Hampden here we come!!

On the 27th May Aberdeen Football Club will play against Celtic FC  in the end of season showcase game of the Scottish football season – the Scottish FA Cup Final at Hampden Park Glasgow. This is the oldest trophy in world professional football and Aberdeen FC have won it 7 times previously. As a long time advertiser and supporter of the club we are counting down the days to the final with great anticipation and excitement. To celebrate the club’s achievement in reaching its first Scottish Cup Final since season 1999/2000 we are turning our website red and like the rest of the city and shire will be participating in All For Aberdeen week commencing on 22nd May.

Aberdeen FC play a huge role in the local community through the AFC Community Trust. Further information on that can be found on this weblink 

http://www.afc.co.uk/news/community.php

New Year, new beginnings, new developments and new business….

2017 will bring the start of the long awaited Nigg Bay project at Aberdeen Harbour:-

http://www.aberdeen-harbour.co.uk/news/news-and-events/aberdeen-harbour-expansion-project-gets-go-ahead/

Euroline aims to play a central service provider role to various contractors during the development and construction phases and, when complete, will continue in our principal role as one of the key port users that have been instrumental in the port’s success over the decades.

Like Aberdeen Harbour Board, we believe that the North East of Scotland will continue as one of the main driving forces behind the Scottish Economy for many decades to come and, with our strong links with the international shipping industry and the local business communities, we anticipate this will bring new and exciting developments which will benefit the broader economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season’s Greetings for 2016 and looking ahead to 2017

We are never one for the understatement but it must  be said that 2016 certainly brought with it more than its fair share of challenges to the shipping industry. The drastic decline in the value of a barrel of crude oil at the beginning of the year brought with it huge uncertainties to every area of the oil and gas industry which has been the cornerstone to Scotland’s economy for over 40 years. The offshore shipping industry did not escape this – as a result the offshore marine sector suffered tremendous difficulties with a decline in daily hire rates for shipowners forcing them to place many vessels into lay-up and a withdrawal from the market place. Whilst the value of oil has improved considerably from its low point in January to date, vessel operators, the overall supply chain and personnel in all areas of the industry continue to face an uncertain future.

The result of the UK’s referendum held in June on the UK’s membership of the EU sent shockwaves throughout the Western world. This seems to have sent the shipping industry into a further period of uncertainty and doubt as to how trade will unfold which shows no sign of abating any time soon. As always, we are maintaining a ‘watching brief’ to ensure our clients remain informed on legislation changes that might impact on their marine related activities.

We, at Euroline, have had a tumultuous year having had all manner of vessels calling into ports around the UK mainland under our agency. Some bringing new and different challenges which our agency team admirably dealt with to satisfy our clients needs and demands. Others, were routinely handled with slick efficiency which the company is renowned for. None of this, of course, would have been possible without the support of and first class relationship with our clients, vendors and suppliers. 2016 also brought with it a number of new clients looking to generate cost savings and create new ways to solve their shipping and logistical problems – we were very happy to welcome them onboard and introduce them to the Euroline business model, We look forward to new clients joining our portfolio  in 2017 as we now enter our 28th year of trading.

At this time of year, we would like to reserve a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves. We wish everyone all the very best of luck in 2017 and we hope that good fortune smiles upon you – let’s all look to getting cargo moving, ships out working and a positive approach to the year ahead. At Euroline we believe that a ‘can do’ attitude will always conquer.

To that end, we wish you Season’s Greetings !!

 

Aker Wayfarer visits Leith

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Aker Wayfarer 

We were delighted to have had the Aker Wayfarer visit Leith this week on behalf of one of our leading clients in the offshore industry. The captain and crew were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish and were highly professional throughout the project. We look forward to working alongside them in the not too distant future.

Steve Milne reaches 25 year milestone with Euroline!

Euroline’s Agency Manager, Steve Milne, has been with the company for 25 years. Steve joined the company on 1st July 1991 and has always been an extremely loyal, trustworthy and integral part of the team at Euroline.

In today’s modern working environment, it seems to be most unusual to have long-serving staff, let alone one with 25 years of  unbroken service. The company is immensely proud of having had Steve leading the agency team for so long. The company pins its faith in this type of loyalty from all its staff and their dedication to duty to provide Euroline’s clients with the best-in-class quality of service that it is renowned for. Steve has exemplified that throughout his shipping career with Euroline and continues to lead the agency team with the same drive and enthusiasm he has shown since he joined the company.

The company’s Managing Director, Mike Packer, who has worked “shoulder to shoulder” with Steve for over 30 years, paid tribute to him by offering sincerest thanks for his commitment to the company’s cause and to the integrity with which Steve has always conducted himself in the company’s day to day operations. On a personal level, Mr Packer also paid great tribute to Steve’s decency, trustworthiness and friendship throughout all the years they have worked together.

To commemorate this milestone, the company presented Steve with a watch to celebrate his time with Euroline.

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It’s Dolphin season again

Each year, over the summer months, Aberdeen Harbour is visited by dolphins who frequently  swim alongside  vessels that make their way in and out of the port

The RSPB have set up an information Dolphinwatch team who will be on hand at Torry Battery (overlooking the port entrance at the South side) from 11am-6pm on Thursday to Sunday every week from now until 14 August.

More information can be found on this weblink kindly set up by Aberdeen Harbour Board :-

http://www.aberdeen-harbour.co.uk/news/news-and-events/dolphinwatch-is-launched-for-summer-2016/

Ethical behaviour in business

Following on to a very high profile case which was widely reported in national and international media on 4th April 2016 regarding a Scottish logistics company which self-reported breaches under the UK Bribery Act of 2010, we felt this was an appropriate time to highlight that Euroline has a robust Code Of Ethics which are rigidly enforced in every area of its business. The company is quite happy to forward a copy of its Code Of Ethics to any client, supplier or official body requesting a copy.

Authorised Economic Operator

We are pleased to announce that the company has achieved Authorised Economic Operator status which becomes effective from 03/02/16.

Another major milestone achieved by Euroline – One that is hugely important for all our customers in the international shipping trade who can be assured that their business is handled by an organisation that has been thoroughly vetted and approved by the only authority that counts.

We look forward to being of continued service to our valued clients and we will happily assist any potential new clients who seek to have their business handled by a company which has been vetted for compliance, solvency & procedures

 

AEO RELEASE

 

 

 

Siem Garnet calls Aberdeen

We currently have the Norwegian anchor handing tug “Siem Garnet” alongside our office today as she undergoes some minor service work prior to heading back out into the North Sea oilfields.

Euroline has a long and proud history of handling the Siem Offshore fleet in Scottish ports and have excellent relationships with the captains and crews onboard. It is always a great pleasure to welcome them back to port.

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The changing world of shipping

There are some dramatic changes on the horizon for those engaged in the shipping industry. Legislation changes will impact on every aspect of trade and will affect importers, exporter and ship operators to varying degrees.

These changes will come in the form of the implementation of UCC – Union Customs Code – which has a scheduled implementation date of 1st May 2016

Our customers and principals can be assured that Euroline has been actively preparing for that day with our first step being working towards accreditation as an Authorised Economic Operator. This process is well underway now and we are extremely confident that full approval will be granted to the company by HM Revenue & Customs by early February this year. The process towards AEO accreditation is complex and requires full analysis of the company’s systems, procedures, security, finances and cyber security.

We will, of course, be informing our trade contacts when our approval is confirmed by HMRC. We will also release the news via this website.