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X-Press Feeders tipped to buy Singapore’s TransLiner

The battle for feeder supremacy has taken another turn with reigning champion X-Press Feeders lining up another acquisition. Splash understands that X-Press Feeders, part of the Sea Consortium group, is finalising a deal to take over Singapore-based NVOCC TransLiner.

TransLiner, led by Ashok Pillay, has a network covering Southeast Asia, India, the UAE as well as West Africa.

The acquisition, set to go through by November 1, marks a change of strategy for X-Press Feeders, which has traditionally been a pure shipper’s owned carrier (SOC).

X-Press Feeders has watched as rival Unifeeder, owned by terminal operator DP World, has gone on a massive buying spree of late – taking on Singapore-based FeederTech as well as a Korean NVOCC and many of the units of the Indian-owned Transworld Group. Once all these deals are concluded Unifeeder is on course to surpass X-Press Feeders as the world’s largest feeder operator, a sector that is rapidly consolidating.

Senior management at X-Press Feeders have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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