Electrifying movement of Hydro Electric Turbine

DB Schenker with partner SB Global logistics are responsible for the facilitation of a critical project for our client ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH (NZ Branch) to deliver a main inlet valve for a Hydro Electric Turbine from Italy to Fiji for the Fijian Electrical Authority. SB Global Logistics New Zealand is the exclusive agent for DB Schenker in the South Island of New Zealand. DB Schenker has had an association with SB Global logistics beginning in 1990 when SB Global Logistics was founded in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2009 this agreement was formalised as SB Global Logistic became the official “Network Partner of DB Schenker”.
ANDRITZ HYDRO, our client, is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services for hydroelectric plants and one of the leaders in the world market for hydraulic power generation.
“Nearly 50% of all the hydro power equipment in New Zealand is ANDRITZ HYDRO original equipment manufacturer branded equipment” - said Tony Mulholland- General Manager of ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH (NZ Branch)- “Our regional office in NZ is executing major projects for a number of customers in New Zealand in the Pacific, restoring plant efficiency and reliability based on world leading technology”
The massive shipment consisted of 33 pieces, weighing in at 41 tonne at a size of 86 square meters. This shipment was originally planned to move via Ocean freight however due to a critical timeline, a quicker solution was requested. SB Global Logistics with the global help of DB Schenker offices in Sydney, Milan and Hong Kong, together created a Skybridge solution that would meet the customer’s delivery deadline. This Skybridge solution leveraged the speed of air cargo to achieve this tight timeline while utilising sea freight to maintain a cost effective resolution.
The oversized cargo began its journey in Milan, from Milan the valve was flown on an Air Bridge Cargo scheduled Freighter service to Hong Kong via Moscow. The exceptional services offered by DB Schenker Hong Kong allowed an extremely short 1 ½ day window to retrieve cargo from the airline in Hong Kong and load into containers ready for the ocean freight leg of its journey. After this extremely time sensitive move, the valve was shipped on three Sea freight Containers to Fiji via New Zealand.

The project was so incredibly time sensitive as the project required a scheduled power shut down for the main Fijian Island Viti Levu. During the Hydro Plant Upgrade the island would revert to diesel power. It was critical that DB Schenker with partner SB Global Logistics met the tight delivery deadline to ensure the required temporary shut down and installation went smoothly and did not further extend the power shut down.
The DB Schenker Project Teams around the world were critical to ensuring this project was successful. Especially DB Schenker Milan; who kept live updates regarding the loading of the aircraft well in to the early hours of the morning. The DB Schenker Hong Kong team also kept up prompt and regular communication updates and ensured the successful tranship from air to sea.
The cargo arrived on time in to Suva, Fiji and was successfully installed by ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH (NZ Branch) for the Fijian Electrical Authority. This project illustrates the global capabilities of the DB Schenker global network, which is made stronger by our partnership with SB Global and a true demonstration of DB Schenker capacity to deliver the “Right Solution”.
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