On November 25, 2016 the 8th Conference “Heavy Russia” took place in Moscow.
Within 8 years the Conference became the largest event in the branch, gaining recognition of business as a point of attraction of ideas and the venue for discussion of pressing issues. The Conference is the annual event and this year the Forum gathered over 300 delegates from 14 world countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland,Netherlands, and USA. This year the biggest foreign delegations were represented by Belarus – 9 companies (18 delegates), and Germany – 13 companies (8 delegates).
The event was sponsored by Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Instar Logistics, COMETTO and Port of Bronka.
The first day of the Conference, November 24, started with traditionally most burning topic of the state regulation of the field. First of all, this involves timing and procedure of OOG transportation permitting, issue of corruption in regulatory authorities, as well as new legislative initiatives. Unfortunately, officials of RosDorMonitoring and RosAvtoDor again did not presume to meet business representatives face-to-face, and the latter had to discuss it in their own circle.
Sergei Moskvin, Executive Director of Transit-M, summarized the accumulated problems in his speech. In his view, officials of the Ministry of Transport believe that project cargoes transported in Russia are absolutely useless, they move in a chaotic way, creating extra traffic intensity and relentlessly damaging the road bed. For the last few years, as he put it, oversize cargo permitting system has been characterized by pure obscurantism. It is getting more and more difficult to obtain these permits in a lawful way. Furthermore, the tariff for transporting heavy loads rose by 33 times!
Of particular interest to the audience was the speech made by Igor Zlobin, Deputy Head of Inland Water Transport Administration of RosMorRechFlot. Igor Nikolaevich told about instruction of the President of Russia to build two low-head water power installations by 2020. This is on Volga River, a little bit upstream of Nizhny Novgorod – Nizhny Novgorod low-head water power installation. And on Don River – Bagaevsky low-head water power installation. Both these installations will ensure the depth of 4 meters along the entire extension of deep water system of Russia’s European part, regardless of dryness of the year. This is a crucial point which will allow to eliminate the limiting area for the extension of almost 4000 kilometers.
Another important aspect reported by Igor Zlobin is the decision of the Government to sharply increase the funding of maintenance of inland waterways and hydraulic structures. Starting from 2017, financing is increasing by 30% from the existing value (as of now, the coverage is 50%). This will enable implementation of dredging activities at the most complicated sections of inland waterways of Russia.
Andrei Gulyayanovskiy, Department Head of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, expanded on various aspects of air freight of out-of-gauge cargoes. In the current year the company is particularly proud as it delivered the hydroturbinewater wheel for Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP to Magadan by An-124-100 aircraft. Total weight of the lot together with packing equipment and rigging came to 115 tons. The trestle with guiding rails was installed in order to load the 85-ton structure on board the aircraft. Upon moving the water wheel onto the trestle, the item was winched into Ruslan cargo hold and lashed. The loading was running on for almost 10 hours. Thanks to well-coordinated efforts of Volga-Dnepr technical team, all the works were completed on time.
Another example is transportation of high-speed Mongoose patrol boats. 2 trips were made to carry 4 boats for the Border Service of Russia to the Far East. The vessel is almost 20 meters long and 4.5 meters wide, each of the boats weighs 30 tons. In the speaker’s opinion, haulage of the boats across Russia would call for challenging approval and permitting procedures, therefore, opt for air freight is absolutely justified.
MiroslavRusskikh, Head of Sales Department of Feniks (operator and owner of the Port of Bronka), proposed to discuss possible development of port-centric logistics in Russia. For example, it implies possibility of arranging semi knocked down assembly and disassembly of relatively simple cargoes in the port. The easiest example is removing the wheels of mine trucks in the port. In terms of classic logistics, a port is a transhipment point only, but in its turn port-centric logistics offers a completely different range of services. The port-centric logistics is aimed at achieving higher economic efficiency, and consequently, its implementation shall result in reduction of shipping costs, resolving the issues of transport accessibility, optimization and improved efficiency of financial assets application, ensuring more accurate delivery dates and safety of cargoes during transhipment and storage. Turning to international experience, the most obvious example is allocation of Siemens wind power generatorworks directly in the Port of Cuxhaven, Germany. Or another example from Germany: one of the terminals in Hamburg Port also arranged additional services on transport package manufacturing, apart from traditional oversize transloading and storage. So, examples of port-centric logistics exist, it is developing but unfortunately only for bulky cargoes overseas.In its turn, the Port of Bronka is ready for development of this kind of logistics on its territory. By the way, 25 thousand tons of oversized and overweight cargoes were handled by the port in 2016.
