GTS acquires Priano Marchelli, strategically combining cruise-focused expertise with a global marine logistics network

In a significant development for the marine logistics industry, Global Transport Solutions Group (GTS), an AIT Worldwide Logistics company, has announced the acquisition of Priano Marchelli, a key player in the cruise logistics sector with a history dating back to 1934. This strategic acquisition is set to enhance GTS offerings in the cruise logistics market and extend Priano Marchelli’s reach through GTS’ extensive international network.

A Strategic Move for Enhanced Capabilities

Vegard Prytz, co-CEO of GTS, highlighted the strategic importance of the acquisition: “The acquisition of Priano Marchelli is a strategic expansion for GTS and our Marinetrans brand. It significantly strengthens our position in the cruise logistics market and aligns perfectly with our vision of offering comprehensive global logistics solutions. We’re excited about the opportunities this partnership creates for our clients and our teams.”

Claudio Giachero and Andrea Giachero, who have led Priano Marchelli to its current esteemed position in the industry, will continue their leadership roles, ensuring the company’s legacy of excellence continues under the new ownership. They commented, “Becoming a part of the GTS family represents a fantastic opportunity for growth and development. We are enthusiastic about leveraging this partnership to enhance our service offerings and extend our global footprint.”

AIT Worldwide Logistics’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vaughn Moore, said, “Just one month after AIT’s acquisition of GTS, I am pleased to welcome the cruise logistics experts from Priano Marchelli. Combining Marinetrans’ and Priano Marchelli’s expertise with AIT’s global sales team and our expansive worldwide network will open up new pathways to serve the seafaring industry with exceptional end-to-end marine logistics solutions.”


Commitment to Excellence and Innovation

This acquisition brings together two companies with a shared commitment to innovation, customer service excellence, and operational expertise. The synergies between GTS’ global network and Priano Marchelli’s specialized expertise in the cruise sector are expected to deliver greatly enhanced value and service to customers worldwide.


A Bright Future Ahead

Looking to the future, both GTS and Priano Marchelli are committed to investing in technology and sustainability initiatives to drive growth and deliver superior value to their customers, teammates, and stakeholders. “Together, we are poised to set new standards in marine logistics. We will continue to innovate and provide the exceptional service our customers have come to expect,” John Burgstra, co-CEO of GTS, commented.

Adding to this vision, Andrea Giachero, CEO of Priano Marchelli, highlighted the benefits of the acquisition for the staff: “This merger is a tremendous opportunity for our team. It not only promises a bright future but also offers our staff enhanced career opportunities and the chance to be part of a global leader in marine logistics. We’re all looking forward to the new paths that will open up as we integrate into the GTS family.”


About GTS

GTS is a leading provider of marine logistics solutions, specializing in comprehensive logistics services for the maritime industry. With its global network and innovative solutions, the company is a trusted partner for marine logistics worldwide. Headquartered in the Netherlands, GTS has 16 locations globally with over 45.000 square meters of warehouse space.


About Priano Marchelli

Priano Marchelli is a premier logistics provider focused on the cruise industry, offering tailored logistics and transportation services. Known for its expertise and customer-centric approach, Priano Marchelli has established itself as a key player in cruise logistics. Since its founding in 1934, the name Priano Marchelli has been synonymous with quality of service and reliability. The company has offices in Genoa, Italy and Miami, Florida.


About AIT Worldwide Logistics

AIT Worldwide Logistics is a global freight forwarder that helps companies grow by expanding access to markets all over the world where they can sell and/or procure their raw materials, components and finished goods. For more than 40 years, the Chicago-based supply chain solutions leader has relied on a consultative approach to build a global network and trusted partnerships in nearly every industry, including aerospace, automotive, consumer retail, energy, food, government, high-tech, industrial, life sciences and marine. Backed by scalable, user-friendly technology, AIT’s flexible business model customizes door-to-door deliveries via sea, air, ground and rail — on time and on budget. With expert teammates staffing more than 130 worldwide locations in Asia, Europe and North America, AIT’s full-service options also include customs clearance, warehouse management and white glove services. Learn more at

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