May 10 - Projects FPS - a division of FPS Sri Lanka - has coordinated the shipment of six wind turbines from India to a site 200 km inland from the port of Colombo.
Projects FPS handled the project on behalf of Naladanavi Pvt, one of the largest private power suppliers in Sri Lanka.
The consignment was made up of 41 pieces weighing a total of 784 tonnes, with a volume of 5,656 cu m. The six tower base sections each weighed 33 tonnes.
Heavy lift vessel Han Xin was chartered from Chennai to execute the project. The heavy cargoes were lifted onboard using its 200-tonne crane capacity. Projects FPS head of operations Travis Meerwald, and projects manager Mohan Lazarus visited Chennai three times over a 10-day period to ensure a smooth loading operations.
Upon arrival in Colombo, the pylon sections were loaded onto extending trailers for the last leg of the journey - over twisting roads and narrow bridges. The trucks operated convoys for six consecutive nights to minimise traffic disruption. A total of 30 truck journeys were required to transport the entire consignment to the jobsite.
Chairman of FPS Sri Lanka and Projects FPS, Gihan Nanayakkara, noted: "We had to deliver to site before the Sri Lankan National New Year. Our priority was quality and reliability over price.
"We completed the project with zero demurrage, no truck detention and ahead of schedule, without a single scratch to the cargo."
When erected, the six wind turbines will each measure 95 m in height and generate 0.85 MW of electricity.
FPS Sri Lanka is a member of the FPS Group network of independent forwarders.