Top 5 Most Difficult Oversized Cargo
Oversized cargo is cargo which dimensions exceed the standards established during transportation. For this reason, the transportation of such goods is a complex task, which can only be solved by an integrated approach of specialists.
In this article we will talk about the top 5 most difficult to transport oversized cargo.
5. Residential houses and historical buildings
Transportation in this category is required for many reasons. It can be a natural disaster, moving to a new place, or preserving an architectural monument. Transportation of finished structures is carried out as a whole or disassembled by trawl. For some countries, take, for example, the United States, the transportation of houses is a common thing, for which its own mechanism has already been worked out, and this is a rather profitable business. Transportation of historical buildings is also not uncommon. One recent case is the relocation of the lighthouse Rubjerg Knude (1899) in Denmark, which was threatened with collapse due to soil erosion.
4. Equipment for the oil and gas industry
When transporting oil and gas equipment, it is necessary to take into account not only the oversized cargo and heavy weight. Often this kind of equipment contains fragile parts such as electronic devices, sensors, monitors, and other built-in mechanisms. Improper transportation can cause damage to these parts, which will eventually lead to the failure of the entire equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to strictly control both the transport vehicle itself and the roadbed along the route, cargo securing, and even the professional qualities of the driver himself. In the international experience of deliveries of oil and gas equipment, a successful example is the transportation of reactors for the Achinsk refinery by the carrier Spetstyazhavtotrans in 2013. The parties to the order were nominated for the Guinness Book of Records: the Book's editor-in-chief set a record for the heaviest cargo (1,306 tons) transported by road over the longest distance on land (203 km).
3. Heavy industrial equipment for refineries and steel mills
Heavy industrial equipment is a special case in logistics, since neither the weight, sometimes reaching hundreds of tons, nor the size and constitution meet the standards. These loads cannot be handled by an ordinary trailer truck. In such "oversized" cases, specialists use multi-support platforms - small multi-wheel modules on solid tires. By docking with each other, these elements can form a special trailer of any width and length (in theory). Of course, with such a load, transport will not be able to go fast: in some sections of the route, the speed does not exceed walking speed. To prevent overheating, such designs provide for the presence of a powerful cooling system in the transmission.
2. Transportation of rockets
The most complex maintenance equipment of huge dimensions was necessary for the Scalpel rockets: the weight of the special container in which it was transported (25 tons) was added to the dead weight of the rocket (104 tons) to maintain the desired microclimate. In addition to everything else, it was necessary to comply with difficult safety conditions, because the rocket was transported in a refueled state in a special isothermal car made to fit its dimensions.
1. Super tractors
The first place in our rating is occupied by unique transportation, which took place in the summer of 1996. A certain commercial company purchased a 40-meter pleasure boat weighing 88 tons, from which they planned to make a floating restaurant on Naroch. But here's the bad luck: the boat is on the Berezina, and it does not connect with Lake Naroch in any way. Future restaurateurs managed to agree on the implementation of the transportation of this boat by tractor-transporters MAZ-7907, although initially they were supposed to transport intercontinental missiles. The speed of the conveyor was approximately 5-10 km/h. The journey of 200 km covered almost five days. We added this transportation to the top list due to the uniqueness of the idea: at that time there was no such equipment anywhere in the world, and the creativity of engineers and non-standard thinking together led to such an unusual solution.
As Alliance Logistics, we have extensive experience in the transportation of oversized cargo and provide reliable services in this field.
July 6, 2023
International Trade: Underwater Reefs
Transporting goods across borders involves global competition and multiple levels of requirements. Optimal solutions, staying up to date with strategies and rules, and using the latest technology are essential for international market success.
According to analysts and experts in this field, the most important points are the following:
Requirements and procedures in this area are constantly changing, and it is necessary to know about changes in international norms and rules firsthand in order to avoid delays in both production and sale of goods. Regular review of these rules will reduce their impact on exports to zero.
