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18 B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR Logistics January/February 2020 Wincanton wins Watson contract W O EN T ER N X CO 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 expect. 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. www.wincanton.co.uk New terminal to link Ostrava and Antwerp YOUR PLATFORM IN ASIA TO MEET THE GLOBAL INTERMODAL MARKET A 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- Silesian Region. “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. Organised by Primary Event Sponsor Follow us on REGISTER ONLINE TODAY www.intermodal-asia.com The developers hope that a substantial share of cargo will make the modal shift from road to rail INT Asia20 ad 179x263 for Bulk Distributor.indd 1 10/12/2019 16:18