Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Last Minute Logistics Experience Used For Marine Salvage

Evolution Time Critical Now Assisting Titan
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WORLDWIDE – Automotive critical logistics experts Evolution Time Critical (ETC) are utilising their experience to assist a leading marine salvage company by making sure that specialist equipment and parts are delivered to recovery sites via their instant response services.

ETC state that in support of their customer Titan Salvage they have facilitated urgent deliveries to both Taiwan and Dubai in order to rescue a sinking ship and to prevent an explosion aboard a disabled ship that was carrying highly volatile liquids.

These support roles are highly complicated and require expert knowledge in the handling and packing dangerous goods together with a solid understanding of international customs practices and rapid flight co-ordination. Demand for this expertise is of vital importance to the salvage industry.

“When a ship sinks, the effect on the environment can be devastating, as there is a real risk of the oil contained onboard floating to the surface,” explains Brad Brennan, managing director of Evolution Time Critical.

“Aside from untold damage to the local ecosystem, the financial impact of oil spillages can also be very severe. One recent clean-up operation cost insurers over four billion euros. By ensuring that Titan received the equipment it needed on time, the recovery operation was able to go ahead as planned and the ship wreck was successfully salvaged.”

Evolution arranged for an urgent shipment of specialist kit from Newhaven to Taiwan, so that Titan could place a displacement bag inside the sinking ship and inflate it, preventing the vessel from foundering.

Titan also recently called upon Evolution’s services to arrange emergency transport for a nitrogen generator to Dubai. This was used to allow highly volatile liquids to be removed from a disabled ship. The longer this took the more chance there was of an explosion which could have caused significant damage to the ship and cost millions in repairs.

As the shipment was too large to pass through conventional cargo x-ray machines ETC arranged for inspection using sniffer dogs to allow it to pass strict aviation security checks.

“Shipments of this kind are complex by their nature, so we make sure to follow every step required by customs and international logistics procedures in order to avoid any hold-ups and facilitate the delivery in as short a timescale as possible,” added Brennan.

The techniques employed by Brennan and his colleagues were developed for the automotive industry, which has seen vehicle manufacturers move from high inventory levels to lean manufacturing and utilising last minute delivery methods. ETC now hope to expand their scope of operations into new markets.

“The global automotive industry realised huge savings from embracing the concept of reduced inventories and just-in-time deliveries, supported by their confidence in emergency logistics providers. The marine industry can now benefit from these techniques and realise equally significant improvements in efficiency,” concluded Brennan.

(pic: Thanks to Titan Salvage)