We have established a good tradition to highlight the largest and most interesting projects of the outgoing year at the Conference. Just so, Konstantin Buzin, Head of Gazpromneft Transportation Division, spoke about delivery of outsized equipment for refurbishment of Omsk Refinery. Extensive refurbishment campaign is ongoing at the refinery and aimed at increasing refining efficiency and yield of light petroleum products.Unique equipment is delivered to the plant within this refurbishment. In total there were 3 shipping points – Volgograd, Izhora plant and Shanghai. River barges took the cargo from Volgograd to the Gulf of Finland, in Tallinn it was reloaded on sea vessels. The items from Izhora were consolidated in Tallinn in exactly the same way,all of them were taken to the roads of Novy Port by a single crane ship with consequent reloading on the river barges which then proceeded to temporary storage yard.The cargo from China was also delivered along the Northern Sea Route. It should be noted that the coke drums, manufactured by VolgogradNeftemash and record-setting in their weight-size parameters, were shipped from Volgograd (4 units weighing 636 tons each). Until now, no fabricator in Russia has produced coke drums of such considerable dimensions.
The topic was followed up by PyotrKlimetskiy, Head of Project Business Development, Agility. As ordered by Linde Engineering Company, it was required to arrange cargo transportation for Togliatti Azot. It took 2 years of elaborate preparations to implement the project. Heavy cargoes were shipped to Togliatti from the ports of Italy, Austria and India. Transportation took more than 3 months. The most challenging on this project were activities in the port of Togliatti where Agility carried out onshore unloading of heavy lift and its delivery to the final destination. Also the works on the industrial territory were an issue as the plant area is dotted with pipe racks and pipelines of all kinds.
At the Conference we not only discussed current projects in heavy lift transportation field, but also came back to past experience. In particular, Kirill Vlasov, General Director of STS logistics, reported on the exceptionally interesting project for Sredneuralskaya GRES. In 2008Panalpina failed to deliver the General Electric gas turbine unit for this GRES, leaving the cargo in the middle of the route.
The unit was transported from Spain, and the forwarding company managed to deliver the equipment to VerkhniyeChusovskiyeGorodki, which is near Perm, where it was unloaded on the river wharf. Then it was planned to haul the cargo but the project itself turned out to be very expensive. The total budget only of land phase of transportation was quoted at EUR 8 million, it included reinforcement of bridges, raising of overhead power lines and obtaining of all approvals. The Client did not confirm this budget as it had initially been many-fold less. Obtaining of permits was questionable as well. Panalpina left the project, failing to deliver the cargo to the destination point. For almost a year the unit (2 bulky items of equipment, gas turbine with a total weight of 320 tons and the 260-ton generator) had been in the open. A new tender was announced and STS Logistics managed to receive this project in relentless competition. Eventually, the cargo was loaded back onto the barge, delivered to Perm, reloaded on special railway transporters and taken to the final destination.
One of the most expected speeches became that by Igor Bryzgunov, Chairman of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry. It is not a secret that logistics for wind generation in EU is one of the growth drivers for the entire project transport industry. This business is also rather successfully developing in Ukraine, the neighboring country. But in Russia, where priorities are traditionally given to nuclear, thermal and hydropower industries development, the wind power is considered as a cold prospect. Domestic companies have almost no experience in transporting blades and nacelles, and they don’t have sufficient amount of special machinery to carry such loads. This gap has to be rapidly reduced as, according to the Association, 3.6 thousand Megawatt of wind farms will be constructed in Russia by 2024 and for this purpose it will be required to transport 4320 blade units (weighing from 25 to 60 tons) and 1440 tower units (the whole complex weighs from 200 to 350 tons).
The next presentation was devoted to unique transportation of reactor pressure vessel for the forth unit of Tianwan NPP (China). This project was highlighted by Dmitry Yarovoy, OMZ Group. Normally, transportation of such equipment from IzhorskiyeZavody workshops is meticulously elaborated, but in 2015 the logistic department of the plant faced a challenging task: a force majeure related to operating processes resulted in readiness for shipment of the pressure vessel only in December. Therefore, it brought about issues with closed navigation, difficulties of passing under the bridges of St. Petersburg and so on. Eventually, the oversize cargo was moved to the sea port across St. Petersburg. For the first time the cargo with such weight parameters was hauledstraight along the city.
AlekseiMamykin, Department Head of Instar Projects, shared experience of delivering equipment for Kandym Gas Processing Plant Project. Total volume of cargo that had to be transported was more than 70,000 ft, including heavy and critical abnormal load of 19,000 ft. The most complicated part of the route was the 1,500-kilometer long passage from the Port of Kuryk (Kazakhstan) to Kandym Gas Processing Plant in Uzbekistan.
