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Fine Art Receives VIP Treatment

Renowned Spanish Artist Relies on JAS Spain’s Expertise to Safely Transport Fiberglass Art Sculptures

By
Ricardo Molinero
October 4, 2021
JAS Hong Kong transports Gabarron artwork
JAS Hong Kong transports Gabarron artwork

When a world-renowned artist needs safe, secure, and quick transport of 11 fiberglass art sculptures, JAS Spain is the logistics provider of choice. JAS Spain teamed up with JAS Hong Kong to ensure the shipment of delicate art from Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron reached its destination on time. The pieces are a part of Gabarron's "Might of the Right" collection which is being shown at Fine Art Asia on October 8-11.

Gabarron is best known for his landmark series, "Mille Formes à la Conquête de l'Espace" (A Thousand Shapes to Conquer Space), first shown in Cannes in 2017. The 76-year-old artist has a passion for equality and fairness, which has served as a driving force in his creativity. French art critic and philosopher Pierre Restany once called Gabarron, “a great humanist of color.” His art has been featured in global movements of unity and cooperation, including his large-scale mural, History of the Olympics, which was inaugurated at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Enlightened Universe, a steel globe surrounded by 70 colorful figures holding hands as a symbol of shared humanity was inaugurated by the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, on October 25, 2015, in New York City’s Central Park. The piece was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the U.N.  

Since the show is an important event that only lasts a few days, the pieces needed to arrive on time. Gabarron provided the packaging and wooden crates he preferred using to ship his delicate pieces. JAS Spain’s team arranged for pick up and delivery as dedicated trucking and booked the shipment with an air-flying option. The artwork had only one transit airport up to its final destination to avoid additional manipulation of the pieces, which would have increased the risk for damage. Special cargo insurance designed for the artwork was provided by JAS Spain’s broker to cover the full value of the goods.  

The cargo was ready for pickup at Gabarron’s warehouse in Valladolid on September 23. JAS Spain’s team ordered expedited same-day delivery to Madrid to avoid manipulation risk. Gabarron’s artwork departed on September 25 and arrived in Hong Kong on September 27. Considering the shipping issues currently facing logistics companies serving the APAC region, the team was considerably pleased with the two-day transport.

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Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a key role in sustainable shipping.

Over time, the volume of goods being transported on European roads has steadily increased, leading to congested roads, delays, and unnecessary costs. As shippers look to avoid these issues, many are considering short sea shipping as a viable solution.

What is short sea shipping?

Short sea shipping is essentially container movement within Europe, but with a short time on the sea. Short sea shipping is an excellent alternative to road freight. However, it is not a matter of dismantling road transport. It is about environmentally smart alternatives that improve existing supply chains.

What are the advantages of short sea shipping?

  • Increased Reliability: One significant benefit of short sea shipping is that shippers receive goods in a reliable, consistent, and timely manner. Unlike road transport, which is prone to delays and irregular logistics flow due to congestion, short sea shipping allows for scheduled departures and arrivals.
  • A Sustainable Choice: Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a vital role in sustainable shipping. Moving a significant volume of goods from road freight to short sea will positively impact road congestion, road safety, and noise levels. One feeder vessel carries the equivalent of 500 truckloads. Compared to using trucks only, this solution provides increased both in terms of cost and CO2 emissions.
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  • Cost-Efficient Alternative: Sea freight rates are considerably lower than road freight rates, especially when transporting larger freight volumes and heavier cargo. Transitioning from road freight to short sea allows shippers to circumvent the high freight rates associated with road transport. In the long term, moving large volumes to short sea and away from the roads of Europe would help restore the capacity imbalance in road freight and eventually remove lack-of-capacity surcharges.

For more information about short sea shipping solutions, contact your local sales representative.

Jordy Romeijn, Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director

JAS Worldwide EMEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordy Romeijn to the position of  EMEA Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director as of 09 May 2022. Working in this pivotal role from his home base in the Netherlands, together with the region’s Pharma & Healthcare teams Jordy will champion customer experience and operational excellence for the region.  

Jordy has more than 20 years’ experience in the logistics industry, starting when he was just 15 years old, and has hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of freight forwarding, “from warehouse to sales and everything in between.” He joined JAS in  Rotterdam in 2007, and was quickly promoted to Branch Manager. After guiding them through significant growth, in 2017 Jordy relocated to the USA to manage the JAS Chicago branch, which at the time was “fairly small” in the JAS organization. Fast forward five years, under Jordy’s leadership the JAS Chicago branch is now the largest in the US, handling multiple own freighters per week and preparing for the grand opening of a new state-of -the-art 80,000 square foot pharma and healthcare logistics facility in summer 2022.

Of his appointment, Jordy says: “During my years working with JAS I have witnessed the company continuously grow and develop itself – JAS today is vastly different then JAS 16 years ago. My long tenure and experience on both sides of the Atlantic will allow me to contribute toward growing the Pharma & Healthcare vertical, and I am truly looking forward to this exciting new opportunity.”

JAS is delighted to welcome Jordy to this new position and is confident he will play a key role in upholding and continuously improving the service quality provided to our valued clients as we continue to invest in the pharma and healthcare logistics industry.

From left to right: Bjoern Morzineck (Branch Manager), Ellen Rackow (Import Specialist), Isa Melchert (Operations Manager), Danilo Loewe (Business Development Manager).

In line with its current growth strategy, JAS Germany is pleased to announce the opening of its newest branch in Dresden (DRS).

JAS’ established presence throughout Germany, and now in Dresden emphasizes, its commitment to growth while still providing best-in-class service as the global and local freight forwarder of choice.

The newest branch, which began operations on May 2, will provide clients with a full range of air and ocean services as the team works to respond to the needs of the marketplace.

In addition, to the Dresden location, JAS Germany has thirteen additional fully operating strategically located throughout Germany.

About JAS Germany

JAS Germany, headquartered in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, has been present in Germany for more than 40 years. In addition to the global air and sea freight services, handled by a global "one file" IT solution, JAS Germany offers comprehensive solutions such as 3PL service, own warehouse services, and customs clearance services

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