Shipper moves Houston team to NJ post-Ike

24 September 2008 21:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Mediterranean Shipping (MSC) has temporarily moved 80 employees from the company's hurricane-damaged Houston, Texas office to the company's computer centre in Warren, New Jersey, a company official said on Wednesday.

MSC suffered roof damage from Hurricane Ike at its office on the city's Northwest Freeway, said Richard Sulzmann, vice-president of communications.

The company exports petrochemicals and other materials out of the Port of Houston, he said.

Sulzmann said MSC expects to have the roof repaired and new carpet installed in the Houston office and ready for employees' return by 3 October.

"We've got a very aggressive schedule going in that regard," Sulzmann said.

MSC arranged for private planes to move employees and their families to its northern New Jersey computer centre and for temporary housing there, he added.

Houston is one of MSC's four documentation and customer service centres, along with New York, Chicago and Charleston, South Carolina. MSC is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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