Port of Rotterdam

Critical Cargo Bypassing Bottleneck at Ocean Ports Aboard Chartered Passenger Aircraft

Bottlenecks in the global supply chain are being bypassed by repurposing passenger aircraft for critical cargo.  With retailers worldwide closing shop, warehouses becoming backed up with undelivered goods, increasing trucking restrictions and driver shortages, importers are being forced to delay delivery of goods that can’t be sold or stored. This clogs ports with containers and slows critical food and medical supply chains. Ocean carriers are rerouting containers to transshipment ports and yards close to destination so they can reach markets more quickly when business resumes, while keeping major ports unclogged. To keep food and medical supply chains flowing, critical cargo is moving on passenger aircrafts that have been idle since the travel ban.

Read more about how the ocean and air transport industries are adapting to the crisis at:

https://www.joc.com/air-cargo/idle-passenger-planes-take-mini-freighter-roles_20200317.html

https://www.joc.com/maritime-news/carriers-warn-supply-chain-chaos-if-cargo-stacks-ports_20200407.html

(Photo credit: IAPH/International Association of Ports and Harbors)

Railcar being lifted

Journey of a Typical Railcar from Factory Through Locomotion in Another Country

The international journey of new railcars from factory through installation on a track overseas, is not as simple as booking trailers, a ship and cranes.

It starts with engineering modifications to the railcars to create lifting beams and lashing rings. COG calculations are made to ensure the lifting plan keeps the railcar balanced through the lifting operation. At the same time, early shipments are dispatched with tracks, welding equipment and materials, communication and signal systems, depot structures and fixtures as well as track maintenance equipment.

A local crew starts installing the tracks and associated equipment at destination while the railcars are being built and custom fitted with lifting and lashing points for the journey.

This complex process is designed and managed by specialists like Overseas Brokers, with the help of marine engineers who assist in creating lifting diagrams noting center of gravity,  drafting of required crane spreader specifications, making angle and clearance calculations, as well as oversight by marine insurance surveyors who supervise every step of the loading/unloading, lashing, lifting, delivery and placement on the final track at destination.

Note: The lifting configuration of the railcar in the photo is designed to maintain a 90 degree angle and keep the railcar level when lifted, to prevent the lifting cables from causing damage to the side panels of the railcar.

Read more about such projects at:

https://www.stattimes.com/royal-cargo-moves-multiple-unit-trains-of-philippine-national-railways-logistics

(Photo Credit – above: Via The STAT Trade Times: “This shipment is the first delivery of PNR trains and seven more new trainsets are set to arrive in 2020.”)

https://www.topgear.com.ph/news/motoring-news/pnr-indonesia-train-coaches-a4354-20191211

Railcar (Philippine National Railways)

(Photo credit: DOTR – via TopGear)

Trading Desks in Office

Lacour Trading Desks Installed in Geneva

Take a look at a project we completed in Geneva, Switzerland consisting of trading desks manufactured by LaCour in the US, and exported on behalf of Insidesource, a major contract furniture dealer.

Product was loaded in a container in NJ, shipped to Rotterdam and trucked to Geneva where we cleared customs, delivered and installed by our local logistics partner.

The same process was duplicated globally for this trading company’s worldwide offices.

Trading desk install

Innovant Partners With Overseas Brokers For Large Trading Desk Project In Montreal

We provide global logistics solutions for the contract furniture industry

Here’s just one example: A 600 desk project we handed in Montreal for a top tier global financial services firm. These are height adjustable desks, made in the US by Innovant, a leading manufacturer of trading desks, benching, private offices and conference room furniture.

Delivery drone on sky marked "Flirtey"

A Drone Delivery Startup Aims To Provide 10 Minute Package Delivery Services

Flirtey has partnered with Dominos and 7-Eleven to test a delivery method that could replace the hub & spoke model used by most logistics providers. Hub & spoke deliveries are typically routed via distribution centers. Drone delivery enables vendors to deliver directly from the nearest store to your door. Flirtey has even partnered with an ambulance service to deliver defibrillators to people suffering a heart attack before paramedics arrive. Read more about this paradigm shift here.

