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360 Logistics Aviation Fuel Project

Our logistics project management specialists have expertise in a range of difficult and unusual domestic and international shipments including; out of gauge and break bulk projects, shipments affected by stringent border restrictions or global turmoil, specialist commodity shipments including live animals, plants and hazardous goods, and high value commodity shipments.

One of our recent dangerous goods project required the safe and urgent transportation of 200 drums (3 x 20 foot containers) of Aviation Jet Fuel from Nelson to Christchurch to meet the Chinese Icebreaker Xue Long (translated in English as Snow Dragon) at Lyttleton Port en route from Antarctica. The Icebreaker and polar research vessel docked for refuelling and cargo transfer in Lyttelton having travelled through the Southern Ocean from the Ross Sea region.

Due to the hazardous nature of the Aviation Jet Fuel, the containers were discharged in Nelson and then transported to Lyttleton Port for scheduled delivery after 7pm on the weekend. The project was further complicated by the NZTA requirement to close the Lyttleton tunnel to ensure public safety while the drums were being transported. Vehicles carrying dangerous goods are normally prohibited from using the tunnel, however the trucks were allowed through under the supervision of Tunnel Control and guided by a pilot vehicle.

On arrival in Lyttleton, Stevedores loaded the Jet Fuel onto the Chinese Ice Breaker bound for Antarctica. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel highlighted the significance of Lyttleton as a logistics hub for national and international programmes, saying that the local economy benefits more than $100 million per annum from Antarctic related activities.

This project was expertly managed by our Christchurch Branch Manager Steve McKenzie, and was carried out on behalf of Ice Breaker Oceania Marine Services. Throughout the project we co-ordinated a range of external parties including transport companies, local authorities and offshore agents. The arrival of the Ice Breaker into Lyttleton Port also generated media interest with TV One News airing the story as a leading news item.

For more information on the Ice Breaker docking at Lyttleton Port, please click here to read the LPC media release.

If you would like more information on how we can assist with your next logistics project, please contact us for more information.