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World Shipping, Inc. Expands Great Lakes Vessel Operations Network, Opens Office in Hamilton, Ontario to Service Canadian Ports

The Maritime Concierge for all U.S. Great Lakes Ports Now Provides Vessel Operations to Canadian Ports

 

CLEVELAND, OH (February 29, 2016) – World Shipping, Inc. proudly expands their Great Lakes Vessel Operations Agency Network to now include Canadian ports in addition to all U.S. Great Lakes ports. Effective March 1, 2016, World Shipping Inc. will open a fully staffed agency office in Hamilton, Ontario to provide vessel owners and operators the same world-class service at Canadian ports as the company has provided to U.S. Great Lakes ports since its founding in 1960.

 

The Canadian Great Lakes Vessel Operations Network includes the Ports of:

  • Hamilton
  • Mississauga
  • Oakville
  • Toronto
  • Oshawa
  • Picton
  • Welland Canal
  • Port Weller
  • Port Colborne
  • Thorold
  • Nanticoke

 

A Single Vessel Operations Agent

The expansion of the Great Lakes Vessel Operations Network closes a gap in the Eastern region of the Great Lakes by creating a continuous network of vessel operating offices servicing Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal ports, providing the customers of World Shipping, Inc. with the opportunity to use a single agent, while transiting beyond the St. Lawrence Seaway for all Great Lakes ports on both the U.S. and Canadian side.

 

Canadian Leadership

The Canadian Great Lakes Vessel Operations Network will be managed by Canadian, J.F. Walker. J.F. will serve as General Manager at the Vessel Operations Office in Hamilton, Ontario. “J.F. brings a wealth of experience stemming from 14 years in the vessel husbandry industry. His knowledge and reputation has earned widespread industry respect – we are extremely pleased to have him as a part of our team,” says Fred Hunger, Chief Executive Officer, World Shipping, Inc.

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J.F. Walker

 

Vessel Agents Since 1960

Inspired by opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, Jack Hunger founded World Shipping, Inc. in 1960. Over 55 years later, his legacy continues with The World Group of Companies providing innovative cargo transportation and freight services while delivering the highest level of customer service available in the industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services, and NewPort Tank Containers.

World Shipping, Inc. is an independent shipping agency specializing in vessel operations, APIS/AMS/ACI/ENOA/D, grain forwarding and project logistics. As the maritime concierge for all Great Lakes Ports, ship owners, ship operators, time charters, voyage charterers will experience best-in-class customer service, ensuring each port call and every voyage is performed in the safest, quickest and most cost efficient manner. The World Shipping, Inc. vessel operations and port agency staff provide the largest, most comprehensive geographic scope and depth of experience in the Great Lakes.

 

U.S. Great Lakes Vessel Operations Network include the Ports of:

  • Ashtabula
  • Bay City
  • Buffalo
  • Burns Harbor
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Conneaut
  • Detroit
  • Erie
  • Green Bay
  • Lorain
  • Ludington
  • Marinette and Menominee
  • Milwaukee
  • Muskegon
  • Ogdensburg
  • Oswego
  • Port Huron
  • Toledo

 

Please contact J.F. Walker, General Manager via phone at 289-775-4823 or email at walkerjf@worldshipping.com for more information.

For more information, please visit www.worldshipping.com

 

About World Shipping, Inc.

Since 1960, World Shipping, Inc. has been active in serving shippers and receivers of international cargo operating in multiple segments, including freight forwarding, ocean freight, trucking, rail operations, warehousing and distribution, bulk liquid international logistics, and customs clearance. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services, and NewPort Tank Containers.

 

For more information, please visit www.worldshipping.com.

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Global Freight Forwarder UWL Launches New FlexiTank Product, Expands Offerings for Bulk Liquid Logistics

CLEVELAND, OH (January 25, 2016) – Asset-based freight forwarder, UWL, has launched a new proprietary solution for shipping non-hazardous bulk liquid cargo – the UWL FlexiTank. This solution – along with current third party offerings that the company already has in place – improves quality and expands options for clients all while saving them money.

