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  • 13 Jan 2022
    C.H. Robinson Finds A Way Through A Tight Logistics Market

    C.H. Robinson recently completed a nine-month project involving multiple ocean shipments of oversized cargo from Portugal to the U.S. Similar to what many shippers are still dealing with today, this large shipment came at a time when the market was extremely volatile due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With elevated demand and capacity almost nonexistent, the C.H. Robinson team utilized their scale and information advantage to bring forth creative solutions to keep their customer’s freight moving.

    First, the team utilized out-of-gauge flat racks and open top containers to transport the equipment through container carriers. For the breakbulk equipment, they relied on mafi trailers and transported via roro (roll-on/roll-off) vessels. The final shipment involved the two largest pieces, the largest unit measuring 4.63 x 4.36 x 4.44 meters. These units were loaded into the vessel using shore cranes and secured below deck for the ocean voyage.  

    When the ship arrived in Savannah, the team performed a direct discharge onto waiting trucks, ready for inland trucking to the job site. Due to the size of the largest unit, permits and police escorts were required to travel with the cargo. C.H. Robinson also aided in delivering the project DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) door to door, including customs clearance. In the end, despite market volatility all the cargo arrived safely and on time, much to the satisfaction of their customer.

  • 12 Jan 2022
    Complex Transport Of Transformer Over 1800 Km By Express Global Logistics

    Express Global Logistics (EXG) executed transportation for a major Power Electrical Equipment manufacturer from Karjan, Gujarat, to Tyada station, Andhra Pradesh, covering 1800 km.

    The cargo to be transported consisted of a transformer measuring L- 4.8 (m) x W- 2.6 (m) x H- 3.4 (m) weighing 45 MT, 97 oil barrels and a Nitrogen Injection Fire Protection System (NIFPS). 

    The project was challenging as the cargo was initially transported on 6 axles for upto 1773 km. Movement beyond that was restricted due to the ghats.

    Another challenge occurred 25 km before Srungavapukota (Skota) station as the main unit had to wait for 3 days for all the accessories to arrive and be offloaded in order to facilitate seamless rail movement through a single & narrow approach road only 3.5m wide. The entire consignment had to be manually unloaded from the axles, trucks and trailers, and a 40 m dragging operation was put into place for loading the cargo on a ramp and eventually on a wagon at Skota station Andhra Pradesh. Multiple railway shutdowns were managed to successfully load and unload the consignment on/off the railway wagons. 

    The team had to carefully navigate the last leg of the rail movement covering 23 km through 13 tunnels by securing the cargo and keeping its height in check. 

    Despite unstable climatic conditions, all safety measures were adopted to ensure the timely delivery of the cargo successfully to the site. Express Global Logistics represents India in the Project Logistics Alliance.

  • 07 Jan 2022
    The Perfect PLA Quartet

    PLA member for Germany Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) has successfully performed a Full Vessel Charter from Futong, Indonesia to Mina Zayed (Abu Dhabi), UAE, with 14,802.008 mt wood pulp. The chartering was arranged in cooperation with PLA partner KAF MARINE. The vessel completed loading on December 12th. At the mill port in Futong. A direct sailing with just 12 days of transit was required to serve and supply the local receivers in a still tight pulp market. The vessel Agency was handled by PLA members for the UAE Fleet line shipping. The Discharging operation was arranged successfully by the PLA partner Abu Dhabi Ports (AD Ports). The operation was completed in time over the holidays, and the consignee was able to receive the cargo Just in time to avoid any production stop. This charter project displayed the power of the PLA network and the difference that can be achieved when working with experts.

  • 13 Dec 2021
    Aprojects Austria  and Aprojects Belgium Complete Shipment For An Important Client

    Aprojects Austria, representing Austria in the Project Logistics Alliance, joined forces with Aprojects Belgium to complete a time-critical shipment. Breakbulk cargo weighed 50,500 kilograms and was loaded onto a container vessel headed to India. The Ex Antwerp shipment was loaded at the beginning of December and is now on its way.

    Given the time-critical nature, the dedicated Aprojects team handled the entire project without issues. Congratulations, team Aprojects!

  • 07 Dec 2021
    Cuchi Shipping Moves Industrial Equipment From Factory Premises To Port

    Cuchi Shipping Co. Ltd, representing Vietnam in the Project Logistics Alliance, moves over 600 tons from the factory to Vũng Tàu Port at the end of November.

    The cargo consisted of:


    Cargo Description

    Dimensions (in mm)

    Weight (in tons)


    Breech Duct

    21,370 x 12,000 x 12,338



    Silencer Duct

    18,300 x 12,000 x 11,484



    Lower Stack Can

    18,300 x 12,000 x 10,993



    Upper Stack Can

    18,300 x 12,000 x 9,655


    Thank you very much for sharing this news about a colossal transfer with the network!

