Rhenus Project Logistics, the specialist for complex project consignments, is currently handling the complicated shipment of about 25 large tanks and their equipment from Kitzingen to the Northern Irish Old Bushmills Distillery, which makes whisky and is being expanded. This work has been commissioned by GEA Brewery Systems. The lion’s share of approximately 4,000 freight tonnes has already arrived at the Northern Irish port of Londonderry and is now being gradually moved to the distillery’s building site 60 kilometres away.
Monday, 7 December 2020
The project was launched on 12 August when special trailers were loaded at the GEA factory in Kitzingen. This not only included the sensitive steel tanks, but also energy storage units, electrics, connecting elements and pipes for the goods being transported.
The freight was carefully loaded on board an inland waterway vessel at the port of Kitzingen and taken to the Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. A second project run followed about six weeks later. Rhenus Maritime Services, the charterer and shipper for short-sea traffic, organised the onward shipment to Londonderry by break bulk cargo vessel. Rhenus Project Logistics then took over the coordination work for the final delivery there.
“Not every logistics services provider can professionally handle special transport operations. The transport concept, the detailed preparation of the feasibility analysis and the extensive preparations were the key factors persuading us to select Rhenus Project Logistics. The handling work went extremely well, despite challenges like the corona pandemic,” says Andreas Holleber, Branch Manager at GEA Brewery Systems in Kitzingen, summarising the outcome.
It was not only necessary to handle the plant components sensitively – some of them weigh 22 tonnes, are 17.50 metres long and 5.15 metres high – and package them with great care, but also draw up coordinated transport plans. “Selecting a suitable port and handling the initial and final sections of the transport operations were particularly challenging. It was essential to plan and survey the route in great detail because of the height of some of the freight items and coordinate the closure of roads and brief interruptions to power supplies with the local authorities,” says Yvonne Nikolaus, Project Manager at Rhenus Project Logistics, explaining the concept. The final delivery of GEA equipment for the Old Bushmills Distillery is planned to take place in February 2021.
The Rhenus Group is a leading logistics service provider with global business operations and annual turnover of EUR 5.5 billion. Rhenus has business sites at 750 locations worldwide and employs 33,000 people. The Rhenus Group provides solutions for a wide variety of different sectors along the complete supply chain; they include multimodal transport operations, warehousing, customs clearance as well as innovative value-added services.
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