Don't forget that all documents must be in order, always! Echoing the previous principle, the paperwork required for global delivery can become an obstacle if you do not have up-to-date knowledge of international legal norms. Incorrect or incomplete documents tend to delay shipment and implementation, creating the risk of cancellation and damage to the company's reputation.
Using free trade zones while adhering to the standards and guidelines of international trade agreements, both in the production and distribution of goods, helps to achieve a regional advantage for your business.
In the international trade system, innovative technologies open up new opportunities, and this is an indisputable fact. Through the use of technology, some costs are reduced, which, in turn, stimulates the growth of commercial activity. Here we are talking about transport costs, logistics costs, costs for port services and customs clearance, for obtaining the necessary information, and transaction costs. A striking example is artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, which help reduce transportation costs.
Of course, the important point is not so much the choice of the market for offering products, as the adaptation to it. You will need to analyze it, make sure it fits your business, determine how easy it is to reach it and determine whether it is worth it.
International trade is a complex activity, so it is important for exporting companies to keep these best practices in mind as well as take advantage of reduced logistics costs to increase market share and succeed in new ones.
June 14, 2023
6 Essential Tips for Safely Transporting Fragile Goods
Proper packaging of goods, especially for fragile goods, is critical to successful delivery. Fragile goods come in many forms and require special equipment, handling, and handling conditions. These include glassware, laboratory equipment, musical equipment, jewelry, household items, china, valuable collectibles, or liquid goods. We present to your attention 6 essential tips for safely transporting this category of goods.
1. Packaging is selected according to the characteristics of the cargo. Filling voids in the tare with soft material helps secure the cargo during transport. This method helps reduce the impact of bumps and shocks.
2. When packing and loading fragile goods, regardless of the type of transport, consistency should be strictly followed: placing heavier loads lower reduces the risk of crushing or damaging smaller, more fragile goods.
3. Choosing the optimal type of transport that ensures timely and reliable delivery depends on the characteristics of the cargo.
4. Packing of personal items. No matter how big or small the items are, if they are fragile, they must be packed properly and efficiently. The use of materials such as bubble wrap, fabric, or cardboard will protect the goods, the cargo in the box will additionally be strapped, taped, etc. it is recommended to provide with
5. Marking of the parcel. The presence of clear labels such as "handle with care" or "fragile goods" is a reminder that this group of goods requires special handling.
6. Loading and unloading operations are carried out manually or using special equipment only by experienced workers.
However, even with the most careful organization of transportation, unexpected circumstances can arise that cause damage or loss of cargo. It is in such cases that there is a category of cargo insurance, which is especially important during the transportation of fragile goods. Insurance sums guarantee the client compensation for the value of the property.
May 26, 2023
Efficiency and Cost Savings: The Advantages of Multimodal Transportation
Shippers all over the world use multimodal transportation, and for many reasons, this system has many advantages.
What is multimodal transportation? This is a special type of freight transport, which involves the use of more than one mode of transport to deliver goods from the supplier to the buyer.
It is important to note that multimodal transportation involves changing only the method of shipment, without any changes in the handling of goods. For example, if goods are shipped in a specific container, the shipping method will change, but the container will remain the same.
Advantages of multimodal transportation
Multimodal transportation has a number of advantages that make this system one of the most commonly used in global logistics, namely:
- Reduced transport costs
- Better logistics management, combining the advantages of each mode of transport
- Using the same container reduces the time of loading, unloading, and handling of general cargo
- Fewer checks and inspections after sealing cargo units and containers
- Better item tracking
- Reduced risk of product loss due to theft or damage
- Reducing the cost of monitoring goods
- Reducing the time of cargo transportation
Multimodal transport services optimize air, sea, road, and rail transport from start to finish, and in an ever-evolving logistics environment, the network of partners is expanding. As Alliance Logistics, we specialize in multi-modal transport with the most cost-effective logistics solutions you may need, ensuring you achieve maximum efficiency while reducing costs and protecting the environment.