Rhenus and Blue Water Shipping are intensifying their cooperation in several European countries in order to develop their traffic between Finland and Central Europe. Both partners are planning to introduce new services with defined journey times and several weekly departures by working together.
Rhenus will cooperate with Blue Water Shipping in future through its national Freight organisations in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the Baltic States. Groupage freight services will primarily operate through the central Rhenus business sites in Hilden (Germany), Oldenzaal (Netherlands), Barcelona and Irun (Spain) during the initial phase. The main hubs for distributing the goods in Finland will be Blue Water Shipping’s distribution terminals in Helsinki and Turku on the country’s south-west coast.
“Blue Water Shipping is a highly motivated partner with an excellent knowledge of the market and extensive experience of distribution operations in Finland. We’d like to gradually increase the current customer base together so that we’re able to create the basis for additional regular services for groupage freight traffic to and from Finland,” says Tobias Volz, Head of Network Management in the Rhenus Freight Network.
“By using Rhenus Freight’s extensive network, we’ll manage to achieve even
higher utilisation rates for transport operations in both directions and expand our services to other European countries. We can offer our customers competitive prices and good services by providing combined departures,” says Erkki Valtonen, Managing Director at Blue Water Shipping.
Blue Water Shipping is a family business, which has 65 branches around the globe and employs more than 1,500 people. The Finnish national company, Blue Water Shipping Oy, was established in 2008 and generated turnover of approx. EUR 40 million in 2015. The 50 employees are responsible for providing transport and logistics services at three business sites – Vantaa (near Helsinki), Turku and Vaasa. The company has its own fleet of vehicles for European road transport operations.
The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.6 billion. Rhenus has business locations at more than 500 locations worldwide and employs more than 26,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics, Port Logistics and Public Transport – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.