February 4, 2009

New Ro-Ro Service Now Connects Tacoma to Global Markets

WWL's North America to Europe service will now call at Port of Tacoma every month.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), a global leader in factory-to-dealer logistics, has launched a monthly service from Tacoma, Washington (USA) as part of its east-bound Asia to North America to Europe trade. The new service will accept cargo in Tacoma bound for Europe, and also for Australia, South America, and the Caribbean via transshipment in Manzanillo.

John Felitto, Executive Vice President, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Region Americas, commented "In today's environment, we know that OEMs, forwarders and shippers must be able to respond quickly to demand anywhere in the world. Now, with our regular service out of Tacoma, businesses in the Pacific North West are better positioned to get their goods to dealers And customers all over the world, on a reliable and predictable schedule."

The new Port rotation:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Port Kembla, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Fremantle, Australia
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Ulsan, Republic Of Korea
  • Nagoya, Japan
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Yokohama, Japan
  • TACOMA, WA, U.S.A.
  • Long Beach, CA U.S.A.
  • Manzanillo, Panama
  • Savannah, GA, U.S.A.
  • Brunswick, GA, U.S.A.
  • Norfolk, VA, U.S.A.
  • Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.
  • Zeebrugge Belgium
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Southampton, United Kingdom

The service offers transshipment opportunities from WWL's hub port in Manzanillo (Panama) to and from other ports in the Americas and regional ports in Oceania.

About WWL

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (www.2wglobal.com) is a leading independent provider of global factory-to-dealer transport solutions for the automotive, agricultural and construction equipment industries. The company also specialises in handling complex project cargoes such as rail cars, power generators, mining equipment and yachts. WWL s sophisticated supply chain management services ensure an efficient integration of ocean transportation, inland distribution, terminal handling and technical services.

WWL employs 3,300 people and deploys more than 60 modern eco-friendly car carriers and roro vessels, servicing 20 trade routes to six continents. WWL transports 4.3 million vehicles annually: 2.3 million by sea and 2 million by land. Annual throughput of close to 30 vehicle processing centers is 3 million units. The company has a strong environmental focus and is an industry leader in developing innovative solutions to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. WWL is owned by Wallenius Lines of Sweden and Wilh. Wilhelmsen of Norway

Contact: Jonathan Spampinato, Jonathan.spampinato@2wglobal.com, 201-505-4141