Multipurpose carrier Chipolbrok has appointed Crane Worldwide Logistics as its general agent in Japan.

Crane Worldwide Logistics and Chipolbrok will work together and provide customers with access to a liner service from Japan to North America. With expertise in Customs brokerage and trade advisory services, in addition to logistics, warehousing and freight forwarding solutions, Crane Worldwide added that together with Chipolbrok the companies would be able to offer a door-to-door solution for its clients in the heavy lift market.

Calling upon Chipolbrok’s fleet of vessels, which have a lifting capacity up to 700 tonnes, the partnership will serve customers in the renewable energy sector, as well as industrial and manufacturing industries, among others.

Richard Stinchcombe, managing director at Crane Worldwide Logistics Japan, said: “We have exciting growth plans in Japan and with our head office located in Houston, I see many opportunities for our clients in this strategic partnership. Wind projects, for example, are a key focus, both onshore and the highly anticipated and newly developing offshore wind focus in Japan and we can now support this development.”

Roman Wozniak and Zhou Jinglai, both shipping directors at Chipolbrok, added: “We believe our cooperation with Crane Worldwide will not only improve our outbound service in Asia, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and USA/Americas, but also see great opportunity in the inbound segment of bulk business.”

In line with Chipolbrok’s expansion plans, the shipping company will also boost its fleet by the end of 2021 with the addition of four 64,000 dwt newbuild multipurpose vessels.