Hanover – 28 August 2017 Niedersächsische Verfrachtungsgesellschaft mbH (NVG) celebrated its centenary in Hanover on Saturday last week (26 August). “We’re here to celebrate NVG, a company that embodies inland waterway shipping in north Germany,” said Ingelore Hering, Head of the Industry and Maritime Business Department at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport. In the presence of about 100 guests, the inland waterway shipping expert pointed out in her official speech that, given the fact that there is less and less leeway for transport infrastructure, this means of transport still has huge usable potential for coping with the growing volumes of goods. Hering said, “We must make effective use of these opportunities in the logistics mix.”
NVG, in which Imperial Logistics International has a majority holding, specialises in supplying power stations and disposing of materials from them, transporting building materials and agricultural products as well as project loads. It focuses on transporting coal, fertilisers, feedstuffs, cereals, building materials, minerals and transporting equipment along all of Europe’s waterways. Its portfolio also includes handling and warehousing. NVG Managing Director, Uwe Öhlmann, announced that NVG would offer more logistics and freight forwarding services like warehousing and handling as well as organising truck/inland waterway intermodal traffic in future.
It currently has two articulated pushed convoys and eight cargo vessels in its “Niedersachsen” series. NVG also schedules 18 third-party contractors from its headquarters in Hanover. The company’s operations mainly focus on the seaports on the German North Sea coast, the complete canal system and exchange traffic to Belgium and the Netherlands.
NVG was founded as part of the creation of the Mittelland Canal, which connected Minden from 1916 and Hanover from 1928 onwards. The Hanover business area gained a link to the Rhine river area through the Mittelland Canal and the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The shareholders in the early days included Franz Haniel GmbH; its expertise in inland waterway shipping was very much in demand from the other 34 founding shareholders. NVG joined Imperial after Franz Haniel sold its inland waterway shipping activities to Imperial after the turn of the millennium. NVG has four other shareholders in addition to Imperial (82.8 percent): Stadtwerke Hannover AG, Braunschweiger Versorgungs AG, the sugar producer Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG and GB Verwaltungs AG, Hannover.
Imperial Logistics International
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 9,000 people and, including the new acquisition, Palletways, generates turnover amounting to EUR 1.6 billion at 170 business locations.
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