller of Cosco Corporation Singapore S$320,000 ($235,300) for insider trading.

French government cleared in six-year SNCM case

THE European Commission has ended its marathon six-year investigation into the legality of state aid given by successive French governments to Mediterranean ferry operator SNCM, clearing the French state on all counts.

Lehmann Timber 41-day hijacking comes to an end

THE crew of a Gibraltar-flagged ship hijacked by pirates off Somalia were praised for their "courage and fortitude" yesterday, as news emerged that their 41-day ordeal had come to an end.

Maritime Capital IPO latest casualty of jittery markets

MARITIME Capital Shipping’s planned initial public offering in Singapore has become the latest victim of uncertain global financial markets.

Maersk orders 16 biggest ever reefer boxships

A NEW series of 16 containerships ordered for Maersk Line will have a record amount refrigerated cargo capacity.

Saade predicts tough times for boxships

CMA CGM chairman Jacques Saade has become the first shipowner to publicly voice concern about container shipping prospects, warning that the liner sector can expect to suffer from the effects of economic slowdown for the next 18 months at least.

Asian shippers protest new bunker surcharge

THE Asian Shippers’ Council has blasted an emergency bunker surcharge imposed by eight container lines in the Taiwan – Hong Kong/South China trade as setting a “dangerous precedent”.

Guangzhou Shipyard eyes sister company

SHANGHAI-LISTED Guangzhou Shipyard is looking to buy Wenchong Shipyard from its parent China State Shipbuilding Corp.

Eisa to build $218m Itaqui shipyard

BRAZILIAN shipyard Eisa has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Maranhao to develop a R$350m ($218.1m) facility close to the port of Itaqui.

Sulpicio Lines passenger fleet suspended in full

THE Philippines authorities have found deficiencies with seven other passenger vessels belonging to Sulpicio Lines.

Pacific lines open talks with US exporters

TRANSPACIFIC lines held a top level meeting with shippers this week as the two sides grapple with a rapid shift in US trade flows that is creating a new set of logistics headaches.

Clarkson settles Russian claims

THE world’s largest shipbroking and shipping services group, Clarkson, has settled the claims brought by Russian shipping companies Sovcomflot and Novoship, at the cost of a “further and final” provision of ?13m ($25.8m).

Tui wants to keep Hapag-Lloyd name

GERMAN shipping and tourism group Tui wants to retain ownership of the Hapag-Lloyd brand name after selling its container transport division.

Maersk orders 18 new container ships

AP Moller-Maersk has signed an agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the delivery of eighteen 4,500 TEU container vessels in 2011 and 2012.

TNT launches new time-critical services

TNT's Express Freight, Economy Freight and Freight Plus are now available in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, and will be introduced in other markets by the end of the third quarter 2008.

Masterbulk eyes opportunities as Star splits

MASTERBULK, the forestry shipping specialist owned by the Westfal-Larsen family, is eyeing opportunities in the wider dry bulk markets as longstanding Norwegian joint-venture Star Shipping splits.

Arroyo orders Coast Guard review after ferry capsizes

PHILIPPINES president Gloria Arroyo has ordered a review of Coast Guard procedures as up to 800 are missing after the ferry Princess of the Stars capsized in a typhoon.


Tug masters jailed for Hebei Spirit spill

THE master and chief officer of the Hebei Spirit, the very large crude carrier involved in South Korea’s worst oil spill, have been cleared of all charges related to the collision with a crane barge last December.

Herma invests to build tankers at own yard

PHILIPPINES tanker-owner Herma Shipping and Transport is investing $55m in tanker newbuildings and double-hull conversions at its own shipyard.

Genco to buy six newbuildings

ENCO Shipping & Trading has agreed to acquire six drybulk newbuildings from Lambert Navigation, Northville Navigation, Providence Navigation and Prime Bulk Navigation for an aggregate purchase price of $530m.

Maritime Capital eyes fleet growth as it files for IPO

MARITIME Capital Shipping aims to nearly double its fleet of handysize dry bulk vessels by end of 2009 on the back of its forthcoming initial public offering in Singapore.

