You may have seen a few updates over the last few months about one of our big projects lately, Chart. If you missed it, here are some project milestones we are eager to share with you, in addition to our latest video highlighting the project!
Before The Project
In early 2020, we had the opportunity to take on one of our biggest challenges to date. A client needed to move five liquid natural gas storage tanks to a new LNG Facility on the east coast. Some details to note:
- Each tank was nearly 200 feet long, and came in close to 200,000 pounds. The manufacturing facility was located in Minnesota, thousands of miles away from the final destination.
- This was a project that would take an immense amount of planning and strategizing to find the most economical transport solution. Team highlights include: Ashley Munks led the project from start to finish, the Engineering team including Brittany Fetzner and Joey Wooten (pictured upper right) were integral in designing the storage location, and Travis Richardson kept a close watch on the shipments to ensure the project went smoothly.
- It would require multiple modes of transportation, involving many divisions of Logisticus from the sourcing to engineering team and everyone in the middle.
We take an extremely hands-on, data-driven approach to structuring a plan that presents the least amount of risk AND optimizes cost.
The team overcame countless hurdles on this monumental project traveling across 10 states utilizing rail, barge and truck to transport 5 – 200,000 lb, 200 ft long tanks from Minnesota to Delaware.
Some of the hurdles included:
- The customer attempting to sell the components mid-transit, and the lack of Port of Delaware berth availability due to Toyota increasing new vehicle shipments into the US tenfold.
- Transporting during the largest snow storm to the Northeast in 10 years!
Through all of the challenges, the team was able to successfully and safely deliver all 5 tanks to their temporary storage area. The final faith of the tanks is still not known, however, our sales team is eagerly attempting to transport them again for the new customer. There were a lot of firsts on this project for us:
- First time we took large components in to the open ocean on deck barges
- First time we used a floating crane to transload – twice
- First time we utilized a unit train with special service to span 3 different railroads
- First time we had articulating bolsters placed under component spanning two different rail cars
- First time we used an 18 line SPMT Trailer
We value transparency and want our audience to know exactly what goes on behind-the-scenes on our projects. Reach out to us today if you have any questions about this type of project.
And remember, with Logisticus in your corner, you will always receive more innovation and less risk.