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Meeting Delivery Deadlines by Overcoming Multiple Challenges
Moving oversized cargo from point A to point B is no easy task, especially when the shipments are transported through multiple challenges that included civil unrest, road strikes, insubstantial roads and bridges, and holiday schedule delays.
Agility did just that for YPFB, a state-owned energy company in Bolivia. Agility moved two large break-bulk shipments containing compressor... sets and ancillary products from the U.S. to Yacuiba in the deep south of Bolivia via Chile. Read more
The first shipment comprised of 94 pallets and crates weighing 282 metric tons with 1,402 cubic meters of volume equivalent to about 35 forty-foot containers, which required 14 hard-to- find suspension trucks equipped to handle large loads. The second shipment was half the size and weight of the first.
Along the way, civil unrest and road strikes delayed the trucks as they were constantly blocked and stopped from entering the port. That led to the expiry of road permits and renewals were slowed by the Christmas holiday. To make up for the delay, Agility pre-alerted customs agents by transmitting the required documentation ahead to smooth the way for cross-border clearance from Chile into Bolivia. Detours were also taken through fields when bridges and small village roads proved too fragile for the massive loads.
Agility’s expertise and experience in operating under challenging conditions enabled it to meet delivery deadlines by using alternative, innovative solutions while keeping the consignments safe and damage-free. Read Less
Moving the Aircraft that Moved the NASA Space Shuttles
Agility Project Logistics planned and managed the complex move of a retired Boeing 747 aircraft used by NASA to ferry space shuttle orbiters from landing sites back to their launch site in the United States. Agility selected the transport vendor, rigging company, and mobile crane provider and analyzed roads to enable the 1,000-foot-long convoy to move nearly eight miles over a two-night period. Read more
The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) was moved from Ellington Airport in Houston to Space Center Houston, where it will be mounted in the ferry configuration with a replica of the space shuttle Independence as part of a permanent exhibit expected to open to the public in 2015. Agility oversaw the transportation of 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts, the largest of which was the fuselage measuring 25 feet wide and 35 feet tall. The project required the use of seven different trailers moving along a pre-selected road that had been temporarily blocked off. Street lamps, traffic lights, and utility and power lines were moved or lifted out of the convoy’s path.
The convoy reached its final destination successfully and the aircraft is being reassembled at Space Center Houston. Read Less
Managing the Supply Base for Australia’s Biggest-Ever Single Resource Project
The global energy consortium behind one of the world’s largest natural gas projects uses Agility to manage on-shore supply operations, warehousing, long-term storage, staging, quarantine, stevedoring, marine loading and domestic transport. The project is enormous: every month, Agility moves 4,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs). Read more
At the height of the project, Agility employed more than 400 people directly on the project and had deployed 70 trucks and more than 250 committed trailers, which traveled more than a combined 17.3 million kilometers (equal to 415 trips around the world).
Agility was named top-performing health-and-safety contractor, an especially important distinction given that the offshore site is also a “Grade 1” environmental heritage site, subject to strict regulations in terms of how freight is moved to and from the project. Every employee working on the project undertakes training on environment and safety, and each container, flatrack and trailer that goes to the island is pressure washed and fumigated, while many items of freight are shrink-wrapped to prevent the introduction of non-indigenous plant and animal species. Read Less
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