The most critical cargo on this project was the main absorber – there were 2 units with a dead weight of 317 tons. All the activities with infrastructure were aimed at this very cargo. More than a thousand obstacles that had to be considered and overcome one way or another. This included 92 bridges, about 15% of which had to be reconstructed, and 16 railway crossings one of which was a real bottleneck on the territory of Kazakhstan. The company completed transportation of all OOG and heavy cargoes by the end of September and already received a recognition letter from the client – Hyundai Engineering.
AleksandrKrivosheev, DAKOTRANS General Director, made a speech about logistical support of hydraulic turbines export. The actuality of the speech is braced by the breakthrough made by Russia in this direction within the last few years.Just so, 3 units were delivered for the Turkish Kygy HPP, the turbine – for Raahe station (Finland) and 2 power units – for Syrdarya TPP in Uzbekistan. Russian equipment will be used for reconstruction of Plavinas HPP (Latvia). But the main direction of the “turbine breakthrough” became Latin America.
Russia is also the world’s leader in the number of power generation units for nuclear power plants constructed both in our country and abroad. AleksandrTorgashov, General Director of AET Trans, spoke about particular nature of delivering outsized and overweight equipment for the power generation units of Russia and Belarus. According to him, complexity of logistics is based on the fact that almost all the Russian power units are built on the operational sites. It means that they are the substituting facilities. The currently operational units are decommissioned and the sites for new units are almost in the same area with the power generation units which are already live. Aleksandr elaborated on the examples of equipment delivery for Rostov, Leningrad, Novovoronezh and Belarus NPPs.
Sergei Ovsienko, General Director of Beluga Projects Logistic, reported on another remarkable project. A rolling mill is under construction at the local metallurgical plant in Kamensk-Uralskiy. In less than a year, this plant will start manufacturing of aluminium sheets which have never been manufactured elsewhere in the world before. Within this project, Beluga Projects Logistic carried out a unique operation on moving and installation of aluminium hot rolling line in a narrow space of the plant’s workshop. Total weight of equipment that was to be shipped, carried and installed amounted to 4030 tons.
This day, rich in reports and discussions, finished with a friendly dinner to the accompaniment of saxophone. The Conference continued on November 25.
The second day of the Forum was divided into two parts. The first session was devoted to various relevant issues of dealing with unique cargoes. In particular, WijnandHerinckx, Director of Ahlers Moscow, dwelled upon operations between a forwarding agent and customs authorities. As an example, he mentioned the project of 2015, on which Ahlers organized delivery of oversized and heavy-weight equipment for the needs of TAIF-NK from Malaysia to Nizhnekamsk. The speech focused on such issues as: difficulties arising during customs clearance, classification solutions and approval of supporting documentation.
Representatives of AVIACON ZITOTRANS shared experience of transporting out-of-gauge equipment by IL-76 airplanes. The most prominent example is delivery of the 46-ton rotor shaft from Yekaterinburg to Pusan (Korea). The main difficulty was related to the weight of the cradle for this rotor, as 46 tons is the maximum safe load for the airplane of this type, and no other additional equipment can be carried on board. That is why none of the IL-76 operators except for AVIACON ZITOTRANS confirmed this load. Everybody believed that this cargo can be transported only by Ruslan aircraft which is basically the evident solution. But for the client this option would cost 1.5 times more. AVIACON ZITOTRANS found the way to fix this engineering task and successfully delivered the item to South Korea.
Of particular interest to the attendees was the speech made by Scientific and Research Institute of Salvage and Underwater Technologies “Naval Academy”. Anton Ageev, Head of Sunken Objects Lifting Department, spoke about unique lifting operation on raising the two-deck diesel-electric ship “Bulgaria” with the weight of 780 tons in Kuybyshev Reservoir.5 years ago the vessel sank at the depth of 20 meters, 112 people were declared dead. It was the first time in Russia when such a large ship was raised from such a depth of the river.
The second session was fully dedicated to the subject of key risks arising during project freight.
As is well known, any case of expensive cargo transportation always implies potential risk involving its loss, damage or destruction. Cargo owners face a dilemma: whether to shoulder these problems or shuffle them off to an insurance company. Oleg Glazkritskiy, Director of Industrial Insurance Brokers, told everybody about the way these issues are tackled in Russia.
AleksandrKomissarov, Manager of Center of Railway Technologies “Negabarit”, made the following speech: Particular Features and Advantages of Bulky Cargo Railway Carriage. He told how the feasibility study helps to mitigate the risks and reduce the time of delivery. In his presentation he noted a new trend – cargoes gradually return to the railway transport. In his opinion, given correct preparation and shipping arrangement, railway transport is often an optimal choice for heavy lift carriage.
