February 5 - Following last October's news of a strategic partnership between Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) and offshore project logistics and freight forwarding specialists, Palumbo SpA, HLPFI has learned that ISS Palumbo has opened an office in the U

Based in London, the new UK office will further expand ISS Palumbo's project logistics across the group and build on its vision to deliver a global combination of agency, project logistics and freight forwarding solutions to customers in the expanding offshore oil and gas energy sector.

ISS Palumbo says it is aiming to open five new offices worldwide within the next three years. In addition to the new UK office, the company is also reviewing options for the USA, UAE and South America.

The new offices will have commercial and operational capability and be responsible for managing existing and future projects, as well as winning new business in the UK and internationally.

New employees have already been recruited for the London office including from LV Shipping, John Walker (pictured left below), as vice president marketing and sales; Kenneth Brandom, project manager; and Nick Harsant (pictured right below), who joins from Aprile UK as vice president, global marketing and sales who will be based in London but undertaking a global role.

Says Filippo Palumbo, senior vice president offshore solutions ISS: "We are very pleased to open our new UK offices just three months after creating our strategic partnership. This is a significant milestone in our global expansions for the company as we develop our project logistics capabilities further across the business."

ISS Palumbo already has offices in Livorno, San Donato, Milanese in Italy and Egypt.