With the new year just around the corner, we caught up with some of the team at Peters & May to ask them about their 2018 highlights. Full of acquisitions, global expansion, new partnerships and record-breaking shipments; everyone at Peters & May has certainly been busy!
The year kicked off with the exciting news of the acquisitions of Worldwide Yacht Shipping and Transport Partners as explained by Group Finance and Commercial Director Paul Tate.
‘It has to be said, we got off to a great start announcing the acquisitions. Throughout the year it’s been fantastic to see the integration of these businesses and brilliant to welcome new members to the Peters & May team. Not only have this year’s acquisitions resulted in geographic expansion, but also growth of our service offerings, with access to new warehousing facilities in the US and new expertise throughout the world’.
Growth aside, 2018 has also been focused on maintaining and building partnerships with customers and clients throughout the globe. For the racing department at Peters & May, this has been a core focus and area of great success this year according to Craig Stanbury, Global Operations Director for Racing.
‘The 52 SUPER SERIES regattas are always a highlight for us. A popular event in the yacht racing calendar, we support organisers and racers with logistics. As the finale of the 2018 series took place in Valencia this year, our Spanish office were able to take support up a notch co-hosting a Crew Dinner. After months of intense competition, it was a great way to celebrate another fantastic year of racing and our role as the official logistics partner to the series’.
This year has seen some interesting and technical projects, testament to the skill of Peters & May’s Loadmasters and Brand Managers. One such move, was the shipment of a Decommissioned Minehunter by the Commercial Team in collaboration with SAL. Robert Blades, Commercial Sales Manager identified this as one of his personal highlights.
‘As projects go, this was quite a complex shipment. Being ex-military always adds an element of difficulty but also weighing over 500 ton required careful lifting in avoidance of thick marine undergrowth. With the support of our tech department we supplied all the lifting and bespoke cradling equipment. The routing of the shipment was also a challenge with issues associated with the Suez Canal. Hard work and collaboration overcame all challenges, providing great satisfaction for all involved when she arrived safely in Pakistan’.
Another highlight to demonstrate the ability of Peters & May to provide bespoke solutions was the G4 Catamaran shipment organised by Peters & May’s Racing department. Transported over 41 days across 9,569 miles from Lelystad to Auckland this bespoke shipment was a great example of collaborative projects and the ability of Peters & May to provide bespoke logistics solutions with no destination out of reach!
After last years 45-yacht Sailing back from the Caribbean, once again records were smashed with a 52-yacht shipment from Antigua to Southampton, transporting leisure yachts and participants of events such as the ARC and Antigua Sailing Week. In the past year we have also seen some colossal shipments for the Superyacht Team, with the transportation of Utopia IV back in September. Josh Flavell, Superyacht Business Manager explains what made it such a highlight shipment for 2018:
‘We are used to shipping big yachts, but Utopia IV has to be one of our largest Superyacht Shipments. As leaders in Superyacht Transport throughout the globe, Peters & May use a variety of specialist shipping methods such as Flo-Flo. It’s great to demonstrate the capability of this method with such an interesting shipment. As one of the most talked about Superyachts of 2018, Utopia IV certainly turned heads when she arrived in New York!’.
This year saw the establishment of Peters & May’s partnership with the World Predator Classic based in the Netherlands. The popular angling competition is centred around the sustainable fishing of predatory fish. As a keen angler himself, Dave Holley, CEO at Peters & May highlights new partnerships such as this as a highpoint for 2018.
‘It’s great to be expanding our expertise working with events such as the World Predator Classic. Since our infancy we have been market leaders in Racing Logistics, so we are well versed in providing support for competitive events. This year we helped to transport some of the fishing boats and provided freight forwarding services for the event. We even had our own team, who caught the biggest catch of the competition!’.
Other announcements for 2018 included the establishment of a partnership between Peters & May and Pantaenius. Both leaders in our fields, the partnership strengthened service offerings for both businesses, providing bespoke transportation and yacht transport insurance cover to clients.
As a global business, with 12 offices around the world, there are always huge steps being taken to grow the Peters & May brand and extend reach of service offerings to private individuals, brokers and agencies worldwide. With recent expansion throughout Asia and the Middle East in particular this year, regional offices have had significant success.
Along with this has come growth of the Peters & May team which is now over 100 strong, with employees spanning Europe, Asia and the USA. New appointments for 2018 included Charles Hazet as Business Development Manager for Asia, located in Singapore, another strategic location to develop the Peters & May brand throughout Asia.
2018 once again saw our expert teams travel around the world to various boat shows and trade exhibitions. Whether walking shows and meeting clients at Fort Lauderdale, Monaco and Gdansk Boat Show, or exhibiting at Dusseldorf, Southampton, Miami and Cannes, 2018 was another productive year.
With 2019 just around the corner, focus now turns to the new year ahead. With many an exciting project lined up, all offices and service departments look forward to what 2019 has in store!
From the team at Peters & May we thank clients and partners for all their support in 2018 – sending wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!