Friday, May 10, 2013

Two Heavy Lift Project Freight Forwarding Jobs Use Every Inter Modal Freight Method

Road, Rail, Ocean, Air and Rocket all Involved in Recent Transport Movements
Shipping News Feature

INDIA - SRI LANKA – FRANCE – RUSSIA – OUTER SPACE – News of many project freight forwarding movements this month with two particularly standing out, one very much on terra firma (plus some terrum oceanus - excuse the bad Latin) the other up in the air and onward. Our photograph shows part of a shipment of six giant wind turbines being offloaded having crossed via sea freight from India.

The forty one sections weighing 784 tonnes (some individually around 33 tonnes each) were destined for Sri Lanka and arrived from Chennai on the heavy lift vessel Han Xin, with its onboard crane capacity of 200 tonnes into the Port of Colombo supervised by staff from Projects FPS, a division of FPS Sri Lanka having departed India under the watchful eye of fellow FPS Group member on the subcontinent, LCL Logistix.

On arrival in Colombo, the pylon sections were transferred onto special extending trailers for the tortuous journey over twisting roads and narrow bridges to their final destination. FPS trucks operated convoys for six consecutive nights, to minimise traffic disruption. The shipment required 30 truck journeys, and the final piece was unloaded on site during April. When assembled, the six wind turbine generators will each measure 95 metres in height, and generate 0.85 megawatts of electricity. Wind power is a major focus of the Sri Lankan Government, as a means of providing for the country’s fast-growing energy needs and many further similar shipments are therefore expected in the future. Gihan Nanayakkara, Chairman of FPS Sri Lanka and Projects FPS, commented:

“We had to deliver to site before the Sri Lankan National New Year. Our priority was quality and reliability over price. The shipper, Gamesa India, was extremely supportive in ensuring the cargo was under the hook with no idle time. On arrival of the vessel at berth in the Port of Colombo, our fleet was on stand-by to commence the nightly convoys with full escorts. We completed the project with zero demurrage, no truck detention and ahead of schedule, without a single scratch to the cargo. I would like to thank everyone involved for a fantastic display of team work.”

The other notable shipment was the recent inter modal movement of around 80 tonnes of space satellite and launch support equipment to Kazakhstan using rail and air freight. Globally, one in three of all space satellites are transported to their launch site by specialist heavy cargo carrier Volga-Dnepr due to the airline’s proven expertise in safely delivering such highly sensitive and valuable cargoes and the unique air logistics capabilities of its An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ freighter fleet.

This latest shipment was carried for SDV Logistique International in France on behalf of Thales Alenia Space, based in Cannes. The An-124 flight operated from Nice to the Baikonur launch site for the consignee, Russia’s Krunichev State Research and Production Centre. On arrival in Yubileyny, the satellite container was carefully transferred to a rail wagon to be transported to the clean room at Baikonur, where the satellite was unloaded from its container for the launch. Matthew Thear, Customer Service Manager at Volga-Dnepr said:

“Over many years we have built a strong reputation with manufacturers, space agencies and logistics specialists for our ability to safely move space satellites and related equipment to launch sites around the world. This is a very specialist process that requires detailed planning as well as strict loading, unloading and environmental conditions to protect the shipment all the way to the launch site.”

As to the next transport phase of the satellite equipment to its final destination the ride is likely to even more hazardous, not to say expensive.