French port workers set to strike again

THE ports and docks federation of France’s CGT union confederation has called on its members to stage a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday to coincide with the presentation of the government’s port reform bill to the National Assembly.

Back-up plans readied ahead of Hapag-Lloyd sale

CONTAINER lines likely to be hit by the fall-out from another mega merger are already drawing up contingency plans.

South Korean ports strained as trucker strike rolls on

SOUTH Korea’s busiest port is feeling the strain as a national truckers strike moves into its second week. Local reports have indicated that container yards at Busan North Port are more than 85% full compared to a more usual 72% of capacity.

Freight rates set to remain buoyant for next two years

CAPESIZE freight rates could hit $300,000 a day with the market only starting to level out in 2010, according to Tata NYK Shipping.

CSCL inks $560m boxship newbuilding deals

CHINA Shipping Container Lines’ offshoot, CSCL (HK), has signed contracts worth $559.8m with Chinese shipyard Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry for eight 4,250 teu boxships.

High oil prices set to stay

HIGH oil prices are set to stay, driven by an imbalance in demand and supply, warned top oil industry executives and politicians.

Hyundai Mipo bags handymax quartet deal

SOUTH Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard said today that it had received an order for four 37,000 dwt handysize bulk carriers worth a total Won163bn (US$159m).

Worker dies in Singapore yard blaze

A BLAZE on supply vessel under repair at Kreuz Shipbuilding in Singapore left one dead and 14 injured.

Last chance for FEFC to stem rate slide

CONTAINER lines will have one final attempt next month to collectively stop the slide in Asia-Europe freight rates before the conference system is disbanded.



Box pile-up at Ho Chi Minh City causes delays

THOUSANDS of import containers piling up at terminals in Ho Chi Minh City are causing severe congestion and delays at Vietnam’s main gateway port.

UPS moves intra-Asia air hub from Philippines to China

UPS is moving its intra-Asia air hub from the Philippines to Shenzhen, and has launched flights to and from Nagoya, Japan.

China Cosco Holdings uses options for boxships

CHINA Cosco Holdings has shown its faith in the container shipping market after it exercised options at Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding for four 4,250 teu boxships costing about $280m.

NOL first quarter profits soar

Singapore-listed NOL reported a first quarter net profit of $121m up 183% year-on-year. Revenues for the first quarter stood at $2.4bn a jump of 27% compared to the previous year.


Qantas Freight to buy Jets Transport Express

Qantas Freight Enterprises has signed an agreement to purchase national trucking business Jets Transport Express, which specialises in interstate airfreight movements.

PD Ports and Tesco announce major Teesport development

PD Ports and Tesco have announced plans to develop a new import centre at Teesport in the North East of England.

Bullish DryShips splashes out on modern capes

SEEMINGLY undistracted by controversially leading DryShips into a massive diversification in the offshore sector, George Economou has confirmed a new round of acquisitions and disposals at the Nasdaq listed bulker company.

SNRH seeks injuction over licence suspension

KOTUG Le Havre subsidiary SNRH is to seek an emergency injunction to block the suspension of its operating licence by the port of Le Havre authority, claiming that the French authorities had caved in to union pressure.

Lufthansa Cargo, AiRUnion and Krasnojarsk Airport sign MOU

Lufthansa Cargo, AiRUnion and Krasnojarsk Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering a strategic co-operation.

West coast winner

WHEN Lloyd’s List called in on John Ochs recently, the managing director of APM Terminals Pacific had some gleaming new silverware in his office.

Further strikes on the cards at French ports

Marseilles port: At least 14 ships had to be turned away.

Hamburg’s training capacity exhausted

HAMBURG shipowners and operators are increasingly forced to hire fresh blood from other training and college sectors than the ‘shipping clerk’ apprenticeship schemes that form the backbone of industry recruitment in Germany.

Evergreen mega boxships order stalls

TAIWANESE container giant Evergreen appears to have fallen foul of the credit squeeze amid reports that plans to deploy a series of 12,400 teu ships are coming apart.

FEFC lines target eastbound rates

EFFORTS to improve the profitability of container services from northern Europe to Asia are being ramped up after an apparently successful start to last year’s campaign to reject low-paying cargo.

