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INCHCAPE SHIPPING SERVICES OPENS IN NAMIBIA

21 June 2010 - Inchcape Shipping Services has opened an office in Walvis Bay, Namibia thereby further expanding its presence in Africa.

"The opening of the Namibia office gives ISS an important foothold on the southwestern seaboard of the continent," said Allan Vermaak, Senior Vice President for Africa. "The office is already serving our customers in the port of Walvis Bay and the wider hinterland."

The office is managed by Reinhardt Küsters. Reinhardt completed his apprenticeship in shipping, airfreight and logistics in Hamburg before returning to Namibia to pursue a career in the airline and tourism industry. He later moved into the ship agency sector with King & Sons and was also appointed Managing Director of Erundu Stevedoring before joining ISS as General Manager, Namibia. He was Chairman of the Container Liner Operators Forum in Namibia, a member of the Port Advisory Committee and to this day is Chairman of the Ombili Foundation, a community based project in the northern regions of Namibia.

Terry Gidlow, FICS, Executive Vice President Group Strategy at ISS, added: "The entry into Namibia is in line with our 2015 Strategy Plan by expanding our presence and globalising the range of services we offer through our network, as an integral part of our unique Enterprise Value Proposition. The entry into Namibia follows on closely after our acquisition of Global Marine Travel during May of this year."

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