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Two fat chunks of steel

With the best logistical concept and the fastest transit time, Conceptum Logistics won the order to move cylinder parts with weights up to 99.4 tons from Linz, Austria to St. Petersburg in Russia for our customer Power Machines.
All cargo was trucked from Linz to Lübeck, Germany and loaded onto Ro/Ro ferry to be shipped on to St. Petersburg. At St. Petersburg port, the cargo was loaded onto truck again for the last mile to its final destination.
After detailed route planning, structural engineering calculations for diverse bridges had to be made in order to receive the required permits for this heavy haul road transportation.
For the transshipment in Lübeck, special cranes had to be organized and a project expert from Conceptum Logistics Hamburg personally attended the loading operation.


A water to water operation to Canada

It looks solid, it´s made of concrete, it’s heavy and it has to be handled with kid gloves.

Conceptum Logistics moved another shipment of breakwater pontoons - this time from Croatia to Canada.

This special cargo requires very special handling and loading as although looking robust, it can form cracks if not handled correctly and according to instructions. The lifting angles needed to be precise, the tolerance for deviation was only 10 degrees and they were to be lifted with an eight point lifting scheme.

The units were lifted directly from water by ships gear onto the vessel’s top deck. As the pontoons were stored in water, they absorbed significant amounts of water, which increased the weight to be lifted.

Additionally the suction effect added weight as drag. So the weight of the heaviest piece was raised from originally 99,770 tons to a lifting weight of 130 tons.

Knowing the cargo, all went fine and the vessel including cargo arrived safe and sound at destination where everything was discharged directly into water and towed by tugs to its final destination for installation.


First ever 120 tons cargo by barge to Puerto Triunfo, Colombia!

After comprehensive feasibility studies, route surveys and pre-project meetings, we looked forward to a smooth execution of this great project – cement plant equipment from worldwide origins to Antioquia.

All cargo should be moved by truck according to local Colombian regulations.
However, just one month before the heaviest item arrived, Colombian authorities set a new restriction for truck transportation and the maximum weight per truck including load was restricted to 120 tons.

As the weight of the expected cargo was up to 120 tons excluding the truck weight, Plan B had to be set into action immediately – a multimodal operation with barge and truck transportation.

With this new transportation mix, several further points had to be considered and arranged:

Cargo had to be moved to a Free Trade Zone and a DTA (Customs Transit Declaration) was required.

As per Colombian regulations, this allows a time frame of 15 days from origin to final destination. Therefore several meetings with local authorities were made to find the best possible option.

Water level and sailing channel restrictions of the Magdalena River reduced the barge transportation opportunities in the wet season. This meant that we had to wait before the operation could be kicked off.

Due to a lack of adequate terminal infrastructure at Puerto Triunfo, a temporary jetty for a smooth beach landing had to be built.

When the cargo arrived in Cartagena it was stored in a Free Trade Zone close to the port and according to plan. As soon as the water level of the river was suitable for barging, it was trucked to the port and loaded in a roll-on operation.

After everything was lashed and secured, the barge started its journey to Puerto Triunfo.

Due to the challenging river conditions, Conceptum Logistics and its partners were the very first ones to move such heavy haul cargo to this area ever!

The final steps before arrival were a successfully executed roll-off beach landing operation, a temporary storage of the cargo and then truck transportation to the jobsite.

Of course, Conceptum Colombia’s project expert personally supervised the complete project from start to successful completion.

Again, expert know-how in the execution of complex projects and remote destinations were the key to a successful performance.

Conceptum Logistics on a special mission

Taking its social responsibility seriously, Conceptum Logistics sponsored the transportation for a very special freight - joy for a good cause.

Thanks to an article in The Times, The Sunday Times and the help from the non-governmental organisation “Sistema England”, a great number of musical instruments were donated for a good cause.

All these instruments were collected for children in Greek refugee camps and “El Sistema Greece”, who care for these children with educational programmes to develop language skills, learn music, understand others, work in teams and a lot more.