Bonhams raises a glass to Dutch craftsmanship

THE Netherlands projected huge power through maritime trade but also celebrated it in subtle forms.

Box lines revamp New Zealand services

Maersk Line has formed a vessel sharing agreement with Malaysia’s MISC.

TransCore adds StarTrak’s ReeferTrak to mobile satellite services

TransCore will add StarTrak’s ReeferTrak RT-6000 to the portfolio of satellite communication products offered to North American carriers. Customers will access the full ReeferTrak service directly through StarTrak’s wireless network.

Shipping Pool Investors to buy 49% stake in Heidmar

Shipping Pool Investors Inc (SPII) has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a 49% stake in Heidmar.

DP World posts 52% profits growth

RECENTLY-listed ports giant DP World posted a 52% growth in post-tax profit last year as it emerged unscathed from US economic slowdown and the dollar’s decline.

Recently awarded contracts / new business

Menzies Aviation wins Delta Air Lines Cargo contract at London Heathrow; Cargo B appoints GSSAs for the UK & Ireland; Culina wins a major contract with Cadbury; five more companies sign up for SkyBitz’ asset tracking.

TransCore's SA partner doubles GlobalWave satellite capacity

TransCore recently installed and commissioned new earth station equipment to support the addition of a second satellite communications channel by its regional partner, Skygistics, a South African company that specialises in wireless systems to track, monitor and control trucks and other mobile assets throughout Africa.

Recent logistics property deals

ProLogis is to build its UK industrial space according to BREEAM environmental standards, and has pre-leased distribution space in China to Jinji Total Logistics; AMB Property Corp has leased space in a development at Narita International Airport in Tokyo to Nippon Express and Crocs Asia, and has acquired a development site at NY/NJ seaport.

Yellow Transportation launches expedited ocean service

Yellow Transportation, in co-operation with YRC Logistics Global, is offering expedited ocean service for guaranteed on-time delivery of LCL shipments moving from China to the US.

Agility Europe expands in Austria and Slovenia

Agility is expanding its network in the Eastern European markets. On April 1st, Agility Austria will commence operations in Salzburg, with a second office opening in Vienna later in the month.

GAC Group buys OBC

The GAC Group has announced the amicable acquisition of 100% of UK-based shipping and logistics group, OBC, effective March 31.

Air France to buy Alitalia for €138m

Yesterday, Alitalia's board unanimously accepted Air France-KLM's bid to acquire the airline in a deal valued at €138 million.

Stowaways won’t go away

A 100% increase in the cost of stowaway incidents in the past ten years means that stowaways cost the international shipping industry more than $20 million per year.

MV Beluga SkySails successfully completes maiden voyage

The ability of cargo ships to literally “sail” opens a new chapter in the history of commercial shipping, said Capt Lutz Heldt on his return from the nearly two-month maiden voyage of the multi-purpose heavy-lift project carrier, Beluga SkySails.

Press Releases

OOCL Texas named at Yangshan Deepwater Port, Shanghai

Crane carnage shuts Felixstowe

FELIXSTOWE was shovelling up the pieces on Monday after two box cranes collapsed into mangled metal after a vessel delivering three new gantry container cranes to the UK port broke free of its moorings in high winds at the weekend.

Industry rumour says ABX Logistics is up for sale

The industry rumour mill is at it again, with reports that 3i is considering selling off ABX Logistics for around €600 million, substantially more than it paid eighteen months ago when it bought the company from SNCB for a reported €80 million.

Far East Transport Group and Finnish Railways begin container rail service between Finland and Russi

Far East Transport Group and the Finnish Railways have organised to ship containers by rail from Kotka in Finland to Far East Trasnport’s own container terminal in Tuchkovo in the Moscow region.

Corporate Messages

OOCL Honored For Community Partnerships in Long Beach

ProLogis develops a facility for a UK pharmaceutical supplier

ProLogis will develop more than 262,000 sq.ft of warehouse space to NHS supplier, Teva UK, in ProLogis at Glasshoughton, a new industrial building planned for development near Leeds in northern England.

