From Duisburg to the Antarctic
Duisburg, 11.05.2011 | duisport packs and ships polar station for the Indian government / know-how from all areas of the duisport Group / presentation at transport logistic in Munich
A unique project is being implemented by the duisport Group this month. For this reason the duisport Group stand at the world's largest logistics trade fair, transport logistic, has a really Antarctic feeling today. duisport is presenting the 'Polarstation Bharati' project together with the KAEFER Construction corporation. A research station for the Indian government that will start its work in the areas of the so-called "Larsemann Hills" in the Antarctic.
In doing so duisport is taking over a variety of services for the Bremen corporation KAEFER, which, as the Indian government's contractor, is responsible for all the planning and design of the polar station. These encompass developing a delivery concept, packing all the individual parts, the transport including loading on an ice breaker and not least, preparing a site for the test construction in the Port of Duisburg.
"We are pleased that the duisport Group was able to convince KAEFER Construction with our comprehensive tender“, said Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG. "The 'Polarstation Bharati’ project is an outstanding example that the duisport Group business model with its numerous integrated logistics services is successful."
The "New Indian Research Station Bharati“, to give it its official name, is a three storey steel structure on stilts, which rests on a pile foundation. Because the time for construction in the Antarctic summer is very limited, the upstream logistics processes are of enormous importance.
Test construction of the whole station is being carried out from the end of May on a site of about 12,000m² in the Port of Duisburg. After an inspection by the Indian government the station will be dismantled and then packed by the experts from duisport packing logistics before being loaded onto an inland waterway vessel. In the further course of the project duisport will also be responsible for loading onto an ice breaker in the Port of Rotterdam. Due to the climatic peculiarities and the complicated transport a high degree of precision and know-how is required to pack the station in particular. After a last check in Cape Town the polar station is expected at its destination at in the Antarctic at the end of November.
The various logistics services offered by the duisport Group also convinced the client, KAEFER: “duisport is excellently situated for such projects. All of the services relevant to us are under one roof at the duisport Group thus guaranteeing that everything runs smoothly, which is a top priority for an important project with such a tight time budget," said the project manager from KAEFER Construction, Torsten Haß.