  • 06 Dec 2021
    C.H. Robinson Chartered A Vessel For 105 ISO Tanks

    C.H. Robinson recently chartered a vessel for 105 empty 20’ ISO tanks from Jebel Ali, UAE to Lianyungang, China.

    The full charter originally had a transit time of approximately 25 days from port to port, but the logistics team was notified that transit time would be lengthened due to congestion at the port in Lianyungang. To mitigate these delays, C.H. Robinson quickly reached out to the port authority and found an alternate berth for the vessel to discharge.

    To save even more time, the discharge was completed using shore cranes which expedited the process. Tanks were then marshalled at a storage area where they were later loaded onto flatbed trailers (2 units per flat bed). The team utilized 53 trucks to perform the deliveries; a process which took approximately 6 days to complete.

    In total, C.H. Robinson’s team of experts helped safely deliver 3,960 cubic meters of cargo, which weighed over 853 metric tons, to the site within their client’s timeframe.

  • 01 Dec 2021
    The Diverse And Global Reach Of Our Members And Partners Is Perhaps Our Biggest Strength

    We are thrilled and filled with gratitude as we celebrate our 5th anniversary this month. It has been five years of working with the most incredible, diverse and global group of patrons.  As we reflect and celebrate the five years we have been in this business, we just cannot not focus on how we began and the journey along the way.

    More than five years ago, when Project Logistics Alliance was just an idea and a thought, the founders invested a lot of time envisioning how the network would be different from all the other networks out there. After thinking and reaching out to some of our founding members, the founders came up to reach the core idea of an exclusive project logistics network that was and is still a necessity in the market. Our members very quickly discover how our network really does make a difference.

    The diverse and global reach of our members and partners is perhaps our biggest strength. This gives our network an invaluable intellectual capital and breadth of expertise all over. The Project Logistics Alliance team is completely invested in all our members and partners. We are motivated and want to help provide our community with the best possible networking opportunities.

    Complex, high-profile projects require an experienced eye and an ability to navigate the obstacles and get the job done. Then there are the smaller, less visible projects that are no less important but often deemed less desirable. At PLA, our members and partners understand the value of both types of projects and thrive on curating the best possible logistical solution for each job. This adaptability and agile nature are some of the main contributing factors to our growth in the last 5 years.

    As one of our regular reader’s, we want to take this time to celebrate and thank you!

    Thank you very much for being a part of this journey and continuing to be a part of the next 5 years(and many more)

  • 01 Dec 2021
    Lack Of Space Doesn’t Stop Blue Bell Shipping Team From Delivering

    Blue Bell Shipping Project Team delivered two crude oil stabiliser columns despite a lack of conventional breakbulk availability. The cargo was picked up under Ex Works term from UAE to Kurdistan under DAP terms to Iraq.

    To mitigate the MPV space issues, these columns were shipped as breakbulk on a CMA liner service instead. The two columns (33m(L) x 3.85m(W) x 5.05m(H) and 59tons each) were shipped to Iskenderun in Turkey and then trucked to Iraq. The ancillary cargo was stuffed in x4 40ft FRs + x3 40ft GPS and delivered altogether.

    The Blue Bell Shipping Project team specialises in finding bespoke solutions for your unique project constraints. Reach out to Mr Mukesh Nedungadi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Blue Bell Shipping represents Iraq in the Project Logistics Alliance.

  • 30 Nov 2021
    A Milestone For French Offshore Wind

    With several thousand kilometres of coastline along the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the French market is one of the world’s most important growth markets for energy production from offshore wind. SAL has provided logistics support to specialist offshore contractor DEME Offshore for years now. This is why SAL’s MV Svenja handled the complex transport of the heavy foundations for the construction of one of France’s first four offshore wind farms: the Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Farm.

    Following the Hornsea 2 project, which included the transportation of monopiles, MV Svenja was immediately mobilised for her next project at the port of Eemshaven: the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm foundation transport. The Saint-Nazaire wind farm is an important milestone for the French energy transition – a key stepping-stone on the country’s path to a carbon-neutral future.

    “We have quite an impressive track record of projects carried out together with DEME Offshore,” explained Morten Hinrichs, Project Manager at SAL Heavy Lift. “This is one of the reasons that DEME hired us to participate in this project. In addition, one main criterion was the ability to transport four monopiles (MPs) and four transition pieces (TPs) per shipment. After a detailed feasibility study, we found that our Type 183 vessel MV Svenja could handle the job. Another benefit: The vessel’s speed also provided DEME the greatest possible flexibility,” he continued.

