DHL and Beluga SkySails

(PresseBox) ( Bonn, )
- Transport of an entire particle board factory from Europe to South America
- First open sea transport with innovative new wind propulsion system

The project

Transport of an entire particle board factory from Europe to Venezuela. The first of a total of eight partial shipments – approx. 10,000 freight tons of cargo – will leave the port of Bremen on 19th/20th January with the MS Beluga SkySails. DHL Global Forwarding, the sea and air freight carrier of the Deutsche Post World Net Group, is responsible for handling the entire logistics of the project. Besides coordinating the collection of the cargo throughout Germany and Europe and the delivery of the factory parts to the building site in South America, the Industrial Projects division is also responsible for supervising more than 100 suppliers and subcontractors, providing the land and inland water transports, processing all the export documents and dealing with customs formalities, both in the supplier countries and in Venezuela.

Key figures

Project duration - delivery phase: approx. 8-10 months planning phase: approx. 6 months
Total cargo volume - 40,000 freight tons
No. of supplier countries - approx. 15
No. of transoceanic passages - 8
No. of trucks - approx. 1000
No. of subcontractors - approx. 20
Max. dimensions of goods - up to 6.30 metres in diameter
Miscellaneous 600 containers for interim storage

The ship

On 15th December 2007, the "MS Beluga SkySails" of Bremen-based shipping company Beluga Shipping GmbH was christened in Hamburg by Eva Luise Köhler, wife of Germany’s Federal President. It is the first commercial vessel to be equipped with the SkySails technology. The multipurpose heavy-lift carrier will be making its maiden voyage from Bremen to Venezuela.

The technology

The SkySails System consists of a fully automatic towing kite propulsion and a wind-optimised routing system. It is installed as auxiliary propulsion and, if wind conditions permit, used offshore to supplement the main engine. Depending on the type of vessel, the actual wind conditions and the period of operation achieved, average annual fuel costs can be lowered by between ten and 35 percent.

The partners

DHL Global Forwarding: DHL Global Forwarding is the market leader in air and sea freight and a globally operating logistic services provider. Its range of products and services is rounded off by numerous premium offerings, resulting in an excellent market position and a unique service dimension for customers all over the world.

Dieffenbacher GmbH + Co. KG: Dieffenbacher is based in Eppingen (Baden-Württemberg) and is an internationally operating group of companies that develops and manufactures press systems and complete production plants for the wood panel, automotive and component industries.

Beluga Shipping GmbH: The Bremen-based Beluga Shipping GmbH is a globally operating specialist for project and heavy-lift cargo. The shipping company has its own fleet of ultramodern multipurpose heavy-lift carriers.

SkySails GmbH + Co. KG: SkySails was founded in Hamburg in 2001. The company develops, produces and sells a wind propulsion system based on a towing kite (international patents pending).
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