IFLN News 2020
Broekman Logistics and Al-Bader Handle Tricky Air and Sea Shipments
Al-Bader Shipping & General Contracting (ABSC) recently helped Netherlands-based Broekman Logistics – both members of the IFLN Network and the IFLN Global Projects network – with the movement of an ultrasonic measuring device and associated pipeline inspection gear to Kuwait. This job was the latest example of years of co-operation between the two forwarders.
The customer was a regular client of Broekman, informs Rombout van Schie, manager operations at the Rotterdam-headquartered forwarder, involved in the provision of various types of oil and gas pipeline inspection equipment.
The cargo included an ultrasonic measuring device consisting of a two-piece traction unit and 20km of cable on mechanical winches that was carried in 20-foot shipper owned containers (SOCs) from the Netherlands to Kuwait by sea.
Another 20-foot SOC that contained a cable drum and other pipeline inspection items had been flown from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Port Harcourt in Nigeria in October 2018, and was then flown as part of this latest job flown from Port Harcourt to Kuwait by way of Liege and Luxembourg airports.
The two cargo agents oversaw the movement of these sea and air consignment in November last year, the sea cargo moving from Rotterdam in the Netherlands via the port of Shuwaikh in Kuwait and the air consignment flying from Amsterdam to Kuwait International Airport.
ABSC scope of work for this shipment included the co-ordination of various ministry approvals for the Customs clearance along with transportation from port to site in Kuwait, explains Salom Abraham, network relation & marketing executive in its Business & Projects Division .
“Our tailor-made solution for this customer involved multimodal transportation and ensured that all work was successfully completed and that the cargo was delivered to the Shuaiba Industrial Area [in Kuwait] according to schedule.”
ASBC is both very professional and adept at continuing communication with its partners, says van Schie, observing: “It was a challenging project, particularly as air freight options from Port Harcourt to Kuwait are very limited, and the spreading of the cargo was not easy. Moreover, the winch container was heavier on one side than the other and became stuck on the high loader.
Nevertheless, the movements were carried out more than successfully and, says Abraham, positive feedback confirmed that the customer was happy with the job undertaken by the two cargo agents.
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