 

Drone-Like Flying Car Landing

Are Drone-Like Flying Cars the Future of Package Delivery and Short Range Passenger Transport?

NEC of Japan has tested a prototype of an EVtol aircraft (electric vertical takeoff and landing). The Japanese government intends to develop driverless aircraft for people by the 2030’s, while Uber Air is reportedly developing a VTOL aircraft (vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) for demo flights in 2020 and commercial flights in 2023 in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne. Read more here.

(Photo credit: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Future Of Environmentally Sustainable Supersonic Air Travel And Time-Critical Air Freight Is At Our Doorstep

Boom Technology, a US-based supersonic transport startup, is developing a supersonic jet in partnership with Japan Airlines that will fly from NY to London in less than 3.5 hours. The new jet, named Overture, is expected to be in service for passenger flights as soon as 2025-2027.  The reappearance of supersonic jets has the potential to transform the marketplace for time-critical air freight carriers and for courier giants such as Fedex and DHL, by reducing the transit time as well as the environmental impact of freighter aircraft.  Boom Technology is exploring ways to improve on the Concord jet by using a new technology being developed by Prometheus, for producing aviation fuel  which is converted from CO2 emissions in the atmosphere into liquid hydrocarbon and then transformed into aviation fuel. As a result of developments in propulsion technologies, the new jet is expected to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2.2 without the use of afterburners, reducing the noise level and environmental damage associated with the first generation of supersonic aviation.   Read more about this exciting development here.

Courtesy Boom Supersonic / Press Materials

Managing The Logistics Of Rock And Roll Concert Tours Leaves No Margin For Error

Concert tours require meticulous planning, reliable carriers, knowledge of international customs requirements, 24/7 attention to detail and lots of care. Large tours with back to back gigs maintain at least 2 identical sets of equipment which leap frog between venues to allow time for one set to be loaded in and erected, while the previous set is being taken down and loaded out for the next venue. Read more about challenges unique to the touring entertainment industry here.

Case Study – Railway Tram Systems Transport and Installation

International transport of railway tram systems presents a unique set of challenges. These oversize rail cars require special handling to move safely from factory to destination. The process involves engineering the trams with lifting points for safe hoisting by cranes, performing inland route surveys, securing ocean carrier and port approvals, custom design and sourcing of spreader bar assemblies, overseeing crane operations at inland origin and destination points, managing loading and lashing at ports of loading and on board ships, as well as securing on mafi platforms and drop deck trailers. Marine engineers are hired to survey the entire process and ensure the units are safely lifted and secured for transport. Overseas Brokers has managed turnkey projects from factories in the US and Europe to multiple destinations in the Middle East and Caribbean including transport, heavy lift operations and installation onto the tracks for entire tram systems, as well as railway track laydown and ongoing supply of equipment for system maintenance .

To see video of a modern tram arrival by ship, it’s journey from the port to the track and a test run, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AOk5BQpZbg

To read more about double decker and single deck open tram systems we handled, click on the following links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Trolley ;

https://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/downtown-dubai/dubai-trolley/

https://www.visitaruba.com/getting-around/streetcar-trolley/ ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams_in_Oranjestad

 

Modern tram is shown at the factory in the US before shrink wrapping.

 

Tram is lifted off the mafi platform at port of discharge.

Tram is lifted by crane for mounting on the track. Note the special spreader bars designed to keep the cables away from the body of the tram.

 

Dubai tram is lifted off trailer at port of loading.

 

Dubai tram installed in front of the Burj Khalifa.

 

Aruba double decker trolley lifted at port of loading.

 

Aruba double decker loaded and lashed on board a container ship.

 

Trolleys in operation in Aruba.

 

New York is the First Port of Call

New York is the first port of call for most container ships arriving at US east coast ports, due to its ability to handle ultra-large container ships and easy access to the Midwest. Factors that make NY attractive for the biggest carriers include the recent raising of the Bayonne Bridge,  improvements in its waterways, major capital investments and the imminent completion of the ExpressRail terminal in Bayonne.   Read about the recent arrival of the YM World at Freightwaves.