The donations were that extensive; that a complete temperature controlled truck was required for transportation. Conceptum Logistics sponsored this truck and transportation, so the nearly 300 instruments - from transverse flutes over approximately 50 violins up to two pianos - could be moved from London to the young future musicians in Athens.

The valuable freight arrived safely to bring some joy and good wishes to the children.


Straddle Carrier shipment to Abu Dhabi completed

Conceptum Logistics completed a straddle carrier shipment with measurements up to 11.03 x 4.90 x 11 meters ex Poland to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The straddle carriers were shipped in unpacked condition, except for the spreaders, which were wrapped in tarpaulin.

After the partly chartered multi-purpose vessel arrived, the oversized cargo was lifted on board by a mobile shore crane.

It was safely stowed on hatch covers and adequately secured with steel stoppers and lashing chains. The spreader beams were lowered down and secured with ratchet tightened belts and lashing chains.

The complete loading operation was executed within one day and was supervised of Conceptum Finland’s long-time crane specialist.

All sea fastening was performed to the satisfaction of the attending surveyor and ship’s captain, found to be sufficient for the planned carriage and complied with safety requirements up to IMO’s “Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing”.

The vessel could set sail for its final destination in U.A.E. and all cargo arrived safely.

Conceptum's Newsletter July/August 2018!

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Concrete floating pontoons & the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018

Hercules Port, the only deep-water port in Monaco and home of up to 700 vessels seems a great place for an unloading operation – clear blue water, perfect weather and a beautiful view.

However, when the vessel and it´s concrete cargo, which started the journey in Croatia, arrived in Monaco, it wasn´t allowed to be unloaded at once.

Due to the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018, there were strict rules set by the Monaco Port Authority that no industrial vessel shall spoil the view during the world cup race.

Therefore, the vessel, which arrived the very day before the race, had to wait at anchorage outside of Monaco bay before the 763.20 cbm of concrete floating pontoons were discharged into water and towed to the pier.


And another autoclave shipped by truck, barge and seagoing vessel

Conceptum Logistics Germany moved another autoclave from Germany to China.

The autoclave with piece weights up to 140 tons was picked up at the factory by special trucks.

Via overnight transportation and with special permits it was moved to the inland water channel loading quay to be lifted onto barge.

At arrival of the cargo, the crane was already positioned and a loading expert from Conceptum Logistics Hamburg was waiting to coordinate and supervise the loading operation.

All went fine and the valuable freight could be barged to Antwerp for another direct loading operation - this time from barge to seagoing vessel, which was already waiting.

The cargo was safely stowed and lashed with next stop Port of Shanghai.

Conceptum's Newsletter May/June 2018!

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Moving a crawler crane to Kazakhstan

With a long tradition in crane logistics solutions, Conceptum Logistics moved a dismantled 5,276.50 cbm crawler crane from Belgium via Estonia to Kazakhstan.

The complete shipment contained break-bulk with dimensions up to 13 x 3.50 x 3.20 m and weights up to 50.3 tons.

All parts were shipped by fully chartered vessel from Antwerp to Paldiski, break-bulk plus 21 Shipper’s Own Containers.

For a safe and smooth cargo flow, all loading and un-loading operations have been personally supervised – from vessel loading in Antwerp, via vessel un-loading and waggon loading in Paldiski during heavy snow. The cargo was always in safe hands.

For the on-carriage ex Paldiski to Atyrau in Kazakhstan by rail, special permits for oversized cargo had to be arranged in time and a detailed loading scheme had to be submitted to the Russian Railway.

Such schemes are carefully checked in Russia before being accepted. However all was compliant and loading could be executed without any delays.

The crawler crane arrived safe and sound.


Transport for the largest grain neutral distillery in South East Asia

Conceptum Logistics received the order to ship 2,517 cbm of rectification columns and reboilers from Italy to South East Asia`s largest grain neutral distillery in Australia, located at Nowra, NSW.

