Bertling Logistics and Rafeek & Moore are pleased to announce the formation of their joint venture (JV) company, Rafeek & Moore Bertling Logistics (Guyana) Inc. The company will commence operations on 1 October 2023 and will be based at Rafeek & Moore's established office in the Port of Georgetown.
Located on the northern coast of South America, Guyana has quietly emerged as an economic powerhouse in the region. With its abundant natural resources, strategic location and recent oil discoveries, the country is poised for significant economic growth and development. Guyana's location at the crossroads of South America and the Caribbean gives it a strategic advantage. It offers a gateway to both regions, making it a strategic hub for trade and commerce.
The primary purpose of Rafeek & Moore Bertling Logistics (Guyana) Inc. will be to jointly explore the many business opportunities available in Guyana in the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors and to add the value-added services and structure of both companies to a dedicated logistics service offering.
The JV will be led by Colin Moore of Rafeek & Moore and Steve Ross-Munro of Bertling Logistics. Colin knows the Guyanese market inside out, having worked in the country for over 30 years. He is well connected, knows all the local suppliers and has access to local resources, vehicles and equipment to transport events to the remotest corners of the country.
Steve has been in the global logistics business for over 30 years and has worked and lived in UK, Middle East, Asia and the USA. He joined Bertling Logistics in Houston earlier this year as Director of Business Development and has known Colin Moore for several years. Steve spends a considerable amount of time in Guyana, joining Colin for meetings with existing and potential customers in the region.
Both JV partners have been in the industry for many years and are recognised logistics companies in their areas of expertise. Bertling focuses on global project logistics and transport engineering solutions, while Rafeek & Moore specialises primarily in general freight forwarding, trucking and customs brokerage services in Guyana. Bertling will bring its global network of offices and suppliers, modern IT infrastructure and extensive project experience to the Americas.
"We are proud to have Bertling as a loyal and trusted partner to add value, expand our local service offering in Guyana and diversify our portfolio," says Colin Moore, Director of Rafeek & Moore. "We are very familiar with their dedication, go-anywhere approach and high-quality transport engineering expertise from our long working relationship and look forward to combining the skills of both companies under one roof from now on," Colin continues.
"Guyana and the surrounding countries have been on our radar for years and our global team is excited about the new business opportunities that are emerging in the country," said Colin MacIsaac, CEO of Bertling Logistics. "Rafeek &Moore's skilled team, high quality local services and extensive local network are well known in Guyana," continues Colin. "We are confident that our new JV will establish a leading position in Guyana and that we will be ideally positioned to adequately respond to and serve the logistics needs arising from the ongoing energy transition," Colin concludes.