ERIE, Pa. (September 20, 2016) - Logistics Plus Inc., a leading worldwide provider of transportation, logistics and supply chain solutions, is proud to report that it has successfully delivered four 30x24x17 meter, 1038 metric ton (2 million pounds), empty ammonia (NH3) gas tanks from Onsan, South Korea to Portland, Oregon in the United States. The entire project took over a year of planning, engineering, and execution, and it is the largest shipment ever handled by Logistics Plus in its 20-year history.
At the origin port in South Korea, 48-axle lines of self-propelled modular trailers were used to move the enormous tanks from their storage location onto two barges in order to transport them to the main loading port. From there, they were carefully loaded sequentially onto a heavy-load ocean vessel. The vessel - one of only two in the world capable of handling the massive shipment - took 14 days to sail to the Port of Portland. Using the vessels two massive 1500mt capacity heavylift cranes, all four tanks were discharged and loaded onto specialized modular trailers and carefully moved into final storage.
"We manage many large cargo projects all around the world, but this is the largest one we've ever coordinated in our 20-year history," said Frederik Geirnaert, project manager for Logistics Plus, and the leader for this project. "The Logistics Plus project cargo team has been at the center of this move in many ways. We handled the selection of the most skilled subcontractors, organized a tender for each part of the move, provided oversight and drafting of the method statement, liaised with the marine warranty surveyor, provided on-site supervision of every move, and we also found on-the-spot solutions to the few small issues that inevitably come up along the way. In the end, our passion for excellence came through once again."
The project highlight video, which includes amazing live and time-lapse footage, can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/M1HwMlUKeOk