GAC completes complex project

Logistics services provider GAC has reported on a successful project to transport 500 tonnes of equipment from the UK, The Netherlands and Germany for the Northern Caspian Yuri Korchagin oil field being developed by Lukoil

GAC staff in the UK and Russia were involved in the project for the urgent shipment of equipment for pile driving and swaging works to Lukoil subcontractor GT Sever. The move included a block conductor and pile fastenings, to be installed at the culmination of Stage II of marine operations development currently underway in the Russian sector of the North Caspian Sea.

The time-critical operation started with pre-carriage pick-up of cargo from England and the Netherlands, with the last-minute addition of an out-of-gauge item from Germany, for delivery to Rotterdam. GAC obtained the required permits to enable the 20 units – the two heaviest of which weighed in at 105 tonnes each and were almost 15m long – to be loaded on to a vessel sailing for Poti in Georgia.

Delivery by ship direct to Baku was not an option as Russia’s internal waterways were not open for navigation at the time, so GAC met the tight deadline by bringing the cargo to Georgia by sea and completing the journey to its final destination by road.

When the vessel arrived in Poti 11 days later, it could not berth for two days due to foul weather. Despite congestion, as soon as the port reopened, GAC arranged and supervised the direct uploading of the cargo using the ship’s gear onto waiting trucks at an alternative terminal.

Then, the trucks started the final 900km journey by road to Baku in Azerbaijan. Roadworks on the original route meant they had to be transported by a different course worked out by GAC and approved by the authorities. Despite the obstacles, the shipment arrived at its final destination on schedule.

Alexey Koudrenko, GT Sever’s Project Manager says:

“We owe the success of this challenging move to GAC’s cross-border coordination and attention to detail in the planning. Their hands-on expertise, flexibility and determination to deliver were critical when the unexpected arose. We were in constant touch 24/7. GAC thought of everything and delivered as promised." 

Source: WorldCargo News

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