Ford Motor Co selects Active On-Demand as a preferred supplier

Global freight transportation management company, Active On-Demand, has been selected by Ford Motor Co as one of several firms recently named to the automotive company’s preferred supplier’s list.

FedEx jumps aboard France's TGV

One side-effect of the world of modern logistics is that Germany's national postal service can hardly afford to use trains to move packages these days.

Teamsters ratify new contracts with YRC and ABF Freight, and a new NMF agreement

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has ratified new labour contracts with YRC Worldwide and ABF Freight, and a National Master Freight Agreement.

Shippers question accuracy of data provided by ocean carriers

Most shippers negotiating rates with shipping lines would not trust a price index created from data supplied by the lines themselves.

Recent key appointments

Freight Systems announces strategic management changes; UTi Worldwide appoints a new chairman; CEVA expands contract logistics business development team.

PSA buys into two Indian container terminals

According to a notice dated February 5th on the Bombay Stock Exchange website, PSA India has agreed to buy into two of ABG Infralogistics’ container terminals.

BALtrans to become wholly owned subsidiary of Toll Group

Acceptances for Toll’s takeover offer of BALtrans Holdings has now exceeded 95% of the issued share capital, resulting in Toll achieving a the right to compulsorily acquire all remaining BALtrans shares and fully integrate BALtrans with its existing operations.

MOL establishes new agency for Japan-Russian route

Mitsui OSK Lines has established a new agency called Trans Russia Agency Japan Co, in a joint venture with the Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) and Azuma Shipping Co.

Teamsters ratify new contracts with YRC and ABF Freight, and a new NMF agreement

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has ratified new labour contracts with YRC Worldwide and ABF Freight, and a National Master Freight Agreement.

Upbeat NOL reports 44% jump in profits

By Marcus Hand in Singapore

MOL establishes new agency for Japan-Russian route

Mitsui OSK Lines has established a new agency called Trans Russia Agency Japan Co, in a joint venture with the Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) and Azuma Shipping Co.

South America-Asia service to be upgraded

Empties are needed in Santos for the strong northbound trade to northern Europe and the US.

Courage bags contract to ship coal to China

The coal will be shipped to Guangzhou.


Qualitec 2008 award for development and innovation in the nautical industry

A motorised roller for prow sails produced in Forlì wins first prize.

Mississippi: Restrictions after accident

Deep-draught vessel transits in the lower Mississippi River remain severely curtailed following the sinking on Saturday of a salt barge.

Two killed as ships collide

SEOUL 05 February – Two crew have died and another is missing from the cargo ship 88 Keum Young following a collision with the tug Sunkwang near Jakyakdo, Inchon yesterday.

Seamanship questioned as ship freed

ROTTERDAM 5 February – After a three-day struggle with salvors, the grounded heavy-lift carrier Zhen Hua 10 finally surrendered last night.

International, Supply Chain & Freight drive Q4 results for UPS

UPS reported that Q4 revenue improved 6.1%, to reach US$13.4 billion, driven by a double-digit increase in international export volume, growth and firm pricing in the US package business and market-leading shipment gains at UPS Freight.

FedEx Kinko's opens new Ind. 933 location

FedEx Kinko's will open its new location in South Bend yesterday.

First refurbished Port of Liverpool suite let to DHL

Liverpool’s biggest commercial landlord, Downing, has secured a blue-chip letting for the first of its newly-refurbished suites at the Port of Liverpool Building.

Throughput of the Sea Port of St. Petersburg up 21% in Q1 07, y-o-y

In January-March 2007, Seaport of St. Petersburg handled 2747 thou tons (+21%), the port’s Direction on Internal and External Communications reports.

NYK Logistics launches rail freight service

NYK Logistics has launched a rail freight service between Southampton and inland freight terminals at Tamworth (BIFT) and Daventry (DIRFT), helping customers to avoid port and road congestion.



Rand Logistics acquires two vessels and secures a third

Rand Logistics subsidiary, Lower Lakes Towing, has acquired two conventional bulk carriers from the Voyageur group of companies for C$25 million (approx. US$23.7m). The subsidiary has also entered into a contract of affreightment with Voyageur for the exclusive use of a third vessel and secured an option to acquire this vessel for C$5 million.



