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What Was, Is And Will Be For Neptune Pacific: Rasmussen Highlights

2014 was perhaps one of the most significant year for Neptune Pacific Line. As managing director, Rolf Rasmussen put it, the year was a transformational one for the Roll Global-owned
04 Mar 2015 08:57
What Was, Is And Will Be For Neptune Pacific: Rasmussen Highlights
Neptune Pacific’s Capitaine Wallis in Suva.

2014 was perhaps one of the most significant year for Neptune Pacific Line.

As managing director, Rolf Rasmussen put it, the year was a transformational one for the Roll Global-owned international company.

From acquisitions to partnership to a new and improved schedule, Neptune Pacific will this ensure its investments in the weekly (NZ/Fiji/NZ) service and others work for its customers.

In this section, we provide you with an overall interview with Mr Rasmussen. Read along to see what was, what is and what will be of Neptune Pacific hereon in.

Interview:

Fiji Sun: When you look back on 2014, what are some of the things you’d like to highlight that has really shaped Neptune Pacific’s operations and its relationship with the lines it represents?

Rasmussen: 2014 was a transformational Year for Neptune, with the PFL Group JV with Government of Samoa, the purchase of Polynesian Shipping Line and the introduction of a weekly service to and from New Zealand.

Fiji Sun: How is agency prepping for 2015?

Rasmussen: In 2015 NPT agencies will take over the agency functions for Polynesian Shipping Line, formally handled by Campbell’s. We have announced this to our customers and want to thank Campbell’s for their support of PSL.

Fiji Sun: Neptune Pacific has over the past year undertaken significant plans. This is with the 50 per cent stake in Pacific Forum Line and more recently, Polynesian Lines. What is the update on the two acquisition?

Rasmussen:The business’s have integrated into our structure. The service changes, such as the weekly service, have been supported by the acquisitions.

Fiji Sun: How many lines does Neptune Pacific representing to date?

Rasmussen: Our agency business in Fiji, NPT Agencies, represents the global carrier CMA CGM Group, which includes US Lines and ANL Container Line. Also Polynesian Shipping Line, Moana and of course Neptune.

The NZ/Fiji/NZ service, running with the Capitaine Cook and Capitaine Wallis has been designed to fit in with the weekly global services to and from Asia, Europe and the United States – these services are operated by the CMA CGM Group.

Fiji Sun: What plans do you have for the company/expansion this year? Please discuss details.

Rasmussen:We have no specific plans at this stage, besides the agency change with PSL. Our focus is on ensuring the investment we have made in the weekly service is working for our customers. Neptune’s weekly service, is the only fixed-day-of-the-week service available in the market today, and along with our partners on that service, we are focused on delivering the best shipping product to assist Fiji importers and exporters.

Fiji Sun: What are some things you’d like to see improve as far as operation goes?

Rasmussen:Ship productivity, which is the main focus of any shipping company. Fiji Ports Terminal Limited has done a great job improving the time it takes to work a vessel in both Suva and Lautoka. We are always looking for continuous improvement and work closely with AS to achieve improvements. In order for the weekly product to be successful, we need shore cranes and the landside operation to go smoothly. In fact, part of launching a weekly service is so exporters and importers can plan their supply chains accordingly.

Everyone’s supply chain becomes more efficient, when weekly services are being used. You can plan inventory, trucks, warehousing/distribution and manufacturing around a weekly service.

I would say to the market, if you are not using the weekly service, why not?

Fiji Sun: Are there any new service from the lines you’d like to highlight?

Rasmussen: The weekly service, is what we are focused on. It is a large investment by Neptune, and the market is responding well to the service improvements.

Fiji Sun: What are some of the things you’d like to see improved with Government and other stakeholders this year?

Rasmussen: The Fiji Ship Owners and Agency Association (FSOAA) has a very good working relationship with government and stakeholders, and regular meetings take place to address industry issues.

I cannot emphasis enough the fact that Neptune has taken on the challenge of implementing a weekly service. Most globally active countries rely on weekly services to grow their exports, and until the introduction of the Capitaine Cook in November 2014, Fiji was missing out on what most competing countries take for granted. For it to be successful, everyone in the supply chain needs to be focused on the fact that it is weekly. The weekly service is Fiji’s success supporting future success.

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