UWL’s Chris Booij, Global & Europe Director, UWL FlexiTanks & Bulk Liquid Logistics, cites this as an important addition to the company’s growing breadth of services: “With the expansion of our [UWL’s] bulk liquid offerings with the new UWL FlexiTanks, we are able to provide competitive products and services for our growing, global customer base in the bulk liquid industry. This allows us to meet, and often, exceed their goals, objectives and expectations. We do not strive for the highest market share in the industry, but instead, to simply provide the best customer service in the industry.”

Booij further explains that the UWL FlexiTank product line offers UWL’s customers a unique, competitive advantage. “Through our expertise and dedication, we are able to make a difference in our customers’ business. Our unique structure as an asset-based forwarder allows us to offer cross-functional products and services to customers in order to minimize costs and maximize effectiveness and efficiency”.

Steve Williams, Regional Director, North America, UWL FlexiTanks & Bulk Liquid Logistics, further expands on the strategic, global UWL network and expertise and professionalism of its staff. “Operating as a global NVOCC, UWL offers a ready-built operating network and infrastructure staffed with seasoned logistics professionals that are able to provide supply chain solutions to the chemical, food and logistics management industry on a worldwide basis. Adding UWL FlexiTanks as a packaging alternative for bulk liquid transport is a natural fit for our already extensive scope of service offerings. This provides our customers with a ‘one-stop-shop’, but with the same professionalism and dedication to excellence that all UWL clients have come to expect.”

Eelco Cossee, UWL Vice President, underscored Booij and William’s sentiments: “Bulk liquid shippers around the world trust UWL’s comprehensive supply chain solutions and end-to-end service offering. The UWL FlexiTank launch shows our current and prospective customers that we never stop innovating in ways that will positively affect the results that matter most – ease, value & reduced costs.”

UWL FlexiTanks are available immediately. View product photos and download product information at www.shipuwl.com/FlexiTanks.

About UWL 

UWL is a full service, asset-based global 3PL. We are fully licensed and bonded to provide freight forwarding, customs house brokerage, ocean freight (FCL, LCL), bulk liquid logistics, supply chain visibility, vessel chartering services and project cargo and airfreight internationally. We also provide road and rail freight, overweight cargo solutions, domestic truck brokerage (FTL/LTL), warehousing and distribution using our network of 20 warehouses strategically located across the U.S. We use technology to tie these services together to provide worldwide, integrated solutions. UWL is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with additional management offices across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America.

UWL is a subsidiary of World Shipping Inc., an industry leader since 1960 with over 55 years of market experience dedicated to providing innovative cargo transportation and freight services while delivering the highest level of customer service available in the industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group of Companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services and Newport Tank Containers. The World Group provides seamless end-to-end solutions with maximum control of the supply chain.

For more information, please visit www.shipUWL.com.

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Building Enthusiasm with the Next Generation of Shipping Executives

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences recently invited Jackie Csiszar, Director Business Development, World Shipping, Inc. to speak at their quarterly Dinner & Discussion series in Columbus. As a logistics veteran that has spent the last 19 years leading Business Development for World Shipping, Jackie is passionate about speaking with students about the scope of opportunity within the industry. She was particularly interested in showcasing the type of careers available and giving insight into what makes this business exciting.

Many people – upon hearing ‘logistics’ – think the implications of what we do starts and stops with transportation. While that is certainly a part of it, there are many different aspects to this industry. What we do goes beyond loading cargo into containers – it’s about the global economy and how we drive business around the world.

In addition to giving students a sense of the logistics landscape, Jackie enjoyed the format of the series being conversational in nature. This allowed her to connect with the students in a two-way dialogue, giving them the chance to ask engaging questions.

Jackie was very impressed with the students she met with; they were extremely bright and curious. Being involved with education opportunities such as these, fuels Jackie’s passion and appreciation for this industry. She is committed to helping develop those entering the field and looks forward to continuing the partnership between The Ohio State University and World Shipping for years to come!

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UWL Receives DDTC Broker Registration, Opens New Business Channel to Service Defense-Related Customers

CLEVELAND, OH (January 12, 2016) – Asset-based freight forwarder, UWL, has announced that they recently received a Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) broker registration. This notable classification is a necessary step in providing ITAR compliant services to customers. This classification allows them to assist customers in need of safely, securely and legally transporting defense-related articles and services included on the United States Munitions List (USML).

