Osprey Making Logistic Solutions for Hinkley Point C Site Freight
Ingenuity, flexibility and experience shape the programme for incoming multi-origin assets and onwards deliveries of key infrastructure to the Hinkley Point C site.
Osprey specialise in handling critical infrastructure and mitigating risks around the transport of one-off, over-sized, critical items – often originating from overseas. For Hinkley Point C (HPC), they have recently collected, shipped, and moved a number of crucial components for the site’s operating infrastructure: Ultimate Diesel Generators (UDGs).
The UDG tanks are important early assets being installed and form an important part of the new station’s power infrastructure system. Their role involved creating an end-to-end logistics plan that saw them working in close partnership with several other contractors, across five countries:
- Osprey loaded the tanks onto their trailers in Kramolin, Czech Republic, collaborating with local on-site teams – for Osprey, language is not a barrier to health, safety, or security.
- Working with local specialist haulage partners, they transported the tanks by road to an inland river location at the Port of Bratislava, Slovakia.
- From those road-trailers, our plans ensured the tanks were lifted safely onto inland barges and transported down-river to Rotterdam.
- By organising their logistics this way, they minimised transport by road – saving over 1,300 km worth of road transportation and, more importantly, removing abnormal loads from the road network.
- In Rotterdam, the tanks were lifted back onto road-trailers and loaded onto the ferry for onward shipping to the UK and the construction site itself. Allelys Heavy Haulage (Ospey’s long-term partners in heavy road logistics) undertook this part of the move for them. Their on-the-ground teams know each other well, which helps them to work efficiently together.
Some multi-modal logistics require Osprey to liaise with several sub-contractors on a project simultaneously, in different countries, often in different languages.
By building up relationships over a long period of time – they have been moving and installing assets like this for 25 years now – they can offer greater levels of confidence to their clients. They know which contractors meet their standards and they know which contractors are prepared to handle the unknown, if it arises.
Being flexible, understanding each other’s capabilities in detail, and having the experience to work collaboratively through the logistics phase means that Osprey can mitigate the risk of possible delays.
Every multimodal project is a challenge, but ingenuity, flexibility, and plenty of experience enable them to meet the programme’s objectives.
Jan Coetsee, Project Manager at Osprey: “En route, there were many challenges to overcome – the least of which was scheduling around low water levels due to one of the driest winters in Europe, different transhipment points along the journey, and the impact of working through a pandemic.”
A second set of UDG tanks is still at its factory in the Czech Republic and planning for their transportation is scheduled for 2021.
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