The shipments have been handled by project cargo forwarder Abnormal Load Services (Freight Management Group) for use in the Barcelona’s Metro expansion.The largest item was a screw conveyor measuring 19m and weighing around 84 tonnes while the heaviest was a shield segment weighing above 130 tonnes. The consignment was moved by a combination of road and barge.The equipment was moved from the manufacturer by road to a German river port where it was loaded onto a sea-going barge for movement to Spain. At the port of Barcelona the loads were unloaded by shore-based cranes and loaded onto road vehicles for final transport to the construction site.ALS is working to gain further TBM movement contracts at present, including movements between Hong Kong and Iran, Italy and Hong Kong, as well as China and Italy.
The two companies are in advanced negotiations and anticipate that the final agreements will be concluded by the end of the month. Consolidated annual revenues of the new business structure will be at least US$300m and the company says it will employ more than 1,500 people. STS focuses on international multimodal freight forwarding and customs brokerage services, typically for clients in the oil and gas, construction and automotive sectors, whilst RLS specialises in pan-Russian logistics for FMCG clients.
India’s Express Transport has successfully completed the round-trip shipment of a 315 MVA transformer weighing 173 tonnes for ABB. Project management included handling the heavy lift consignment within India on both the export and import leg, Customs clearance, plus oceanfreight. 12 hydraulic axles were required to transport the transformer from Vadodara to Mumbai port were it was shipped to Europe for testing. On the return journey, the push-barge Moby Dick 1 brought the transformer to Antwerp where it was loaded on an oceangoing heavy lift vessel for onward shipment to Mumbai. For more than 60 years, Express Transport has provided dedicated project logistics and management services, as well as handling a large number of projects on a turnkey basis.
It is not known whether MOL Caledon was carrying any containerised project cargo, but the potential of the port for boxes filled with such cargoes looks good.The USD2.4 billion facility, some 32 km down the River Thames from Central London, is aiming to handle 3.5 million containers a year, which leads to a natural question. Unless the total volume of containers into, out of, or transhipped through the UK grows by some 3.5 million containers annually, which port is going to have to give up its box traffic?Given the very long lead time in the planning and completion of ports, it is clear that the plans for this port were set in motion before the 2008 crisis. Let’s hope that its opening might help the ailing UK economy on its road to recovery.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Broekman Project Services, located in the Port of Rotterdam, which offers a total solution for handling and assembly of project cargoes – www.broekman-group.com/bps In the corporate world A survey of key players in the international shipping industry has revealed that vessel operating costs are set to rise by 3 percent in 2013 and 3.2 percent in 2014, with crew wages and P&I insurance set to increase most significantly as the global economic environment shows signs of recovery.Toll Group has negotiated its second issuance of US Private Placement (USPP) notes for the equivalent of USD250 million, anticipated to be drawn down in December 2014 while LOC Group has secured a minority external investment from Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC).In the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, curfews are being implemented in Queensland and Western Australia, limiting oversized vehicles on state roads.Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex crawler models originating from China, with the CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane (pictured top right) the model of choice for copycat manufacturers. “If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” the company warns.XPO Logistics has rebranded its international freight forwarding division, Concert Group Logistics (CGL), to XPO Global Logistics.Tiong Woon Corporation has released strong results for the quarter ended September 2013 (Q1 2014), with turnover rising 3 percent year-on-year over Q1 2013 to USD35.9 million and gross profit jumping 30 percent to USD11.91 million over the same period. Turnover from the group’s Heavy Lift and Haulage division rose by 6 percent year-on-year to USD36 million.Reduced volumes of high and heavy cargo and seasonally lower demand for maritime services negatively affected Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA’s (WWH) total income and result for Q3 2013 as operating profit stood at USD96 million, down from USD260 million 12 months previously. Revenue for Q3 2013 fell by 18.7 percent year-on-year to USD873 million. Capacity developments ASCO has invested GBP2.6 million (USD4.16 million) in two new Sennebogen 6130 mobile harbour cranes (MHC) at its offshore supply base in Peterhead, UK while Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for a Terex Gottwald G HMK 5506 mobile harbour crane and three Terex CS 45 KS reach stackers from Hans Lehmann KG. Notable shipmentsVolga-Dnepr Airlines is helping to keep the lights on in Jamaica after transporting a 28-tonne turbine rotor from Houston, USA to Montego Bay, Jamaica for air charter broker Chapman Freeborn to supply power to homes, hospitals and government facilities in the northern part of the country. The airline also used one of its IL-76TD-90VD aircraft to deliver an aircraft engine cowling from Germany to Switzerland.The Freight Company was on track when it transported five rail track laying machines (pictured top right) from the Saphli railway station in Chumphon, southern Thailand, to the port of Laem Chabang.Wasa Logistics recently completed a complex multimodal project shipment, successfully delivering three over-dimensional gas tanks (pictured second right) from Decin in the Czech Republic to Kokkola, Finland.Almajdouie Logistics transported an oil quench tower, a water quench tower and a C3 splitter (pictured bottom right) from Jubail Industrial Port to the Sadara project site in Saudi Arabia. Network News AT Logistics has become the latest member of Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) Networks.It’s a hat trick for the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as it appoints BNM Freight Forwarders Co Ltd as its third and final representative in Tanzania.Brisbane headquartered International Project Logistics has become the newest member of the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN), representing Australia.In the November 1, edition of the Friday Flyer, HLPFI published a picture of the Heavy Lift Group (HLG) executive committe in error. The picture should have shown the six new members that were appointed at its 53rd conference. People and places John Reinhart (picture top right) has been named the new executive director and chief executive officer of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) after stepping down from Maersk Line.Nikola Hagleitner (picture second right) has been confirmed as the head of DHL Industrial Projects, as previously reported by HLPFI.Air Charter Service (ACS) has promoted Justin Bowman to vice chairman of the group. Bowman has worked with ACS since its inception in 1990.Thorco Shipping has opened a new office in Santiago, Chile, trading as Thorco Shipping Chile.All about EvieTwo elements of the opening of the DP World’s London Gateway struck Evie this week. There was no escape from the mainstream media about the event. The BBC sent adventurous reporters all over the port. Brave souls climbed the gantry cranes to observe the goings-on at the new Essex gateway. Evie did wonder at the purpose in sending a radio reporter up a gantry higher than the London Eye to interview the operator. Without a view to look at, this was as entertaining as watching a ballet on the radio. The second point had to be that the inaugural cargo included wine from South Africa. Frankly, if that is all the cargo that moves across the port, she’d be a happy gal!
