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Urgent Domestic Controlled Goods Delivery

Published December 2017

For an Australian Defence Force Prime Depth Logistics accomplished a hotshot delivery overnight of 500kg of fragile, high value, controlled goods to Canberra from a base in South East Queensland.

With less than a few hours notice we mobilised a Depth delivery van from Brisbane office and an ITAR trained driver who drove through the night to meet a mission critical deadline for the cargo in Canberra before lunch the next day.

In line with our promise of “ABSOLUTE RELIABILITY” the cargo was delivered before the deadline, on budget, safely and securely.


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Rail Grinder

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Crews rush to meet strict import laws

By Laura Elder, The Daily News
Published April 20, 2009

GALVESTON — For 10 hours each day for three weeks, nine men have worked to painstakingly remove grease, dirt, hardened iron dust, residual flora and stowaway fauna from eight pieces of heavy railroad equipment.

They pressure clean. They steam clean. They scrub by hand. They fumigate. It’s filthy work. And if they miss a spec or a spore, the lapse could cost many tens of thousands of dollars.

The men, who work so meticulously at Portside Cleaning, 35th and Church streets, are under intense pressure to sterilize the apparatus, a Loram rail grinding train, before May 4 when a chartered vessel arrives at Pier 37 to haul it to Queensland, Australia.

Should the rail grinder, a maintenance train used to resurface worn rails, violate Australia’s rigid Biosecurity laws and be refused entry, Ross Radich, Bio Security Consultant will have to answer to his bosses.

“The pressure’s on,” Radich said.

Before Australian inspectors allow the rail grinder in, the machinery has to be as clean as new, Radich said.

“They don’t say as nearly as clean as new,” he said. “They say as clean as new.”

Australian’s tough Biosecurity laws are meant to protect its flora and fauna. The island continent has for decades battled with invasive species, including red fire ants, cane toads, rabbits and a variety of fungi and parasites. In recent years, Australia has been battling citrus canker, a bacterial disease harming its orchards.

Each car of the rail grinder, made by Hamel, Minn.-based Loram Inc., is filled with electronics. The machinery is run by a crew and computers.

Track maintenance is a $6 billion a year industry. With grinders, tracks don’t have to be taken out of commission for restoration.

Grinders, which emit sparks, can create interesting light shows at night and come equipped with water tank cars for preventing fires and hoses to fight them.

Although the rail grinder in Galveston has two water tanks, they won’t be traveling to Australia. Instead, they’ll be installed there, Radich said.


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Tunnel Boring Machine

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After an 8 week journey from Rotterdam, the star of Brisbane’s North South Bypass Tunnel landed in Brisbane on Monday 24th September 2007.

The unique Herrenknecht TBM is the world’s largest hard rock double shield machine and one of the most important components of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s TransApex vision that aims to reduce traffic congestion through the construction of a network of tunnels that will link the city’s key growth corridors. A spectacular push-pull operation was performed from the port, across the Gateway, and onto the Inner City Bypass to deliver the TBM to its final destination at Bowen Hills

While the TBM was completed in May 2007, the journey to Brisbane was a logistical challenge. Some 2,200 hours were spent on planning and execution to manage the door-to-door delivery. After its production at Herrenknecht’s factory in Schwanau, a six week dismantling process took place to be able to load the TBM onto trucks to transport it to a barge at Kehl. From there, a four-day barge trip along the Rhine River saw its delivery to the Rotterdam Port where it was finally loaded onto a freight ship for Australia.

The project required adherence to tight deadlines and as a result a specialised vessel from the US was used. The heavy lift capacity and increased knots (speed) of the vesselensured that the TBM arrived on time. The route to Australia from Germany was via the Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific to the Port of Brisbane.

Team members were on the ground in Germany while the TBM was being built to oversee the dismantling, loading and European land/sea component of the journey.

There was also a strong focus on administrating the project, securing various permits and certifications, coordinating the trucks with the LBBJV project team and organising the delivery and assemblage of the TBM at site.

Safety and due diligence were always ensured to the highest standard. The entire Inner City Bypass was independently surveyed by structural engineers to guarantee soundness. The trailers were inspected by an automotive engineer to certify that their hydraulics would evenly spread the 190 tonne weight across the 25 metres of trailer. Mechanical engineers also certified that the geometrics of the trailers were in accordance with the route that the TBM travelled, thus making sure that nothing was too wide or high on the road.


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Huntly Mine Site on the North Island of New Zealand

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Project Scope : Move nine 730E and 777D dump trucks from the Huntly Mine in New Zealand to the client’s Australian operations as quickly as possible. Ship the 730E’s to Perth via Brisbane to avoid the 8-12 week quarantine washing queues.

In New Zealand, services provided included, pre-shipment cleanliness inspections, transport to Auckland Harbour, removal of truck tyres for transport, and refitting of tyres at port for driving trucks onto the RoRo vessels. To save time the equipment was shipped to Brisbane where it was discharged at the wharf and transported to a washpad under police escort for cleaning and DAFF Biosecurity (Quarantine) Clearance.

