Tuesday, October 28, 2014

India's Largest Shipping Company Selects New UK Agent

DKT and Allseas Tie Up and Secure New Business
Shipping News Feature

UK – INDIA – DKT Allseas Shipping has been appointed as the UK liner agent and representative for the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). Taking over the agency with effect from November 1, DKT Allseas Shipping will be based in Tilbury, Essex. DKT, otherwise known as the De Keyser Thornton Group, was founded in Antwerp in 1853, and has many years of experience in ship agency and freight forwarding activities and earlier this month seemingly tied up in the UK with the Nottingham based Allseas Group, with Allseas Global Logistics Managing Director Darren Wright also heading up the new company.

The new agency agreement is based on a longstanding relationship, DKT having been SCI's agent in Belgium since 2008. The UK venture will add an in-depth knowledge of the UK market to the services it currently offers. SCI, India's largest shipping company, operates two services a week into the UK, both calling at the Port of Felixstowe in a vessel-sharing agreement. Last year, SCI's services carried a total of 41,000 TEU in imports and exports into and out of the UK, and 25,000 TEU into and out of Antwerp. Philip Van Tilburg, CEO of DKT, commented:

"We hope that this collaboration opens the door for other ship agency opportunities in the near future."