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Never mind London and south- east England – the UK’s real boom area are the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland, says Ian Adam. As sales director of specialist family-owned operator, Streamline Shipping Group, he can attest to the huge volumes of freight that are going into both islands. “There may be only 40,000

people between both Islands but we regularly transport in excess of 200 trailer loads a week – a huge number, relative to the population,” he explains. Salmon farming, oil & gas, major construction projects and regular shipments of food, drink and other daily necessities are keeping Streamline very busy; turnover in 2014 was £44 million, an impressive figure by the standards of most Scottish transport concerns, making Streamline one of Scotland’s largest and most successful freight transport operators. Streamline also operates a

chartered 290teu containership from Aberdeen to both islands that operates a fixed scheduled service, and indeed has provided such a service for over 30 years. With a varied fleet of over 900 ISO containers, they can handle every type of freight imaginable, providing a vital life line to the Isles on a just in time basis. The container ship offers a

cost-effective alternative to the Government funded ro-ro ferry, on what one of the longest regular sea voyage purely within UK waters – 200 miles to Shetland where you are closer to Norway than the Scottish mainland. The MV Daroja has, in the

ten years since she started operations for Streamline become a familiar sight, operating twice-weekly round- trip departures from Aberdeen to both islands – though oſten the North Sea’s ferocious weather intervenes, especially in winter months. That said, Streamline also

offers daily trailer services via the overnight ro-ro ferry for time sensitive freight, making Streamline one of the ferry companies’ biggest customers, enabling them to offer a one stop shop to its client base. Building of the Shetland Gas

Plant at Sullom Voe has helped boost Shetland business over the last three years. Streamline has four of its mobile cranes on the site and at the peak last year employed over 100 staff including a fleet of 30 vehicles based in Shetland for this contract alone. Construction is scheduled to

end this year, but there are other big schemes that will take up at least some of the slack, Ian Adam adds, including a new Orkney

1,000 deliveries a day, and we’re working for majority of the big parcel delivery companies,” Ian Adam points out. “In fact, we probably handle 80% of the islands’ parcel business outwith the Royal Mail.” The major parcels firms don’t

find it economic to operate to the islands themselves as the volumes

on each individual

hospital and a power station in Shetland, and a large new school and halls of residence in Lerwick that is about to start with a two- year timescale, not to mention major refurbishment at Sullom Voe oil terminal, so there is no shortage of new opportunities. Streamline’s latest investment

in Shetland is a new 50,000sq ſt multi purpose warehouse on the quayside at Greenhead that will open for business late July. The facility is complemented by a further 49,000 sq ſt of external hardstanding, and will provide a full range of logistics, stevedoring and crane hire services to oil and gas, renewables, de- commissioning and project clients. While Aberdeen has long been

the oilfields’ main supply base for the many supply boats, it is a long way from the rigs themselves

Six million euros to secure Scottish ro ro link

DFDS Seaways and Forth Ports are to invest over €6 million in the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight route, Scotland’s only direct ro ro link to the Continent. Following a meeting between

DFDS chief executive, Niels Smedegaard, Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond and

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, the carrier announced a plan to fit scrubber technology on the route’s

sole ship, the

Finlandia Seaways by the end of the year to comply with the new IMO sulphur emission rules, a fuel optimisation programme and infrastructure adjustments at the Scottish terminal. The three stressed the

importance of continuing the service as well as route developments and the concrete investment plan for which the basis has been laid in November 2014 when the three parties published a joint statement to secure the route’s future. Nicola Sturgeon commented: “The Rosyth to Zeebrugge freight route is a vital link for Scotland’s

economy and hugely important for the large number of customers who use it to get their goods in and out of the country. It is therefore extremely welcome news that DFDS is to continue to operate this service. The investment in port improvements by Forth Ports is also a vital component of increasing the capacity and efficiency of the service. Along with all parties we are committed to work together

to look at

new ways of increasing and improving its service for years to come.” Infrastructure adjustments

will include equipment to allow double-stacking of containers on the vessel, increasing freight capacity of the vessel by an extra 300 lane metres.

