24 Sep 2021
Aprojects Austria did a tremendous job with the delivery of rail tamping machines from the UK up to the US. 14 Mastodonts, weighing 653 tons and 2600 CBM in total, were shipped safely in 1 lot. We're glad to say that Aprojects contributed to the set-up of the railway infrastructure in North America.
Kudos to all the specialists involved Peter Windhager, Michael Holzinger, Philipp Ringenberger and Wallenius Wilhelmsen! Aprojects Austria represents Austria in the Project Logistics Alliance.
22 Sep 2021
Great news for our members! We are proud to introduce Pakistan Cargo Services (PCS), representing Pakistan in our Alliance! With its 9 branch offices spread across Pakistan, namely in Sialkot (HQ), Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, you are sure to benefit from their broad positioning. PCS group has deep roots spanning over 35 years in the logistics and air cargo handling industry. Their passion to be Pakistan’S leader in logistics is reflected in their commitment to continuously seek opportunities to provide their clients with total tailor-made solutions.
PCS is also experienced in international project movements by air, sea, and land and has participated in hydropower, road construction, oil rigs, wind power plants, and terminal constructions. Their dedicated staff can also deal with various classes of dangerous goods (DGR), including explosives.
You can count on their dedicated and highly professional team, who will keenly follow and work with you to ensure your project is a success.
Welcome to the community team, Pakistan Cargo Services!
21 Sep 2021
This year CEA Projects Vietnam have shipped 490 Vietnamese manufactured wind tower sections to projects in the Central Highland of Vietnam.
The barging trip of 500+ km from Phu My in the South to Cua Viet in Central Vietnam ensures the safe and secure transportation of these time-critical and sensitive pieces in an ever-changing Covid 19 working environment.
20 Sep 2021
Enki Transport and Trading, representing Iraq in the Project Logistics Alliance, has airlifted power plant equipment and accessories to Frankfurt, Germany. Once the Enki team was contracted, the cargo was collected in Kirkuk, and the shipment was trucked with three full trucks to Baghdad International Airport.
One of the most challenging aspects to fly this shipment on time was arranging the customs clearance process and getting the load in order for the flight schedule. The export customs clearance process had to pass through a detailed inspection due to customs regulations in Iraq. These two air freight shipments weighing 44800 Kg loaded in 110 boxes of various sizes took 3-4 days to be thoroughly inspected. The whole operation was completed in three weeks from the door to Frankfurt Airport.
16 Sep 2021
Our Maltese member, Ship One Agencies Ltd., shares one of their recent interesting projects they completed on behalf of the Malta Film Commission. Malta is quite famous for its film location, and some of the notable films/ sitcoms filmed in the area include – Game of Thrones, Jurassic World: Dominion, Troy, World War Z, The Da Vinci Code.
The Ship one team arranged door to door logistics of 10 Mobile booths and a portable bathroom from Slovakia to Malta. The cargo was flat packed and assembled by the operations team at Ship One. Once assembled, the booths were then positioned on-site at the Malta Film Studios.
The crew, actors, audio/video specialists, make-up, and dressing professionals will use the mobile booths on film sets.
Thank you for sharing this exciting project with us, Ship One Agencies. The Project Logistics Alliance team wishes you the best in your future projects!
14 Sep 2021
Bruisertech, a long-standing client of Synergy Worldwide Logistics, advised they needed to ship a Bruiser 212 Protected security vehicle to Gdynia in Poland for an exhibition between the 7th and 12th of September 2021. The original instruction started with a Temporary Sea freight export request which changed to an Airfreight Export request due to time constraints.
Synergy's export airfreight team contacted local and foreign airline agents, searching for the best and most cost-effective shipping solution, which the client soon decided on and accepted. The vehicle was delivered to O.R Tambo International Airport on 10.08.2021 in preparation for the flight departing on 11.08.2021.
