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30 December 2004, 10:33 am
Schenker Australia Provides Logistics for World's Best Sailors
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Sail Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

For the second time Schenker Australia has been appointed as Official Logistics Provider to Sail Melbourne 2005. Since January 1994, Sail Melbourne has been an annual event on the world sporting calendar It is now one of only five annual ISAF Grade 1 sailing events held in the world and the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sail Melbourne attracts many of the world's best sailors from around the world to compete on Port Phillip Bay.

In December 2004 and January 2005, Sail Melbourne will host more than 25 sailing events, including three World Championships, the Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta for Olympic sailors, several Regional Championships and a host of Australian and World Championships.

Schenker Australia, the official logistics provider for Sail Melbourne, is coordinating the worldwide shipping, customs clearance and delivery for this event, from around the world to Melbourne.

Kevin WOOD, Sail Melbourne Management Committee Chairman, says: 'Through our partnership with Schenker Australia we are able to provide especially our international participants with logistical support ensuring safe and on time transportation of their precious sailing equipment.'

Sail Melbourne is known by sailors for the great sailing conditions prevalent on Port Phillip, the spirit and enjoyment with which the event is conducted, and the professionalism of its race management teams - all of which are amongst the best in the world.

Entries have already been received from a range of countries including Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Noumea, USA, Singapore, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Ron KOEHLER, Managing Director Schenker Australia/New Zealand said: 'Events like Sail Melbourne require specific sport logistics knowledge and competence. The SCHENKERglobalsportsevents team, with experience ranging from Olympic Games to World Cup Soccer, understands the precise logistics requirements from of athletes, visitors, media and co-operating partners and can ensure the success of an event like Sail Melbourne.'

SCHENKERglobalsportsevents are working on many sailing events around the world; with a skilled team in this field Schenker is looking to be the market leader in logistics services for all major sailing events.

Schenker Australia was established in 1962 in Sydney and provides a complete range of international air and sea freight forwarding, and integrated logistics services from its premises in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and a subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand.

With annual sales of 6.9 billion Euros, 38,000 employees and about 1,100 offices around the world, the Stinnes subsidiary Schenker is one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics services, offering land transport, air and sea freight as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management from a single source. Stinnes is a Deutsche Bahn AG company.

Di Pearson (As Amended by ISAF)
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