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GAC to handle husbandry services for Maersk in Hong Kong

GAC to handle husbandry services for Maersk in Hong Kong
Top container line Maersk has appointed GAC to handle all husbandry services for its vessels calling at Hong Kong.

Under the two-year contract, which commenced on 1 July, GAC will handle more than 1,000 calls by Maersk Line and its Asian regional feeder unit MCC vessels per year at all ports and terminals in Hong Kong.

"We chose GAC to handle our husbandry requirements in Hong Kong based on its established track record in ship agency, marine and crew transportation in South China, as well as our shared corporate ethos of delivering on promises of performance," said Danny Chen, procurement director for Maersk's Far East Asia Liner Operations Cluster.

GAC Hong Kong md Thomas Okbo added: "When Maersk Line wanted to outsource its husbandry operation in Hong Kong, we put together a dedicated team to handle the account, in close cooperation with four professionals from their husbandry team. With more than 40 years of agency experience in Hong Kong, we have what it takes to meet their needs.

"While Hong Kong's throughput has been sliding this year, Okbo remains optimistic that container throughput will rebound and that Hong Kong will see a moderate growth in the near future. "Hong Kong will continue to be one of the world's thriving container ports," he said. "With enhanced port handling capacity, I expect the throughput to turn around, which will in turn boost the demand for our shipping services."