The two transformers were loaded and lashed onto low bed trucks in Turkey before being transported by road to Georgia, where Globalink Georgia coordinated border formalities and monitored the shipment through the country and into Kazakhstan.In Kazakhstan, Globalink’s Baku team loaded the transformers from the trailers onto a vessel for shipment across the Caspian Sea to Aktau, where the cargo was delivered to the final job site. In another project shipment, Globalink Uzbekistan was contracted to transport Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines from Tashkent to Singapore for repair.The cargo was first transported by road to Navoi Airport, where it was loaded into a Boeing 747-400 and flown to Singapore.Once the engines had been overhauled to industry standards in Singapore, Globalink handled the transport of the engines back to Tashkent, to be installed in an Uzbek Airlines aircraft. www.globalinkllc.com
Crowley’s ocean class tug Ocean Wind towed the production deck, while invader class tug Pilot towing the barge Marmack 303, delivered the construction deck – in both cases the cargo was received at the sea buoy Cat Island Pass before being transported to Mississippi Canyon Block 725.”The Ocean Wind was particularly suitable for the Tubular Bells deck section tow out and lift due to its dynamic positioning capabilities,” explained Ocean Wind captain, Ward Davis. “The Ocean Wind was able to position and hold the barge alongside the SAIPEM 7000 semi-submersible crane and pipe-laying vessel with light tension on the tow wire while they prepared for and made the lift of the deck section,” added Davis.Tubular Bells is expected to begin production in 2014 and should peak in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil a day. www.crowley.com
The first shipment, some 1,378 items, arrived at Karachi port on board KSL Chaoyang. The cargo, weighing 7,227 tonnes, included 805 pieces of a complete cement plant with machinery and equipment for Cherat Cement Company Ltd., as well as metal cargoes, such as steel and tinplate coils, being transported for a range of clients.The second vessel, KSL Fuyang, arrived at Bin Qasim port carrying a 926-tonne load of 27 pieces for an ongoing wind power generation project, one of a series of eight shipments commissioned by Sapphire Wind Power Company Ltd. On arrival, Aaras arranged the inland transportation of the cargo to the job site, a distance of around 120 km.The third shipment arrived at Karachi port on the Chang Hang Hong Hai holding 1,106 pieces of equipment. The 8,799-tonne cargo included 56 pieces of a coal power plant for an ongoing project with NC Electric Company Ltd., asphalt mixing plant machinery as part of a series for Muhammad Arif Constructions Co Pvt Ltd. and many items of steel cargo.www.aarasshipping.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comwww.wwpc.eu.com
StreamLines, which operates two weekly services between Europe and the Caribbean and one weekly service from the Caribbean, Colombia and Costa Rica to Europe, has been working with Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics in Sweden since January 2014.StreamLines carries breakbulk cargo, automobiles, yachts and boats, machinery and also specialises in temperature-controlled cargoes. www.streamlines.infowww.scandinavianshipping.se
“The project was challenging because it involved many parties,” explained Jesper Nielsen, business development manager at Blue Water.”The coordination was a comprehensive task in itself and we were working with tight time slots. These kind of projects often include very valuable cargo and leave no room for mistakes.”Blue Water secured the project through its membership of The Aerospace Logistics Alliance (TALA), which the company joined in 2013 and says gives it access to the knowledge and expertise required for airborne transport.Blue Water’s control tower for airfreight in Scandinavia, which supervises all airfreight shipments and ensures high standards are upheld, is located in Copenhagen. www.bws.dk
In case of a business combination, said Hapag-Lloyd, the parties are basing their discussions on a relative valuation of Hapag-Lloyd at 72 percent and UASC at 28 percent, all of which is subject to a mutually satisfactory completion of the negotiations and the mutual due diligence exercise.To date, the discussions conducted between the two carriers have not resulted in any binding agreement and no assurance can be given that these discussions will lead to a definitive agreement, concluded Hapag-Lloyd.www.hapag-lloyd.comwww.uasc.net