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BUSINESSNEWS ROUND-UP more news at www.heavyliftpfi.com


Somers targets Africa with launch of ACE 54 P


hilippe Somers has launched ACE 54 Project Management – a Dubai-


headquartered company that will enable niche and medium- sized international project forwarders to participate in African door-to-door tenders. ACE 54 said that these


project freight forwarders targeting the African market are, in many cases, rejected at the tendering stage – often due to a lack of owned offices and an insufficient continental network. Supported by a carefully


vetted agency network spanning 54 African countries, ACE 54 acts as the internal pricing desk for the international project forwarder, while providing technical information and implementation advice. Somers said that in the three


months since its establishment, ACE 54 has represented five European and three Asian project freight forwarders with multiple tenders to Africa. “We were convinced of the opportunities ACE 54 was going to offer the international project


Somers: “We did not expect to receive this much interest in such a short timespan.”


forwarder,” he stated, “but considering that it requires a change of mind-set for the forwarder, we did not expect to receive this much interest in such a short timespan.” Somers is well known in the


project freight forwarding sphere; he stepped down from his role as senior vice president of industrial projects at Geodis at the end of 2018, before


joining deugro as the company’s Fred. Olsen opens in Taipei


Fred. Olsen Ocean has opened a branch office in Taipei, Taiwan, to support the growing offshore wind energy business in the Asia-Pacific region. During the spring of 2020,


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilise one of its purpose-built jack-up installation vessels for


the Yunlin offshore wind farm, off the Taiwanese coast. Ahead of this project, the


offshore specialist has opened an office in the centre of Taipei that will serve as the base for Hans Hansen, the company’s newly appointed regional manager for the Asia-Pacific region.


Hareket wins Duqm work


Turkey’s Hareket has been awarded a heavy lifting contract by the joint venture between Samsung Engineering and Petrofac International to support


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the construction of the Duqm refinery in Oman. The company has opened an office in Oman that will oversee its involvement.


vice president of corporate business development.


NEWS in BRIEF


Xellz eyes Irish potential Xellz Operations is investigating the potential of an offshore supply base in the south and southeast of Ireland that would serve future offshore wind energy projects.


Peinemann buys van Harten Peinemann Mobilift Group has acquired industrial relocation specialist G. van Harten.


Hansa Meyer expands Hansa Meyer Global has opened a new branch in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Steelduxx starts trading Antwerp-based Edmond Van Dyck & Sons and Aneka have officially merged their operations to create Steelduxx.


Kuok advances POSH bid PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) has filed to leave the Singapore Exchange as the Kuok Group moves forward with its takeover.


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