Hapag-Lloyd is buying ATL Haulage Contractors, a UK road haulier.
The German carrier will acquire 100% of the share capital of the privately owned company for an undisclosed price.
“The acquisition of ATL, and working together with our other existing hauliers, enables us to deliver on our commitment to provide our customers with a first-class multimodal service,” Hapag-Lloyd said.
“ATL will remain an independent company and brand and will continue to be run by the existing management team serving all its customers in line with their existing contractual agreements.”
Based at London Gateway and Southampton in southern England, ATL was established in 2008 and operates from all major ports in the UK.
It controls a fleet of 120 owned modern trucks and a network of more than 100 additional trucks from dedicated subcontractors.
The company owns a truck fleet with an average age of under two years operating in the UK inland market.
The move is the second acquisition of a UK logistics business by a major European liner operator this year.
Last week, Ceva Logistics, part of French shipping group CMA CGM, unveiled a plan to buy British logistics firm Wincanton in an all-cash deal worth around £566.9m ($719m).
The Saade family-controlled company believes the combination will develop its presence in contract logistics in the UK and Ireland.
It says it will build on Wincanton’s partnerships with grocers and retailers in the UK.
Wincanton is listed on the London Stock Exchange and operates through a network with 5,000 drivers and 8,500 trucks/trailers.