October 21 - Ocean World Lines (OWL), a global, single-source NVOCC and subsidiary of Pacer International, has opened a new office in Houston to service all cargoes moving to and from the region.

In addition to containerised and breakbulk freight, OWL Houston will handle project and out-of-gauge cargoes too large for standard containers as well as logistics solutions specific to the petrochemicals industry.

"We are opening an office in Houston to support our customers' needs in the region and our mission to grow US exports. Texas is ranked number one in the nation by total value of goods exported, according to the latest US Census data, and Houston is the ideal location as it's equipped to handle breakbulk shipments. It is a fast growing region and well-known for exporting drilling, petrochemicals-related supplies and other large-volume products, such as resins," says Dan Gardner, OWL's CEO.

Gardner notes: "The weak dollar is propelling exports right now as well, helping make the Port of Houston a major growth region in the US."

Heading the Houston team is Abel Edgington, a 16-year veteran of logistics operations and management in the Texas area. Edgington, who will serve as regional branch manager, was previously with Triton Overseas Transport, RCS Intermodal and Expeditors International.

Abel brings strong regional expertise to the new Houston office and his team will be responsible for helping increase exports and developing new business.

OWL's Houston office offers a full range of services including ocean and air freight, cargo consolidation, packing and crating, trucking and warehousing, and de-consolidation and distribution.