On 30th September 2019, Euroline says a fond “farewell” to its long-serving Managing Director, Mike Packer, who has decided to enter retirement.
After 5 decades serving the shipping industry and with 30 of those years leading Euroline from its first day of trading, Mike is stepping down and plans to devote his time to travelling with his wife and visiting his family who are spread ‘far and wide’. He also plans to enjoy quality time pursuing various interests and his hobbies (notably golf and following the fortunes of Aberdeen Football Club).
Mike followed in his father’s footsteps into the shipping industry and, over the decades, has made countless friends in the shipping community around the world many of whom have supported Euroline throughout all Mike’s time at the company. His admirable knowledge, influence and input will be sorely missed.
When asked of his time in the shipping industry, Mike commented that “there had been many ‘highs’ and of course one or two ‘lows’ when measuring over the 5 decade period”. “It was extremely difficult to point to any one particular job but simply wished to put on record his immense satisfaction in helping to create a service company with a 30 year history which was ready to embrace a new chapter in continuing to deliver service with quality to its clients”.
Mike leaves the company in a robust , healthy and stable position at the vanguard of ships agency and logistics in Scotland with a team who will strive to maintain the very high standards and principles on which Euroline was founded 4 decades ago.
Dock Gate House is fully occupied again. Euroline’s historic headquarters in the heart of Aberdeen Harbour now has the renowned rig moving equipment company Deep Sea Moorings occupying the first floor suite of offices to complement their exisiting quayside operations on Duthies Quay, Aberdeen.
We are happy to have them onboard and look forward to a long and successful tenancy arrangement with them.
For the first time in many years, there will be office space coming free at Euroline’s offices at historic Dock Gate House at Aberdeen Harbour.
Dock Gate House, which has a fascinating history, was originally built as the Harbour Master’s house in the late 1880’s. It became an office closely associated with the old Hall Russell’s shipyard in the early 1900’s, later, it was the Polish Consular’s office through the 1960’s and 1970’s and has been occupied by Euroline since 1995.
Due to a sub-tenant relocating, there will be office space available on the first floor of this prestigious building as of January 2018.
With its adjacent car park, ample on-street car parking and being situated in the heart of Aberdeen Harbour, Dock Gate House is the perfect location for companies seeking to be based in the city centre. It is also right next to operational quaysides at Duthies Quay, Clipper Quay and Waterloo Quay giving a unique and constantly changing outlook. The available suite has 4 large individual offices, a reception area and a kitchen area. It has shared toilets on the floor and access to a vast storage loft on the 2nd floor.
Euroline, as the head tenant of the property, are offering a sub-lease for the first floor on very competitive terms which will be all inclusive of heating. lighting, electricity, business rates and rent.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, friends, business associates and partners a very Merry Christmas and, when it comes, we also wish you a prosperous and Healthy New Year.
2017 proved to be another challenging but robust year for the Euroline group and we were very happy to have ever more vessels calling to and from our various ports around the Scottish mainland under our agency. The outlook for 2018 is promising and we look forward to the year ahead and servicing our clients needs.
We were honoured to have been appointed as load-port agents for the 8000dwcc m/v Sara which recently called into the port of Montrose to load a significant quantity of oil rig anchor chain. The port call was handled with Euroline’s “minimum fuss” approach and the vessel was dispatched overseas in a very short period of time – thanks to excellent communications between ourselves, Montrose Port Authority, the stevedores and the cargo shippers.
As always at Euroline, we are there to serve our clients needs professionally and are always looking to achieve “best in class” service.
The photograph shown is the first lift going onboard the vessel.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.