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GAC Pindar Appointed Official Logistics Provider To The Ocean Race

15th July 2020
GAC Pindar has managed logistics including boat liftouts in Itajai (pictured) and other locations around the world GAC Pindar has managed logistics including boat liftouts in Itajai (pictured) and other locations around the world Photo: Pedro Martinez/Volvo AB

Following successful collaborations in the 2014-15 and 2017-18 editions of the former Volvo Ocean Race, GAC Pindar has been appointed official logistics provider to The Ocean Race for an unprecedented third consecutive time.

As an official partner of The Ocean Race, GAC Pindar will provide feasibility planning, transportation of Race Village infrastructure, broadcast and other support equipment to host cities, customs clearance, storage and relocation services for potential urgent spares, site management, on-the-ground staff and provision of site materials handling equipment.

In addition, GAC Pindar will remain on standby throughout the duration of the race with recovery logistics services. GAC Pindar has provided urgent yacht and mast transport solutions for four teams during the previous two editions of the race.

‘The Ocean Race never stops evolving and always raises the bar’

Jeremy Troughton, general manager of GAC Pindar, said: “It is an honour to play an important part in this great event for an unprecedented third consecutive term.

“The Ocean Race never stops evolving and always raises the bar for us as a service provider. It empowers and tests us, both as a global team and as individuals, to deliver the best possible logistics solutions.”

The Ocean Race’s managing director Johan Salén added: “The Ocean Race is a unique event with significant logistical challenges. In GAC Pindar, we have a partner who has been tested in the last two editions of the race and who has a proven track record for reliability of service.

“The global reach of the GAC Group and the high level of commitment to finding solutions, makes this an ideal partnership.”

The Ocean Race and GAC Pindar have made a commitment to reduce shipping-related greenhouse gas emissions through the increased use of locally provided services compared to previous editions of the race.

‘A core mission for us during this next edition of The Ocean Race is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’

Additionally, GAC Pindar will be providing detailed data on greenhouse gas emissions produced through all transport and logistics arranged on behalf of The Ocean Race, its partners and teams.

Reports will be issued throughout the event, allowing for adjustments to be made that will ensure the most efficient solutions are being utilised.

Troughton said: “A core mission for us during this next edition of The Ocean Race is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate single-use plastics that could be created by event logistics.

“In The Ocean Race, we are partnering with an event that is a sustainable event leader as shown by its award-winning efforts in the 2017-18 edition.”

The next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain and finish in Genoa, Italy, visiting 10 international cities in total over the nine-month, 38,000-nautical-mile race.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race Team

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