Maritime Group has taken over DHL Container Logistics (UK), DHL’s container arm in a share purchase deal for an undisclosed sum, and renamed it Maritime Container Logistics.
The deal covers all the container transport activities of DHL Container Logistics, including container lifting, storage and repair operations at Felixstowe and Trafford Park, Manchester.
Maritime reckons the deal makes it the largest container transport operator in the UK. The enlarged business will operate 900 vehicles with transport depots at every major seaport and consumer conurbation in England and 16 acres of dedicated container storage.
“DHL Container Logistics is an excellent fit for our business, with complementary depots and customer base,” said John Williams, managing director, Maritime. “Not only have we been able to strengthen our UK network, we have extended our service offering to customers, though container lifting, storage and repairs.”
“We are delighted to have reached agreement with Maritime to acquire the company and that its future is secure under the wings of a strong market leader, committed to the container transport sector,” said Jeroen Eijsink, managing director, DHL Freight.
Felixstowe-based Maritime operates a network of depots for container transport and distribution from sites at Bristol, Hams Hall, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Thamesport and Tilbury.