February 16 - BDP Project Logistics has opened an office in Aberdeen, Scotland, to service the needs of UK project clients, including the important North Sea oil and gas industry.

"We are delighted to be formally extending our Aberdeen presence into BDP's European footprint," said Luc Van Heygen, BDP Project Logistics managing director for the Americas and Europe. "The 'Oil Capital of Europe and Gateway to the North Sea', as it's sometimes referred to, has been under our due diligence for some time. The most compelling data from our research has revealed logistics / transportation decision-makers in the oil and gas sector here are looking above and beyond one-size-fits-all service solutions.

The very nature of the industry necessitates a much more intensive customer service business model; a more high-touch, high-speed premium service experience for front line decision-makers who need and expect more."

Crawford Hendy (seen below), branch manager, and Marc Clarke, sales manager, bring to BDP more than 45 years of experience in the North Sea sector. Hendy has been involved in freight forwarding in the region for more than 30 years. Clarke has more than 15 years of both operational and sales experience in the North Sea, Middle East and African markets. Significantly both men have worked for major oil and gas companies.

With the support of BDP's global network of more than 140 offices in over 120 countries, the Aberdeen office will offer a full range of ocean, air, charter and road freight services. In addition to traditional freight forwarding activities, it will provide third-party warehousing, domestic and international distribution, on- and off-site packing and crating, customs consulting, and assistance with legal documentation. The newly established office complements and completes the global BDP Oil and Gas organisation, which has a strategic presence with competency centres in all major deployment hubs, including Houston, Aberdeen, Dubai and Singapore.

The Aberdeen office will play a key role in developing the hub and region, while offering a hub-and-spoke solution for its UK oil and gas clients, exporting to and importing from the Gulf of Mexico, South America, the Caspian Sea, the North Sea, CIS, Middle East, West Africa and Asia. By channeling cargoes through regional hubs, it will coordinate deliveries to mainline ports and airports, as well as inland destinations.

The address of the new office is: BDP Project Logistics, Caledonian House, Lawson Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, United Kingdom AB21 0DR. Tel: +44 1224 796650 Fax: +44 1224 796651 Email: crawford.hendy@bdpprojects.com