18 May 2022
We are happy to introduce Project Logistics Alliance's new member Integral Chile S.A., who will be representing Chile. Integral Chile is a freight forwarding company whose objective is to provide a global and innovative approach to logistics and transport engineering; and it was founded in 1992. The company is celebrating their 30th successful anniversary this year. Integral Chile started their journey as a freight forwarder company and, over time, added the national cargo division.
Integral Chile's client portfolio varies from small companies to large corporate groups, both for International Cargo as well as National Transportation and Domestic Courier.
Their service range includes:
- General Cargo
- Project Cargo
- AoG / Time critical
- Pharma cargo
- Show Business
- Domestic transportation (within Chile)
The domestic division has its own fleet of vehicles and certified transportation suppliers, counting daily consolidated shipments between all the main cities of Chile by air and ground, plus a very quick delivery standard. They hold IATA, ISO 9001:2015, DGAC, and SICEP certificates.
Integral Chile has a significant presence in major international transport traffics, imports and exports, mainly in America, Europe and Asia. The company has a powerful synergy between international and domestic transportation, which makes them highly competitive among other Chilean freight forwarders.
Welcome team, Integral Chile S.A., to the Project Logistics Alliance!
16 May 2022
Our Indonesian member Pt. Total Movements has moved a total of 5 units of wind turbine generator components from the supplier's factory to the load port for a prestigious project in Europe. The wind turbine generator components included 15 x 44 meters long blades, a 5 x 50 MT generator, hubs and accessories.
Among the challenges of this project was traversing the heart of the city to reach the port amid numerous construction activities for the city's metro project, and the authorities outrightly denied permission for the movement of such oversized cargo.
Nevertheless, the Total Movements Indonesia Team organized a joint meeting with the metro, city corporation, police and port authorities to ensure that all necessary precautions were taken during the movement to ensure that no construction activities or infrastructure changes were disrupted by submitting technical documents to obtain permission.
The Total Movements Indonesia Team used their exclusive access to a specialized fleet of vehicles at their disposal and integrated teamwork to accomplish the project. Before the vessel's arrival, the entire cargo was docked in port. Then the vessel loaded on board for the sail.
On behalf of the PLA members and partners, we congratulate the Total Movements Indonesia Team for contributing to a renewable energy project.
11 May 2022
Project Logistics Alliance's member Express Global Logistics (EXG), representing India, transported one of 30 Orthotropic Steel Decks (OSD) successfully for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project with their partner. Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is an under-construction project, 21.8 kilometres long freeway grade road bridge connecting Mumbai, India, with Navi Mumbai, India, near Nhava Sheva. When the project is completed, it will be the longest sea bridge in India. The project is estimated to cost 2.3 billion dollars and is currently expected to complete by October 2023.
Along with their partner, EXG moved the heaviest OSD among the 30, weighing an incredible 2652 metric tons which also makes it the longest ever cargo moved on land in India to date. The steel deck was moved to the Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC site in Sewri, Mumbai. The OSD measured 180 meters in length, 15 meters in width and 7,5 meters in height. The cargo transported on:
- Front Convey (60 axles)
16 axle x 3 line (48 axles)
12 axle x 1 line (12 axles)
- Rear Convey (46 axles)
12 axle x 3 line (36 axles)
10 axle x 1 line (10 axles)
4 Power Pack Units (PPU)
The challenging part of this project was moving cargo this large within the stipulated deadlines. Through EXG's experienced engineering team's meticulous planning, they mapped the entire route and the path to the inch project and successfully implemented it with high safety standards.
The EXG Team's hard work and relentless planning to organize and prepare at the site before the movement took place allowed for the smooth execution of the project.
On behalf of the PLA community, we congratulate EXG Team for keeping pace and completing the challenging OSD transport on the prestigious MTHL project in Mumbai, India.
10 May 2022
The Project Logistics Alliance is delighted to introduce WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Inc., who will be representing the United States of America (USA). WELL Worldwide Energy Logistics Inc. was established in 2004 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom. Since then, they have been working in servicing the industry to review and understand the local infrastructure at destinations where the goods are to be discharged and ascertain a precise understanding of each customer's need.
