We believe in the complexity and diversity of our industry. It is our approach to use the best individuals for your demands. We do not just send any transport engineer to your project. Making the right decision when issues occur needs an expert for the situation and the commodity. From hydraulic trailer operation experts to heavy-lift port captains, we can cover all aspects of project cargo. In addition to decades of transport engineering experience, we are also familiar with the commercial challenges.
We offer evaluations on whether specific cargo can be transported, of possible transport methods as well as of the maximum cargo dimensions and weights carried along a specific route.
The study informs the shipper about the expected risks and challenges for a transport of either abnormal weights or dimensions or to remote areas.
Typically performed at an early stage, the result can also influence the final cargo design or transportation method.
Rhenus supports you during the construction process - evaluating lifting and lashing possibilities for cargo at early stages. We also evaluate the minimum requirements for vessels, cranes or trailers and develop alternative transport concepts.
We compile and verify method statements for all kinds of operations.
A method statement is a structured document illustrating the complete transportation (or parts of it) in a step-by-step manual. It contains e.g. lifting arrangements, cargo securing, risk assessments and other documents. It is also referred to as the “operations manual”.
Today, quality management is one of the core processes of the project logistics industry. The knowledge about the expected risks and the development of procedures and methods to keep the risk on the lowest level possible is important to create a safe and efficient transport.
We create preliminary and/or final stowage plans for your transport. Stowage plans give an overview of the cargo on board a vessel as well as the planned stowage position. It also illustrates different views and decks of the vessel together with cargo information and crane outreaches.
Lifting arrangements are illustrations of a planned lift. They show the planned procedure with detailed information like
e.g. the best possible outreach, planned lifting gear as well as the number of cranes and individual loads on hook. They also evaluate the off-center COG (center of gravity) and lifting height.
An illustration and calculation of the required cargo securing for the specific voyage and/or cargo.
This contains information such as acting forces, planed lashing/securing of materials, methods and rules and regulations.
Crane & Trailer Simulations
These are step-by-step illustrations of e.g. the loading operation or turning of a trailer with out-of-gauge (OOG) cargo.
Mooring arrangement and mooring analysis are studies of the approach and mooring operation e.g. for Ro/Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) operations or special jetties to illustrate the planned rope arrangement and position of the barge or vessel at quay or during ship-to-ship operations.
The port captain or super cargo / supervisor is a consultant to the master / chief officer. Being an expert for the cargo and briefed for the expected loading, they will support the vessel's crew during loading / discharging and cargo securing with their expertise.
The site operator is present on site and assists in loading, discharging operations and in the cargo management during the project.
Besides being in charge of the transport engineering, they will also take on a roll in the coordination of the transports as well as storage and offloading according to the customer's project schedule.
The trailer operator drives or operates self-propelled trailers or steers the axle-lines and hydraulics on multi-axle trailers. They are present during complicated transports or special jobsite requirements and is in charge of loading/off-loading the trailers with hydraulics.
The route survey aims to find or develop a route for a concept transportation or prior execution of the actual transportation, taking bridges, overhead wires and other obstacles into consideration. It also includes turning radii on route and afterwards following the transport along the way to supervise and document the transport.
Loading / Discharging Surveys
This means attending vessels or jobsites to verify the operation is performed in the best possible manner. Our experts will not only document the operation but also involve themselves so we can create a smooth and quick operation with the risk reduced to the minimum.
This survey evaluates the condition or packaging of a cargo prior to loading e.g. to gain information on stackability / broken stowage before loading or to prepare a condition report if required by any party involved.
The damage survey analyses the full range of project cargo damaged after an incident has occurred.
Full documentation and expertise are provided in the final report.
Your personal contact will assist you with all information regarding transport engineering and surveying and can assist you with your inquiry.