Malaysian automotive shipping and logistics provider Giga Maritime Group (GMG) has launched its first ro-ro vessel – the MV Grand Vision. The pure car truck carrier has a capacity of 5,040 units and will operate in the Malaysian domestic route as well as intra-Asian countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

The company said that the launch of the vessel will provide it with 30% growth in capacity compared to 2013.

"The automotive shipping and logistics sector is a growing and competitive market for us,” said Datuk Kumar Prabakaran, managing director of GMG companies Giga Shipping and Nexus Mega Carriers. “These investments are absolutely vital for us to optimise the management of the supply chain and hone our value-added services for our customers.”
Additionally, the group said it is replacing 66 trucks and prime movers in its fleet of 224 car and motorcycle motor vehicle carriers.

The company is also investing in a web-based IT infrastructure that it said would allow customers to place bookings, request and view quotations and invoices, submit documents and track shipments online. The system, which will be running in the first quarter of 2015, will also allow for senior management to monitor the supply chain in real time.

"Our new IT system is expected to minimise employee workload, reduce usage of paper by 80% and streamline the flow of task from one business unit to the next," Datuk Kumar added.