The ocean transportation activities are supported by a variety of advanced shore-based logistics services. The logistics activities are conducted by the joint ventures. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics conducts the bulk of the logistics activities, but Glovis, American Auto Logistics and American Logistics Network also offer such services.
The segment is organised in four business areas: terminal services, technical services, inland distribution and supply chain management. These four business areas offer cargo handling, vehicle repair and outfitting, quality control, inland transport management and supply chain management from factory to dealer.
The terminal function is the link between the ocean transport and the road, rail and short-sea activities. Easy access to terminals is vital in order to arrange for cargo shipments. Typical activities at a terminal include preparing cargo for overseas shipment, including survey and temporary storage and loading and discharging cargo on and off the vessel.
Technical services includes preparing cars and other equipment for the market place. Typically, a technical services facility includes production lines where modifications, repair, equipment outfitting and quality inspections are made. Damage repair, including spray painting, is also done at these facilities. Most of the technical services facilities are located close to marine terminals or close to customers’ factories.
Inland distribution services includes managing transport of cargo by road, rail or smaller vessels from a factory to the terminal and from the terminal to the dealer.
Supply chain management is a service offering the customer a total package transporting cargo from factory to dealer, including one or more of the other services.