New chemicals tanker for Wijgula - naming ceremony in Druten

Druten (NL), (PresseBox) - Wijnhoff & van Gulpen & Larsen B.V. (Wijgula), which belongs to the logistics group IMPERIAL Logistics International, put into operation a new inland waterway tanker for transporting iron(III) chloride on 9 September. The tanker was named "Margot la Fileuse" by the pastoral worker for sailors, Bernhard van Welzenes. The traditional bottle of champagne was broken by Fransiska Clarysse, the wife of Luc Tack, CEO of the Belgian Tessenderlo Group, which has its headquarters in Brussels. The tanker will transport iron(III) chloride from the French production site of Produits Chimiques de Loos, which is part of the Tessenderlo Group, from Loos near Lille to Paris. The product is used to treat sewage there.

The Tinnemans shipyard at Maasbracht in the Netherlands constructed the ship’s hull. De Gerlien van Tiem in Druten on the river Waal handled the other building work. The tanker is precisely adapted to the restrictions on dimensions, which have to be taken into account on French domestic waterways when transporting goods. The vessel’s capacity of 750 tonnes replaces about 30 trucks on each journey. Wijgula has leased the tanker to IMPERIAL Logistics SARL, Hambach (France) with the aim of complying with all the conditions and stipulations, which need to be considered in France when transporting commercial goods on inland waterways.

IMPERIAL Logistics International has pooled the management of a fleet of 63 double-hulled inland waterway tankers, some belonging to IMPERIAL and others chartered, at the Wijgula shipping company. The latter as founded in 1922 and has its headquarters in the Dutch town of Druten on the river Waal. These vessels can transport any liquid gas products approved for shipment on inland waterways.

IMPERIAL Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African company IMPERIAL Holdings Limited, IMPERIAL Logistics International is responsible for coordinating and managing all the international logistics business of IMPERIAL Holdings Limited outside Africa. The varied portfolio of services at IMPERIAL Logistics International, which has its headquarters in Duisburg, is separated into two divisions: the Group pools all its transport services in the Shipping, Road and Express Freight business units in the IMPERIAL Transport Solutions division. The IMPERIAL Supply Chain Solutions division covers all the services in the contract logistics, contract manufacturing and warehousing sectors for the Automotive, Industrial, Retail and Chemicals business units. Working together, both divisions provide a full and transparent range of services from one source along the complete supply chain. Beyond its pure logistics services, IMPERIAL Logistics International has also become established as a process consultant for third parties, a fleet manager for outside car fleets and a provider of insurance services related to particular sectors. IMPERIAL Logistics International employs more than 8,300 people and, including the new acquisition, Palletways, generates turnover amounting to EUR 1.4 billion at 170 business locations.

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