Friday, November 25, 2011

Project Freight Forwarder Wins Yet Another Heavy Lift Prize

Allseas Global Logistics Scoops Industry Award
Shipping News Feature

UK - JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – The triple tragedy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis which struck Japan earlier this year had a huge impact on the country including the need for the urgent commissioning of a desperately needed, newly built nuclear power station at Shimane, but new government regulations following the Fukushima crisis meant it was not permitted to open until emergency power back-up was in place. Now Allseas Global Logistics, no stranger to industry accolades, has been awarded the title of Project/Heavylift Freight Forwarder of the Year by the International Freighting Weekly for its sterling work in assisting in the recovery effort.

Allseas was contracted to transport five vast generator units, two equipment control rooms and other vital components to Shimane, just weeks before the plant was due to open. The various parts of the consignment had to be transported to Japan from locations in the Netherlands, the UK and the United States, prompting Des Nott, Allseas Felixstowe based project manager to comment: “Just the type of challenging job we thrive on.”

Once vessel availability was identified and confirmed, Allseas had to find a way of transporting the large trailer-mounted generators; they could not be lifted by themselves and could not be driven on Japan’s roads because of bridge and tunnel restrictions and their weight. The only way to deliver them was direct to the nuclear power plant. Bespoke transportation and lifting equipment was designed and manufactured and a unique lifting method was devised, and used in the port of Xingang. Allseas managing director Andrew Morris said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been honoured with this IFW award. It is a fantastic recognition of the expertise, efforts and achievements of the team involved in this project. When Allseas was entrusted with this delivery, we knew that the task ahead was huge, complex and immensely challenging, particularly as we were working to such tight deadlines. Indeed, the task drew on all of our expertise and experience, and relied on a good mix of meticulous planning, flexibility, innovation and on-the-spot problem solving.”

Photo: One of the generators aboard a low loader in Japan.