With dimensions up to 42.00 x 3.188 x 3.363 m the cargo was too large to be transported inland to a mainstream Italian port to East Coast Australia at an economical cost for our customer.

Therefore a part charter from the small Italian port, Vado Ligure, was arranged. All cargo required below deck stow as well as dual crane lift operation for loading and un-loading.

After safe arrival in Australia, the vessel berthed at Port Kembla outer harbour, however due to unfavourable swell it was determined that the vessel should shift to the inner harbour which is more protected.

A collective decision was taken that it was too dangerous to attempt unload, swinging of cargo etc. at the outer harbour. So, all cargo was safely un-loaded on pins mounted on the special extendable trailers under personal supervision of Conceptum’s Australian colleagues who attended the complete operation – order successfully completed.


From mine pit to mine pit

In a well-practised cooperation with Conceptum Logistics USA, Conceptum Australia moved a High Wall Coal Mining System from a mine pit in the USA to a mine pit in Australia.

At first appearance and with a total volume of 1,805 cbm it might look like a considerably small project, however it was large in complexity.

The cargo had to be dismantled, cleaned and collected at a remote and fully operating open mine pit within a set and tight time frame, prior to snow setting in.

To identify all obstacles, challenges and to develop the best possible solutions to it, site and route surveys were made as well as pre operation meetings with cargo owners, mine and crane operators prior to dismantling.

In accordance with the dismantling stage of the units and after the cargo was cleaned and washed, Conceptum Logistics USA personally coordinated and supervised the loading operation at site in compliance with the load plan.

Altogether two super loads, incl. single weights up to 114 tons and volumes up to 26.52 x 4.27 x 2.29 m, plus 18 trucks were moved overland for the 1,500 miles journey to Houston.

At the port of Houston, where all cargo was consolidated, further cargo cleaning was arranged to comply with Australia’s strict Bio-Security requirements.

On arrival at the Port of Mackay/Australia, the components were delivered to four fabrication shops within the Mackay region for partial assembly and commissioning before being moved to its final destination, a mine pit in Queensland.

This project is another great piece of teamwork between our customers, partners, Conceptum Logistics USA and Australia.


Moving a 25,000 cbm Cement Plant to Antioquia

Since the foundation of the Conceptum Logistics Group, Colombia belongs to our core markets of activity.

With our own local network, Conceptum Logistics Colombia focuses on the execution of major projects and break bulk shipments to the remotest locations.

This time a 25,000 cbm Cement Plant was delivered to Antioquia.

To meet the sophisticated requirements of our customer and to prepare the most suitable logistical concept, it took detailed planning, consultation and communication with all parties.

In the first stage of the project, a route survey was conducted by Conceptum Logistics Colombia. After all obstacles and road restrictions were identified, our customer had the opportunity to modify some of the cargo, which led to cost and time reductions.

Further cost reductions were achieved by avoiding crane hire and lifting operations where possible. For example by using beams for a 120 tonne Gear box and Gear unit instead of a crane.

Due to further oversize & heavy cargo, some items were not suitable for standard transportation by truck. These items had to be moved to destination by multimodal operation via modular trailers, barges and including intermediate storage. To move cargo exceeding 4.80 mts in width or height by truck, special authorizations and permits had to be organised.

Based on the Colombian customs restrictions of a maximum of 15 days, the time frame to transport big lots from port to the final Free Trade Zone was tight. However, with Conceptum’s local experts, all went smoothly and cargo was delivered safe and sound to its final destination.

Conceptum's Newsletter March/April 2018!

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Pyeongchang 2018

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Pyeongchang is right around the corner and Conceptum Logistics is already at the finish line. Click here to read more.

Conceptum's Newsletter 01/02 2018!

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Dismantling and relocating an Oxygen Plant

Conceptum Logistics India relocated a complete oxygen plant from Dolvi to Thane (Maharashtra) India.

