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BNSF Logistics, LLC. Announces Acquisition of Albacor Shipping, Inc.

BNSF Logistics a Berkshire Hathaway Company, a multi-modal transportation and logistics services provider and member of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio, today announced the acquisition of Albacor Shipping Inc., a Toronto, Canada based international global project and general cargo provider with locations across North America.

"Project cargo is a highly fragmented market that is dominated by foreign nationals. This acquisition expands our North American presence while establishing our first foray into new foreign markets necessary to serve North American clients here and around the world. We look forward to building on the success of Albacor Shipping as we further expand our geographic and service footprint" said Ray Greer, President of BNSF Logistics.

An Industrial Renaissance is underway globally, new and old. BNSF Logistics is now well positioned to better serve and take advantage of the full range of opportunities across the Mining, Civil Engineering, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy and Power Generation industries. The acquisition of Albacor is a strong statement of confidence by BNSF that such global infrastructure investment will continue and expand in the years ahead.

"The scope, experience and service capabilities of Albacor combined with the resources, brand identity and financial foundation of BNSF Logistics means a strong new player has emerged in the global project cargo arena." Wolfgang Spillner, Albacor President.

BNSF Logistics. a Berkshire Hathaway company is an industry-leading 3rd party freight logistics provider, committed to providing value to each of our customers through business acumen, entrepreneurial drive, and individual commitment. One of the fastest growing and widely recognized 3PLs in North America, we pride ourselves on service flexibility, a strong financial foundation and a diverse portfolio of service capabilities.

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Albacor Shipping at the 2012 Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston

Albacor Shipping was once again present with their own booth at the Breakbulk Americas 2012 October 8-11, 2012 in Houston TX, USA, at George R. Brown Convention Center & Hilton Americas.

Attendees, among others, were (from left to right: Don Kinsella, VP Sales, Albacor Shipping Inc., Toronto, Canada - Bernd Ferber, President, Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc., Mahwah, NJ - Willy Hoffmann, Senior Vice President, Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc., Bonita Springs, FL - Ute Bender, Vice President, Project Development, Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc., Houston, TX - Michael Halm, Project Sales Manager, Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. , Houston - Norbert Tiemann, Executive Vice President, Albacor Shipping Inc., Toronto, Canada.

Barb Mazereeuw joins Albacor Edmonton

We are please to advise you that Barb Mazereeuw will be joining the Albacor Alberta team in the capacity of Sales Manager, based in the Edmonton Branch.

Barb comes to Albacor with 30 plus years experience in the Edmonton & Alberta market. She will be officially joining us Sept 1, 2012. We are welcoming Barb to our team.

Albacor Shipping exhibits at Global Petroleum Show 2012 in Calgary

Members of the Albacor Sales Force from offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Houston, Toronto and Moscow were representing Albacor Shipping at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary.

Albacor opens office in Los Angeles

We are proud to announce the opening of our new LAX office effective September 1, 2011
The office will be under the management of Wolfram Zeppenfeld and will offer the full range of all international freight forwarding services.

You can contact this new office as per the below details:
Albacor Shipping USA Inc.
30011 Ivy Glenn Drive, Ste. 211
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Wolfram Zeppenfeld
Branch Manager LAX
Office +1 (949) 276 5900
Mobile +1 (949) 742 2741
Fax +1 (949) 276 5901

The Banning, California Office, under the management of Justin Gilmet, will continue to handle our special rail services.

Albacor Shipping took part in Breakbulk Europe (Antwerp)

Albacor Shipping took part at the BreakBulk Exhibition on 17-19 May 2011 in Antwerp. Representatives of Albacor Shipping offices from USA and Canada worked together on the booth. Being a member of the Heavy Lift group and WWPC (Worldwide Project Consortium) Albacor Shipping frequently takes part in Breakbulk events around the world.

Breakbulk Europe is the largest and most important gathering in Europe for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargoes. It is where shippers have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

Michael Halm joins Albacor Shipping, Houston

Michael Halm has joined Albacor Shipping, Houston in the position of Project Sales Manager. Michael comes to us with great experience in both freight forwarding and project shipping. We are welcoming Michael in the Albacor family.

