GAC-Ultramar Network, part of the GAC global shipping agency network, has extended its South American coverage with the addition of Colombia and Ecuador to its existing presence in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay.
The GAC-Ultramar Network cooperation that was formed in 2004 combines GAC’s global network with Ultramar Network’s local expertise to provide tailor made port and hub services to Principals operating ships in South America.
GAC Group Vice President for Shipping Lars Heisselberg sees the network expansion as an important development for the four-year alliance. “Colombia and Ecuador operate some of the busiest ports and trade lanes in South America. Our presence in both countries adds a significant boost to our existing network.”
As the largest port agency in Colombia in terms of attended port calls, GAC-Ultramar Network Colombia offers tramp and liner services agency services. The network includes offices in Bogotá (headquarters), Barranquilla, Buenaventura,Cartagena, Santa Marta, Puerto Bolivar, Coveñas, Cali and Medellín.
GAC-Ultramar Ecuador is formed as a result of a port agency operating agreement between Ultramar Network Chile and Grupo Transoceanica, the premier transport group in the country. The ports attended by GAC-Ultramar Ecuador are Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Manta, Puerto Bolivar, La Libertad and Galápagos.
“With this network expansion, GAC-Ultramar Network will be able to provide clients with a single and uniform point of entry for all their ship agency needs in South America,” says Detlev W. Spethmann, Director, GAC-Ultramar Network.