Port of Grays Harbor Awarded Chrysler Auto Export Deal
October 2010 - The Pasha Group, a diversified global transportation services and logistics company, has successfully closed a new business opportunity at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, WA. Chrysler Group LLC will utilize Pasha Automotive’s facilities and services to support their export vehicle requirements from the Pacific Northwest to selected destinations in Asia.
Pasha specializes in transporting and processing new cars for manufacturers. The Port of Grays Harbor is Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Coast and is a central Pacific Northwest location, with strong transportation connections. The Union Pacific Railroad, with key inland auto ramps, will make direct calls to the terminal with Chrysler product. Railcars and accessorial equipment will be available on terminal for inland backhaul.
"The Port of Grays Harbor looks forward to being the Pacific Northwest export point for this important new export opportunity," expressed Port Commission President Jack Thompson. "We are confident that Grays Harbor's strategic location, infrastructure and labor force will make this export operation a success for our partners."
The first vessel is scheduled to arrive at Grays Harbor on January 24, 2010. Chrysler has selected the NAPA Service (North American Pacific Asia) jointly owned by Praxis Logistics PL and Partner Shipping AS to carry this traffic to various Asian destinations. Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals (PST) is the West Coast stevedore of choice for the NAPA service. PST is a specialist in the stevedoring of automobiles, as well as Over High & Wide and breakbulk cargoes.
Kevin Moore, Director Praxis Logistics, stated, “The NAPA service is delighted to have been awarded the Chrysler contract for vehicles to Asia and Oceania. Since its inaugural voyage in June this year, the level of support for the NAPA service has grown very quickly and today its high & heavy space is now being utilized to capacity. The awarding of the Chrysler contract to NAPA is a further endorsement of the strategic and economic value of the NAPA service to the Auto, Ro/Ro and Breakbulk markets in the Pacific Rim region.”
The Commercial Director of Partner Shipping, Helge Helvik, stated that, “The NAPA partners, Praxis and Partner Shipping, would particularly like to thank The Pasha Group for the marvelous support it has provided to NAPA in the establishment of its port operations in Los Angeles and especially Grays Harbor. With Chrysler onboard, we now mark a paradigm shift in terms of the NAPA service by linking both Los Angeles and Grays Harbor with Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico with additional vessel and lifting capacity.”
Trish Zarik, Vice President of Business Development for The Pasha Group’s Automotive Services Division, notes, “The Pasha Grays Harbor Auto Terminal is the right solution for Chrysler and ASPAC import/exports because it offers the manufacturer an alternative to congestion at other Northern California ports and on dock rail connectivity for quick distribution to the market.”
“Our partners have been instrumental in securing this job creating business for Grays Harbor,” expressed Port Executive Director Gary Nelson. “We are excited to put our assets and people to work on this important global trade opportunity.”
Grays Harbor will serve as the Pacific Northwest export hub teamed with The Pasha Group, and NAPA Service for Chrysler Group LLC.