BBC Yacht Transport and GAC Group sign MOU

A new partnership between two leading players in the yacht transport and event logistics areas has been agreed to “provide additional professional transport solutions to the sailing sector”. The two partners are GAC Pindar, the marine leisure, sports and event specialist arm of the GAC Group, and BBC Yacht Transport, a division of UK marine transport services provider, BBC Chartering.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the two which combines BBC Yacht Transport’s commitment to competitive pricing with GAC Pindar’s solid suite of logistics services to provide a one-stop-shop solution for the sailing industry. The agreement brings together BBC’s fleet of 160 multi-purpose vessels with GAC Pindar’s first-hand knowledge of the sector to offer a door-to-door service to meet customer requirements and timelines.

In a statement the two companies said: “The agreement strengthens the existing relationship between the GAC Group and BBC Chartering, who worked together during the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018, providing charter solutions to meet the tight deadlines as the Race circled the world. The insight and in-depth understanding of the factors that influence shipping schedules GAC Pindar gained as BBC’s agents helped ensure those deadlines were met. GAC also provides some agency services to BBC’s fleet and moves various project cargoes with BBC Chartering worldwide.”

Jeremy Troughton, GAC Pindar’s general manager, commented: “BBC’s professionalism, reliability and efficiency put safety, integrity and ethical standards first, protect the customer and provide an unparalleled service. This strengthening of our relationship with them offers customers a solid option for shipping yachts and equipment between events or locations with the high standards of service GAC Pindar is known for.”

Sander Schuurman, co-founder of BBC Yacht Transport, adds: “We are very pleased to support GAC Pindar which has so many years’ specialised logistics experience in the sail racing arena, including global events like the America’s Cup World Series and The Volvo Ocean Race. The team at BBC Yacht Transport will do the utmost to offer GAC Pindar’s valued customers all the benefits of being ‘powered by’ one of the world’s largest shipping companies.”