The deugro Way

Our case studies section provides you with a selection of projects from various industries all over the world. Have a look at what we’re doing,
where we do it and how we do it.


wide-bucket excavator

New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie), a French overseas collectivity, is located about 1,200 kilometers east of Australia. We supported the logistics for a world-class industrial complex, which contributes to making New Caledonia one of the world’s largest nickel producers.
The smelter has an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons, and is located near Koné, the county town of New Caledonia’s North Province. Shipments for the project ran between 2008 and 2012, with an investment worth approximately 4.5 billion USD.

deugro moved Approximately 550,000 FRT during this Project

During this project we shipped material and equipment for the mine, the pyrometallurgical nickel foundry, the power plant and other complementary infrastructure, including the deepwater port at Vavouto, the 11-kilometre land-based conveyor and a seawater desalination plant.

Although there was quite some cargo size and volume on one vessel, the main challenge was timing, as the vessel was loaded in China during the Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday period.

To ensure that the cargo was swiftly loaded without delay due to CNY, everything was loaded in advance onto barges and all cargo was loaded from the barge to the MV while anchored. This helped to avoid the labor shortage and port shutdown during CNY.

In addition, we had to comply with stringent Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS) requirements, including detailed engineering calculations and drawings to provide for the barges and ocean vessels.

oil refinery

Timely delivery of resupply items, project cargo or standard equipment shipments is critically important to oil, gas and energy operations. deugro understands the demands and risks in this business environment and operates with tailored logistics solutions.

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The Highlights

  • HSE Requirements—beyond the strict standard
  • Technical Requirements—Transport engineering
  • Vast Distance—Teams in multiple time zones
  • Critical Move—Tug and barge alongside vessel offshore
  • Zero Incidents—No harm to persons and cargo

Project Execution

Parque das Conchas (BC-10) is an energy-producing, deepwater project located in the Campos Basin, off the coast of Brazil. deugro has been awarded the transportation of accommodation modules from UAE to the
BC-10 field. The modules are helping to operate a Rigless Intervention System that serves to facilitate the replacement of worn or failed caisson-based artificial lift systems deployed at the project site. 

Whereas the actual transportation of the accommodation modules was rather straight forward and nothing out of the ordinary, the challenge was found by meeting SBM Offshore’s and Shell’s stringent requirements in regard to health, safety and environment (HSE) and engineering.

The Highlights

  • Great teamworkproject team and local community
  • 14%—steep incline
  • Record transit time1.5 hours from Wick to Wester

Project Execution

deugro (United Kingdom) Ltd. transported two towheads, Skene and Callater, which are designed to form a complete subsea bundle.

deugro engaged in extensive advance planning, forged new relationships (including local Scottish service providers), and worked closely with Subsea 7 engineers and the project team to provide seamless logistics services and huge benefits to the project as expected from an FMC/principle contractor.


petrochemical facility by night

The deugro group contributed to the logistics concept for the complete
set-up of a fertilizer plant in a remote area of Tatarstan, in the Russian Federation. We executed this project for our client in Russia, working alongside the Dachser Group. As a joint venture, we formed several operational teams for our clients, acting locally at the points of demand,
with Dachser working out of Düsseldorf and deugro out of
Tokyo, Bremen, Hamburg and Moscow.

Complete Set-up of a Fertilizer Plant in a remote Area of Tatarstan

Russia. A territory almost twice the size of the United States, or four times as big as the European Union.

A huge country with far-from-ordinary challenges and mega-projects requiring logistics solutions that are both complex and unique. For countries around the world, infrastructure is both an asset and a liability: an asset because it is the basis of all economic activity, but a liability because it must be maintained, updated, modernized and expanded.
This is no different in Russia, but infrastructure here is also subject to a number of additional challenges, such as the nation’s sheer geographical size as the world’s largest country and temperature variations in some regions of up to 60 °C between summer and wintertime.

Logistical Concept for a Fertilizer Plant

Four years of planning, engineering and execution. Construction of a custom-built jetty to handle weights of 2,000 tons. A multinational team of engineers and logistics experts to execute all of these transports in the most demanding time frame. Read this story of deugro’s logistics solution in one of the most complex and challenging environments!

