DB Schenker begins cruise line logistics service

International logistics company DB Schenker has officially launched its cruise line logistics services. This will include the logistics required for everything between inbound supply management to the distribution of finished goods, the support of landings, dry docks and launch of new ships.

The new business, DB Cruise Line Logistics manages the movement and storage of any item that the cruise line and their guests may need including food and drinks, gift bags and staging equipment for entertainers.

“With its vast array of resources and logistics expertise, DB Schenker is the expert in delivering solutions to meet the unique supply challenges of the ever-evolving cruise line industry,” says Philippe Gilbert, Regional CEO, Americas for DB Schenker.

Cruise ships are best described as ‘moving targets’, moving to tight deadlines between different ports and being limited as to which ports they can access due to their sheer size. Their goods are restricted in terms of size, weight and shape that can physically fit aboard. Goods delivered must arrive to a specific deadline or this could impat the experience of those aboard as guests.

“We don’t just move our customers’ goods; we support their turnaround,” adds Nick Kashiparekh, Head of Niche Markets, DB Schenker. “Our Cruise Line Logistics team understands the rigors of turnaround day, and all the things that must happen for all cruise logistics to run flawlessly.

We support our customers’ supply chains with a broad range of customized, scalable, and flexible solutions that we can integrate seamlessly into their business model, no matter how complex.”

The company’s logistics services include dedicated warehousing operations, temperature control and monitoring, coordinatoing goods for turnaround days, optimising supply chain IT systems, logistics management for ship overhauls in dry dock and getting new ships into the water as well as any emergency resupplies that are required throughout the process.

“With local, regional, and international assets, DB Schenker coordinates the transport of all cruise line requirements via ground, courier, air and ocean, ensuring all elements arrive on time anywhere in the world,” explains Sergio Herrero, Director, Cruise Line Logistics, DB Schenker. “With bar coding, line-item reporting, palette manifesting and more, our customers always know where all their goods are at all times.”

DB Schenker in the USA is one of the largest Integrated Logistics Service Providers in the United States. With over 6,000 employees in 39 branches and logistics locations providing over 21 million sq. ft. of warehouse space, the company spans a coast-to-coast network that extends to all major harbors, airports and border crossings.

DB Schenker offers land transport, air and ocean freight, as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management from a single source.