UK’s maritime services company Casper Group has acquired freight forwarder Johnson Partners, which specialises in handling abnormal loads, project cargoes, and out of gauge cargoes.

Johnson Partners, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Casper, will continue to operate from its Teesside base, leveraging the strategic advantages offered by the region’s developments, including initiatives like Teesside Freeport and Teesworks.

As Casper Group claims both entities will fill a ‘crucial gap’ by adding specialised expertise in the management of abnormal loads and project cargoes.

Both companies have a family-owned heritage, whilst Casper Group has a rich history dating back to 1872.

On the other hand, Teesside-based Johnson Partners, a general freight forwarding company, is having an expertise in handling out of gauge shipments, abnormal loads and project cargo.

As Casper Group explains, the strategic location of Johnson Partners in Teesside positions it perfectly to capitalise on the regional developments associated with Teesside Freeport and Teesworks.

Michael Shakesheff, managing director, Casper Group, said: “Commercially, it makes us a stronger and even more complete entity, building on the hard-work and dedication of our team. But it’s also a real meeting of minds with shared history, values, and community commitment.”

Diane Irving, managing director, Casper Logistics, noted: “Johnson Partners’ knowledge of handling abnormal loads, project cargoes, and out of gauge shipments compliments our existing services to provide an all encompassing logistics experience no matter the size, scale or challenge.”