April 2019 – Bolloré Logistics Singapore undertook a time-critical air charter operation at the request of a client from the Oil &Gas Sector, to aid them in the replacement of damaged equipment. The team was tasked to transport subsea wellhead conductors from a fabrication plant in Batam (Indonesia) to Luanda (Angola).
View this video to learn more about the operation.
The operation involved the transportation of two High and Low Pressure Conductors (HPC / LPC), and 15 crates of parts which were to be loaded onto an Antonov-124 (AN-124) cargo plane of Volga-Dnepr Airlines. The plane was scheduled to take off on the same day and reach Angola by three days of flight.
To work around a short lead time, Bolloré Logistics Singapore mobilized a team of specialists to Batam Island. While the wellhead conductors were being fabricated and packed, the team worked concurrently in readying the ground transport to receive the equipment. To circumvent any possible delay due to unfavorable road situation, the equipment was loaded and transported to the airport at dawn, prior to the schedule arrival time of the plane, under the supervision of Bolloré Logistics field operation manager.
The next challenge was to ensure seamless coordination between the involved parties to transfer the wellhead conductors to the plane under the extreme time constraint while adhering to safety practices. The transfer of the two HPCs, measuring 15 meters long with asymmetric weight distribution (off center COG1), proved to be extremely tricky and had to be executed with great caution and precision.
Despite the short lead time, preparation was well thought out before the load-out time. Once the plans were fixed and agreed upon, the entire operation went extremely smoothly and the subsea equipment was transported without delay on budget and no Lost Time Injury (LTI).
“Smooth communication and coordination between the customer and his appointed marine warranty surveyor, the AN 124 operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Bolloré Logistics Singapore, along with Bolloré Logistics Angola, allowed a seamless execution of this operation in spite of the time constraint,” said Elaine Yee, Senior Customer Service Manager – Oil & Gas Division – at Bolloré Logistics Singapore.
Bruce Boudailler, Regional Director Oil & Gas at Bolloré Logistics Asia-Pacific shared his satisfaction after this successful operation: “I am delighted to see the professionalism shown by our Oil and Gas Team from such a challenging operation with numerous constraints and uncertainties. In the face of such pressure, the team remained calm and collaborated effectively with the involved parties to ensure a smooth operation.” He added.” We take pride in knowing our customers are satisfied with the quality service we provide.”
1 COG: Center of Gravity