For the construction of a new power plant at a major oil field in Iraq, the Trans Global Projects Group was asked to move over 48,000 mt of cargo from Europe, the United Arab Emirates and China to Umm Qasr Port in Iraq.
For our client’s cargo to be successfully delivered, multiple charters needed to be organised and complex and restrictive documentary requirements had to be fulfilled. All under the pressure of a tight schedule.
At TGP, we’re no stranger to moving large shipments across borders, managing demanding paperwork or meeting strict deadlines, but in preparing for this project, we were confronted with an additional, challenging factor: the job site was not going to be ready for the arrival of the shipments. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the cargo needed to be transported away from its various points of origin.
We needed to develop a creative solution. And quickly.
To minimise time lost and slash costs, our operations team kicked into high gear, consolidating a large bulk of the cargo and moving it to a storage facility in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. This storage facility not only offered excellent onward connections to the project’s final destination in Iraq, but also suitable, secure storage options for the cargo, which included sensitive and hazardous items.
Initially, we filled three warehouses but later added additional warehouse space to accommodate our client’s request to store more cargo at the facility.
While the cargo was in storage, we made sure no time was wasted. We established a specialist document team in our Dubai office to prepare paperwork in accordance with the strict requirements of the beneficial cargo owner (BCO) in Iraq. The document team cut no corners, and all invoices and packing lists were thoroughly checked to ensure everything was correct before originals were sent to the BCO for Iraqi levy exemption approval.
By storing the cargo at Jebel Ali and assembling an expert team to complete the required documentation, we were able to reduce downtime significantly. Once the job site was ready, we sent seven charters to Umm Qasr, without any disruption or complications. Now, the oil field is benefiting from a huge boost in its energy capacity – thanks to our teams’ agile problem solving and outstanding industry know-how.