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5 more ASEAN breakbulk cargo projects you need to see

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is quickly establishing itself as one of the world’s foremost markets for project cargo operators. Why? A winning combination of huge investment in infrastructure, expansion of its key industries, and a regional reliance on international logistics service providers.

From rugged Burma through to cosmopolitan Singapore, all of the ASEAN’s 10 member states are hitting their economies with big cash injections. That means the region is stuffed with developments requiring extra-dimensional cargoes.

We’ve shone a spotlight on breakbulk cargo projects in the ASEAN before. But because the region is so active, project cargo-wise, we thought we’d share the details of five more breakbulk transportation projects in the ASEAN. This ought to give you insight into the variety of super heavy cargoes needing moving across Southeast Asia – and the demand for specialist transport firms’ services.

5 oversized cargoes moved across the ASEAN

Breakbulk cargo from Indonesia to Malaysia

Location: Jakarta & Batam, Indonesia to Johor, Malaysia 
Cargo: 96 breakbulk equipment packages 
Transport company: FLS Projects 
Date: April 2017

Transport and logistics firm FLS Projects handled delivery of 96 packages of breakbulk equipment from Jakarta and Batam, Riau, Indonesia, to Malaysia in April 2017.

The consignment included heavy transformers, dimensionally measuring 750 cubic metres and with a combined weight of 350 tons. The components were off-loaded in Johor Port, Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.

“The consignment included some urgently needed 50-plus ton heavy transformers, and FLS’s team closely coordinated with the terminal operators to get priority berthing for the vessel at the load and discharge ports,” a spokesperson for FLS said.

FLS Projects provides breakbulk handling worldwide, and is headquartered in Laem Chabang, Thailand. The firm also operates offices in Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. It is also a member of the XL Projects networks, Thai International Freight Forwarders Association and the Baltic and International Maritime Council.

Transport of a plastic injection moulding machine

Location: Thailand to Malaysia 
Cargo: 150 ton plastic injection moulding machine
Transport company: Cranes & Equipment Asia (CEA) 
Date: May 2017

Thailand’s Cranes and Equipment Asia transported a high-pressure plastic injection moulding machine from Thailand to Malaysia during May 2017. 

The machinery weighed 150 tons and include a 46 ton die head and rear plate with ejector unit weighing 42 tons. The team from CEA Thailand arranged all transport and export documentation, as well as demobilization for the parts.

“The CEA team began with disconnecting all hydraulic and electrical connections and other wired interfaces. Gates and fencing were then removed along with the hydraulic power packs which were placed into prefabricated temporary supports. The larger parts were next, which included access platforms, supply hopper and the SEPRO robotic arm,” said a CEA spokesperson.

The machinery was moved by crane following drainage of residual oil from the tie bar cap plates and removal of four 6 ton tie-rods.

Headquartered in Laem Chabang, Thailand, CEA operates offices in Songkhla, Bangkok, Myanamar and Singapore. It is a member of global logistics network Project Cargo Network, which comprises 233 specialist members in more than 100 countries.

Manufacturing is big business for Malaysia, and cargoes such as this highlight its efforts to bump up its manufacturing output, as companies nationwide invest in modernised equipment. 

Air delivery of Yangon turbine

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States to Yangon, Myanmar 
Cargo: 12.7 ton gas turbine
Transport company: Volga-Dnepr 
Date: June 2017

June 2017 saw Russian airfreight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines deliver an over-dimensional gas turbine from Chicago to the Myanmar capital of Yangon.

The turbine itself weighed 12.7 tons and was initially transported from Chicago to Hanoi aboard a Boeing 747 freighter operated by Volga-Dnepr’s sister airline, AirBridgeCargo. In Hanoi the turbine was transferred to Volga-Dnepr’s IL-76TD-90VD ramp loading freighter for delivery to Yangon.

“Although speed was the main priority for this transportation, our solution also provided the customer with a significant cost saving. Having our own team in Hanoi to complete the necessary planning, source the required handling equipment, and to liaise with the airport authorities, meant the whole operation was seamless for our customer,” Quentin Bond, Charter Sales representative at Volga-Dnepr, said.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines provides breakbulk transport with a focus on delivering high-tech instruments and items such as satellites, helicopters and aircraft.

Oil and gas projects are amongst the biggest requirements of over-sized cargoes throughout Southeast Asia. From entire rigs to small components, there is a real demand for specialist equipment. Transporting this often lies in the hands of specialist transporters – and they are very often foreign, like Volga-Dnepr in this case.

Shipping deep-drill component to Singapore

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States to Singapore 
Cargo: Deep-drill component
Transport company: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) 
Date: April 2017 

Breakbulk shipping line Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics delivered an oversized pipe-shaped component from Galveston, Texas, to Singapore, as part of a deep-drill oil exploration project.

The component measured 34 metres in length. A combination of multipurpose bogies and roll trailers were used to transport it through the port and onto the vessel securely. The tool will be used to as a testing chamber for deep drilling tools.

The component is placed inside the chamber in the vertical position and tested at pressures of about 8000 pounds per square inch, with temperatures as high as 572 degrees Fahrenheit. It is employed in a test facility, “and is considered a first-of-a-kind design for the upstream industry,” said Jeffrey Trask, account manager for WWL.

To move the cargo, a team from WWL first carried out detailed pre-planning to ensure the efficient use of the roll trailers and MPBs together. The combination of equipment provided a “twist and tilt” effect that ensured the item was not subjected to undue stresses.

WWL operates one of the largest roll-on, roll-off fleets in the world and provides logistics and breakbulk services worldwide via a network of offices in UAE, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK.

Over-dimensional reels moved to Indonesia

Location: Rosyth, UK, Le Trait, France, and Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia to Balikpapan, Indonesia
Cargo: Reels and subsea oil and gas equipment
Transport company: Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL)
Date: April 2017 

Project cargo specialist Hansa Heavy Lift transported two dozen reels and oversized subsea equipment for the Jangkrik Complex Project, Indonesia in April earlier this year.

The cargo was collected from the ports of Rosyth, UK; Le Trait, France; and Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia, before being transferred to the offshore vessel Viking Neptun in Balikpapan, Indonesia.

The team from HHL also utilized two additional offshore vessels, the Seismic Supporter and the Deep Orient, to load and offload some of the equipment from HHL Richards Bay.

“This was a complex project which required a very careful planning process as well as continuous communication with all parties involved from the start,” Henry Woo, Head of Asia Pacific at HHL, said. “Our P2-1400 vessel type was the ideal ship for this project, as she provided enough space to stow and handle the cargo and enough crane capacity for discharging,” 

Hansa specializes in the transportation of heavy-lift and project cargoes, with a particular focus on transportation and installation in the subsea oil and gas market as well as the offshore windfarm sector.

Breakbulk Asia: your gateway to the ASEAN’s project cargo market

Bringing together key government officials, with transport and logistics managers, specialist transportation service providers and all vital figures involved in the project cargo and breakbulk supply chain, Breakbulk Southeast Asia is the only place to forge those all-important regional connections and take your business to new heights.

The event is the perfect platform to connect with the ASEAN’s transport and logistics sector – and scoop up those heft breakbulk contracts too.

Contact us today for more information on how you can take part in Breakbulk Southeast Asia 2017.

While you are here, why not download our Alternatively, why not download our free 54-page guide to the project cargo sector in Malaysia and the AESAN for more market insights and opportunities?

Image: © Martin Bencher Group


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