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Sometimes General Cargo Isn’t An Option

Sometimes General Cargo isn't an option

Sometimes General Cargo isn’t an option

In August of 2012, a requirement came about for the urgent shipment of oil spill recovery equipment to the coast of the Caspian Sea in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Our client needed to gather 12 of their 40 foot barges from sites throughout the continental United States, consolidate them into one central staging area, and send them via air freight to Khazi. They had only two weeks to complete the process. The problem was, how do you get twelve 40 foot barges to a remote location in such a short period of time? Experience has taught us – sometimes general cargo just isn’t an option. Our experienced special project cargo team knew just what to do!

In order to accommodate the client’s needs, HNM Global Logistics coordinated the multi-state collection and consolidation of the barges and chartered an Antonov 124. It was a tight fit, but working with load planners in the initial stage of the project allowed HNM to organize the load in a manner that maximized the Antonov’s massive 330,000 Lb. payload. The barges were consolidated in Newburgh, New York, loaded on board the aircraft and secured for transport. The flight departed Newburgh at 10:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Minsk, Belarus for fueling, landed in Aktau at 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday.

HNM Global Logistics Team gets a tour of the Antanov cockpit

HNM Global Logistics Team gets a tour of the Antanov cockpit

The other concern in meeting the delivery deadline in Kazakhstan was the ability to clear Khazi Customs and deliver to the consignee in a timely manner. Always ready to face a challenge, members of HNM Global’s management team – Matt Johnston and Deborah Dorsett – joined the loading crew on board the Antonov and escorted the cargo to Aktau in order to facilitate the clearance process. Click here to watch the video.



The cargo arrived on the tarmac in Aktau at 10:00 a.m. Friday, and delivery to the job site was completed by 3:00 p.m. the same day. All parties were happy with the outcome – arriving prior to contract deadline.



Remember – if you have critical needs, don’t go it alone. Let our innovative processes and years of experience make your project a success and your company a leader in on time delivery – no matter where that need is.  Please click here to contact our special project cargo team.


Ways to Prevent Cargo Theft

Global Cargo Theft Risk by Country. Source: Freight Watch Int'l

Global Cargo Theft Risk by Country. Source: Freight Watch Int’l

Cargo theft is on the rise and thieves are becoming more sophisticated. Cargo theft can happen at any time to just about any shipment. The National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) estimates that the global financial impact of cargo loss exceeds $50 billion annually. Freight Watch International reports Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, the United States and Russia are the countries most at risk for cargo theft globally.

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Ocean Marine Cargo Insurance

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Svendborg Maersk lost more than 500 cargo containers at sea in February 2014 drawing attention to the hazards of container shipping

In recent months there has been much in the news about cargo containers lost at sea. In late February, the Svendborg Maersk lost over 500 containers when it encountered hurricane force winds. This was the largest recorded loss of overboard containers in one incident. It is estimated over 10,000 cargo containers are lost every year. While this number is small in comparison to the mega millions of containers shipped each year, we highly recommend ocean marine cargo insurance to our clients.

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