18 B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR
Wincanton wins Watson contract
17-19 MARCH 2020 | SWEECC, SHANGHAI
incanton has been awarded a new, five-year contract
with Watson Fuels to run all of the distributor’s artic
fuel activity across the UK.
A division of World Fuel Services, Watson Fuels has been supplying
fuels and lubricants to agricultural, commercial and industrial sites,
as well as private homes, since 1957.
As part of the agreement, Wincanton will use its specialist shared-
user EnergyLink tanker fleet to deliver fuel into Watson Fuels’
national depot network, as well as directly to its artic customers
across the UK.
Wincanton will manage artic vehicle routing through the use of its
transport management system (TMS), providing an optimised,
safety-focused service. Watson Fuels is implementing the same TMS,
a synergy which will allow the two organisations to combine to
deliver better customer service.
Scott Roberts, operations and logistics director at Watson Fuels,
commented: “Working with a specialist artic haulier like Wincanton
will add real value to our customers and our organisation.
“Wincanton, like Watson Fuels, is committed to service excellence
and continuous improvement. Our agreed solution is both flexible
and scalable, providing us with the support to grow our activity
while achieving industry-leading service metrics.”
For Wincanton, managing director of industrial and transport Chris
Fenton said: “With our experience in the bulk fuel distribution
market, spanning retail and commercial grades through to aviation
fuels, we are confident that our expertise and knowledge will help
Watson Fuels to provide the level of service which its customers
Today Wincanton runs a fleet of more than 200 petroleum,
aviation, lubricant and bulk gas vehicles.
This deal, which follows Wincanton’s recent fuel distribution
contract renewal with Valero Energy, and its long-term arrangement
with Phillips 66, arrives as Watson Fuels continues to enhance its UK
operations through multi-million pound investment in both its
350-strong fleet of rigid trucks and its network of depots.
New terminal to link
Ostrava and Antwerp
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GLOBAL INTERMODAL MARKET
new container terminal is set to rise in the Mosnov Zone
of the Czech Republic.
It will connect Ostrava Airport and industrial zone with the Belgian
Port of Antwerp by rail.
An agreement was signed late last year between the Moravian-
Silesian Region, City of Ostrava, the Czech Railway Administration
Authority (SZDC), Concens Investments and Antwerp Port Authority.
The partners hope that as a result a substantial share of cargo will
make the modal shift from road to rail.
“Improving the environment and road traffic safety in the
Moravian-Silesian region is our main priority. This is why we support
any technical measures and business activities directed towards
launching the operation of the terminal and its seamless operation
and development,” said Ivo Vondrak, governor of the Moravian-
“By building a new branch of the Studenka-Verovice railway line
directly connected to the second railway transit corridor, SZDC will
better link Mosnov Airport and industrial zone with the rest of
Europe. A substantial portion of container cargo transport will move
from the road to the railway, thus reducing the environmental
burden of transport.”
“The strengthening of commercial links with Port of Antwerp, and
the completion of the cargo terminal logistics complex at Mosnov,
will certainly bring substantial economic benefits including an influx
of new investment not only to Ostrava, but to the entire Moravian-
Silesian Region,” said Ostrava Mayor Tomas Macura.
The terminal is expected to come into operation in early 2022.
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The developers hope that a substantial share of cargo will make the modal shift from road to rail
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