In an ongoing challenging global market, BBC Chartering further sharpened its service proposition, fleet procurement and commercial network. The European chartering network was strengthened with own presences opened in France and Spain; innovation of the core fleet was supported by co-launching an eco-friendly new-building program with partners during the year and, lastly a strategic cooperation with Manchester Terminal in the Port of Houston was tightened to provide a dedicated project terminal for BBC Chartering in the US Gulf.
The year started with the completion of the 17,000 dwt BBC Congo new-building series by taking delivery of the BBC Danube. By mid-year, the 700mt heavy-lift program of the BBC Everest type was completed by taking delivery of the BBC Xingang. By the end of the year BBC Chartering operates one third of its fleet capable of lifting 500mt and above.
Accompanied by market wide challenges, BBC Chartering continued to focus on improving its commercial position in important markets in South America and Korea, also opening another branch office in Brisbane, Australia, and, adding more capacity to the Caytrans operated joint-venture trade in the Caribbean.
Surrounded by a difficult market environment BBC Chartering continued to strengthen its global commercial position. New representations were opened in Belgium and Australia, and more capacity was added to respond to customer demand in the coastal Caribbean trade, the West Coast South America trade and, on regular international services between Europe and Asia.
The fleet renewal program commenced during the year and hit halftime by taking delivery of the 14,800 dwt vessel BBC Citrine, a member of the BBC Amber series featuring 800mt lifting capacity.
The year was highlighted by fleet expansion activities as BBC Chartering took over the operation of numerous vessels previously sailing under the Beluga brand. Also, with the BBC Everest, BBC Fuji, BBC Amber, BBC Chartering took delivery of three new building vessels from its fleet renewal and modernization program. This step now enables the company to offer lifting capacities exceeding 500mt. This was accompanied by the introduction of a ‘project division’, a service unit that delivers dedicated tender management and transport engineering.
Next to the opening of a Shanghai and Liverpool office BBC Chartering introduced a BBC Trans-Pacific liner service, and the BBC Americana Line – Med Service.
In response to strong customer demand the BBC Bulk Division was added to create and coordinate customized solutions.
Another BBC office opened up their doors for business - BBC Chartering Japan Ltd. was formed!
Moreover BBC united with Teras Cargo Transport, establishing Teras BBC Chartering LLC for the ownership of m/v BBC Houston carrying the US flag.
BBC Colombia S.A. and BBC Ecuador Andino Ltd. were formed to enable BBC to better serve the increasing demand for shipments and service in oil & gas, mining, wind generation, and other projects in South America.
Asia Project Chartering Pte Ltd. (APC) was dissolved and is now operating under the BBC Chartering name to reinvigorate and enhance its presence in Asian Pacific Markets. The offices are located in Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Melbourne and Dubai. Mediterranean Project Chartering (MPC) launched in 2007, became BBC Chartering Genoa Srl.
U.S. operations officially became part of BBC Leer and are now known as BBC Chartering USA. The office is located in Houston, Texas, convenient to BBC’s energy, oil and gas, and EPC client base.
The new European and Gulf Lines offer solutions from the USG to Europe and the Persian Gulf on a regular basis.
BBC gets even bigger in Europe anchoring in well known shipping cities, Genoa and Aarhus, the wind power capital.
Our professional contact is established in Japan providing our Japanese clients a first hand professional contact person from APC.
In order to establish a larger presence in the US Gulf and Caribbean, BBC partnered with Dan-Gulf, founding Caytrans BBC which is based out of New Orleans. The first APC office on the continent of Australia is placed in Melbourne. BBC starts working in Sao Paulo as an operation and chartering base for all services to and from South America: coordination of port agents and commercial representatives.
The year BBC Chartering launched its Liner Services, the three main liner services were the Andino, Americana and APC South America Far East (SAFE) Lines. Dubai opens and is a success amongst a base for many large multi nationals and the center of an expanding economy.
Asia Project Chartering, BBC’s largest alliance is formed with Clipper Projects with headquarters in Singapore. The APC Dalian office was founded later that year. Canada and Argentina join team BBC.
BBC Andino and BBC Korea were formed. BBC Andino is well known for the reliable service and commitment with the Latin American Customers developing the project cargo needs in the area.
BBC Bremen and BBC St. Petersburg were founded to concentrate on the Russian Services. BBC do Brasil joined forces in the South American market.
BBC (USA), LP became the link between the Americas and Europe, directing the chartering, operations, sales & marketing and technical duties for all vessels calling the United States.
We simultaneously made our new home in Leer, Germany and expanded our brand in our first South American location with the Argentinean team.
Argosy Shipping becomes BBC’s sole representative for North America in Houston, TX
The birth of BBC Chartering & Logistic in Bremen, Germany