K-Line Launches Asia-Black Sea service

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) will launch a new container service between Asia and the Black Sea, in partnership with Yang Ming, China Shipping and ZIM.



Safmarine launches second West Africa-Asia service

Safmarine will launch a second direct weekly shipping service between West Africa and Asia - the Far East West Africa 2 (FEW 2) service – to boost the growing trade between the two regions.



Evergreen and Wan Hai launch Japan-Thailand Express service

Evergreen Marine (Taiwan) and Wan Hai Lines will co-operate to enhance their already extensive intra-Asia networks with the launch of the Japan-Thailand Express (NSE/NS6) service.


World Courier expands China logistics network

World Courier has extended its network in China to 36 major cities, enabling the company to offer cold chain transport services for biological specimens, investigational drugs and supplies to every clinical trial location currently approved by the Chinese State Food & Drug Administration.



Commercial Port of Vladivostok (VMTP) to become part of FESCO Group

On August 20 FESCO Transport Group (RTS: FESH/FESHG) and Commercial Port of Vladivostok (RTS: VMTP) held a joint press conference, where parties announced the final agreement to enter into the transaction, after which FESCO will own 100% of M-Port Ltd, the entity which in turn owns 95.2% shares in OJSC “Commercial Port of Vladivostok”.


Trade disruptions update

DHL and OOCL have reported trade disruptions in Bangladesh, India, Mexico and the Caribbean.


ESF acquisition enables FESCO to expand services to Western Russia

As a result of FESCO Transport Group’s recent acquisition of ESF Euroservices, a Baltic feedership operator with service between continental Europe and Russia, FESCO North America will now offer weekly containerised service to Western Russia from various ports and points in North America.


HPH & SICC begin construction on SITV

Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and joint venture partner Saigon Investment Construction & Commerce (SICC) have announced that construction work for Saigon International Terminals Vietnam (SITV) has begun.



Trade Tech’s new online solution meets Mexico’s new 24-hour rule AMS

Trade Tech has developed a cost effective online application to meet the new 24-Hour Rule Advance Manifest System (AMS) for Mexico, which, effective September 1st, requires manifests be filed electronically 24 hours prior to cargo loading for Mexican Customs Authorities. The application is currently the only alternative to filing directly through the web site of the Asociación Mexicana de Agentes Navieros AC (AMANAC).



Agreement signed for developing new terminal in China

Odfjell and Dalian Port (PDA) Co., Ltd., a Hong Kong public listed company on the one side, and Caofeidian Industry Zone (CFDIZ) on the other side, have signed an agreement for the development of a world class tank terminal for oil and chemical products, including chemical gases. Odfjell and Dalian Port will form a joint venture company to design, build and operate this new tank terminal, which will be located within the CFDIZ, the largest reclaiming of port land in the history of China totalling impressive 310 square kilometers.

Customs processing

Ridgebrook LP performs a full complex of customs services.

Package cargo transportation

International and russian package cargo transportation is one of our priority lines.

Oversized cargo transportation

Unique experience in oversized cargo and machinery transportation as well as heavy and project cargo transportation around Russia and Europe and old partnership with some carrier companies in CIS and Europe allows us to fulfill any demands and offer to you favourable transportation terms.

Sea Shipping

Ridgebrook LP is an international logistics company carrying out multimode transportation, including sea shipping with all major shipping lines to provide rapid service on favorable terms. We place sea shipping as a separate service because this method of transportation is our specialization and “hobby”.

Multimode transportation

Ridgebrook LP organizes multimode (mixed) and intermode international transports all around the world.

International trucking

In international trade, distances are measured in thousands of kilometers and consignments weight is estimated in tens of tons. That's why prompt and safe delivery plays a very significant role. Cargo transportation differs in some parameters. One of the most important in the modern market is geography: local, long-distance and international. Not all logistics companies can perform international transportation, because it requires modern techniques and high standards of staff training.


Historically the company has great experience in worldwide chartering and it is one of our priority activities.


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