Scope of Work

The overall scope consisted of ocean freight to Antwerp, interim storage and respective consolidation for on-carriage to the job site in Tatarstan, Mendeleevsk, involving all types of cargo, from container to overdimensional cargo, and heavy lifts up to 462 tons.
Various modes of transport were used, including ocean freight, air freight, road, rail and river sea vessel transport.

power transformation substation

deugro recognizes that the power industry has evolved significantly over the last decade, with a drive to develop technologies for lower carbon emissions and power sourced from renewable energy. We have collaborated with all the major power generation manufacturers to design and develop innovative logistics and supply chain solutions.

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The Challenges

  • Ground-leveling works at the airport in Kuala Namu in order to receive the heavy cargo
  • Tight time schedule during the holiday season
  • Loading in heavy weather conditions

Project Execution

A major customer in Indonesia awarded deugro (Singapore) Pte Ltd an air freight charter from Europe to Indonesia. However, this air freight charter, which at first glance seemed like another daily operation for deugro, actually involved a series of challenges and special transport pre-arrangements. The client made clear from the very beginning that the over 95 tons of cargo had to arrive at the construction site in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in early January, just days after the transformers were expected to be released from the factory in Finland. The shipment consisted of two transformers, weighing 36 tons each, plus accessories out of Vaasa, Finland and two five-ton rectifiers coming out of Baden, Switzerland.

deugro was only able to secure the shipment by working as a team with our air freight office in Singapore and our colleagues in Finland, who worked on the overland freight. After evaluating various options, we proposed to the client that we would consolidate both shipments in Helsinki and arrange for a combined air charter to Kuala Namu, Indonesia. Because of the transformer’s dimensions (4.9m x 2.5m x 3.3 meters each), we needed to use an Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft. The remaining capacity of this open-plan aircraft would fit the five-ton rectifiers from Switzerland perfectly. During planning and execution, this solution proved to be the most cost-effective for our client.

Pulp and Paper

pulp and paper facility

deugro (Finland) Oy executed one of the most challenging projects that the company has ever completed in Sweden, delivering 30,000 freight tons of project cargo, including heavy lifts of up to 405 metric tons, to SCA Östrand’s pulp mill site in northern Sweden.

The Highlights

  • Cargo:
    • 30,000 FRT
    • 294,000 MT
    • 30,000 CBM
  • Max. heavy lift:
    • 405 MT
  • Total Project Investment:
    • SEK 7.8 billion (approx. USD 962.2 million)

Project Execution

deugro’s scope within this project was delivery from Shanghai, China to
the job site in Östrand, Sweden. The SCA Helios Project in Östrand was an
excellent example of teamwork. deugro Finland had the lead on the project
and control tower, with close support from deugro (Sweden) AB for local
operations on-site. With assistance from dteq Transport Engineering
Solutions, a company of the deugro group, for site surveys and lifting
arrangements, and deugro (China) Co., Ltd. for local operations and
coordination, the execution of the project was an astounding success.

deugro’s Breakbulk & Heavy Lift Chartering Division assisted the project
team with their expertise, and all parts were shipped by chartered heavy
lift vessels. Even though the majority of the cargo was not stackable due
to the dimensions, deugro aimed to optimize costs for the ocean
transportation by shipping the cargo in three separate shipments.

wind mill and solar panels

In the power generation sector, energy production from renewable sources is constantly growing, and industry experts are expecting this trend to continue well into the future. deugro stands ready and able to support its wind and solar energy clients during this period of rapid growth and expansion.

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Part of deugro’s offer was a dedicated project team from ‘start to finish’. deugro’s project manager was involved at project inception from budget pricing to feasibility studies as well as being an integral part of the operation including supervision at port of loadings, port of discharge, site activities and meetings.
After a comprehensive pre-project set up which included a rigorous carrier and vendor selection process the first of nine full charter voyages was loaded in China on the 25th of February 2013.
deugro Australia’s project team, together with deugro China pre-inspected all the cargo prior to each voyage.

Onshore Services Australia

Quite often the onshore logistics component of a project, from receiving the cargo under the vessels hook up to final delivery to jobsite, can be complex and challenging with additional pressure placed on the construction schedule by issues such as travel curfews, escorts and permit requirements.

Key components of this project included:

  • The transportation and shipping of 73 wind turbines ex China to Australia
  • The full ocean charter of 9 vessel carrying 210,000 freight tons of project cargoes
  • The Interface management at load and discharge ports including jobsite
  • The transport of 788 over-dimensional loads
  • The strict adherence to Quality, Health, Safety and Environment throughout the project