Faced with Tight Deadlines, Blue Bell Shipping LLC Comes Up with Innovative Solutions to Transport Breakbulk Cargo from UAE to Iraq10. May 2023
Blue Bell Shipping LLC, a member of the Project Logistics Alliance representing Iraq, transported cargo which included electrical plant rooms and prefabricated buildings from Hamriyah, the United Arab Emirates, bound for a site in North Iraq. The components varied in size, with the longest unit measuring 20.27 meters. Most of the parts roughly measured 19.76 x 4.84 x 4.97 meters, with weights ranging from 45 to 72 tons.
The project started with transporting the cargo from Hamriyah to Atakaş Port in Turkey. Delivering the shipment on time was critical to maintaining a smooth installation sequence at the project site. Delays caused by congestion in major ports Iskenderun, would have amplified that problem. To decrease delays, Blue Bell Shipping chartered a faster vessel from Hamriyah to Atakaş Port to keep transit times down and reduce berthing time. This move helped the Blue Bell team to maintain its EPC schedule, simultaneously reducing costs due to decreased detention fees.
Upon its arrival in Turkey, the shipment was moved by road on specialised semi-hydraulic trailers to Northern Iraq as an OOG cargo due to the massive size of the units. Before the onshore shipment could proceed, a route survey was performed as some of the components were above five meters high and wide, which further complicated the project by adding difficulty to what was already a long-haul road journey.
Despite challenges, the Blue Bell team stayed focused and ensured their client's cargo arrived in perfect condition and to the client’s utmost satisfaction. The project is further evidence of the company's outstanding ability to handle any issue that comes its way.
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