Modular Fabrication Poses Transport Problems

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 20, 2012

Increased use of modularization in construction generates supply chain concerns 

Fabricating the large components of capital projects far from the final job site has a profound effect on the supply chain. Building these extremely heavy, out-of-gauge modules offsite and transporting them to their final destination relieves some headaches for project managers – but creates others.

The current issue of Breakbulk Magazine examines the crucial roles that early planning and clear communication play in the successful transport of this increasingly standard project cargo.

Reportedly, planning for module transport needs to begin as early as the design and manufacturing process, according to  Wout van der Zwan, managing director of RollDock Shipping. The method hastens installation but doubles planning time, adds Dick Knoll, principal with Drexel Logistics.

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