February 5 - Members of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) in Bangladesh, Portugal and Australia have coordinated a number of complex project shipments around the world.

The Bengal Electric, a PCN representative in Bangladesh, has recently completed three power plant projects, which involved the transport of nine MAN engines, each weighing 320 tonnes.

As well as the high and heavy engines, the three projects - located in Siddhirganj, Nawabgani and Manikgani - comprised the delivery of nine 68-tonne ABB alternators, nine 37-tonne turbochargers and 600 containers.

Bengal took delivery of the out-of-gauge cargo directly onto its own barges, while the general cargo was loaded on trucks for delivery by road to the sites.

After the barge transport, the cargo was unloaded onto self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) using Bengal's 600-tonne capacity and 200-tonne capacity floating cranes.

Bengal explained that it also had to obtain special permission to shut down a number of transmission lines and remove various electricity cables and telephone lines. The Bangladeshi company was also required to design three jetties and approach roads for the respective projects.

For the 55 MW Siddhirganj project, Bengal transported the 320-tonne engines about 3 km from the jetty to the project site using an SPMT with two power pack units (PPU). On arrival at the site, the engines were unloaded using Bengal's 800-tonne capacity jacks and positioned on their foundations using a skidding system.




Meanwhile PCN member in Portugal, OliCargo, handled the transport of two large static shears, which are used in the dismantling of metal structures weighing up to 244 tonnes.

OliCargo coordinated the door-to-door transport of the oversize shears from Portugal to Abinsk in Russia's Krasnodar Krai.

"This project involves the use of various special equipment, including 14 trucks, two Mafi trailers, ten 40 ft open top containers, two 40 ft flat rack containers, two vessels, two surveyors and two bespoke project teams," said OliCargo project cargo manager João Ribeiro.




On the other side of the globe Westlink Logistics - member of the PCN in Australia - was contracted to organise two shipments of cargo for a geothermal energy project in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The 8,500-freight-tonne consignment, which included a number of pipes, was loaded on board a vessel in Tianjin, China before being shipped to Palembang port.

As well as the vessel chartering and shipment, Westlink was responsible for the stowing and lashing plans; inspections at the loading port; supervision of the entire transport; and coordination of the discharge operations in Indonesia.