Rhenus Group appointed Moritz Becker and Colin D’Abreo as co-vice president directors of its project logistics unit during May 2024. Each has his own particular areas of expertise and the structure of the roles reflects this experience. “We have divided the world,” said Becker, who now leads Rhenus Project Logistics’ operations in Europe, the CIS region, and Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAPAC). D’Abreo will oversee activities in the Americas, India, China, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Becker and D’Abreo ‘divide the world’ as Rhenus plots expansion

Source: Rhenus Group

Moritz Becker (L) and Colin D’Abreo (R)

Together, they will spearhead Rhenus Project Logistics, with a focus on network expansion and product development within renewables, energy, mining, oil and gas, and industrial plant. Becker will prioritise strengthening the company’s presence in the renewables sector and providing turnkey solutions for industrial projects in Türkiye and the CIS. Additionally, he will supervise the network’s expansion in SEAPAC.

Meanwhile, D’Abreo will concentrate on bolstering the North American market, specifically in oil, gas, and renewables. Additionally, he will further expand Rhenus offshore services in Eastern Canada, grow Rhenus project logistics services in Latin America, strengthen connections in India’s export market for industrialised and project cargo, and establish a robust project structure in the MEA region.

Latin America in particular is an area where Rhenus Project Logistics can grow and add value for its customers. D’Abreo noted that Rhenus acquired Colombian logistics specialist Blu Logistics in late 2023, a firm that is “among the largest operators in Latin America” when it comes to general cargo. “We will leverage what we have in place to build project teams.”

Expansion there will be methodical, with a focus on Colombia, Mexico and Chile. He highlighted the volatile nature of many markets in the region; Rhenus plans to give a wide berth to the geopolitical hotspots and “focus on the locations where we are strong,” said D’Abreo. Colombia presents opportunities in the mining and renewables markets. In Mexico, the growing production shift from India and China to the country is a driver. “We have a strong position there and we can build on cross border deliveries,” said D’Abreo.

“For us to succeed, we need to grow,” added Becker, and development is very much on the company’s agenda. “We have created the structure and are building the network to be a global player,” he said. 2024 has proven to be a successful year for the business despite well documented market volatility. Both are optimistic on the future, with customers reporting filled orderbooks for 2025 and into 2026, particularly in the renewable energy markets.

The main concerns surround rate volatility. “As project forwarders, we need to think outside of the box on how to come to common solutions and common ground,” said Becker.

The company believes it can leverage the experience it has gained from its European activities in new markets. Last year it opened sites in Halifax and St John’s to serve the project logistics and offshore markets, with Newfoundland’s renewable energy sector a target, as well as other offshore industries.

Moreover, as a family-owned business, D’Abreo believes Rhenus is in a strong position to react quickly and the company’s owners are willing to make the necessary investments where there is a practical need. That too is reflected in the company’s strategy of investing in physical assets, where appropriate, including coaster vessels, barges, and other heavy transport equipment. “We want to deliver turnkey solutions… we differ from our competition as we are a combination of a project logistics provider and a company that has assets.”

Perhaps this is best evidenced at Rhenus Cuxport, a deepwater terminal located at Germany’s port of Cuxhaven. HLPFI reported last year that Rhenus has expanded its premises there with the development of an additional terminal in the port’s hinterland. Across 11 ha, infrastructure was built within five months to provide storage space for 4,500 vehicles; the area is also suitable for sectors such as the onshore and offshore wind industry due to its capability for heavy loads.

Moreover, Cuxhaven is set for a major boost. The German government is set to support the EUR300 million (USD326.3 million) expansion of Cuxhaven with a EUR100million (USD108.8 million) grant, which will be spent on establishing three new berths that will service the wind energy industry, primarily.