Heavylift / Breakbulk
Finding alternative routes
The 5,000 transport and logistics industry companies in Dubai make the sector a key pillar of the emirate’s economic future. The Arab Spring has also left its marks here, but some firms, such as Heavy Load Freight Services, are doing well. The specialist for the oil and chemicals industry has carved something of a niche for itself.
Being a key niche player is more lucrative than ever before in Dubai. Local enterprise Heavy Load Freight Services had the opportunity recently to prove its worth in a North African and a Middle Eastern operation. Project cargo activities are ongoing in the region, despite the difficult political situation.
Finding new multimodal ways
Thus it would have been impossible to transport oilfield equipment – goods of approximately 1,000 cbm – from Jebel Ali (UAE) to Casablanca (Morocco) directly on a vessel, due to the costs involved, so an alternative multimodal route was devised. The shipment was sent by road to Egypt and thence a part charter was organised for the Alexandria to Casablanca leg. The total transit time for the task amounted to a mere 25 days.
Two more truck loads of oilfield equipment destined for Baku were shipped from the same Egyptian port, a task that was also successfully completed in just 12 days. Mohammed Al Khouli, the CEO of Heavy Load Freight Services, pointed out that success «required close cooperation between our agents in Egypt and Turkey as well as the vessel agent.»
Circumventing blocked transit routes
The conflict in Syria represents a challenge, for example when an out-of-gauge consignment had to be shipped to Jebel Ali. The firm first had to truck the cargo from Erbil (northern Iraq) to Mersin (Turkey) and then use a ro-ro vessel for the seaborne leg to Jebel Ali. This time it avoided a delay that would have been caused by a part charter. Due to restrictions for the transit of goods through Iran, oilfield equipment destined for Baku (Azerbaijan) and Aktau (Kazakhstan) from Jebel Ali had to be shipped to Istanbul, from where it was trucked to the destinations via Georgia.
Another recent task saw goods stored in Hamriyah (UAE) needed in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago). To complete the job in 21 days, the goods were flown to Amsterdam and then shipped Trinidad in containers.