PD Ports wins ASDA's UK Container Carrier Award 2011

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PD Ports has been recognised at the ASDA Carrier Awards for the second year in succession, winning the UK Container Carrier Award 2011 for the combination of its Logical Link and PD Logistics services.

Alex Linton, ASDA Supply Chain Operations Manager, says it was: "a well deserved award, reflecting the focus, commitment and hard work of the whole team at PD Ports."



ASDA launched the awards last year to help it continue to raise standards amongst its logistics suppliers, and contestants had to demonstrate improvements in seven areas: colleagues, service, compliance, empty miles/positioning, equipment, fuel efficiency and innovation.

Frank Antropik, PD Logistics General Manager (North) collected the award from Lee Hodgkin:
Carrier Manager Imports, Supply Chain Operations at the awards ceremony at Queens Hotel, Leeds.

"I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of all the PD Logistics and Logical Link staff," he says. "We know that ASDA sets very high standards of quality and efficiency for its suppliers so we greatly value this accolade. We invest in training, in equipment, and in developing the best IT systems in order to continue improving service to all our customers and it is great to have that recognised by ASDA."

PD Ports launched the Logical Link shortsea shipping service between its own facilities at Teesport and Felixstowe, saving ASDA 12 million and three million road miles annually through the three times a week service. PD Logistics transports the containers from the quay at Teesport to the ASDA import centre on the port and to external sites within the area. It also devans distressed or out-of-spec cargo, provides flexible warehousing space and handles overflow road trailers as needed.

Mr Antropik believes the introduction of key account management by PD Ports has greatly enhanced the relationship between the group and ASDA, leading to greater efficiencies, a higher level of performance and KPI targets being met consistently. "It has enabled the two companies to work more closely together, and given us a greater understanding of the needs of the customer."

PD Ports also recently won the Supply Chain Partnership Award at the annual IFW Freighting Awards, the first time a ports group has won this category.

 PD Ports Limited is owned by Canadian based Brookfield.  Brookfield is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets, with over $100 billion of assets under management.  PD Ports was bought by Brookfield in November 2009.

PD Ports is a high performing specialist ports business offering a wide variety of supply chain services to improve customers international product and material movements into and out of as well as within the UK.
 
PD Ports employs over 1200 members of staff, and generates an annual turnover of over 115 million from many UK locations.
 
 PD Ports operates throughout the UK from bases at many key ports and logistics centres.     

The 3 business interests of PD Ports are:
- Port Operations is split into two business streams bulks and unitised and includes:
- Teesport: one of the top 4 UK ports, with flows of containers, bulk traffics and finished cars, handling almost 40 million tonnes of throughput p.a.
- Humber & Small Ports: owners and/or operators of ports on the Humber estuary, Rivers Trent and Ouse, and at Medina Wharf, Isle of Wight. Service offerings include ships agency, chartering and stevedoring services.
- Logistics: PD Logistics offers warehousing, recycling and distribution services at UK locations throughout the North East, Humberside & East Anglia, including at Felixstowe.

Development plans for port operations include:
 The Northern Gateway Container Terminal: a major new deep sea container terminal planned at Teesport on the South side of the River Tees.  The 300+ million development will have a capacity of 1.5 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) and is anticipated to deliver over 5,500 jobs to the Tees Valley, when fully operational. Circa 1,300 of the 5,500 new jobs have already been created through portcentric logistics operations in the past four years.

Portcentric Logistics: a concept promoted by PD Ports for locating the storage and distribution of imported goods close to the point of arrival at a UK port. This concept avoids the slow handling and return of empty containers as well as eradicating unnecessary UK road mileage, which occurs when delivering to a traditional inland import centre, such as in the Midlands.

In 2006 ASDA WalMart opened a 360,000 sq ft import centre at Teesport and has saved more than 8 million road miles by adopting the portcentric concept.  Adjacent to the ASDA facility, Tesco operates a purpose built 1.2 million sq ft import centre at Teesport, which opened in 2009. Tea and coffee specialists Taylors of Harrogate opened a purpose built warehouse facility at Teesport Commerce Park on the periphery of Teesport in 2010 to handle its UK imports

Conservancy this includes:
Management of river traffic for the ports of Tees and Hartlepool, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining the required channel depth.

Property this includes:
- Revenue and income from property and facilities owned by PD Ports and used by third party clients on long term leases.
- Land that is not utilised for operational purposes and offers potential for development.
- Port land at Hartlepool docks, which is highly attractive to the growing renewable energy sector, including offshore, windfarms, and biomass plants.  PD Ports long term strategy is to further develop Hartlepool docks as a centre of excellence for the offshore support sectorPD Ports has been recognised at the ASDA Carrier Awards for the second year in succession, winning the UK Container Carrier Award 2011 for the combination of its Logical Link and PD Logistics services.

Alex Linton, ASDA Supply Chain Operations Manager, says it was: "a well deserved award, reflecting the focus, commitment and hard work of the whole team at PD Ports."

ASDA launched the awards last year to help it continue to raise standards amongst its logistics suppliers, and contestants had to demonstrate improvements in seven areas: colleagues, service, compliance, empty miles/positioning, equipment, fuel efficiency and innovation.

Frank Antropik, PD Logistics General Manager (North) collected the award from Lee Hodgkin
Carrier Manager Imports, Supply Chain Operations at the awards ceremony at Queens Hotel, Leeds.

"I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of all the PD Logistics and Logical Link staff," he says. "We know that ASDA sets very high standards of quality and efficiency for its suppliers so we greatly value this accolade. We invest in training, in equipment, and in developing the best IT systems in order to continue improving service to all our customers and it is great to have that recognised by ASDA."

PD Ports launched the Logical Link shortsea shipping service between its own facilities at Teesport and Felixstowe, saving ASDA 12 million and three million road miles annually through the three times a week service. PD Logistics transports the containers from the quay at Teesport to the ASDA import centre on the port and to external sites within the area. It also devans distressed or out-of-spec cargo, provides flexible warehousing space and handles overflow road trailers as needed.

Mr Antropik believes the introduction of key account management by PD Ports has greatly enhanced the relationship between the group and ASDA, leading to greater efficiencies, a higher level of performance and KPI targets being met consistently. "It has enabled the two companies to work more closely together, and given us a greater understanding of the needs of the customer."

PD Ports also recently won the Supply Chain Partnership Award at the annual IFW Freighting Awards, the first time a ports group has won this category.

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