Former Silk managers take their skills to Tasman Logistics

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi


Tasman Logistics Services has added former Kagan Logistics and Hoffman Transport managers to its ranks.

Former Silk managers take their skills to Tasman Logistics
Tasman Logistics Services Managing Director Craig Morris (L) and Ivan Vanis.

Key managers from the Silk Logistics Group have moved over to Tasman Logistics Services to help it grow.

Former Kagan Logistics transport manager Adam Taylor and ex Hoffman Transport finance manager Michael Oakley joined the Melbourne-based Tasman Logistics Services late last year.

Both men will be in similar roles to their previous jobs and have been tasked with cementing the company’s future in the container haulage market.

Tasman National Business Development Manager Ivan Vanis says the pair brings a wealth of knowledge to the company.

"We have always had a contractor that’s been running our finances which has been quite good but we have now got to that point where we have grown significantly and we need someone full time to manage all our finances, including insurance and cash flow," Vanis says.

"Our transport manager is quite experienced with 16 years’ experience behind him in running a wharf cartage operation – he’s settling in quite well and has implemented quite a few changes which have been positive."

Tasman Logistics Services, which was established 11 years ago to offer rail, road, shipping, freight forwarding, warehousing and wharf cartage services, has grown steadily largely due to word of mouth.

It spent $7 million last year concreting its Brooklyn yard and has 20 staff and 60 customers.

It recently purchased a new 40-tonne container reach stacker and four Krueger tautliners, and will begin using a new transport software program later this month.

 "We have been growing quite a bit in the last 18 months so implementing software during our redevelopment of depot would have been a big problem for us," Vanis says.

"It was a time factor. Now that we have reached a period where we want to be in terms of growth, [it] is the time to implement it."

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