Esprit Logistics Handles LNG Tanks for Samsung Heavy Industries03. December 2019
Esprit Logistics, member of the Project Logistics Alliance for Korea, has recently handled and transported two LNG gas tanks on behalf of Samsung Heavy Industries from China to Korea. This is part of the shipbuilding project with Wärtsilä Gas Solutions AS and the tanks will be shipped on the LNG vessel to be built by Samsung Heavy Industries.
The two gas tanks weighed a total of 463.19 MT together, with the heavier unit weighing 231 MT, and had a dimension of 3.013 x 1.395 x 1.398 m. Altogether, the volume of the shipment was 11,750 cubic meters.
Despite the truly impressive size of this equipment, Esprit project logistics experts were able to collaborate with the customer to create a transparent moving strategy that drew upon comprehensive multimodal transportation resources for oversize freight by chartering a suitable self-propelled barge (heavy load carrier) for this shipment.
One of the most difficult challenges confronted in transporting the gas tanks was the tidal difference at loading port (Nantong, Zhangjiagang). Because of that, it was hard for Esprit to berth the vessel in due course in the beginning. In addition, the water level changed so rapidly that they had to stop loading operations several times and drew the vessel out to anchorage, to wait for a proper time to berth again. Moreover, the LNG tanks are a sensitive piece of industrial equipment and moving it involved clearing several regulatory hurdles. Esprit worked closely together with their local agencies and authorities to solve this problem, and with their expertise, were able to set the correct berthing times based on water level observation and experience.
Another challenge posed was arranging the lashing work for the tanks with a proper stopper to maintain their balance. But thanks to Esprit’s careful organization and coordination among shipper, carriers, and receivers, the equipment was delivered without any technical issues or delays. The sailing from the loading port to Geoje, Samsung shipyard took only 3 days with direct sailing despite the unique port conditions.
Needless to say, Esprit gave Samsung the confidence that with their expertise, they are totally capable of managing their freight and also resolve problems in real time, to provide the timely results that this move required. Samsung was very satisfied with the overall performance from Esprit and their local agent: all cargo arrived in good condition—in the proper order—ready to get to work.
Congratulations to Esprit for the successful execution and great job for navigating the difficult conditions!
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