Joint venture strengthens Australasian operationsUK, November 15 2012 – GAC Pindar has today announced a new venture with global freight forwarder TNL International, to offer specialist marine leisure logistics services to the growing Australasian market.
The new partnership, named TNL GAC Pindar, is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. It serves Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, providing a complete package of solutions including yacht transportation, superyacht services, air, sea and road freight, agency services and specialist superyacht bunkering.
Experienced freight forwarder Richard Thorpe has been appointed as Manager of TNL GAC Pindar, Australasia. A freight industry veteran, Thorpe has nearly a decade of specialist experience in yacht handling logistics across the region. He is responsible for all boat handling enquiries and coordinating services across Australasia.
Mike Millar, Commercial Director, GAC Pindar, says: “Partnering with TNL International is an important step in further strengthening our operations across Australasia. With a buoyant marine leisure industry and a number of renowned competitive sailing circuits throughout the region, the opportunities are great. TNL is a natural partner for us, complementing our services to meet the specific needs of customers in the region.
“We are really pleased that Richard will be managing operations for TNL GAC Pindar. He brings a wealth of experience of yacht handling and just-in-time logistics, having handled projects from small boats on trailers to 90 foot luxury motor launches and state-of-the-art superyachts. Richard is also a keen sailor himself and is a veteran of the BT Global Challenge, which gives him first-hand insight into the needs and concerns of sailors, owners and project managers.”
GAC Pindar is a partnership between global shipping, logistics and marine services provider, GAC Group, and professional sailing outfit, Team Pindar.
About GAC Pindar
GAC Pindar is your first port of call for integrated specialist services for the marine leisure sector, including yacht transportation, superyacht services, air sea and road freight, yacht spares logistics, sailing event management, ship agency and corporate hospitality. It is the winning combination of the global strength and resources of the GAC Group with the insider understanding of the yachting world represented by the Team Pindar professional sailing team.
Launched in 2011, GAC Pindar is headquartered at the heart of the yachting community – in the UK sailing hub of Southampton.
In addition to providing services to the worldwide yachting community, GAC Pindar is a familiar name on the international race circuit, frequently featuring in the winning line-up at premier sailing events.
GAC Pindar is the official logistics provider for the Extreme Sailing Series.
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Quality and trust are touchstones of the GAC promise. The Group’s extensive portfolio of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services provide clients from the shipping, transportation and manufacturing industries with competitive solutions to help keep their business moving efficiently and cost-effectively.
GAC is no stranger to the complex demands of sports logistics. It has a strong track record of providing speedy and efficient solutions for sporting events, including premier sailing events.
Established in 1956, GAC has its headquarters in Dubai, and employs over 9, 000 people in more than 300 offices around the world.
About Team Pindar
Team Pindar is a world-class sailing team competing in international competitions, including the Extreme Sailing Series and the World Match Racing Tour since 1980 when it first competed in the North Sea Race