German firm wins huge Egyptian construction logistics contract
Trans. Al Logistic has been appointed for handling 1,600 tonnes of steel and glass components from Germany and China to Egypt for the construction of the façade of the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
The museum will be one of the biggest in the world, housing more than 100,000 artefacts from all pharaonic periods.
The façade is considered to be the biggest challenges in this mega-construction project as it will measure 45m high and 600m wide, and includes thousands of triangular glass pieces of different sizes assembled with a precisely designed pattern.
The logistics project for the delivery of the façade elements started in January and will continue right until October this year.
Trans.Al Logistic has enlisted the assistance of Unitex Logistics Limited in Shenzhen, China, and Star Link Shipping & Trading in Alexandria, Egypt, to help it fulfil the contract.
This is a major logistics project, for which a detailed planning, perfect coordination and excellent follow up are essential. Several factors must be taken into consideration for a continuous revision of the road-map.
The construction planning includes the different execution phases, with strict timings agreed by contract.
In concrete, the façade construction starts after preliminary building works for allowing its anchoring.
For the appropriate monitoring of the project planning, Trans.Al Logistics has assigned a project manager, who oversees the interlocution and coordination with the project managers in charge of the direction and execution of the construction.
Also, all parties can access an online interface for sharing information and reviewing the plan and progress of the construction and the supplies. The integration of StarLink Shipping & Trading in the interface is key to assure a correct handling and flux of the containers’ deliveries on site.
The construction is taking place on the edge of the first plateau of the desert between the pyramids and Cairo, and the storage space at the site is very limited, for this reason it is necessary to adjust the weekly deliveries of the containers to the construction progress and agreed dates.
On the other hand, the appropriate supply of materials must be assured in order to comply with a precise execution plan and the construction works rhythm that is extended day and night.
The availability of adhesives, silicon’s and cement necessary for assembling the façade elements and parts, has been assured on site under 20ºC using a permanent Reefer Container.
Given the huge volumes of material associated with the project, glass pieces manufactured in Germany will be arriving at the port of Trieste in Italy almost daily and will then need to be transported by sea to Alexandria port, assuring the shortest transit time.
Trans.Al will arrange the export customs clearance and preferential documentation for importing to Egypt.
From Alexandria port, Star Link Shipping & Trading, after managing the import customs clearance, will handle the reception and offloading of the containers.
Then the shipments are transferred by truck for the final transportation and delivery in the construction area.