UWL’s Albena Dimitrova, Director, Global Network, cites this as an important addition to the company’s growing breadth of services: “At UWL we find ourselves constantly innovating to meet customer needs. We strive to make sure that there is no move in which we do not have the proper expertise or certifications to meet desired outcomes. Obtaining our DDTC broker registration opens us up to work with new customers – and assist current customers in new ways. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new service.”

UWL will be represented at the Shot Show Convention taking place January 19th through 22nd. This show is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics as well as related products and services. The Shot Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

This certification goes into effect immediately. Business inquiries may be directed to Jane Colazzo, SVP Global Sales.

For more information, please contact marketing@shipUWL.com

About The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

The Department of State is responsible for the export and temporary import of defense articles and services governed by 22 U.S.C. 2778 of the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”; see the AECA Web page) and Executive Order 13637. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR,” 22 CFR 120-130) implements the AECA. The ITAR is available from the Government Printing Office (GPO) as an annual hardcopy or e-document publication as part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and as an updated e-document.

ITAR is a set of US Government regulations that control export, import, and temporary movement of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). The DOS interprets and enforces ITAR to safeguard US national security and further US foreign policy objectives. All US exporters and brokers are required to register with US DOS to provide the US Government with necessary information on who is involved in certain manufacturing and exporting activities.

Shipments subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) require filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) to obtain an Internal Transaction Number (ITN) from the US Government regardless of value per Department of State 22 CFR 123.22 Filing, retention, and return of export licenses and filing of export information. UWL can assist you with exports of commodities subject to ITAR regulations once all requirements have been met. Streamline your process to save time and extra steps with shipping through UWL.

About UWL 

UWL is a full service, asset-based global 3PL. We are fully licensed and bonded to provide freight forwarding, customs house brokerage, ocean freight (FCL, LCL), bulk liquid logistics, supply chain visibility, vessel chartering services and project cargo and airfreight internationally. We also provide road and rail freight, overweight cargo solutions, domestic truck brokerage (FTL/LTL), warehousing and distribution using our network of 20 warehouses strategically located across the U.S. We use technology to tie these services together to provide worldwide, integrated solutions. UWL is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with additional management offices across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America.

UWL is a subsidiary of World Shipping Inc., an industry leader since 1960 with over 55 years of market experience dedicated to providing innovative cargo transportation and freight services while delivering the highest level of customer service available in the industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group of Companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services and Newport Tank Containers. The World Group provides seamless end-to-end solutions with maximum control of the supply chain.

For more information, please visit www.shipUWL.com.

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Transportation & Logistics International – Fall 2015 Cover Story – “End-to-End Service” World Shipping, Inc.

No matter where in the world a product or piece of machinery needs to go, World Shipping can get it there. “We’re a middle-market company that’s focused on high-service delivery to the discerning international shipper,” President and CEO Fred Hunger says.

World Shipping’s advantage in the logistics market stems from the ability to coordinate and connect its subsidiary companies, each of which specializes in aspects of the supply chain. “We tie together our assets, such as trucks, chassis, tank fleet, warehouses with our customs house brokerage, import/export teams, international offices and deep-sea operations. There’s virtually no international logistics move that we can’t solve or perform with our group,” Hunger explains.

The typical World Shipping customer is focused on manufacturing and marketing products and needs a partner to provide shipping solutions. “They’re relying on us to provide a global, effective distribution system for them,” Hunger says of clients. World Shipping’s subsidiaries have offices in more than a dozen countries, allowing the company to provide customers with a local structure and to work closely with manufacturing clients to lessen the time it takes to deliver a product to market. “Our company has a proud history of providing world-class customer service. We now look to build on that legacy with key investments in technology and skin in the game in terms of assets to service clients,” Hunger adds. “[We are] growing globally while maintaining our continued focus on service and quality.”

Fred Hunger’s father, Jack Hunger, founded World Shipping in 1960 following the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway the year before. The series of canals and locks made the Atlantic Ocean accessible to Great Lakes communities and provided business opportunities for logistics companies, such as World Shipping, to coordinate the rising delivery of goods to the region. By the 1960s, containers had become a more significant part of the shipping industry and World Shipping transitioned its business to liner agents for steam ships to enter the global trade market. “Over time we have grown strategically into a complete international logistics company,” Hunger says.

