From the magazine – Page 2

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    French focus shifts offshore


    France’s wind energy sector, both onshore and offshore, continues to provide plenty of work for the heavy lift and project logistics community, and ports are preparing for a surge in activity.

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    Political turmoil clouds promising outlook for UK project logistics


    Prime ministers have come and gone at a comical rate but a strong pipeline of energy-related work is spurring on the UK project logistics sector. However, current political turbulence will have an impact on project pipelines, if prolonged.

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    Project logistics providers adapt to market realities


    With the world in turmoil, project logistics providers are operating in an environment where the only certainty is uncertainty. David Kershaw takes a look at how companies are coping and at where the markets may be heading.

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    Wind turbine transport: creating a culture of safety

    In a first for the wind energy industry in the USA, leading OEMs GE, Siemens Gamesa and Vestas have come together to establish a nationwide safety standard specifically for the unique challenges and special skills needed when transporting wind energy components – WITPAC. Sophie Barnes reports.

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    Mammoet: Storm force changes ahead in wind energy market


    David Kershaw spoke with Francisco Rodrigues, global sector lead – offshore wind, and Gavin Kerr, global cranes director, of Mammoet on various facets of the transition. Innovation will be critical in meeting ambitious targets.

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    Floating wind energy projects gather momentum


    Stakeholders across the heavy lift supply chain are keeping an eye on floating wind energy developments. The sector’s commercialisation will provide future opportunities, but what the exact logistical requirements will be are still unclear, writes Phil Hastings.

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    Sustainable project freight forwarding


    While project freight forwarders have a relatively light direct carbon footprint, their choices and decisions are central to the success of the heavy lift sector in its efforts to achieve sustainability.

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    Combi Lift prepares to adapt to change


    German heavy lift and logistics specialist Combi Lift has been busy recently, having expanded its service portfolio with the addition of a forwarding solutions division during October 2021.

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    African multipurpose carriers feel the heat


    Project logisticians and carriers active in Africa are benefiting from the protracted uptick in oil prices. The high-price environment has encouraged exploration activity. Furthermore, continuing demand for power and improved infrastructure is contributing more project cargo – and the market is overheating.

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    Under-the-jib equipment: handling heavy lift cargoes


    Under-the-jib attachments are a vital component of lifting systems. While they may be small compared with crane and load, they are a critical element in ensuring lifts are performed safely and efficiently. 

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    A changing of the guard at ESTA


    David Collett, outgoing president, and Fabio Belli, incoming president at ESTA, may have arrived in the heavy transport industry by very different routes, but they both have long-term experience in the sector – and a huge commitment to improving standards across Europe, writes Yvonne Mulder.

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    Heavy-duty trailers: challenges spur greater innovation


    The energy sector continues to drive some of the most striking innovation in transport equipment, but both general purpose and heavy-duty trailers have seen their own developments. 

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    Iraq powers up renewables to help ease energy outages


    Iraq is moving ahead with several projects that will make better use of its bountiful natural resources. A number of developments are the in pipeline and the prospects look bright for the supporting logistics sector.

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    Draghi sets Italy on a path to progress


    In the past, Italy has been held back by the absence of a comprehensive investment programme and an unstable political landscape that prevented the domestic project cargo market from reaching its potential. Now it seems the shackles have been removed, with government spending on the up under the stewardship of a level- headed leader.

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    Preparing for Europe’s transport revolution


    Consultation is essential as regulators mull over heavy transport reforms, with the sector ready to play its part in crucial policy debates, writes Ton Klijn, ESTA director.

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    Heavy lift team prepares for NASA’s next-generation rocket launch


    The crew of the largest self-powered land vehicle in the world are readying for the challenges of moving NASA’s new Space Launch System.

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    Global energy transition drives demand for metals


    Demand for mined metals is expected to continue rising. New investment through 2022 looks likely, although the rate of market growth could slow slightly this year. Phil Hastings reports.

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    A novel approach for keeping pests out of wood packaging material


    Importers are learning that relying on the ISPM#15 mark to ensure that solid wood packaging material is pest-free can be a costly mistake. Gary Lovett, forest ecologist at the Cary Institute, and Diana Davila, Houston branch manager at UTC Overseas, put forward a solution.

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    ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’

    Ton Klijn, director of ESTA – the European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes – and a member of the European Crane Operators Licence supervisory board, discusses how the heavy lift and abnormal transport sector needs to change its approach to training.

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    How effective leaders include safety in project cargo planning

    When it comes to any project, good planning creates good outcomes. Okos Partners’ senior partner Peter Krammer, and Bart Gragg, president of Blue Collar University, discuss how leadership in the planning phases can result in safer and more efficient solutions.