The topic of preparation of oversize and heavy cargoes for haulage triggered a hot discussion. Anatoly Shmelev, Deputy Director of RusSurvey, reported that insufficient cargo securing is the cause of 70% of unsafe transportation. Besides, 40% of road traffic accidents involving a single vehicle are caused by loss of control over the vehicle due to shifting of a poorly secured cargo. Most of drivers are not familiar with theory and methods of cargo securing, just like most of forwarding companies.
The subject was followed up by Oleg Karpovich, CNIIMF Project Manager, who spoke about safety requirements during shipment of bulky and heavy-weight loads by water.
“Bottle of Champagne” reception completed the second day.
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Resume: The total volume of cargo that was to be transported is more than 70,000 ft, including overweight and critically abnormal load weighing 19,000 ft. The most complicated part of the route was the 1,500km long passage from the port of Kuryk in Kazakhstan to Kandymsk gas processing plant in Uzbekistan.
Resume: It took 2 years of elaborate preparations to organize transportation of loads for Togliatti Azot Project. Heavy cargoes were shipped to Togliatti from the ports of Italy, Austria and India. Transportation took more than 3 months. The most challenging on this project were activities in the port of Togliatti where Agility carried out onshore unloading of heavy lift and its delivery to the final destination.
Resume: Today Russia is the world’s leader in the number of power units constructed both in Russia and abroad. Specific aspects of delivery of bulky and heavy-weight equipment for Russian power units and Belarus. ROSATOM Group application of Unified industrial standard of procurement (UISP) to services of arrangement of oversize and heavy equipment transportation.
Russian Association of Wind Power Industry
Resume: The Russian wind power industry, namely 3 largest companies will have to design and build almost 700 Megawatt of wind farms in the next few years, and the next year this volume shall be almost doubled due to other participants. This is a serious engineering and organization task and even today the market players are facing a lot of problems…
HANSA HEAVY LIFT GmbH
Resume: This year HANSA HEAVY LIFT vessels participated in delivery of equipment for Omsk Refinery. The cargo with a total weight of 6 thousand tons travelled from St. Petersburg to the Gulf of Ob. Another important project of the Company implemented in the Russian North is delivery of equipment for Yamal LNG Project.
Resume: In 2008 one of the foreign forwarding companies failed to deliver the General Electric gas turbine plant for Sredneuralskaya GRES, leaving the cargo in the middle of the route. For almost a year the plant had been in the open, until new carrier was found – they proposed a new route and delivered the unit to GRES.
Resume: Extensive refurbishment program is ongoing at Omsk Refinery which is aimed at increasing refining efficiency and yield of light petroleum products. Unique equipment is delivered to the plant within this refurbishment. Just so, in early August the coke drums, manufactured by VolgogradNeftemash and record-setting in their weight-size parameters, were shipped to Omsk Refinery (4 units weighing 636 tons each). Until now, no fabricator in Russia has produced coke drums of such considerable dimensions.
Resume: In December 2015 Izhorskiye Zavody shipped the pressure vessel for the forth unit of Tianwan NPP (China). The outsized load was carried to the sea port of Saint Petersburg and sent to the client. For the first time the cargo with such weight parameters was hauled along the territory of the city.
Resume: For the last few years Russia has made a breakthrough in export of hydraulic turbines. Just so, 3 units were delivered for the Turkish Kygy HPP, the turbine – for Raahe plant (Finland) and 2 power units – for Syrdarya TPP in Uzbekistan. Russian equipment will be used for reconstruction of Plavinas HPP (Latvia). But the main direction of the turbine breakthrough became Latin America…
Beluga Projects Logistic
Resume: A new rolling mill is under construction at the iron and steel plant in Kamensk-Uralsky. In less than a year the aluminum sheets will start to be manufactured at this plant – such sheets have never before been manufactured by anyone in the world. The total weight of equipment to be shipped, carried and installed made 4030 tons.
Scientific and Research Institute of Salvage and Underwater Technologies “Naval Academy”
Resume: The speech highlights unique lifting operation to raise the two-deck motor vessel “Bulgaria” with the weight of 780 tons in Kuybyshev Reservoir. 5 years ago the vessel sank at the depth of 20 meters, 112 people declared dead. It was the first time in Russia when such a large ship was raised from such a depth of the river.
Resume: At the end of 2015 Ahlers arranged delivery of oversized and heavy-weight equipment for the needs of TAIF-NK from Romania to Nizhnekamsk. The speech will focus on such issues as: difficulties arising during customs clearance, classification solutions, approval of supporting documentation.
