The port services provider, the LBH Group, and the logistics specialist, Rhenus, are planning to cooperate closely in the European inland waterway shipping logistics business. Both companies are currently seeking to set up a joint venture that aims to pool activities in the field of inland waterway shipping and the onward carriage of the associated goods.
“By cooperating with LBH, we’d like to significantly strengthen our joint position at Rotterdam. We’ll therefore be able to offer the customers of both the LBH Group and the Rhenus Group an even more efficient and flexible range of services in future than we’ve done in the past,” says Thomas Maassen, Managing Director of Rhenus Port Logistics, giving the reasons for the latest development.
“It’s our goal to be able to offer our international customers a complete chain of services from the departure country to the final recipient. We’ve found a suitable partner in Rhenus to support and strengthen us in this field,” says Bert Lagendijk, Managing Partner of the LBH Group.
The two partners will establish the structure of the cooperation arrangement in terms of company law during the next few weeks and the deal still has to be approved by the cartel authorities.
The LBH Group was founded by the Dutch brothers Jan and Bert Lagendijk in Rotterdam in 1984 and now not only has business operations at European ports, but on all five continents. The historical roots of Rhenus can be traced back to the Rhine and Main inland waterway routes. The Rhenus Group now has a diverse, global network of business sites with extensive port capacity.
The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global business operations and annual turnover of ZAR 79 billion. Rhenus has business sites at 610 locations worldwide and employs 29,000 people. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics, Port Logistics and Public Transport – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.