Port services provider the LBH Group and logistics specialist Rhenus have announced plans to cooperate closely in the European inland waterway shipping logistics sector. Both companies are currently seeking to set up a joint venture which aims to pool activities in the field of inland waterway shipping and the onward carriage of the associated goods.
Thomas Maassen, managing director of Rhenus Port Logistics, commented: “By cooperating with LBH, we’d like to significantly strengthen our joint position at Rotterdam. We’ll therefore be able to offer the customers of both the LBH Group and the Rhenus Group an even more efficient and flexible range of services in the future than we’ve done in the past."
Bert Lagendijk, managing partner of the LBH Group, added: “It is our goal to be able to offer our international customers a complete chain of services from the departure country to the final recipient. We’ve found a suitable in Rhenus to support and strengthen us in this field.”
The two partners will establish the structure of the cooperation arrangement in terms of company law during the next few weeks, and the deal still has to be approved by the cartel authorities.
The LBH Group was founded by the Dutch brothers Jan and Bert Lagendijk in Rotterdam in 1984, and now has business operations across all five companies. The historical roots of Rhenus can be traced back to the Rhine and Main inland waterway routes. The Rhenus group now has a diverse, global network of business sites with extensive port capacity.