Albacor Shipping Edmonton is moving

Business is brisk at Albacor Shipping in Edmonton. Since it's opening in March 2011, the branch has already outgrown its original office.
Two new colleagues have recently been hired and therefore Albacor Edmonton will relocate to larger premises on June 30, 2011.
The new address will be:

Albacor Shipping Inc.
#270 - 4812-87 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5W3 Canada

Albacor Shipping Russia exhibits at TransRussia 2011

With an increased presence in the Russian Market, Albacor Shipping participated at the well-known TransRussia Exhibition in Moscow.
It was a great opportunity to meet both customers and international business partners alike.

Albacor Shipping attains ISO Certification

The following offices of Albacor Shipping Inc. and Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. were certified: Toronto, Mahwah, Montreal, Calgary, Houston, Banning and Edmonton. We congratulate each team for this great achievement.

Albacor handles award-winning art

Albacor Shipping, Toronto, handled the shipment of an outstanding piece of art, the "Ship O' Fools" by the world famous artists Cardiff and Miller, from Grindroc, BC via Vancouver to Germany. It had been exhibited at the Luminato Art Festival in Toronto in 2010 and will be displayed in Berlin and other major European cities in 2011, before returning to British Columbia.

The image of the ship of fools, an uncaptained vessel full of aimless passengers absorbed in vanity and frivolity, has long fascinated writers and artists. Now, in a commission from Luminato, award-winning Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller turn this metaphor into a playful reality: enter the cabin of their transformed ship and find yourself immersed in a meticulously detailed experience of a wandering vessel. The illusion is a delight in itself, but the cabin is also occupied by a traveller seeking salvation. Every element of your experience aboard reflects the traveller's obsession - and invites you, the viewer, to ponder your own voyage through life.

Click Here to view the artwork.

Albacor Shipping opens Edmonton Office

Albacor Shipping is opening an office with immediate effect in the city of Edmonton, Alberta.

The office will be under the direction of Gary Rowntree, V.P. Alberta and will be staffed by Sidney Braybrook, who will relocate from our Calgary office, as well as Tammy Ngo, who has recently joined us. A warm welcome for Tammy to our Albacor Shipping family.

The office will be fully operational within the next few weeks. Address and Telephone numbers will be advised shortly.

In the meantime, contact the Calgary office at +1 (403) 270-4365.


Representatives of Albacor Shipping attended the 11th annual membership conference held 27-29th January in Mumbai, India. The Worldwide Project Consortium Ltd (WWPC) is the leading dedicated network for project cargo freight forwarders. Albacor Shipping are members for Canada, USA and Siberia. For more info on the WWPC, go to www.wwpc.eu.com

On 10/01/2010 Albacor Shipping USA in conjunction with Westfracht Germany and BCL Mongolia opened an office in Ulaanbaatar.
Responsible for Sales and Marketing is Mr. Tsegmed Munkhbaatar.

Jamyan Gun Street 12
Ulaanbaatar 210648

Mr. Tsegmed Munkhbaatar has studied in Germany and has worked in Germany as a Project Manager for the GTZ. He also worked for DB Schenker Cargo in Germany.

We welcome Tsegmed Munkhbaatar to the Albacor family and wish him good luck for the future.

Two Transportation Professionals join Albacor Shipping

We are pleased to announce that the following individuals joined Albacor in two locations:

Bob Ohlman has joined Albacor Shipping in Montreal in the capacity of Sr. Operations Coordinator. For 38 years Bob has been in ship agency, freight forwarding, private industry and industrial sales.

Steffen Liebs has joined Albacor Eastern Transport GmbH. in Berlin, Germany in the capacity of Operations Manager.

Steffen has many years of experience in the freight forwarding industry in Germany, specializing in rail and road transport specifically to Russia and the whole CIS and Eastern Countries. He has worked for major freight forwarding companies in Berlin before joining Albacor.

Please join me in welcoming Bob and Steffen to the Albacor Family.

ISO 9001 Certification

Albacor Shipping is well on the way to achieve ISO 9001 certification. With the guidance from the a professional consultant, we should receive certification very soon.

Albacor Shipping in Exec Digital Magazine

Albacor Shipping was featured in the August issue of Exec Digital magazine.

Click here to read the article.

Russia and the CIS

Albacor Shipping is one of the fastest growing companies in the transport business and has been, for many years, a reliable partner for transports of industrial goods and machinery to the countries of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States = former Soviet Union). Albacor Shipping has offices in Toronto, New York, Montreal, Charleston, Houston, Calgary and Los Angeles.