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Shipping Industry has Looming Weight Problem

“A new safety regulation from the International Maritime Organization requiring shippers to verify container weight is roiling exporters around the world,” the WSJ Logistics Report’s Loretta Chao writes. The shippers say the new requirements will add complexity to cargo handling and that getting containers accurately weighed at docks is too complicated to hold one party entirely responsible. But shippers may have no choice—carriers and port terminal operators say if shippers do not provide certified weight information by July 2016 when the rule kicks in, they will turn away containers at the gates or leave goods on shore. With wide variations in how container weight is set, misreported measures have led to accidents from toppling stacks of boxes to capsizing ships.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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SOLAS Container Weight Verification Rules Update

SOLAS Container Weight Verification Rules Become Effective July 1, 2016. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted new requirement under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention that require shippers to provide a verified weight for every packed container as a condition for vessel loading. These new industry requirements from Maritime Safety Committee become effective worldwide on July 1, 2016. The shipper (named on the carrier’s bill of lading) may use one of the two methods to determine the verified weight of the packed container:

  1. Method No. 1:The shipper may weigh or have a third party weigh the packed, sealed container.
  2. Method No. 2: The shipper may weigh or have a third party weigh each package stuffed in the container including the packing and securing material and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight marked on the door end of the container (Estimating the weight of the container’s contents is not permitted).

Under either Method 1 or Method 2, the weighing equipment used must meet the accuracy standards of the country where the equipment is used. Also under either method, the declaration of the verified weight must be signed and dated by the shipper or by its duly authorized representative and to provide to the carrier via either electronic interchange channels or a physical shipping document.

Source: World Shipping Council

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Local Veterans Honored by International Logistics Company, World Shipping, Inc.

CLEVELAND, OH (November 11th, 2015) – World Shipping, Inc. honored local veterans during a ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 11:00am. U.S Air Force veteran, Chris Castell, presented World Shipping, Inc. with the U.S flag he earned while serving oversees as Director of Supply Chain, Logistics & Operations. Castell served in the U.S Air Force for over 15 years before entering into a successful career in supply chain management and logistics, as a civilian. Castell now works for the Rocky River-based company as Director of Operations, North America at NewPort Tank Containers (A World Group Company).

“I am so proud to work for a company that is passionate about recognizing employees that have honorably served our country. Not all employers take the time to celebrate their teams. The fact that the World Shipping, Inc. does take the time to acknowledge our employee milestones, shows that we are a company that operates with integrity.”

John Hunger, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for World Shipping, Inc. emphasized the importance of taking the time to honor employee veterans; “We as a company believe in the importance of showcasing the achievements of our employees. One of the greatest achievements that we’ve been able to identify, are the 27 individuals within our organization that are United States Veterans. These men and women have stood up for our country and have allowed us to enjoy the freedoms that we have today. The very minimum of what we can do is recognize them for their service.”

 

The veterans honored during the ceremony included:

  1. Russ Graef, ContainerPort Group, President
  2. Stephen Peters, ContainerPort Group, Recruiting Coordinator
  3. Randy Ross, ContainerPort Group, Network Engineer
  4. Fabian Negron, NewPort Tank Container, Customer Service Representative
  5. Scott Globokar, ContainerPort Group, Inspector
  6. Betty Knight, NewPort Tank Container, Customer Service Representative
  7. Robin Nelsen, UWL, Customer Service Representative

Not in attendance:

  • Shane Stoneburner, World Distribution Service, Supervisor
  • David Hertvik, UWL, Vice President, Finance

The timing of the ceremony was significant, as it represented the historical events that transpired causing Veterans Day to come into existence on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the month of 1918. Each employee veteran was given a Veterans Day pin so they could be visibly recognized for their dedication to their country and their company. Following the ceremony complimentary refreshments from The Manna food truck were provided for employees to enjoy.

About World Shipping, Inc.

