Panalpina was acknowledged this week in London as Air Freight Solutions Provider of the Year, as well as Project/Heavylift Forwarder of the Year, by one of the freight forwarding industry’s most prestigious awarding bodies. The recognition by Lloyd’s Global Freight Awards indicates Panalpina’s proficiency and know-how in freight and logistics.
“We’re proud to win these prestigious awards in two categories where we undoubtedly have a proven and long-standing track record,” says Chris Cooper, Panalpina’s managing director for the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Air freight and projects – particularly in the oil and gas industry – are deeply ingrained in our company DNA.”
The award for Air Freight Solutions Provider of the Year recognizes the end-to-end capabilities and potency of Panalpina’s air freight service. One example of this success that was presented to Lloyd’s judges was the story of the company’s work with an international toy company just before Christmas. The customer required urgent stock of thousands of toys, which were destined to become presents for hundreds of European children, to go from Los Angeles to Cardiff, Wales. With no capacity on passenger flights from Los Angeles to London, Panalpina’s Air Freight teams jumped into action and formulated a plan to get the cargo to Wales in the quickest time possible. Panalpina quickly deployed six trucks to drive 2,000 miles across the US in freezing blizzard conditions to the company’s Air Freight gateway in Huntsville, Alabama. From there, the toys embarked on Panalpina’s ‘Dixie Jet’ service. The cargo was fed onto four freighter flights to London. With trucks waiting, the toys were immediately delivered directly to Cardiff for on-time delivery – resulting in a merry Christmas for all involved.
The award for Project/Heavylift Forwarder of the Year went to Panalpina Energy Solutions for demonstrating logistics excellence on some of the world’s most challenging projects. One such project for Panalpina was the company’s work on BP’s Clair Ridge project. Since 2012 Panalpina has transported more than 100,000 m3 of out-of-gauge oil and gas goods from around the world to Korea. The job involved the transportation of a 500 t drilling derrick measuring 60 m tall and 11 m wide with the use of a 1,200 t capacity floating crane – in the midst of snow showers and strong winds. BP also called in Panalpina to offload the structure, with just two days to prepare. Energy Solutions is one of Panalpina’s fastest growing business areas thanks to success stories like this. More than 2,200 dedicated staff create tailor-made, end-to-end transport solutions for each individual requirement across the entire lifecycle – from exploration to decommissioning.
The Lloyd’s Global Freight Awards ceremony was held November 19 at Planit Supernova in London. The ceremony is sponsored by Lloyd’s Loading List, a source of daily news with more than 150 years of experience.
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