April 15 - GAC Energy & Marine Services LLC (GEMS) and Ultramar Logistics (U-LOG) have joined forces to offer integrated logistics solutions to the oil, gas and mining sectors.

This mutual collaboration expands the existing GAC agreement with Ultramar Logistics to include GEMS, to provide professional services to this fast-growing sector across Mexico and South America.

Carlos Arrieta, president of GEMS, says: "Our cooperation represents the right combination to provide a total logistics solutions for the oil, gas and mining industry in South America. Ultramar Logistics is a leading service provider for the energy sector from ports to sites across Latin America. Their local expertise, coupled with GAC's global network and the extensive GEMS portfolio of services, will provide great beneficial support for the industry, both regionally and beyond."

The South American oil, gas and mining sectors are set to attract considerable international investments.

Arrieta adds: "This sector is earmarked to be the biggest market in the coming years, with the IMF and the World Bank anticipating estimated spending of USD22 billion over the next five years."

Carlos Baez, regional CEO of U-LOG, says its new partnership with GAC is a natural development as the two companies have been working together for the last seven years, and share a commitment to identifying and introducing cost-effective solutions.

"As the international logistics arm of the Ultramar Group, we deliver quality logistics solutions customised to the specific demands of the industry and integrated into the customer's value chain. With this partnership, GEMS and U-LOG will provide clients with a uniquely flexible and efficient service to meet all their international transport and logistics needs in Latin America, and throughout GAC's existing global 

The GAC-Ultramar Network was formed in 2004, combining GAC's worldwide experience and resources with Ultramar Network's local expertise to provide tailor-made port and hub services to Principals with ships calling at ports throughout South America.

GEMS was established in 2010 in Houston to offer a wide-range of services for the oil, gas and mining sectors, including: in-house case packing; international or domestic air & ocean freight management; and charter & project service.