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GAC saves the day for Hong Kong sailor with high speed delivery of giant mast

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Precision and care key to handling vital yacht part

The team at GAC Pindar carefully loading the mast onto the plane bound for Hong Kong.

The team at GAC Pindar carefully loading the mast onto the plane bound for Hong Kong.

29th May 2013, Hong Kong – When the mast on prominent Hong Kong businessman and sailing enthusiast Sam Chan’s yacht Freefire broke recently, he turned to GAC Pindar to speed a replacement from Europe.

Within just two weeks, the integrated specialist services provider for the marine leisure sector had made all the arrangements and trucked the 24-metre long replacement mast weighing 700kg from Valencia, Spain to Luxembourg, where it was flown to Hong Kong. Despite the mast’s bulk, GAC Pindar’s Operations Coordinator, Maritza Lopez says it required delicate handling with a high level of precision: “Jobs of such nature usually require meticulous planning and preparation. In this case, due to the urgency of the job, there was little turnaround time, but that did not stop our experienced team from delivering the mast on time.”

Sam Chan’s boat captain, Russ Parker, explains why GAC Pindar was chosen for the job: “We turned to GAC Pindar, the official logistics provider of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. GAC Pindar has an in-depth knowledge of racing team requirements, and understands the intricacy and urgency needed to make things happen. We are very pleased with a job well done and us now having the opportunity to get back on the race course!”

Once it arrived in Hong Kong, GAC’s local team took over and delivered it to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. GAC Hong Kong’s Managing Director Alwyn Mendonca says: “By combining GAC Pindar’s yachting sector expertise with our local know-how and logistics experience and competence, we can provide the best of both worlds and we’re confident of handling more jobs like this in the future.”

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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About GAC Group

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Emphasising world-class performance, a long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human touch, GAC delivers a flexible and value-adding portfolio to help customers achieve their strategic goals.

Established since 1956, GAC employs over 10, 000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

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1 comment

fareastsail June 7, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Very happy to visit this blog. good work GAC. hong kong sailing.


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