Thursday, July 25, 2013

Project Freight Forwarding Logistics Simpler with Modern Technology

CAD and Predictive Software Makes Designs for Tricky Cargo Movements Easier
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – According to Per Thornblom, the planning of difficult freight movements using modern technology is allowing logistics providers to set new standards of value and efficiency. Thornblom, Group Project Logistics Manager for the GAC Group, will be addressing the PowerLogistics Asia 2013 conference this October where he will explain why he is embracing the new tools available to shippers with such enthusiasm.

Thornblom recounts how Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) is emerging as a vital element in planning how to load and store complex shipments. Lashing calculations identify the best way to secure cargo on a vessel whilst on-board stability and weather routing software help plan a safe and efficient voyage. In his speech the GAC man will outline the key advantage that dedicated software brings to the planning of heavy lift projects, and how the smart application of technology facilitates the engineering of detailed solutions to ensure timely, safe and on-budget execution. He explains how the availability of these new instruments, plus the wise utilisation of a trained workforce can ensure success, saying:

"Project logistics is a diverse and demanding field, in which having the right skills, knowledge and experience is essential. Project skills are built on practical experience and a solid background in shipping and logistics – and we now have new tools to enhance that expertise.

“Within GAC, wherever we can, we aim to bring existing employees into the heart of project logistics operations - as and when required - and train them in the specific skills they need. Our staff can also enhance their knowledge through a range of theoretical and practical courses offered by the GAC Corporate Academy. Staff with a practical background, who have served at sea or who have been involved in heavy lift logistics operations, are always a good fit.”

Many of the world's leading project forwarding professionals and their clients from the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction), oil & gas, energy and mining sectors will gather at the Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Hotel for PowerLogistics Asia 2013. Participants from throughout the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Australia will include industry giants such as Chevron, Technip, Jacobs Engineering, Mammoet, Jumbo Shipping, SAL Heavy Lift, Panalpina, JAS Forwarding and many more.