Since 1960, World Shipping has been active in serving shippers and receivers of international cargo operating in multiple segments, including vessel agency operations, freight forwarding, ocean freight, trucking, rail operations, warehousing and distribution, bulk liquid international logistics, and customs clearance. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, The World Group companies include World Shipping, Inc., ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services, and NewPort Tank Containers.

For more information, please visit www.worldshipping.com.

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UWL - The Asset-Based Freight Forwarder - NVOCC

An Interview with Dave Pycraft of UWL

Dave Pycraft, Business Development Manager, UWL North America

When did you begin working at UWL and how did you progress to where you are today?

I joined the team in Fall of 2012 in Procurement & Inside Sales. I helped to build the tool that houses rates, even up until today. It was exciting create the platform that ensures effective, global supply chain visibility on the behalf of our customers. It helped me gain relationships with ocean carriers, which presented me with an opportunity to think about how to better reach customers. I had the opportunity to be involved with Jane and Fred in re-branding and ideating on better ways to introduce our company to clients. Recently I moved to Outside Sales to better support Jane – it’s been great.

What attracted you to the company?

I was really attracted to the idea of being a part of a start-up within a larger company. In this case, the opportunity to grow an NVO into a much larger player in the industry. There was a lot of mystery and unwritten processes.

What projects are you most proud of?

I’m still really proud of the Rate Tool that I helped to create, which has been used from 2012 through today. The single-view functionality is really nice. I’m also extremely proud of the work we did in the past year with the UWL rebrand – helping to define our purpose, what are we trying to do and how we best problem-solve on behalf of our customers.

What do you love about your industry?

I’m always doing something different – there is never a shortage of challenges to solve using the skills I’ve learned. I’ve talked to a lot of people that have worked in this area for much longer than I have and they say that no matter how long you’re in the industry, you’re always learning something new. I like learning so that is appealing to me. Additionally, what we do is somewhat “underground” – people don’t know much about shipping/logistics. It makes me feel like an insider in an industry that is the backbone of not just America, but the world (freight).

What are your career goals?

I really enjoy what I’m doing now in sales. It’s all about building relationships which allows me to understand customer needs first-hand. One day it would be exciting to help manage a sales team. I’m passionate about mentorship – it’s fun to teach others. For example, Mark came on to fill my former position and I was able to help him learn on the job. It was my first time mentoring and it was extremely fulfilling – growing talent is important to our organization.

Do you have a mentor? Tell me about him or her?

Duncan has impacted me greatly. I’ve been able to see how he works on sales trips. He’s taught me a lot about how to anticipate customer needs and challenged me to be prepared on a new level. I wasn’t as prepared as I could be – I’ve been able to grow as a result. He’s also taught me how to prospect.

I’ve also learned a lot recently from Eric Gilmore. He came from Expeditors, which is very structured and ridged. He has taught me about why procedures are important. For example, it’s helped me to think through steps in between points A and B.

What would you say to someone thinking of getting into your field?

It’s not for everyone but it is very rewarding. You have to be able to multi-task and you don’t get a lot of thanks but you’re making a difference in customers’ business first-hand. Everything from the customers’ supply chain down to the end customer being able to purchase goods. At the end of the day, it’s all about the people – it’s not just transactional like outsiders think – you need to build trust & confidence through relationships. That takes time and hard work.

How would you describe the corporate culture?

Especially this year – with all of the growth across the company – leadership has encouraged innovative thinking from everyone (it’s truly part of our culture). I’m also a part of the Buzz Group. Buzz is there to reward employees. Everyone is working really hard – we want to give back to employees – it all goes back to people.

What are 3 words that co-workers would use to describe you?

  • Vegetarian (but don’t let me cook – and I love Taco Bell!)
  • (A little) Crazy
  • Social

What do you do for fun?

I love doing things w/ other people. I also love NFL football, playing volleyball and having friends over for bonfires.

Give us a fun fact or something your co-workers wouldn’t know about you:

I recently went skydiving. It was terrifying & super fun…and I’d probably go again if invited, but might not elect to seek it out again myself!

I’m also a Youth Group Leader, part time for middle schoolers at my church. They’re really good kids. It’s very rewarding – you’re building relationships & mentoring them through their youth. Sometimes they ask silly questions; sometimes it’s serious.

I’m always there for them to turn to if they need anything.

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