    In total, the project scope involved transporting 80 monopiles (weighing up to 979 tons and measuring up to 62 metres) and 80 transition pieces (weighing up to 496 Mt). The Type 183 vessel MV Svenja made 20 journeys from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to La Rochelle, France.

    Matthieu Moerman, Head of Marine Projects at SAL Heavy Lift, emphasised: “Finding the ideal transportation solution was very exciting. The set limits in terms of weight and dimensions of the foundations were complex and proved challenging in the planning phase. In the end, we provided a detailed and comprehensive transportation solution and documentation which fully covered our client’s high demands.”

    The team designed a detailed lifting process with a step-by-step analysis of the complete lifting path and a tailor-made bumper and guide system for the relatively tall transition pieces measuring over 30 metres in height. All transition pieces are being loaded without using MV Svenja’s stability pontoon.

    “The combined transport of monopiles and transition pieces, especially the transport of transition pieces on the engine deck, made it necessary to re-evaluate the sea fastening requirements for the cargo. SAL team carried out sea fastening calculations based on the set weather limits and the transport in open-hatch condition. In the end, we used our well-known and already established sea fastening grillages for this type of transport to secure the monopiles and transition pieces. We modified them in line with the new dimensions of the foundation,” explained Matthias Meyer, Senior Project Engineer at SAL Engineering.

    MV Svenja started the first of her 20 journeys in February 2021 and completed the project in October 2021. SAL is very proud to have set foot in the offshore wind business over the past few years – and are committed to working towards a cleaner, greener future.

  • 29 Nov 2021

    Today, Freight Plus, representing Australia and Japan in the Project Logistics Alliance, shares a project they completed in the past where Komatsu 830’s were delivered to Nakhodka in Russia from Vancouver in Canada.

  • 29 Nov 2021
    Extreme E – Electric Car Off-road Racing In Senegal

    One of the more unusual vessels and cargoes that OMA has handled in Senegal this year was the discharge and re-loading of the 24 race vehicles and 65 containers destined for Extreme E – the electric car off-road desert race.

    The cargo arrived on the MV St Helena, which has an interesting history; “The RMS St Helena was a unique cargo-passenger ship that sailed to the stunning island of St Helena, one of the most remote, inhabited islands in the world. She was also one of the last working Royal Mail ships in the world.”

    The location of the race was Lac Rose, approximately 30km north of Dakar, Senegal. Sand dunes, salt beds, gravel, rocks, and undulations all combined to provide the drivers with challenging rallying conditions, as they navigated the narrow off-road sand tracks in the vicinity of Lac Rose and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

    Extreme E chose Senegal as a location to highlight the issues and solutions around ocean health which include sea-level rise, plastic pollution, and rising ocean temperatures. Extreme E has worked with local social business GroupeSenghor and its Legacy Partner to support the EcoZone Project based in Lac Rose – once a tourist hotspot but now facing vulnerability.  Read more about the projects here.

    OMA Group represents Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo in the Project Logistics Alliance.

  • 25 Nov 2021
    Altius Completes Port To Door Delivery Of 124 Ton Transformer With Accessories

    Altius S.A., our member representing Argentina and Bolivia in the Project Logistics Alliance, has successfully performed unloading, road transportation and installation at a wind form in Cuenca. The transformer, along with its accessories, weighed 147 tons and occupied a volume of 241.1 CBM.

    The cargo consisted of 18 items, with the transformer alone weighing 124 tons. Altius constantly coordinated with all the parties involved in this operation to successfully install the transformer onto the foundation using a Jack and Slide system.

    As is always the case, the Altius Engineering team was at the port during the unloading operation from the vessel M/V Altius on 27th September to supervise and liaise with all the teams working. Congratulations, team Altius on yet another successful delivery!

  • 23 Nov 2021
    Winds Of Change

    Most of the electricity we use is produced using fossil fuels. Several countries are investing in renewable energy to work towards a cleaner and greener future. Japan is one of the countries taking steps to achieve a goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Offshore wind power is aimed to be one of the core sources to cover Japan’s future energy demand. MV Lone of SAL Heavy Lift has taken part in kicking off this transition by delivering the first batch of monopiles for the Akita and Noshiro Port Offshore Wind Farm project.

    Full speed ahead for offshore wind energy in Japan: Japan aims to be world’s third-largest offshore wind power producer in 2040 as part of efforts to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Japan has kicked off its offshore wind growth with the arrival of the first nine monopiles for the Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Farm from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    The Akita and Noshiro project will install bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines along with an onshore substation and transmission lines – using a total of 33 monopiles and 33 units of steel transition pieces.