The vehicle moved with Cargo Lux to Warsaw International Airport in Luxemburg. The vehicle landed safely in Luxemburg on the evening of 11.08.2021 and was cleared and loaded for Trucking by their agents, Goblelair BVBA, on 13.08.2021. The cargo departed Luxemburg in the direction of Gdynia on 14.08.2021, where the consignee is based.
The vehicle arrived and was cleared through Poland on 16.08.2021 and was delivered according to the client's strict guidelines. Another excellent project achievement was handled professionally and efficiently by the Synergy team.
Synergy Worldwide Logistics represent South Africa in the Project Logistics Alliance.
13 Sep 2021
The project logistics experts at C.H. Robinson recently assisted their client with transporting equipment for a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Belgium.
This extensive project involved seven large modules, seven breakbulk pieces and 31 containers. To make sure nothing was overlooked, C.H. Robinson developed a comprehensive method statement which included detailed drawings, loading and discharge sequencing, equipment lists, aerial photos, vessel specifications, analysis of port capabilities, route plans, risk assessment, timelines, and more.
Self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) were used to move the modules, one measuring 60.1 x 10.3 x 12.5 meters and weighing 473.15 metric tons, a few hundred yards from the fabrication shop to the port where they were stored on stands to await departure.
Once the vessel arrived at the port, all the cargo was loaded onto a single heavy lift vessel for the six-day transport from Spain to Antwerp. The bulk of the cargo was stowed below deck in the ship’s hold with the two largest modules stowed on deck and shrink wrapped to protect them from the elements during ocean transit.
Once berthed in Antwerp, the cargo was discharged under the watchful eye of C.H. Robinson’s onsite project manager. The containers and breakbulk cargo were trucked from the terminal to the Jobsite, but the modules required a different solution due to their large size and the obstacles along the route. Therefore, C.H. Robinson arranged for all modules to be transported via barge to the final site, using SPMT’s to load and unload. In all, a total of four barge trips were required to move the seven modules.
10 Sep 2021
Ceekay Shipping Line, our exclusive NVOCC partner and representing Singapore in our community, was awarded to move two complex cargo from UAE to Bangladesh with the most extended cargo measuring 18 metres.
The most complex part was finding a transhipment solution to Bangladesh considering there was no direct service from the UAE. Team Ceekay also extends their gratitude to thank their partners: CMA-CGM team Pearla A., Thanveer Aboobaker, Mohamed ABDELKHALEK for making this happen.
09 Sep 2021
Last month Blue Bell Shipping, our Iraqi member, was contracted to ship OOG cargo under EXW terms from Ottawa, Canada and the USA to the expo site in UAE. The cargo, parts for solid fuel burner, was extremely time-sensitive since their client wanted to finalize all the work in the World 2020 expo site.
Since RoRo was the most economical and provided the best transit route, it was chosen to deliver the cargo on time.
- Port of Loading: Baltimore, USA
- Port of discharge: Jebel Ali Port
- Final Delivery: World Expo 2020, Dubai
The cargo consisted of 5 packages, with 4 of the packages having dimensions of 4.27 x 4.27 x 1.7 meters and weighed 10,200 kg. The last package weighed 28,231 kg and measured 3.71 x 4.32 x 4.01 meters.
The complete scope of work undertaken by the operations team at Blue Bell was trucking from Ottawa to Baltimore Port, loading and securing cargo onto MAFI trailers, ocean freight and import formalities in UAE, trucking from Jebel Ali to expo site in UAE, offloading and installation of cargo atop the construction base.
Thank you for sharing with us, team Blue Bell Shipping!
08 Sep 2021
TNL International team was busy lifting a new 42ft Sailing Catamaran into the water at the Ports of Auckland. The catamaran had arrived from Europe on a RORO vessel, and the 20m mast was trucked to the marina by road separately.
Working closely with the port personnel, stevedores, and crane operator, Richard Thorpe was again on hand to ensure all went smoothly. This included escorting the owner’s representative and assistant onto the port, liaising with the stevedores and crane operator during the lift and finally ensuring the owner’s rep and colleague safely transferred from the wharf and onto the catamaran.