To better serve our clients in this market, Albacor Shipping Inc. has established Albacor Eastern Transport GmbH in Berlin, Germany, on May 1st, 2009. This office will facilitate shipments to and from Russia and the CIS, either for our offices in North America or for any of Albacor Shipping's world-wide partners. This applies to normal shipments as well as Heavy Lift and Oversize Cargoes.

The services offered include:

  • Planning and execution of transports into and out of the CIS and the Baltic regions with all modes of transport (Rail, Truck, Container, Aircraft, Ocean- and River Vessel and Barge) and any combination thereof.
  • Coordination of cargoes from various places of origin
  • Obtaining of permits for rail and truck transport
  • Preparation of Route Studies and Budget Calculations
  • Continuous monitoring of cargo movements
  • Preparation of required documentation and assistance for letters of credit, as well as customs clearance
Please direct your inquiries in confidence to:
Albacor Eastern Transport GmbH
Paul-Zobel-Strasse 8K
D-10367 Berlin-Lichtenberg
Tel.: +49 (030) 55151552
Fax: +49 (030) 55151549
Contact: Mr. Uwe Hoffmann

May 2009
Maureen Cook joins Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc., Houston.

Maureen Cook has been in the Houston Freight Forwarding industry for 16 years. She has worked on many International projects into Europe, West Africa, Asia, Saudi Arabia & Qatar. Her experience in Air and Ocean exporting has enabled her to work with various oil well corporations in the Houston Area. Welcome to our club, Maureen.

April 2009
Houston Office Moves

The office of Albacor in Houston moved effective April 27, 2009 to larger premises:
Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc.
340 N. Sam Houston Pkwy, East
Suite 277
Houston, Texas 77060

Tel: (832) 448-7600
Fax: (832) 448-7606

April 2009
Albacor exhibits at TransRussia, Moscow

For the second time Albacor Shipping was represented at the Trans Russia International Transport Logistics Exhibition & Conference in Moscow, Russia.
From left: Wolfgang Spillner, Olga Kruglova-Spillner, Sergey Zolotorgov, Bill Frankinburger, Olga Hess, Gerald Hess.

September 2008
Houston Branch Management

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce to you that Bill Frankinburger joined us today in the capacity of Branch Manager of our Houston Office. Bill is a very experienced Project Freight Forwarder and worked on many International Projects during the last 30 years including overseas assignments. His experience and specific knowledge of the Houston market will be a further asset to our organization.

Please make him feel welcome at Albacor and extend all the help he needs to get his feet wet.

August 2008
California Office is Moving

To all our valued customers and vendors,

Albacor Shipping (USA), Inc. is proud to announce we are relocating our California office to a new location Effective September 2, 2008.
Please note our new address and phone numbers below.

Address: 3160 W. Ramsey St.
Banning, CA 92220

Phone: (951) 922-8360
FAX: (951) 922-8364

April 2008
Trans Russia Exhibition

Representatives from Albacor Shipping attended and exhibited at the Trans Russia Exhibition in Moscow. Albacor Shipping has extensive experience in shipping to Russia and the countries of the C.I.S. and offers neutral and independent cooperation to agents throughout that region.

March 2008
Albacor exhibits at PDAC Show in Toronto

The PDAC (Prospector and Developers Association of Canada) International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange is the most important event in the world of exploration, bringing together over 18,000 attendees from all over the globe. Albacor Shipping was represented with a booth offering their transportation and logistic services to the large mining industry.

November 2007
Break Bulk Conference and Exhibition

As in previous years, Albacor Shipping was well represented with our booth at the 2007 Breakbulk Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans, LA. As every year, this is a good opportunity to meet customers and service providers alike.

(Picture from left: Willy Hoffman / Sascha Tibo / Bernd Ferber / Don Kinsella / Jan Schultes).

January 2007

Gary Rowntree, a well known transport professional with firm roots in the Alberta market, has joined Albacor Shipping Inc. in the capacity of Vice President Alberta. Gary will take over the activities for Albacor Shipping Inc. in Alberta.

October 2006
Break Bulk Conference and Exhibition

Albacor Shipping successfully participated in the 2006 Break Bulk Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA from Oct. 29 through Oct. 31, 2006. This was a perfect opportunity to meet customers and service providers alike. Albacor Shipping was well represented by delegates from each of its offices.

(Picture from left: Gerald Hess / Bud Joyce / Sascha Tibo / Bernd Ferber / Neal Beluse).

