DHL Global Forwarding undertakes very heavy lift

DHL Global Forwarding as announced it has been contracted to transport four 140 ton waste heat boilers from Germany to Saudi Arabia. The multimodal delivery is being undertaken by DHL Industrial Projects, a special unit within DHL Global Forwarding that moves oversized and heavy lift cargo.

The four 140 ton boilers measure 3.7 metres in height, 4.1m width at 19 m long. Each one weighs roughly the same as 24 fully grown African elephants. They are being transported by the worlds largest cargo aircraft the Antonov AN225.

“Logistics, especially within the break-bulk segment, is all about local knowledge, mainly with regards to specificities of different ports or with reference to infrastructure, equipment, roads and regulation,” explains Nikola Hagleitner, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. “When it comes to break-bulk logistics, our customers rely on our dedicated teams and their extensive expertise in some 60 offices across 45 countries. With this exciting transport we are again reaffirming our role as facilitator of global trade, no matter how challenging the task.”

The boilers’ journey will begin at the factory in Berlin, and travel by road and the River Elbe to Leipzig Airport. From the airport they will be flying to Saudi Arabia. A 1000 ton mobile crane Will help the transition between modes of transport and on the road a 20 axle heavy goods transporter that has a total weight of 275 tons in its own right.

“Transporting freight of this enormous scale requires well-orchestrated resources of workforce, expertise and know-how,” adds Peer-Wulf Herrmann, Head of DHL Industrial Projects Germany. “We offer our clients safe, compliant and reliable management during the complete process of planning, organization and coordination of the transport. Even though unusual and special transports like this are our daily business, we are always happy to support projects of this nature with our capabilities and making the impossible possible.”

The whole operation is in four phases, with each boiler removing every 2 to 4 weeks and each journey taking around a week. The first three boilers are arrived at Jubail in the Persian Gulf, and the entire project is set to be completed by the end of the month.

The heavy-duty freight is divided into four transports with an interval of roughly two to four weeks, each taking about seven days. The first three waste heat boilers have already arrived at their destination in Jubail at the Persian Gulf. The project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of August.