With the continued focus on growth, exceeding customers’ expectations and pushing the boundaries of providing the optimum bespoke logistics solutions, 2017 has been an exciting and evolutionary year for the Peters & May Group.
The year began with the Group, acquiring two patented load systems - ‘Flat Rail’ & ‘Cat Cradle –allowing Peters & May the ability to provide clients with a revolutionary alternative to expensive break bulk shipments. The acquisition has flourished through the year – with the technology being used in Europe and North America – further demonstrating Peters & May’s desire to the push the boundaries of what is possible.
In parallel, Peters & May were proud to announce that the Commercial team had grown from strength to strength – having been involved in many big challenges including the transportation of an 52-meter Austal Alu Cat fast-ferry from the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, 14,700 miles to Piraeus in Greece. Plus, wind turbines, pilot boats and workboats throughout 2017.
Alongside the Commercial team, the Peters & May marine departments have orchestrated many logistics jobs from shipping the Wally Power 118 Superyacht from the Maldives to the Mediterranean to providing a custom solution to ship the former Whitbread Farr 58’ yacht ‘Maiden’ home to Southampton, UK. In addition, it has been a busy year for Simon Beck, our Customs and VAT Manager, who has worked with many clients to ensure an optimum solution from planning to execution is provided.
As well as providing bespoke logistics solutions across all our regions, Peters & May Group have been proud to announce a range of new partnerships throughout the year. In May, Peters & May was appointed as a Preferred Logistics Supplier to Sunseeker International due to the identified need for the support of an all-encompassing logistics solution for Sunseeker factory, its dealers and valued clients. Also, Peters & May Group were delighted to announce that they have signed a formal agreement with Portugal’s largest shipping agent – Navex as well as the Group becoming the Preferred Shipper for the University of Southampton Network. Plus, Peters & May was selected as Official Shipping & Logistics Supplier to the British Sailing Team ahead of their exciting journey to Japan. So overall, Peters & May network of partners has thrived throughout 2017.
In addition, Peters & May Group continued to proudly sponsor the 52 Super Series which had one of the most entertaining series in its history in 2017 and the excitement looks to continue in 2018. The Peters & May Racing team continued to work with Captains, Owners, Crew and Organisers, across the events to ensure smooth logistic solutions for these high-performance yachts.
With its long-standing partnership with the World Cruising Club, the Peters & May team were proud to be heading to sunny Las Palmas de Gran Canaria prior to the 2017 Arc Rally to support the teams and individuals with any bespoke shipping solutions. And following the rally, the team headed to St Lucia to view the participants arriving in the sunny Caribbean. Being part of this exciting rally from planning shipments pre-Rally to executing logistics following the finish in St Lucia.
June 2017 saw Peters & May Group break another record with the largest number of yachts shipped on a single vessel. This Caribbean season saw 7 Peters & May operated Sailings departing from Antigua, St Thomas and Fort Lauderdale with the most recent one carrying a record number of 45 yachts transported with masts up. This was an exciting moment for the Peters & May team and a record they hope to exceed in 2018!
Through 2017, Peters & May was busy attending key boat shows and events including Dusseldorf Boat Show, Miami, Seawork, Cannes, Southampton, Genoa, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.
None of which failed to disappoint. Being able to interact and demonstrate our pride in being a turnkey bespoke logistics service with a personal touch, meant the boat shows were enjoyed by all.
Throughout the year, the Group’s regional offices have continued to grow with each of our specialist teams expanding their knowledge and expertise. In parallel, the Peters & May team was delighted to announce its expansion into the South of France, with the joining of Olivier Benoist in the region.
From superyachts to ski boats, from ferries to tugs and from high-performance vehicles to helicopters – Peters & May’s dedicated team’s ability to provide diverse and tailored solutions has progressed even further in 2017.
Unrivalled service, unique expertise and our meticulous attention to detail have underpinned Peters & May focus and growth in 2017 and are set to continue into the New Year. Providing an exceptional service to our customers and having the ability to provide bespoke custom logistic solutions means no destination is out of reach for our customer and this is something Peters & May is incredibly proud of.
David Holley, CEO of Peters & May commented “2017 has been an exceptional year for the Peters & May team. We have an incredibly strong management team in place who guide our specialist teams in providing an exceptional service for our customers. Whether you are looking to ship a Superyacht, car, workboat, wind turbine, helicopter or anything in between, our team is on hand to help. Team work is key for this business, and our regional offices and network of agents work closely together meaning a seamless approach to each job is ensured. I am incredibly proud of the whole team, and they are proud of the work we do for our customers - we are all excited for 2018 and what it has to offer”.