Heavylift / Breakbulk
It’s in the mix
Size is not always everything, as Raymond Fisch, BBC Chartering’s senior vice-president for strategic projects, told Christian Doepgen recently. Efficiency and proximity to markets are also key, amongst other things.
Stopping over in Strasbourg
Many northeastern French plants that produce large turbines as well as steel constructions are ensuring that the inland of Strasbourg loads ever-more heavy shipments. In 20port 15 the hub handled 250 such consignments.
Wind turbines to the Maghreb
The Tunis-based Salammbô Group was founded in 1999 by president and CEO Mohamed Hechmi Briki. The firm has expanded successfully beyond Tunisia’s borders and now has offices throughout the Maghreb region.
A range of services comes up trumps
It does not always have to be the major players. The fact that medium-sized enterprises are often more effective and quicker to react to changing market conditions can also be observed in the heavylift sector. Ross Grosskopf of the SME Dako Worldwide Transport, spoke to...
Old heavylift dreams flying high again
The first step is always the hardest. The British founders of Hybrid Air Vehicles must have taken frequent recourse to this old saying in the ten years of their company history. When an order from compatriots Straightline Aviation came in in March it seemed like a breakthrough...
Prepared for changes
The market for heavylift shipping companies is in stormy seas at present. Chipolbrok is currently renewing part of its fleet. Christian Doepgen spoke to Zhou Jinglai and Radoslaw Chmielinski, the two chief executive officers of the Sino-Polish joint venture, about technical...
Tanks for Saudi Arabia
Close cooperation between a group of Dutch enterprises in February saw BigLift Shipping’s heavylift vessel the «Happy Delta» loaded with 13 steel storage tanks destined for Saudi Arabia. The ship’s journey from Rotterdam, across the windswept Bay of Biscay and through the Suez...
An airbridge to Uganda
Globalisation on a grand scale. To build a road bridge over the Nile, which is Africa’s and the world’s longest river, the companies need material from Asia – which reaches the site via the Middle East.
The expectation that the heavylift market will remain mediocre through to 2017 was confirmed recently by Drewry. There will nevertheless be some opportunities, as Kyriacos Panayides, managing director of AAL, told Christian Doepgen.
Powerpacks to replace lorries
Up until now the haulage of exceptionally large consignments weighing more than 2,000 t usually required a number of trucks working in combination; some at the front, pulling and steering, others at the back, pushing and braking. This limits their manoeuvrability. Mammoet and...