WELL aims to reduce costs, simplify complex processes and save time while providing clients with clear visibility and control of the transportation process. For this, they have also implemented NET Freight service, which allows clients to track and trace their cargos with an all integrated online system. The operations team at WELL is certified to handle and transport dangerous goods by Air, Sea and Land.
Apart from regular forwarding, their service portfolio also includes oil and gas, energy and the telecommunication sectors. Some services that WELL provides:
- Multimodal Project Logistics & Freight Forwarding
- Heavy Lift Air, Ocean and Overland Solutions
- Supply Base Operations
- Material Management
- In-Transit Visibility / Accountability
- Warehousing / Yard Operations
- Line-Item Purchase Order Management
- Import of Records (IOR)
- In-House Licensed Customs Broker
- 10-acre site with 5-acre outside storage and 35,000 SQFT warehouse
- Bonded Warehouse
- In-House Packing and Crating
To find out how WELL can assist with or quote on your next shipment, Reach out to –
Mobile: +1 713 380 9929
Team WELL Worldwide Energy Inc., welcome to the Project Logistics Alliance!
10 May 2022
The PLA HQ is proud to introduce Westlink Logistics as our newest member for Australia. Westlink Logistics has been associated with the Project Logistics Alliance since 2018, and also represents Papua New Guinea in the network.
Since 1993, Westlink has managed international and domestic transportation of oversized, heavy and sensitive equipment and fabrications for their Customers global projects and operations. Westlink has offices and staff employed across Australia and Asia, working together as a team to provide turnkey project logistics for the mining, energy, rail, infrastructure and defence markets.
With a global team comprising of marine, land and air logistics specialists, Westlink’s range of services include:
- Marine Transportation
- Haulage & Lifting
- Air Transportation
- Logistics Consulting
- Multimodal Logistics Solutions
- Project Management
- Onsite Coordination
- Technical Services & Engineering
- Other Support Services
Welcome to the Project Logistics Alliance team Westlink!
05 May 2022
Our German member, Alexander Global Logistics (AGL), has been providing logistical support to the world’s largest energy-from-waste plants around the globe in Warsan, Dubai. Once operational, the facility will treat 1,900,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. It will process up to 45% of all waste produced from landfills and will produce up to 200 MW of thermal energy, which will be fed into the local grid. The AGL project team was responsible for the transportation of:
- Generator set from Germany
- Turbine set and e-house set from the Czech Republic
- IOS set from Italy
- Accessories parts from Africa
For this multi-transport project, the AGL team applied for special and heavy transport permits and surveyed the brides on the route, which took about six to eight weeks. Once the necessary permits were obtained, the cargo was transported using both a barge and trucks to the port of Antwerp. This was due to the weight of the generator (207 tons) and turbines(125 tons). To ensure safe and quick movement, AGL used all shipping types. At the outset, the special and heavy parts were shipped as breakbulk with charter, container and RORO vessels from Antwerp, Belgium, to the Port of Jebel Ali in Dubai.
AGL needed two nights for the road transportation of the generator and turbine from Jebel Ali Port to the mill site in Warsan, Dubai, which is approximately 200 kilometres away.
On behalf of the community, we congratulate AGL for their success in this challenging project and prove that they are your right partner for such large projects.
04 May 2022
The North African country of Libya has the 10th largest proven oil reserves globally. It is no surprise that our member in the region is one of the leading logistics providers for the Oil and Gas industry in the region. Merfak Oil Service & Logistics Support is delighted to share a project they completed in August of 2021 for the prestigious Al Waha Oil Company, a subsidiary of the National Oil Corporation of Libya.
The sensitive oil field and cargo equipment costing millions were supplied by TechnipFMC and shipped from the manufacturer in Eleusis, Greece. The cargo was then received at the Port of Ras Lanuf, where the Merfak team took over to discharge and deliver the load to the Al-Sidra Oil Terminal. The entire shipment weighed 149755.24 kg and consisted of:
- 7 x Skids
- 2 x Spools
- 2 x Pallets
- 1 x 20' Open Top Container (7 Crates, 1 Piece and 2 Pallets)
- 1 Open Piece
The Port of Ras Lanuf was chosen for the discharge since it was closest to the Al-Sidra terminal. Moreover, considering the equipment's safety and the out of Gauge nature, the Merfak team also wanted to minimize trucking. The Port of Ras Lanuf also brought significant challenges since it was not a fully operational commercial port. The Port also did not have sufficiently big cranes that could handle the shipment to the safe working load limits. The resourceful Merfak team outsourced a rigging and lifting specialist to get the job done. Two Liebherr telescopic cranes were used to unload the cargo because of how cargo was stored. It was also very challenging to manoeuvre since the vessel was gearless. Once the cargo was successfully unloaded, the Merfak team delivered the shipment using 14 meters long low bed trailers with the necessary permits and escorts from the local authority.
