Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Multimodal Heavy Lift Forwarding Project Gets Consignment on Track

Successful Intercontinental Delivery of Locomotives
Shipping News Feature

US – PERU – Only those involved personally can truly understand the concerns of each project logistics contract. And when that consignment is two locomotives, each weighing in at 180 tonnes and destined to be transported through urban streets and suburban neighbourhoods one can only imagine the problems the logistics outfit charged with handling the shipment will face before a successful delivery.

Such was the situation when freight forwarder Dachser Peru was given the task of first transporting such a load from the Port of Houston to the offloading at the Port of Callao, using a vessel whose cranes were up to the task of discharging the locomotives at the quayside.

Upon arrival the two trains were loaded directly onto heavy haulage trucks before beginning possibly the most awkward leg of the journey, through the streets of Callao and surrounding neighbourhoods en route to Lima, while navigating through the city traffic and avoiding the networks of overhead cables.

The South American subsidiary of German headquartered Dachser needed to ensure not only the vessel from the US had the appropriate crane capacity, but that it subcontracted to hauliers with the suitable heavy equipment, as well as supervising the on- and off-loading process. This was especially challenging given the current pandemic situation and safety-protocol guidelines.

Upon arrival at the customer in Lima once again the correct equipment was used to offload the road vehicles before overseeing the delicate task of placing precisely on the railroad tracks to a customer which expressed complete satisfaction. Eduardo Rey, Managing Director, Dachser Peru, said:

"As Peru continues to develop its railroad infrastructure, we are especially proud to deliver [these] two 180-tonne locomotives. Managing all the steps of this type of heavy-lift cargo project can be quite challenging, however, Dachser was able to manage the transport and delivery process without any issue to the full satisfaction of our customer.

"The delivery of these two locomotives showcase Dachser’s project cargo logistics capabilities in Peru. We are honoured to support the country's rail infrastructure development and are looking forward to working with our Peruvian partners for future projects as this growth continues.”

Photo: The ship’s cranes lift one of the locomotives aboard in Houston.