Heavylift / Breakbulk
For Hayat and Mannesmann
Technical expertise is the trump in project logistics. Turkey’s Borusan Logistics utilises its R&D centre for stacking solutions or wind adapters, for instance.
It is an old wisdom that technical know-how can be crucial in project logistics. The in-house engineering, research and technology department therefore mostly constitutes the showpiece of a company – not only in heavylift logistics. However, having a specifically appointed centre for this within the framework of the holding of one’s group of companies offers structural benefits.
This is what Borusan Logistics is experiencing, which was established in 1973 and whose head office is in Turkey. Its R&D department has been certified by the Turkish ministry for science, industry and technology as an R&D centre. A workforce of 51 employees conduct research here on subjects of innovation and digitisation. Borusan Logistics supports the services of this centre with state-of-the-art technologies.
Project solutions from Hungary to the US
With this technical foundation, special projects in heavylift transport can be mastered. A recent example was seen in the context of the Hayat chemicals project. 153 t of freight was transported over a distance of 30 kilometres by road haulage within 8 hours. The load was transhipped at the port of Mersin. After inspecting the route, the transport permits were obtained and the compressed vessel Yankee Dryer was brought to Tarsus, unloaded in one piece and placed at a height of 2.5 metres. The material transport from Hungary for the Ilısu dam in Mardin in Turkey was also international. Here the mobile parts (rotors) each weighed 95 t and the fixed parts (stators) 42.5 t each.
An additional example is a project in Houston, Texas, which Borusan carried out on behalf of Mannesmann. In order to transport gigantic pipelines, eight special vessels with an own weight of 40-50,000 t each were used. As the tubes were 24.5 metres long on average, special ships with larger loading hatches and freight bays were utilised. The pipes were loaded in the freight bays of the vessels in the port of Borusan using special fastening equipment and safety precautions – and stacked horizontally on top of one another. This stacking method was developed specifically for this project and was a global first.
Taking stock at the start of April, the achievement was truly impressive after a project period of eight months: 20,000 tubes with a total weight of 100,000 t had been transported by vessel from the port of Gemlik to the port of Houston – and had subsequently been distributed to the warehouses of three different end customers.
Currently ongoing is the Gaziantep Kartaldagı project, in which Borusan En BW Energy invested and which Vestas has taken over. During the project, vanes of the Vestas V126 type with a length of 62 metres were transported from Menemen/Izmir to Kartaldagı/Gaziantep for the first time over a distance of 1,400 kilometres. The first batch with a total of 14 vane sets (42 units) has already arrived at its destination.
Own wind vane adapters
The network of Borusan in Europe in project logistics consists of 98 offices for road haulage, 21 transfer centres and a total of 400,000 sqm of customs and duty-suspended warehouse areas in Turkey. Per year, 330 inland and maritime shipping vessels are chartered to customers for maritime transport by sea. In project logistics, in the energy sector investments were made in vane adapters, which constitute an important system of wind energy logistics in Turkey. With the use of this system, the position of the vanes can be adjusted at steep rises and curvy mountain roads. The annual transport volume amounts to approximately 2.5 million t of steel and iron, general load and project freight.