With a tight budget, the Merfak operations team successfully improvised and overcame all the challenges safely.
02 May 2022
In this edition of Logistics and Beyond, we speak to Sandra Dinklage from Alexander Global Logistics. She has been heading the Projects Department for almost two years now.
She explains why project logistics is her favourite aspect of forwarding and highlights how every project is individual and comes with its own challenges. Sandra also talks about some of the most important issues that the global supply chain is currently facing with the war, lockdowns and rising costs.
In conversation with Sandra…
PL-Alliance: Sandra, you are heading the projects department at Alexander Global Logistics (AGL). Can you please tell us a bit about how you started off in logistics? And what brought you into the wonderful world of project cargo?
Sandra Dinklage: I started my career as a trainee working at the Swiss logistics provider Danzas in Bremen, which was one of the world's largest logistics companies. Deutsche Post AG acquired it in 1999, and this is now DHL Global Forwarding. I worked there for 24 years. Initially, I started with Full Container Load (FCL) exports to the US and continued building up my experience in that arena. After returning from my maternity leave, I started in the projects department of DHL Industrial Projects, being a part of the team. After some internal projects from 2014 to 2017, I left DHL in 2017 and started working in international project cargo forwarding. I joined AGL in 2021, and it has been one and half years already, although it feels like much more. This is how I came into projects, and in my opinion, it is the most exciting aspect of forwarding. It is only in projects where we combine all the departments like import/export, air freight, LCL, FCL, Rail, Trucking, etc.; if it is a huge project, you have to be open for all transport modes in all directions for all kinds of cargo.
PL-Alliance: Germany boasts a highly developed warehouse infrastructure that is ahead of most European countries in size and quality. Alexander Global Logistics has also recently procured a 90,000 m2 warehouse in Bremerhaven. Can you tell us a little bit more about warehousing capabilities?
Sandra Dinklage: With a total area of 90,000sqm (970,000sqf) and covered storage of 35,000 sqm (377,000sqf), the warehouse can hold up to 2000 containers. The warehouse is equipped with twelve forklifts, two reach stackers and numerous special equipment such as bale clamps and roll clamps to meet our customer's needs. Moreover, the rail connection we have allows us to deliver to the hinterland economically. Although the warehouse is currently full of pulp and paper products, we often use it for general and project cargo.
Another interesting point I want to add while speaking about the warehouse infrastructure, especially in Germany and the famous port cities of Hamburg and Bremerhaven, where cargo is stored prior to shipping, everything tends to be fully booked. It is challenging to find a warehouse with empty space because sometimes you need a warehouse where you can modify, erect, dismantle or mobilise the cargo. It is nearly impossible to find this space with current vessel delays, and nothing is really working as it should.
PL-Alliance: Project cargo is a significant strength of the Alexander Global Logistics team, from what we know. We have covered quite a few projects in our last news already. What do you think is your philosophy toward projects? Of course, the definition can be pretty broad, and everyone sees it differently, but what are the key factors you see as necessary for handling Project Cargo? What are your challenges in the current environment where many factors are unstable?
Sandra Dinklage: There are absolutely no guidelines or key factors to consider while working on a project. Every shipment that comes is different, unique and has its own set of challenges. We can set a guideline only if it is a regular business. You have varied situations and circumstances. In projects, you never have a master plan. You always have to find the best solution for the client. The news we share with the network are not the only projects for a forwarding company. Projects can also include fixing a tiny screw to ensure that the protection does not tear or fly away. Sometimes the project begins with steelwork and ends with a generator or arranging for 200 containers and shipping them in a really short time. The complexity of the commodity determines the key factors to be considered while working on a project. I have realised the most important thing is understanding what the client wants and needs. The client may require surveys, lashing concepts, crane handling, etc. We want to and, most importantly, have to make sure that it works out as planned.
