Ruth Mitchell

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Shipshape firm enjoys continued growth

A Teesside based shipping company has recorded a 50% growth in business over the past 12 months and 2011 began with the signing of two major new accounts with ship-owners.

Casper Shipping, based in Middlesbrough, has 32 employees and additional offices in Immingham, Hull and Grangemouth and deals with more than 130 vessels each month at Tees port alone.

It is actively exploiting the potential of major new markets such as the shipping of wind farm components and bio-products and has put a five year development plan in place to ensure expansion.

“We operate in a competitive market that is dependent on world trade so we need to be highly pro-active,” said Managing Director Michael Shakesheff.

“Our major strength is the knowledge and expertise we have built up in nearly 140 years of operation.

“Some of our employees have been with us for 30 years, operating on the river for decades and are highly experienced. When a ship arrives in port an efficient and quick turn-around is absolutely vital as delays can cost owners up to 100,000 dollars a day.”

Customers include BP Chemicals, Sabica, Greenergy Fuels and Tata Steel plus a raft of individual ship-owners.

Casper Shipping’s sister company Camair Freight Solutions, which now has a workforce of 14 operating from the airports at Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley, grew out of meeting the ship-owners need for parts and equipment to be freighted in speedily and is growing fast.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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