The work that TNL Pindar does is undoubtedly variable, and the most crucial aspect of the work is the planning that goes into each job so that when the time comes, it all goes smoothly for the client. TNL International represents New Zealand in the Project Logistics Alliance.
06 Sep 2021
FTE Logistics, our Saudi Arabian member specializing in heavy lift and project cargo, has released a new corporate video. FTE is a leading logistics company pioneer in logistics excellence, quality, innovation, and reliability.
Thank you for sharing with the community FTE Logistics!
06 Sep 2021
Ceekay Shipping Pte Ltd is the NVOCC arm of Parekh Group, one of India’s oldest and highly recognized shipping conglomerates over six decades. Ceekay Shipping started its operations in 2003 &, over the past 17 years, has proudly expanded its presence globally and is today a well-recognized brand name in the project cargo industry.
From being a dry van carrier to the fastest growing special equipment player globally, Ceekay growth story has been remarkable. Headquartered in Dubai & Registered office in Singapore, Ceekay Shipping Pte Ltd currently serves around 100 odd ports in 40 countries across three major continents, providing the best cost-effective complete solutions to its customers for its Over Dimensional shipments. Ceekay Projects, a subsidiary division of Ceekay Shipping, was established to cater to Oil & Gas, Power, Energy, Marine & Manufacturing clients across India, Far East Region, SE Region, Europe and MENA region.
Their team of experts focus on delivering cargo by eliminating potential shipping risks and reduce freight cost by effective project planning. Furthermore, innovative Project Cargo Handling solutions and technical engineering expertise and services at economical cost give their client a competitive edge on project bidding. Ceekay Projects always strives to provide their clientele with effective project management and reporting by maintaining KPI’s at every step of project movement, ensuring on-time delivery and deviation being reported in a timely manner.
Ceekay Projects aims to build a formidable name by setting high industry standards through its tremendous expertise and facilities for safe and reliable transportation of project cargo worldwide.
02 Sep 2021
Our Mauritanian member, Benteyga Shipping Mauritania Group (BSMG), is excited to share their latest accomplishment with us. 5 transformers were delivered from the Port of Nouakchott to the largest power station 188 km away.
Thank you for sharing with us BSMG Group
01 Sep 2021
In this edition of Logistics and Beyond, we speak to Mr Peter K Mathew from Fleet Line Shipping Services (FLS), our founding member in the United Arab Emirates. Being in the industry for over two decades, his remarks on the current global shipping challenges are thought-provoking and worth reading.
In conversation with Peter…
PL-Alliance: Fleet Line Shipping Services is an end-to-end logistics provider known for its service quality, and you stand out amongst project and heavy lift cargo handling players. With an experience of over 16 years in the market, we would like to learn more about how Fleet Line Shipping was established and the journey so far?
Peter K Mathew: I started FLS in early 2005 with over 10 years of local experience in the logistics industry. I had identified a window of opportunity in the Middle East market for a reliable service provider to provide a one-stop solution for project and heavy lift cargo handling. I also recognised a lack of logistics companies that could reach cargo to CIS countries with ease. I decided to take on the challenge, and so FLS was born with a mission for 'Speed, Accuracy and Assurance'. Today, we have organically grown to now employ over 50 staff and are proud to be a leader in project cargo handling in the UAE and beyond.
PL-Alliance: Peter, your career in the industry spans over two decades with plenty of accolades and accomplishments along the way. Can you elaborate on some defining milestones?
Peter K Mathew: In 2019, I was honoured to be one of the first recipients of the Golden visa in the UAE. The initiative is part of the UAE Government's continuous effort to create an investor-friendly and stable economic environment. The long-term visa acknowledges the contribution of long-term investors and professionals who make their mark in their respective fields and pave the way for newcomers.