In the current industry climate, the word challenging can be an understatement with multiple unstable factors in play. At the moment, each and every shipment, not only in the project department, is a challenge. You have so many changes. Terminals are refusing to take cargo because they are overbooked. We have truckers standing at the terminal to deliver cargo, and the terminal refuses to unload it since the vessel is probably arriving a day or two later. The carriers are getting a lot more rigid, and their customer's services are getting burnt out.
PL-Alliance: For the logistics industry, the challenges continue with further lockdowns in China's main ports, congestion in the US ports, and the ripple effect of the Russia-Ukraine crisis. How is Alexander Global Logistics preparing to tackle these challenges?
Sandra Dinklage: It is impossible to control all the factors with so many players involved. The most important thing we can do is take care of the client. We need to have open communication and make them aware of the challenges while working on an alternate solution. For Shanghai or Ningbo, there are thousands of vessels waiting to load or unload the cargo. Perhaps you have seen the image so widely shared on social media. We hope that activity goes back to full capacity by the middle of next month. Due to current restrictions, we don't have shipments to Ukraine or Russia.
The only way is to keep trying and look for alternate solutions in the hopes that, in the end, everything works out. Keeping clients updated at all stages is also very crucial.
PL-Alliance: The Breakbulk Rotterdam is finally taking place after two years; as a fellow exhibitor, we are excited to see you there. What are your expectations from the event?
Sandra Dinklage: I personally expect high-quality networking at the event, which is what Breakbulk is known for. You have carriers, truckers and all the partners with whom you have not had a chance to speak to in person for the last three years. Yes, you can have teams meetings, but then again, it is not the same. Apart from regular calls with the client, it was challenging to have regular calls with the other partners. We hope to see them all in Rotterdam. I do not expect to see as many of our customers though as this is still a special year and the pandemic is forever present. But of course, there will be others, and we look forward to meeting them.
PL-Alliance: Alexander Global Logistics has been growing massively with new offices, personnel, and partnerships in the last few years. What does the outlook for the rest of the year 2022 look like?
Sandra Dinklage: For 2022 and every month or day to come, our plan remains the same – Work Work Work (laughs). There is so much operational work to take care of for the projects we have on hand. We also have some projects in the pipeline. So yes! We are blessed with a lot of transfers and projects we need to complete.
29 Apr 2022
The Azerbaijan Global Logistics (AGL) has always been one of the leading logistics providers in the market since its establishment in 2007. For their latest project this month, 858 pieces of cargo with weights ranging from 1 kg to 150,000 kg for their client which consisted of transformers and accessories.
Since the cargo was to be delivered in Turkmenistan, the AGL operations team decided to use a multimodal transport solution. The load was first transferred from the Poti Sea Port in Georgia to Baku Hovsan International Sea Port in Azerbaijan. From here, the cargo was shipped to Türkmenbaşy in Turkmenistan, where it was delivered to the clients.
29 Apr 2022
Tschudi Logistics, representing Mozambique, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Estonia, Poland, Finland and China, has opened a new office in Pemba, Mozambique. Tschudi Logistics' first Mozambique office was opened in Maputo in 2019. In the beginning, the new Pemba office will be supported by the Maputo Team and the rest of the Tschudi Logistics team. Fabio Spetrini, General Manager of the Pemba Office, will serve clients with reliable, high-quality solutions with his extensive know-how from many years in the logistics and oil and gas industries.
Across the northern part of Mozambique, Pemba Port is the central hub for delivering cargo for distribution. The Pemba Team offers a wide variety of services within the logistics segment covering both on- and offshore-related tasks. The Tschudi Pemba Team is experienced in providing logistics for aid and relief, renewable energy projects, oil, and gas industries.
Tschudi Mozambique's Managing Director Thomas Vestergaard said, "The office in Pemba is a result of our experiences in Maputo so far – being present in the north is an absolute necessity as it enables us to act promptly whilst being on site. I believe that it is from here we can provide the best possible services related to the activities connected to Area 1 and Area 4."
On behalf of the PLA members and partners, we congratulate the Tschudi Logistics team and wish them great success in their new Pemba Office.
