Freightliner Group announces acquisition of ERS Railways

first_imgEUROPE: Freightliner Group announced that it is to acquire ERS Railways from Maersk Line on June 19. Financial terms were not disclosed, and the transaction is subject to regulatory approval. A long-term contract has been agreed for ERS to continue to provide services for the shipping line.Rotterdam-headquartered ERS was founded in 1994 and became licensed as a railway undertaking in 2002. It provides intermodal services to the hinterlands of major ports including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Lübeck and Rostock, as well as services to destinations in Italy, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. ERS holds a 47% stake in German port hinterland operator ‘The acquisition of ERS is a very good fit with our growth strategy and further extends our profitable footprint, following our successful entry into the Polish and German bulk haul markets over the last seven years and our entry into Australia in 2009’, said Peter Maybury, Chief Executive of Freightliner Group. ‘The business has a strong management team who share our service-led approach, and we look forward to supporting them as ERS continues to grow its continental European intermodal services.’last_img read more

Five Japanese runners qualify for MGC through Nagoya Women’s Marathon

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Iwade, who set a personal best of 2:23:52, had already qualified for the Sept. 15 race in Tokyo, but Kayoko Fukushi (2:24:09), who finished eighth, and Miyuki Uehara (2:24:19), who was ninth, clocked sub-2:25:00 times to meet the qualifying standard for the MGC.Sairi Maeda (2:25:25), Mizuki Tanimoto (2:25:28) and Ayano Ikemitsu (2:26:07), who placed 10th, 11th and 12th, also earned MGC berths, bringing the entry tally for Japanese women to 14.“I still had strength in my legs in the end. I think I did well,” said Iwade, who improved her personal best set at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon three years ago by 46 seconds.Iwade was eight seconds behind Fukushi in eighth at the 40-km point but moved up three places over the final two kilometers. She was the only competitor who entered the race having already qualified for the MGC.Visiline Jepkesho (2:22:58) and Valary Jemeli (2:23:01), the two Kenyan runners who moved to the front around the 35-km mark, finished second and third.The Nagoya Women’s Marathon was the last domestic chance for Japanese women to qualify for the MGC. Mizuki Tanimoto smiles after finishing 11th at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday at Nagoya Dome. Tanimoto was one of five Japanese runners to qualify for the Marathon Grand Championship, which will serve as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020. | KYODO Kayoko Fukushi, Nagoya Women’s Marathon, Grand Marathon Championship, Reika Iwade, Miyuki Uehara NAGOYA – Namibian runner Helalia Johannes on Sunday won the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, a race through which five Japanese punched their tickets for this fall’s Marathon Grand Championship, which will serve as a qualifying race for the 2020 Olympics.Johannes broke away from a three-woman lead pack to win in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds in the race, which started and finished at Nagoya Dome, while Reia Iwade finished fifth for Japan’s best result.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDSlast_img read more