Trans Ocean, Hillebrand Group subsidiary and global leader in wine bulk liquid logistics, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a new contract to handle all wine imports into Constellation Europe’s UK facility – the largest of its kind in Europe.
Building upon our existing working relationship, this new contract is a major step forward to take advantage of the considerable supply chain savings and environmental benefits that Trans Ocean can provide.
Trans Ocean will manage both bulk and cased wine movements from Europe and the New World into the Constellation Park, Avonmouth, with the majority moving by rail from various UK ports.
Both Constellation and Trans Ocean are dedicated to reducing carbon emissions. The new services will utilise a dedicated rail connection to transport containers from South/East UK Ports to Bristol, eliminating over one million road miles in removing thousands of truck journeys from already congested roads.
With 24/7 secure terminal operations, the rail service ensures an efficient, streamlined supply chain to Constellation Park, eliminating potential demurrage costs and allowing Constellation to utilise faster shipping services into ports which connect to the rail network.
A three-year contract, signed between Freightliner subsidiary Logico and Trans Ocean, initially involves seven trains a week from the South East ports. These are the first services operated on these routes for Trans Ocean and carry an equivalent of 8.96 million bottles each week into the Constellation facility via Trans Ocean’s VinBulk Flexitanks.
Trans Ocean, as part of the total supply chain solution is also providing Constellation with two mechanical Mobicon straddle carriers to simplify bulk container handling at Constellation Park. The straddle carriers will be used to move containers from chassis on arrival to the holding area and discharge points within Constellation Park.
Tom Yusef, Executive Board member of the Hillebrand Group says: "We are delighted that Constellation, one of the largest premium drinks companies in the world, has the confidence in the quality and value of our services and solutions to their business, to make this level of commitment."
Simon Williams, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Constellation Wines Australia and Europe says: "The new initiatives enable us to both streamline our supply chain operations and reduce carbon emissions. As such, we are extremely happy to endorse and implement the innovative initiatives that Trans Ocean will provide."