and Greenhead will serve as a convenient staging post, Ian Adam explains. With the new site in Lerwick, “we are positioning ourselves to enhance and significantly reduce costs for the oil and gas industry, especially at a time where there has been a downturn in crude oil prices and the need to get best value for money. We hope it will help put a lot of business on our Aberdeen to Shetland services.” Warehouses and logistics

facilities are in short supply on both islands. “There is a lack of modern distribution centres,” Ian Adam says. So much so, another investment Streamline made a few years ago was to build is a £1.2 million transport depot in Orkney, on a two acre site. Parcels delivery

to Orkney

and Shetland is another big area of business for Streamline. With few high street names in the main towns of Kirkwall and Lerwick, internet shopping and home delivery has boomed over the last few years. “We’re doing around an average of

carrier would never justify their own dedicated vehicle; it is far more cost effective to hand the job over to a specialist. Streamline has

invested in double-deck

trailers to handle the business as well as operating an extensive fleet of parcel vans. Drivers have the latest hand

held terminals to provide instant proofs of delivery and live track and trace systems as well - “very impressive when you consider how remote these islands really are,” says Ian Adam. Whilst

many think of

Streamline as just a specialist operator to the Northern Isles, the company is also a major player in the general full and part load haulage, distribution & logistics throughout all of Scotland. “Offering 100% neutrality has

been one of the main reasons for the success of this important side of their business says Ian Adam”. Many English hauliers find Scotland a difficult place to service cost effectively, so Streamline’s Glasgow depot at Bellshill on the main M74 motorway network acts as a

redistribution point from

truckers coming from the south, offering a real one stop facility for

pallets and general cargo. Ian Adam says: “Our haulage

and distribution business in Central Scotland has grown beyond all expectations over the last five years. This part of our business is generating many millions in revenue and making a decent contribution to our bottom line, with 32 staff now employed at the Glasgow depot alone.” Streamline operates a core fleet of 50 assorted vehicles and 100 trailers throughout Scotland. Bellshill is also the location

for Streamline’s specialist freight forwarding department. Whilst relatively small, it has a key team of five providing “old fashioned personal customer care to a UK wide client base.” Another activity


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liner agency for the Eimskip multipurpose service from Aberdeen to northwest Norway and Murmansk, one of a very select number of regular services at the northern port. The opening of an English

division three years ago, run by director Allan Fitchett, majoring in UK and international freight forwarding in Humberside has been another success story for Streamline. Ian Adam says “This has been a fantastic development for the group, and credit goes in full to Allan for making us a key player in the Humberside area - the growth of our business in England over the last few years has been fantastic – and a big thank you to our many haulage and logistics clients who support and rely on us.”

Mammoet gets room to grow

Mammoet Ferry Transport has recently agreed a new deal to expand its Hamilton freight terminal in Scotland to service continued growth in European trailer business and provide a platform for their expanding warehouse and distribution business. The company has had a presence in

Scotland for over 24 years, but its direct part load and groupage services have expanded rapidly in the past two years . Mammoet now offers scheduled, daily services

for groupage, part and full loads to and from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and France. If offers full coverage of Scotland and can

collect consignments from all areas including the Highlands and Islands. Branch manager Calum Stewart says that

the decision to double the size of the existing warehouse facility was an easy one to make as the company has increased its part load business

five-fold over two years, as well as securing new contract warehouse business in Scotland and mainland Europe. “We now offer quite a broad range of services that include not only physical movement of product, but assistance with inventory, order picking and packing and fulfilment” Mammoet Ferry Transport has also created

a specialised Logistics division in as part of its drive towards single source solutions. The team now includes specialists in air and sea transport to compliment its extensive European road operations.

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