    “SAL had the honourable task of transporting the first nine monopiles from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Akita Port, Japan. These monopiles included the heaviest units for the project with weights up to 881 metric tons, and dimensions of up to 78.7 by six-by-six metres, in just one shipment – a perfect task for our Type 183 vessel MV Lone,” said Mischa Tchang, Managing Director at SAL Heavy Lift Japan.

    The full project scope not only included the transport of nine monopiles, but also the cradle design and supervision of cradle fabrication, fatigue analysis of the monopiles as well as structural integrity calculations for monopiles. The latter three were carried out by SAL’s sister company, SAL Engineering.

    “It took us seven days to load all nine monopiles. In various past projects, we were able to gather extensive experience in handling offshore wind equipment such as monopiles and transition pieces,” explained Thomas Schulz, Project Engineer at SAL Engineering. He continued: “Special plug-and-play tween-deck spacers were necessary to increase the clearance below nearly all tween deck covers, so that the covers could rest on a slightly higher level. We also came up with DNVGL-certified sea fastening hooks which were attached to the bottom and top of the monopiles to ensure safe lashing.”

    A third-party contractor installed motion-monitoring sensors on top. Two monopiles were successfully loaded (and later also discharged) as single-lift, while the remaining ones were all handled as dual-lifts. “In monopile shipments, it is quite typical to optimise the position and number of cradles between the ship’s structure and the load distribution of the monopile. Improving the load situation for the ship’s structure by moving the cradles might lead to higher loads at the monopile and vice versa. Eventually, the cradle arrangement needs to be transferred on board, making the accurate measuring of cradle positions and positioning of monopiles in the cradles essential for a successful shipment,” explained Thomas Schulz. “To keep a bit of planning flexibility, we installed the cradles ‘on-the-fly’ while loading the cargo. In this way, we were also able to match the tight schedule and to keep preparation and mobilisation times to an absolute minimum,” he added.

    Eyehooks and fibre slings, much lighter than steel wire, ensured safe and fast loading and discharging operations. This allowed for an easier and faster connection of the rigging.

    After safely arriving in Japan, it took another six days to discharge all nine monopiles. At Akita Port, MV Lone needed to discharge the monopiles at a distance of 20 metres from the edge of the quay to meet local restrictions, which was no problem for MV Lone due to her two 1,000 Mton capacity cranes.

    “We are very proud to take part in this milestone project and look forward to supporting the offshore wind industry in Japan in the years to come,” concluded Mischa Tchang.

    In total, MV Lone transported about 5,848 tons and 20,245.7 cubic metres in this shipment. The foundation installation is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2021 and the turbines are expected to be installed in 2022.

    “Despite harsh winter conditions with snow and ice, the discharging operations and cargo handling operations at Akita Port were carried out in a smooth and safe manner. SAL’s crew and all other involved parties worked hard to meet our schedule and to discharge all monopiles on time. We are very pleased with the good cooperation and SAL’s efforts. We are looking forward to welcoming MV Lone and her excellent crew in Japan on many more visits.” - Shigeru Goto, Kamigumi Co., Ltd. SAL Heavy Lift is Project Logistics Alliance’s exclusive project and heavy lift cargo carrier.

  • 22 Nov 2021
    Blue Bell Shipping Charters A Dedicated Vessel For Pipe Transfer

    Our Iraqi member, Blue Bell Shipping, is happy to report a load of 19000FRT of pipes from China to Bahrain. The cargo was loaded at the Port of Caofeidian in China and discharged at the Port in Bahrain.

    The Blue Bell Shipping team handles a dedicated vessel for this operation since it is a part of their regular movement out of China. Next month, the Blue Bell Shipping team is expecting to move another parcel out of China. To accommodate your cargo on top of the base cargo, reach out to Mukesh Nedungadi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 19 Nov 2021
    Service Update From Sati Trans – Project Logistics Alliance Member For Armenia

    Our Armenian member Sati Trans was established in 1995 in Yerevan in Armenia. Sati trans provides a wide variety of transport range services which include:

    • Road Transportation (CIS and Europe)
    • Sea Transportation
    • Air Shipment
    • Project Shipment
    • Warehousing/Groupage and Consolidated Shipment (Europe/CIS and China)
    • Customs Brokerage and Exports

    Since DDP shipment is not a valid term in Armenia and Eurasian countries, an experienced and efficient team with a strategic approach also provides the best solution for DDP Imports.

    Supported by a very experienced staff Sati Trans has become a reliable, high quality and responsible partner in the Republic of Armenia and other countries. For more information, please get in touch with the Sati Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.