deugro delivered 17,487 freight tons (FRT) of steel pipes in six part charters from Masan, South Korea to Batam, Indonesia. The pipes were needed for the production of 15 jackets for a renewable energy offshore project in Taiwan. deugro was awarded the delivery contract by PT SMOE Indonesia, a group company of Sembcorp Marine.
deugro, in cooperation with dteq, both companies of the deugro group, developed a comprehensive shipment plan involving six part charters in line with the client’s production process to meet the tight fabrication schedule. At the Port of Masan, the steel pipes of various sizes were loaded using the ship’s crane and stowed under deck on the pre-installed timber blocks for the safe transport across 2,500 nautical miles to the client’s private jetty in Batam, Indonesia. The stowing was performed by deugro in accordance with the lifting, stowage and lashing plans provided by dteq, and based on the stacking limit due to the weight of the pipes.
Due to the worldwide restrictions imposed by COVID-19, port and vessel regulations changed frequently during the planning and execution phases. Strict requirements regarding the vessel selection guidelines, handling procedures, documentation submission and approval had to be considered. Therefore, deugro kept track of the changing quarantine requirements and adapted the planning in parallel to successfully meet the demanding schedule.
Because cross-country travels were not possible due to local restrictions, deugro’ s experts coordinated and supervised the operations remotely in collaboration with a subcontracted surveyor at the site to ensure deugro’s high quality standards and the client’s requirements were met. This responsibility included the checking of vessel and crew certificates, reporting the cargo condition and quality at the time of loading and discharging, as well as ensuring safe loading and discharging operations.
Within six months, all shipments were delivered in time to meet the client’s fabrication schedule and despite the challenges due to COVID-19.
“The frequently changing restrictions were challenging during this project. We continuously monitored the developments and ensured a secure and timely delivery,” said Ankit Neema, Head of Business Development, Key Accounts & Specialized Projects, deugro.