The 4 x 730 E’s were required back in Western Australia in a hurry, and the equipment was back at the port ready to be shipped as a Coastal Sailing to Fremantle within 5 days of arrival in Brisbane.

The 5 x Caterpillar 777D’s were destined for a mine in Whyalla SA and after clearing customs and DAFF Biosecurity, they were shipped by road transport to Wyhalla, South Australia.

Location : Huntly Mine Site on the North Island of New Zealand

Delivering Client Benefits : By shipping the cargo via Brisbane and utilising a 24/7 DAFF Biosecurity Washpad, delivery time to the clients site was advanced by a remarkable 8-12 weeks for the 730E’s, due to the backlog at the Western Australian Washpads.


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Pre shipment cleaning at the Huntly Mine Workshop site prior to shipping to Auckland Harbour.

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The devil’s in the detail – as part of pre-shipment cleaning process to avoid re-export, the Biosecurity Consultant team ensure that every centimetre of a machine is thoroughly cleaned. Here the front grill is removed to remove dirt and insects from the radiator.


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The 730E and 777D dump body’s and tyres are removed in preparation for transport to Auckland Harbour and shipping to Perth via Brisbane.


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Such large vehicles require detailed planning to move mostly due to the oversized knock down components. In transport from the mine site to Auckland Harbour, bridges were cleared over the Waikato River with only centimetres to spare. Tyres were removed from the dumptrucks once on transport trailer to reduce width and transport had to be co-ordinated for units to arrive within the allocated free time period for receivals for the exporting vessel. By developing detailed transport plans, the challenges were overcome and the risks mitigated in order to meet the Vessel sailing time for each of the shipments.



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Smithbridge Equipment Demobilisation: Noumea, New Caledonia

Project Scope : Pre and Post Shipment cleanliness inspections were carried out for Smithbridge onsite in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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Delivering Client Benefits : Owner of Smithbridge, Mr. Albert Smith was delighted with the Quarantine preparation, “The thorough pre-shipment cleaning, combined with practical expertise and innovative thinking, made for a quick transition through Customs and DAFF Biosecurity Clearance on arrival in Australia – it reduced our timelines, and avoided a re-export of our equipment. Also, discharging the equipment directly to the construction berth in Townsville saved us time, and more importantly saved on transport costs”.


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Project containers and long established mobile offices needed to be cleaned with limited equipment, an inadequate water supply, on a construction site which had been affected by seasonal weather and was very muddy. By prioritising the project requirements and developing site specific action plans to overcome roadblocks, such as the site poor conditions, the job was completed safely, on time and on budget.


From the Komatsu WA700 wheel loader to the smallest component or tool onsite, attention to detail is key to ensuring DAFF Biosecurity standards are met. This thorough approach reduces the likelihood of re-export, and saves customers both time and money at the Port of Arrival.

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Project Containers and their contents had been used all over this site, and had various levels of contamination. A team of Biosecurity Consultants ensured containers were unpacked, the contents and container cleaned inside and out, and then reloaded, inspected, and sealed ready for shipment. The cargo was originally exported from Australia for the project and a thorough understanding of customs law saw the project cargo imported duty free back into Australia.


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Orica Nitric Acid Plant

In early 2005, the global mining and chemical company Orica, were looking for a highly experienced project logistics team to provide a solution to their problem.

They needed to ship an entire nitric acid plant from Denmark to Australia. The plant was to be shipped from Fredericia in Denmark and delivered to two locations in Gladstone (Queensland) and Newcastle (New South Wales)

The project was a massive task involving lengthy planning for the loading of 18,500 freight tonnes on a special Big Lift vessel.

The heaviest component was a 205 tonne column with a diameter of 7.5m and length of 53m (half a football field). Other key components included four stainless steel tanks with an individual weight of 18 tonnes and two boilers weighing 40 and 71 tonnes respectively.

Due to the size of the cargo and road restrictions in both Gladstone and Newcastle, cargo had to be barged up river. Furthermore, special barge landings and access roads had to be purpose-built up river weeks in advance of the vessel’s arrival.

In line with the client’s urgent delivery timetable, the ship was loaded in four days, unloaded in Gladstone (bulk of cargo) in two days and the remaining items unloaded in 10 hours in Newcastle.


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Kogan Creek Power Station, Queensland, Australia

Our team have a long history of providing the international transport and logistics to many of the major Power Stations across Australia.

One such project is the Kogan Creek Power Station in Queensland.

After being inspected by an approved Biosecurity Consultant in China, steel for the project was shipped to the Port of Brisbane where it was cleared by Customs and then transported out to site.

The Kogan Creek project was a highly specialised job. It involved shipping and transporting structural steel beams which measured up to 35 metres in length. These structural beams were designed specifically for use in the power plant and as a result were much more delicate than standard steel beams. Any damage or heavy impact on the beams would have caused the steel to fracture. To ensure adequate protection, cargo sensitivity was always paramount when planning for transportation of the beams.

The entire project took 18 months’ worth of shipments to fulfill, and was completed on time and within budget.