The project contained dismantling, packing, stuffing and rigging, transportation in/on containers, trucks and trailers as well as unloading and stacking at destination.

To protect the used and sensitive equipment, such as compressors, absorbers, coolers, transformers, a cold box, etc., specially selected and skilled teams for project management, administration, transportation, mechanical dismantling,
electrical dismantling, packing and rigging were appointed. Conceptum India`s own transport engineer supervised the complete process.

The biggest piece to be handled was a 104 ton cold box measuring 30 x 4 x 4 metres.

A 650 ton hydraulic crane was used for lifting and a 450 ton crane to tilt it horizontally by tandem operation.

Conceptum's Newsletter 11/12 2017!

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Conceptum Logistics presents a 67,070.00 frts double feature,

starring two ship loaders and tripper cars with volumes up to 26 x 55 x 32 m being shipped from China to Guinea and Guinea to Belgium.

Under Conceptum China's and Germany's personal supervision the first of the two ship loaders was loaded in Nantong, China.

Due to the overhang of its boom, it couldn't be pre-positioned on the quay before vessel arrival.

After being moved to the quay on two 16 axle SPMT’s, the 550 ton piece was lifted on board with the vessel's own lifting gear and two 24 mtrs lifting beams, which were placed under the ship loader.

The ship loader was set directly onto pre-installed rails on the tween deck and due to its size, parts of the weather decks had to be removed. After extensive lashing and securing, the vessel set sail for its 11,007 nautical miles journey to Guinea.

For utmost cargo protection, the vessel was equipped with a weather routing system, giving daily weather, wave and current info, plus an approx. one week forecast to avoid bad weather. When a storm came up east of Madagascar, it could be avoided by taking the western route along Madagascar.

So, the vessel and cargo arrived safely at the port of Kamsar, where our Conceptum team was already waiting.

For a safe lifting operation against sea, wind, swell and sudden vessel movements, anchor points were set on the quay in the centre line between the bogies. When the ship loader was above the rails, chain blocks, connected to the ship loader with long lifting belts, were connected to these anchor points - a protection against vessel movements.

With all this care, attention and preparation, the un-loading and installation of the new ship loader and tripper car ran smoothly. The first part of this great project was successfully executed.

Now, the old ship loader was next in line and had to be loaded on board.

Even though the ship loader has been weighted prior lifting, due to its age of over 40 years, special rigging cylinders were used. These cylinders are able to flexibly adjust the length of the lifting gear by shortening or extending to the required length.

With this specific loading method, the ship loader was placed safely on to the rails, which were installed on pillars in the tween deck. Lashed and secured it was shipped to Ghent in Belgium, approx. 2,946 nautical miles away.

Again, the Conceptum team was already at site in Ghent, waiting for vessel and cargo to arrive, supervising and taking care of the final un-loading operation of this amazing project.

Thanks to the excellent teamwork of all participating parties, all went smoothly and trouble free.


Conceptum Logistics moves another big one for the Mining Industry

The first of two Stacker Reclaimers with a single volume of 36,761 cbm, loaded in
China, bound for Mackay, Queensland for final delivery to site via tug & barge and heavy haulage delivery.

1,500 km across India

Conceptum Logistics India moved heavy lift and oog equipment for the Oil & Gas industry from Chennai to Gujarat - a trip from India's East- to Westcoast.


Conceptum Logistics continues to deliver cargo for a Vietnamese power plant

A complete Air Heating System has been collected from Korean origin with 62 trailers of different types, such as low-bed, slide-trailers and flat beds.

In just 3 days we moved almost 4,000 frtons within Korea into the loadport, another 8 days later the cargo was safely discharged onto barges at HCM.


3 heater modules on 9 flat racks

Conceptum Logistics shipped a double pipe quench cooler as bb shipment on a FCL vessel from Germany to China. Due to dims up to 20.6 x 1.66 x 1.49 m, nine flat racks were needed for safe ocean transportation.

