Trieste - Today, Samer & Co. Shipping Srl, which has been operating for almost a century in the maritime sector, transfers 60% of shares of its controlled company Samer Seaports & Terminalista Srl, operating in the Port of Trieste, to the long standing Turkish partner U.N. Ro-Ro from Istanbul.
“Also – says Enrico Samer, President of Samer Group - Samer Seaports & Terminalista Srl has planned an investment of almost 8 million euro in order to shift to rail all truck traffic coming from Turkish ferries which then heads to Central Europe, especially Austria and Germany, but also all the way to Great Britain”.
The new company is therefore set up as such: 60% U.N. Ro-Ro Isletmeleri A.S. 40% Samer & Co. Shipping Srl The formal transfer of shares and the presentation of the business agreement has taken place in the main meeting room of the Chamber of Commerce of Trieste, in the presence of Enrico, Dario and Lilli Samer, the management of U.N. Ro-Ro, headed by the chief executive officer Sedat Gümüşoğlu and the president Christian Ollig, along with the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Trieste, Antonio Paoletti and the President of the Port Authority, Marina Monassi.U.N Ro-Ro İşletmeleri A.Ş. was established by international transport companies in 1994 and has become one of the fastest growing freight Ro-Ro operators in the Mediterranean Sea.
Throughout the years, U.N Ro-Ro developed into a pool of companies with 200 international transporters as partners, who financed the company and helped U.N Ro-Ro expand its fleet.
In December 2007 U.N. Ro-Ro and its subsidiary companies’ majority shares and management were transferred to an international investment fund, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR).
In early December,Kkr has appointed investment bank Goldman Sachs to take care of the sale of the 97.5% holding in the company of the Turkish shipping, in order to obtain a figure of around 910 million Euros. U.N Ro-Ro İşletmeleri A.Ş. runs its privately-owned terminal in Pendik since 2006. After December 2007, U.N Ro-Ro continued to grow expanding its fleet to 12 Ro-Ro vessels.