Latest BTL News
1st Dec 2016

Mumbai 30th Seniors Dinner

Approx 30 industry Seniors dinned on 1st December at Mumbai's Hyatt Regency's Stax restaurant in celebration of BTL's 30th anniversary. BTL was represented from Singapore, India and Sri Lanka. Chairman, Joachim von der Heydt, spoke of the long association with India and the challenges of developing the Feeder business in the early days as well as the loyal customer support which had accompanied BTL over the years due to the high levels of service provision.

30th Nov 2016

Chennai 30th Anniversary Function

BTL recently hosted past and present trade friends at a Cocktail reception in Chennai to celebrate 30 years of operations. With Main Line, NVOCC, terminal & port representatives in attendance a grand reunion of industry acquaintances was witnessed in BTL's traditional home port. Chairman, Joachim von der Heydt, spoke of how BTL's name had been derived and overcoming the initial challenges of operating in the Bay of Bengal - which was only possible with the loyal support of the trade and the belief of BTL's other Partner, Heinrich Schoeller.

29th Nov 2016

BTL India Agency Meet, Chennai

BTL's Teams from Singapore, India & Sri Lanka descended on Chennai end November to meet and discuss strategy for 2017. Line Managers presented their forward plans and each office was able to interject their requirements and suggestions in true BTL open dialogue style.

1st Jul 2016

M/V Passat Summer Trade Lunch Reception for 800th Vessel call at Visak

Marking BTL’s 800th vessel call at Visak, comprising 15 years of dedicated weekly coverage, a Trade reception was hosted on-board BTL’s flag ship, m/v Passat Summer, last Saturday 1st July ’16. With over 40 Main Line & NVOCC clients together with VCTL Management and BTL Representatives from Singapore, Kolkata and Chennai attending, the crowd were suitably entertained by Captain Joffrey & Chief Engineer Vincente with all arrangements being professionally handled by BTL’s Visak Team headed by GM, Mr Venkateswarlu (LU) – our ‘man in Havana’. The 2700 teu , 39000 DWT vessel was, as usual, in excellent condition and with her high stability (2300 x 14t) and 500 reefer points remains well-equipped to service the Visak seafood exporting community where the latest end week schedule and fastest transits to Singapore-PKL are proving most popular. BTL’s MD, Bill Smart, thanked the Trade for their loyal support and also congratulated the local community for their first successful VGM loading – this sailing marking the inaugural sailing to comply with the new SOLAS VGM weight controlling legislation.

1st Jun 2016

Appointment of New BTL Agents

Following the re-opening of the Iran market post sanctions, we are pleased to welcome World Golden Sea Shipping Agency LLC to our BTL network.

Additionally in the ASEAN trades we are also happy to announce coverage via the following:

- Indonesia - PT Optima Lautan Bersama
- Vietnam - CCL Shipping Agency (Vietnam) Co Ltd
- Cambodia - Inchcape Shipping Services (Cambodia) Ltd

The new sectors are open immediately for Cross Trade business as well as exploring any traditional Common Feedering requirements where we look forward to working with our new agency partners.

20th May 2016

BTL/WHL Dinner

On the eve of our 2016 BTL Taipei Open, BTL’s Management Team hosted long term VSA Chennai partners, Wan Hai Lines for a Seniors Dinner at the Italian Caprice restaurant, Sherwood. Operating twice weekly coverage of Channai and weekly frequency at Visak and Kattupalli this is considered to be the best and longest serving service to the Indian East coast.

20th May 2016

BTL/EMC ‘old friends’ Reunion Lunch

As part of our 30th year celebration, visiting BTL Chairman Joachim von der Heydt, hosted EMC Seniors in the Sherwood Hotel for luncheon. Pictured are from right to left Shuei Chiu, Bronson Hsieh, Lawrence Lee and Arthur Tsai and on the other side Bill Smart, Rita Tsai, Joachim von der Heydt and Norman Pok. Many stories of the past were exchanged with a cautious but optimistic conclusion for the future!

19th May 2016

Special 30th Year Client Dinner

As our first client 30 years ago a special celebratory dinner was hosted for YML Seniors in Taipei on Thurs 19th May '16. Commenting on the long association, BTL Chairman - Joachim von der Heydt - said "YML were our first client, sharing the same Agent, and we are proud of the long association - which still goes strong today."