Due to a tight time frame, all permits for inland transportation had to be arranged within 9 working days.

All went fine and cargo arrived safe and sound.

33 meters in one piece

After personal site inspection, route survey, personal un-loading supervision, customs clearance, special road permits and traffic management, Conceptum Logistics India moved a 33 meter long cold box with 70 ts from Mundra to Alang Gujarat.

Due to cargo length the road transportation from Mundra to Gujarat had to be planned carefully. Signs had to be removed, power shut downs organised, trees to be trimmed and special permissions to be organised.

Everything went well and cargo arrived safely.

Unloading supervision in a refrigerator

After delivering approx. 9,000 frts of steel structures for the Mining Industry to Murmansk, our colleague from CL Hamburg supervised the un-loading process at max. 24 degrees below and with just 2 hours of daylight per day. A really cool job!


The perfect place for a personal loading supervision!

To supervise the loading operations for 2,075.532 cbm of highly sensitive and oversized steel structures on two chartered vessels, our colleagues from CL Hamburg went to the beautiful fjords of Molde/Vestnes in Norway - what a beautiful view!


It was damn cold, stormy and icy

These were the conditions Conceptum’s specialist for crane loading operations found at the port of loading in Poland.

With experience, the required sensitivity and timing 2,485 cbm of crane parts with dims up to 24.9 x 1.25 x 1.98m have been loaded safely on board.


Four stackers and bucket wheel reclaimers have been successfully delivered to Morocco

After route survey, site inspection, kick-off meetings with all parties at site and port of destination 9,000 frts of steel structures for a stacker reclaimer plus 100 containers of parts  have been delivered with personal un-loading supervision.


If there is no tug boat available, one has to use what is available

This time Conceptum Logistics Helsinki delivered +1,000 cbm of Heavy Duty Pontoons with 25 ts each, by part charter to Krabi, Thailand. Long tail boats arranged a safe and sound delivery to the final destination.


The Conceptum Logistics teams from all over the world would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and successful 2018! [read more]
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A mobile crushing plant by road, sea and rail to Kazakhstan [read more]

Just in time before Brazilian highways were closed [read more]
42 truckloads, police escorts, tandem lifting and a tight time schedule [read more]
Concrete breakwater pontoons from Finland to the USA [read more]
Almost 6,000 cbm challenging road transport within inner Peru [read more]
A mobile crushing plant by part-charter and conventional liner service [read more]
Conceptum Logistics Finland moves cable reels by fully chartered coaster to Denmark [read more]
A 42.6 tons heat exchanger from Germany to Mexico [read more]
Tons of rain, mud, weak soil and heavy lifts of 128 tons – a beach landing operation in the Peruvian Jungle [read more]
Too large and heavy for Alabama roads - a 36 m long Absorber and Main Reactor to Eastaboga, AL [read more]
Conceptum Logistics handles the first cargo to arrive at the Port of Halifax Richmond Multipurpose Terminal [read more]
Another shipment for the Mining Industry [read more]
11,000 cbm for one of the most famous global players in the Mining Industry [read more]
1.992 frts of wind energy equipment from Germany to the UK [read more]
How to move 2 x 50 ts generators up to the mountains of Costa Rica [read more]
A triple crane operation for a heavy weight in Taiwan [read more]
Deer Lake Project Canada - 16 pipes per day [read more]
A ship loader from Turkey to the Ukraine [read more]
Power Station Project [read more]
Tunnel drilling machine from China to Singapore [read more]
Highly valuable and oversized woodwork for a highly prestigious project in Dharan / Saudi Arabia [read more]
250 tons on a 360’ trailer [read more]
Super load on the road [read more]
39,000 frt are on it's way [read more]
A ship loading system from Spain and Vietnam to Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, Japan [read more]
Another piece of extraordinary freight for the Conceptum Group [read more]
Adventure in Colombia [read more]