From China and Italy to Uzbekistan
Our customer is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, television programming as well as oil & gas. They operate in more than 100 countries and employ about 300,000 people.
3,000 cubic meters of cargo from China and another 3,000 cubic meters from Italy, including some of the heaviest pieces - three compressors and three turbines weighing from 56 to 86 tons, were destined for a gas compressor station under construction in Uzbekistan. The station was in a remote and deserted area and the last miles of the journey was over dirt roads. All cargo delivered from Italy had to transit the River Volga before it froze for the winter. This required an experienced project logistics partner with an in-depth knowledge of local conditions in this emerging market.
Our Agility Project Logistics experts from Italy, China and Kazakhstan worked tirelessly on this task and made the seemingly impossible possible – after just 45 days of thorough evaluation and planning. Due to the size and weight of the cargo and the readiness and delivery date, our team chartered a river vessel for the journey along the River Volga. The vessel had to pass check points along the route, making sure to clear them before the river iced over.
After the cargo was off-loaded at a Caspian Sea port, it was to be delivered to the job site in Uzbekistan where the roads were not asphalted and driving through city centers was constrained. The movements from China were made by road, a 4,500 km journey. Upon arrival at the border with Kazakhstan, every load had to switch from Chinese trucks to Kazakhstani trucks due to local Road Law.
The last 5 km presented some of the biggest challenges for our team. The area around the delivery site in Uzbekistan was soft sand and in order to move such heavy loads a road had to be built first, by vibro-compacting the ground and filling it with gravel. Tractors were also needed for additional pulling power.
Special Services For The Customer
- Full visibility of the transport 24/7 for 2 months
- Contingency plans ready
- Local experts for project logistics as well as emerging markets and conditions
- Agility Mobile Team Escorting Heavy Loads during the trucking to site
- Co-ordination of subcontractors and handling of governmental regulations