Maersk Handles End-to-end Logistics for Sri Lanka’s First Electric Car Delivery

A.P. Moller – Maersk recently handled the complete end-to-end logistics of the first-ever Sri Lankan made electric supercar Vega EVX that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 later this year in March. The car built in Colombo, started its journey from the Vega Innovations workshop in the heart of the city and is currently en route Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands from where it will continue all the way to Geneva, Switzerland. 

Maersk says that while they have a legacy as being a conglomerate within transport and energy, they are transforming to become an integrated container logistics company. From operating eight different divisions with a big corporate layer on top, Maersk is now being organized as one company with one frontline organization for Ocean and Logistics & Services businesses which cover all the elements of entire logistical chain. 

As part of its end-to-end integrated logistics offerings, Maersk aims to provide logistics on landside in addition to ocean which includes various aspects such as road and rail transportation, documentation, insurances among a lot of other products. Realising this strategy, Maersk Lanka took up the requirements set out by Vega Innovations wherein their electric supercar had to be transported from the workshop it was built in, to the exhibition centre in Geneva and back. 

As a part of the solution, Maersk Lanka’s team will manage the entire product journey including Booking Management, Intermodal & Ocean transportation for landside and waterside movement, Warehousing, Customs House Brokerage and regulatory documentation, Value Protect (cargo protection from logistics-related risks), labor management for loading and unloading, as well as third party insurance.

Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, said “We are pleased to enable the entire journey of the supercar through our integrated end-to-end logistic offerings. Our aim is always to reduce the infrastructure and operational issues for our customers and simplify logistics for them, thereby also reducing the overall cost for the shippers. This project will further help open several new opportunities for simplifying special cargo deliveries across India/Sri Lanka, South Asia and even globally. I am extremely proud that we are now delivering solutions that are embedded with our core strategy.”

Commenting on opting Maersk as their logistics partner, Harsha Subasinghe, CodeGen Group CEO and founder of Vega Innovations, said “Shipping of a high-value supercar involves various logistical challenges. It requires a full-service solution with one point of contact from beginning to end to increase the efficiency and lower the workload. Vega EVX is a result of six years of determination of a steadfast team and we are truly relaxed to have found a reliable and trusted end-to-end logistics partner in Maersk to execute this project. The entire journey is being supervised with dedicated teams that constantly monitor our cargo giving full visibility into real-time tracking and this really gives us peace of mind.”