UTair – Helicopter services
AVIACON ZITOTRANS Airlines
Industrial Insurance Brokers
Resume: Any case of expensive cargo transportation always implies potential risk involving its loss, damage or destruction. Cargo owners face a dilemma: whether to shoulder these problems or shuffle them off to an insurance company. How is this issue solved in Russia?
Center of Railway Technologies Negabarit
Resume: Particular features and advantages of bulky cargo railway carriage. How does FEED help mitigate the risks and reduce delivery timeframes. Trends of the last year – the cargoes gradually return to railway transport. Conclusion: proper preparation and arrangement of carriage often make railway transport the optimal choice for bulky cargo transportation
Resume: Practice shows that the reason for 70% of unsafe cargo transportation is insufficient fastening of cargoes. Furthermore, 40% of road traffic accidents with a single vehicle are caused by loss of control over the vehicle due to shifting of poorly secured cargo. The majority of drivers are not aware of theory and methods of cargo fastening, just like most of the forwarding companies.
VESTA Logistics Company
Resume: The speech highlights analysis of current regulatory documents applicable during sea and river transportation of bulky items. The focus is on amendments in legislation in 2016 and 2017. The examples of improper execution of developed projects are given.
Federal Road Agency
Federal Public Institution “Rosdormonitoring”
ERIELL GmbH (Uzbekistan)
Ronesans Endustri Tesisleri Insaat Sanayive Ticaret A.S.,Turkmenistan branch
Amur Gas and Chemical Complex (PJSC “SIBUR”)
John Deer Rus
Renaissance Heavy Industries
Sibirskaya Ugolnaya Energeticheskaya Kompaniya (SUEK)
Baltic Forwarding Company
BATI SHIPPING AND TRADING SA
Beluga Projects Logistic
Mikhailova Milana, Executive Director
DHL Global Forwarding
Easmar Logistics Oy (Finland)
East West Agency
GAC Shipping&Logistics Ltd
Gold Star Consulting Oy (Finland)
Global Expedition Service
Highland Project Logistics Inc (USA)
ICT Logistics A/S (Latvia)
Keen Mark Group
Logistics Company “Vesta”
Magdenli NakliyatA.S. (Turkey)
Marina Transport Inter-Cargo
Martrade Logistics (Ãåðìàíèÿ)
Multimodal Container Service
Negabarit – Yug
Pfaff Logistik RUS
RosTransLogistic – L
Schenker Deutschland AG (Germany)
Silvasti Heavy Oy (Finland)
SLK KUKBO Co. (South Korea)
SP «Raizing» (Belarus)
Tork Industrial Logistics Solutions (Turkey)
Trans – Group SPb
Transkonsult Group (Belarus)
Kochurko Yuriy, Head of Import Logistics Department
Krac Viktor, Director of Logistic Department
Trenze logistics (Lithuania)
Turksib Magistral (Uzbekistan)
Universal Transport St. Petersburg
Universal Transport Vostok GmbH (Germany)
Volga – Don Transservice
PUL Trans (JCS «Port Ust-Luga Transport Company»)
Air Company Volga-Dnepr
Air Charter Service
Air Company “Aviakon Zitotrans”
Air Company “Air Bridge Cargo”
Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers Inc
Ark Shipping Company
BigLift Shipping (The Netherlands)
Briese Chartering GmbH & Co.KG (Germany)
B.S.B.S. / Dawson Group Limited
Hansa Heavylift GmbH (Germany)
Kaalbye Shipping International Ltd, BVI
NEPTUMAR (agent of CHIPOLBROK shipping company in Russia)
North River Shipping Company
North – Western Shipping Company
Northern Shipping Company
Morvenna Shipping Company
Shipmar Co. LTD
Shipping Agency «River-Sea»
Commercial Sea Port Ust-Luga
Kama Terminal «Vostok»
Paldiski Sadamate AS (Estonia)
Saint Peter’s Terminal
Salekhard River Port
Digital Marine Technology (Ukraine)
Marine Cargo Bureau
Research Institute of Rescue and Underwater Technologies Military Educational and Scientific Center of the Navy «Naval Academy»
Trans Engineering Company
Industrial Insurance Brokers
Insurance Company «Spasskie Vorota»
Insurance Broker «Paditrans»
Insurance House VSK
100 TONN Service
Heavy Lift Company “Tyani – Tolkay”
Russian Association of Wind Industry
ENERPAC IS (Holland)
ENERPAC IS (The Netherlands)
NooteboomTrailersB.V. (The Netherlands)
Industrial Special Techniques (InSpecTekhnika)
Industrie Cometto S.p.A.
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