Scandinavian shipping lines Wallenius and Wilhemsen have merged to create the world's largest car and roro (roll-on, roll-off) shipping operation.
The tie-up will offer the auto industry single-source logistics management with a sophisticated range of transportation services, including vehicle processing, terminal management, stevedoring (loading and unloading), storage, road distribution, and electronic data solutions.
The merger marks further consolidation by logistics providers aimed at providing a more integrated service. It will allow the new company, called Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines, to tailor logistics packages to specific customers.
An example of the way Wallenius has developed and refined its service is the investment in building and developing a dedicated vehicle terminal in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium. It has also invested in vehicle-processing centers at its major North American ports.
Services include import/export handling, body and paint repair, accessory installation, warranty repair, predelivery inspection, and storage. Two major vehicle processing units serve the US market: Pacific Vehicle Processors Inc. in Port Hueneme, California, and Atlantic Vehicle Processors Inc. in Brunswick, Georgia. A third unit is planned to open next year in the northeast/midAtlantic corridor.
In Europe Wallenius has invested in land-based distribution and vehicle processing through its subsidiary Richard Lawson Autologistics with operations in the UK, Germany and Poland.