Brunswick_mercedesDamage prevention services company, UniCar Group, has begun a contract with German marine insurer HDI-Gerling for the inspection of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles being moved between Europe, North America and the Far East.

The contract will focus initially on deep-sea vessel operations running between the three continents and will involve around 1m vehicle inspections a year.

“This is a great initiative to promote the prevention of in-transit damages at a time when growing volumes of prestigious passenger cars are potentially exposed to a higher financial risk,” said Eric Imiola, managing director of UniCar.

In a statement Unicar said it would be using a new generation of handheld technologies for the collection of vehicle condition data that enabled real-time management control and the correct assigning of responsibility for damages to the different logistic partners involved. It has also established a comprehensive data warehouse that uses analytic tools to provide transparency of vehicle conditions in the supply chain.

Unicar, which is based in Germany, has been part of the Bureau Veritas Group since 2012 and has 11 subsidiary companies and over 250 full time employees.