July 2006
Bud Joyce joins Albacor Shipping as Regional Sales Manager

Albacor Shipping welcomes Bud Joyce in the capacity of Regional Sales Manager, US-Midwest. Bud has extensive experience in the heavylift, oversize and project transpoartation as is well known to manufacturers and exporters. Bud joins Albacor as of July 24, 2006 and will be working from his office at Youngstown, Ohio. Great to have you on board, Bud.

May 2006
Announcing the opening of Houston Office

Effective May 1st, 2006, Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. is opening yet another office in the USA, this time in Houston, Texas. Located at 2825 Wilcrest Drive, the office will provide service to our clients in the area. We wish them lots of success.

October 2005
Calgary office opened

Alberta's economy is booming, especially in the energy sector, due to the large expansions in the oil sands in the northern part of the province. Albacor Shipping Inc. has made the commitment to it's many clients in that region by opening an office in Calgary. Led by Executive Vice President and Partner Norbert Tiemann, who relocated to Calgary from Toronto, we hope to be able to enhance our service package offered to our current and potential clients in that market.

August 2005
Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. opens Los Angeles office.

Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. is proud to announce the opening of an office in Los Angeles, California. Managed by Justin Gilmet, a transportation professional with extensive experience in project and particular rail transportation, the office will further enhance our commitment to our US and international clients. The office is located in Banning, California. Good luck, Justin.

October 2004
Willy Hoffmann joins Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc.

Willy Hoffmann, well known in the transportation industry, joined Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. in the capacity of Senior Vice President.

Willy brings with him a wealth of experience in particular in the project transportation field. He will be working from our New York offices located in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Welcome, Willy.

Albacor Shipping & Aquarius Shipping Inc. Join Forces
Merger Creates a Major Project Specialist With Worldwide Experience


Albacor Shipping and Aquarius Shipping Inc. are merging their operations to create a larger, stronger shipping company with broad project and heavy lift capabilities. The operations, which will fully merge by November 1st, 2003, will work under the ALBACOR SHIPPING name.

"By bringing together two successful medium-sized firms, we have created a major player easily capable of handling large project shipping assignments," said Wolfgang Spillner, Albacor Shipping co-founder and President of the merged company. "With offices in Toronto, Montreal and in the U.S., we are now very well located to accommodate the needs of freight from and to all points in North America, and destinations worldwide."

Aquarius Shipping founder Norbert Tiemann will assume the roll of Executive Vice President, Development and Marketing of the new Albacor Shipping, while Albacor co-founder Gerald Hess will become Executive Vice President in charge of Operations and Administration.

The three partners in the new Albacor Shipping, Wolfgang Spillner, Gerald Hess and Norbert Tiemann have been friends for over 20 years and came to the conclusion that by combining their teams they would be in the position to provide their customers and agents with more resources and strength.

The new company will move into their new premises at 701 Evans Avenue in Toronto during the month of November 2003. The locations of the Montreal office (formerly Aquarius Shipping (Quebec) Inc.) and New Jersey (Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc.) will remain the same.


Norbert Tiemann
Executive Vice President

Wolfgang Spillner

Gerald Hess
Executive Vice President

Albacor Shipping, International Freight Forwarding
701 Evans Avenue
Suite 909
Toronto, Ontario
M9C 1A3
Tel.: (416) 620-7500
Fax: (416) 620-7600
www.aquaship.com www.albacorshipping.com

Albacor Shipping is proud to have been chosen to join the WWPC - Worldwide Project Consortium. The WWPC is unquestionably the fastest growing partnership network of specialist project forwarders in the world today. Established in September 1999, and admitted as Members of the Baltic Exchange in April 2001, the WWPC is an exciting global network of like-minded and experienced project forwarders that can offer clients unrivaled service to anywhere in the world. With direct representation in almost 80 countries worldwide, a major objective is to help members and their clients optimize logistics solutions with regards to transportation and handling of large volume break bulk, over dimensional and/or heavy lift project cargoes.  Please visit the WWPC website at www.wwpc.info for more details on this organization

Effective May 2001,  Werner Mahncke has joined us in the capacity of Vice President, Sales.  We welcome Werner to Albacor Shipping and wish him good luck.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of Albacor Shipping into the U.S. Market. With the opening of our office effective Feb. 1st, 2001 we are making a commitment to our many customers in the USA. Albacor Shipping (USA) Inc. will be located in the greater New York area and will be able to serve our clients throughout the United States.

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