A Merry Ferry Voyage Made Possible By C.H. Robinson

  11. February 2020
A Merry Ferry Voyage Made Possible By C.H. Robinson

Transporting cargo to anywhere in the world requires local experts with good problem-solving skills, and no one knows that more than C.H. Robinson Project Logistics, member of the Project Logistics Alliance for Singapore, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Canada, and USA. Last summer, they were put to the test when transporting wind turbine equipment from Galesburg, Illinois to Wheeler, Michigan.

Hauling large shipments is nothing new, but this specific route, between the origin and destination had multiple obstacles the team had to work around. They put a plan in place to manage permit restrictions and to circumvent construction issues on the highways through Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

In fact, because of road construction, a width restriction in Indiana made it impossible to transport the oversized cargo, where at its largest was 103’8” x 14’1” x 11’2” (lwh), through that state. Our project logistics experts knew they had to think outside the box to manage this limitation.

It was clear this shipment would need to cross more than state lines. We already knew of a ferry service that crossed Lake Michigan from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan, so our team of experts surveyed the ferry, named Badger. We had to ensure the loading and offloading ramps could accommodate the cargo and we had to plan the entrance and exit strategy into the pier. In addition to the logistics of transport, timing and availability were also important considerations. C.H. Robinson acted as an extension of our customer’s team and worked closely with the ferry company to book the space and meet the schedules during peak time. The ferry was able to accommodate one piece of cargo per day and only during the night sailings.

This innovative ferry solution allowed us to avoid multiple routing issues in various states and offered a more favorable route from Ludington, Michigan to the final project site in Wheeler, Michigan.

Congratulations from the Project Logistics Alliance team!

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