FLS is also proud to have been awarded for our volume business from premium shipping lines and airlines for several years. We take immense pleasure in our successful association with all carriers, where we continue to grow in our partnership with honesty and integrity, always safeguarding our customer's interests first.
To me, these accomplishments are a recognition of the contribution of Team FLS, our customers and vendors who have accompanied us on this journey from the beginning of FLS, to whom I am deeply grateful.
PL-Alliance: Dubai has shown dramatic growth in logistics in recent years and, as a result, has become a strong player in international trade and transport logistics. This also means a lot of logistics companies are being set up there. How does Fleet Line Shipping tackle the growing competition?
Peter K Mathew: The UAE certainly deserves the growth they have achieved over the past couple of decades, all thanks to the decision of our visionary leaders to invest heavily in infrastructure such as ports and airports, which is the backbone of our industry.
We have a fantastic retention ratio with our customers; that is our USP. Winning the customers confidence through our innovative ideas, expert teamwork, in-house ISO&QHSE certified lashing and packing services, along with the cooperation of carriers and well-established overseas network partners who are regional experts in their respective fields, is a driving force in making us the company we are today.
PL-Alliance: The UAE plays a pivotal role in managing the inbound flows into the GCC region. Given the strategic role of controlling the main logistics infrastructure for the overall economy, various projects are being developed along the region, for instance, Saudi vision 2030 etc. How do you perceive this latest development? Do you think they will impact local businesses?
Peter K Mathew: As the saying goes, "Rome was not built in one day". The UAE has earned its reputation as a regional business and tourist hub for over 3 decades due to meticulous planning. The trust and ease of the business environment over here is not so easy to replace. Rather the regional friendly competition and peaceful co-existence can be mutually beneficial to all the stakeholders towards a larger goal of building a stronger Middle East.
PL-Alliance: The recent events in the world have had catastrophic effects on the supply chains, from equipment shortage and lack of space to the workforce shortage and its spilling over to affect the overall economy. Has your country or region got affected? What's the strategy to mitigate, and how long it will last, in your opinion?
Peter K Mathew: This is a global phenomenon brought forward by Covid-19. The lockdowns halted global supply chains and were a massive hit to carriers and airlines everywhere, which is now rippling into high freight prices as the economy picks back up. This benefits ship owners and operators as it helps them shed off their liabilities and reap profits to invest in new builds. However, the steep prices trickling down to the general population and the inflation caused by governments printing easy money to roll the wheels of the economy is perhaps an economic recession in the making.
Since our industry is the backbone of the supply chain that directly impacts economies at large, we have a responsibility to ask ourselves how much is enough in terms of ever-growing freight levels. I am sure our industry colleagues who run the ships and assets understand the situation and will come to a win-win situation for all.
PL-Alliance: Finally, what does a typical day look like for you? And what are your prospects for the company in terms of goals and developments?
Peter K Mathew: Weekdays for me are a typical 9 to 5. I like the old-fashioned ways of attending to daily matters. On weekends, you can find me at the golf course trying to improve my handicap. I enjoy playing a card game of Bridge with my friends and family. I also find some time to serve the community as a member of the Lions club.
At FLS, we will continue to nurture our talent and cultivate an environment of openness so they can perform to their potential. We are also currently boosting our high performing verticals such as our airfreight division while also providing a platform to our team to explore new verticals. We aim to constantly improve and strive for excellence in all that we do.
31 Aug 2021
FTE Logistics was contracted by Zamil Industrial for GASCO, National gas and Industrialization Company LPG expansion project in Riyadh.
The bullets weighing 950MT with dimensions of 63 x 8.7 x 11.7 meters are a kind transport feat in the kingdom. 9 Mounded Bullet tanks are being transported and installed in the phase two expansion project from their client’s site in Dammam to the project site in Riyadh. While this video only covers transportation, the installation video will follow. Stay tuned for the next part!
FTE Logistics represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Project logistics Alliance.