27 Apr 2022
ESA logistika, representing Poland in the Project Logistics Alliance, has been cooperating with producers of power generation technologies for a long while. ESA logistica has transported very special technological components from Poland to Alabama, USA. The oversized Polish-made technological components were delivered for a new 720 MW gas-fired power unit which is currently under construction at the James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant in Alabama, USA.
Congratulations to the ESA logistika team for this successful operation.
26 Apr 2022
Fleet Line Shipping (FLS), representing the United Arab Emirates in the Project Logistics Alliance network, was awarded Hapag Lloyd’s Top Customer Award for the 5th consecutive year for the highest volume in the Middle East for OOG and Breakbulk cargo.
Furthermore, Fleet Line Shipping won the Logistics Middle East Awards 2022 in the category of “Energy Supply Chain of the Year” on their first-ever nomination for the award. This award recognizes the innovation and commitment to excellence of industry stakeholders, particularly in the bulk transportation and storage of volatile cargo who push the envelope in the energy, oil & gas supply chain.
On the behalf of the PLA members and partners, we congratulate the Fleet Line Shipping team and wish them lots of success.
26 Apr 2022
Freightplus representing Japan and Australia in our network, is a projects-only forwarder, specialising in end-to-end logistics for oversized, heavy lift and complex cargo since 2000. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Frreightplus has spread its operations across Australia and have offices in Thailand, Japan, the USA, Canada and Chile.
As they ring in their 22nd year in business, the Freightplus team has created a lovely video that proudly showcases their growth. So join us as we take a walk down memory lane and celebrate 22 years of Freightplus.
The Project Logistics Alliance team wishes everybody at Freightplus continued growth and astounding success in the coming years.
25 Apr 2022
Our Iraqi member, Blue Bell Shipping, has been delivering high-quality logistics solutions for their clients since 1987. Their latest project was to transport skid tank structures and related accessories from Dubai to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, using a series of out-of-gauge 40 ft flat racks. The cargo was loaded in Jebel Ali, UAE, discharged in Mersin Port, Turkey. The final delivery location was the project site, an oilfield in North Iraq.
The cargo consisted of:
- Multiple flat racks with dimensions L 8.8M x W 4.2M x H 2.96M - 14mt per flat rack.
- Ancillary load consisted of spools, ladders, handrails and expansion tanks in 40ft FRs.
The challenge of this project was that the legs of the tank skid top were too wide for the flat racks. As a solution, a special wooden base was created to fit and stabilize the legs. This stabilization allowed them to place ancillary cargo within the width of the lengths to reduce the total number of flat racks and help minimize their client’s logistics expenses.
In this project, there was another challenge too, which was about the arrival time of the shipping. The vessel’s arrival time was updated, and arrived earlier at the POL than the scheduled time. In spite of the unique loading and dunnage requirements, Blue Bell Shipping Team quickly expedited the packing and customs procedures. This helped them position the numerous flat racks to meet the vessel cut off on short notice.
Despite all the challenges, the Blue Bell Shipping team completed the project without any delay, and their client received their cargo on time to maintain their project timeline.
13 Apr 2022
Project Logistics Alliance’s member Nonpareil International Freight & Cargo Services Inc., representing the Philippines, undertook a challenging project to deliver 6 units of used H785-7 Off-Highway Trucks. The cargo was first loaded onto an LCT Barge at the Bataan Private Jetty in Philippines to be moved to the Bauan Port. Here the cargo was unloaded and transferred to a chartered vessel under Hook to Hook terms. The vessel is now on its way to Jebel Ali where the cargo will be discharged. The 6 units measured 10.29 x 6.01 x 4.695 meters and weighed 432,010 kilograms in total.
The challenge was loading all 6 trucks onto LCT barges in spite of the limited working space. In addition, it was necessary to dispatch all 6 units as per the schedule. During the transportation, one of the units encountered a problem. Determined not to leave the unit behind and miss the loading schedule, the projects and operations team loaded the sixth non-operational unit using the ship-side loading method.
This loading not highlighted the limited working area and a safe radius of a crane handling a 70-tonne cargo but also proved the efficiency of the Nonpareil Team. They stand true to their mission of providing excellent logistics service built on a culture of teamwork, integrity, hard work, innovation and continuous improvement.