Braid recently transported and set three 42-ton transformers and accessories for a power plant in New Jersey. The power equipment’s arrival to its final destination culminated a long journey from China where the transformers were shipped on a heavy lift type vessel.
The 512-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant is currently supporting the gas-using businesses in the region and is being expanded through the installation of additional equipment to increase its power generating capacity.
Braid’s scope began at the port of Philadelphia. With the power pads being under construction at the time of vessel’s arrival, the move had to be postponed. Therefore, the transformers were received from vessel and staged at a temporary storage area where they were inspected; all major external components were found intact. The units were later delivered to the jobsite as needed on a just-in-time basis. Transformers had to be staggered in a particular sequence so as to overcome obstacles related to the congestion in the work area. The units were lifted with a 350-ton crane positioned next to the foundation within a 30-foot radius. The outriggers were deployed onto steel mats and timbers placed underneath them to distribute the load of the crane to the ground and achieve a minimum soil bearing capacity of 2500 lbs psf. Transformers were then gently swung around 180 degrees from the delivering equipment onto their respective concrete pads for installation. All other accessories were successfully offloaded to the laydown area.
“We have overcome challenges related to a changing delivery schedule and congestion”, said Gus Chalos, President of Braid Projects. “Nevertheless, we delivered as requested and have allowed the site to carry out its expansion work without causing disruptions to the general operations of the plant”.
Braid Projects was recently contracted by a Scottish based engineering company to transport, load, lash and secure a new tail gas compressor and spare rotors to Jubail, Saudi Arabia with a combined gross weight of 85,000kg. The tail gas compressor’s overall dimensions were 15.2m x 5.6m x 5.4m.
The cargo operation commenced at 07.45 hours on 28th April 2017, with the tail gas compressor being lifted by shore crane, using spreader beam, lifting slings and 42 tonne SWL shackles attached to the 4 lifting points on the sides of the unit. The second (smaller) case was lifted also by shore crane and soft slings and secured by welded steel stopper plates and a total of 6 webbing straps with ratchet tensioners. Loading operations were completed in just over three hours.
The load was approved by independent marine surveyors and the vessel sailed from Glasgow at 18.00 hours. The larger item of cargo was stowed on heavy dunnage which was sufficient to support the unit.
Braid Projects were hired to move a set of Blowout Preventers (BOP) from supplier site in Houston, TX to port of Xingang, China. Our scope of services included transport of the BOPs from site to port, vessel loading, ocean freight arrangement, and export Customs formalities.
The challenge faced during this shipment was related to the hoist rings for lifting of the BOP body. Unfortunately, only one set of hoist rings were ordered for both BOP bodies; there was not time to order a second set of lifting lugs and still make the intended vessel schedule. Braid Projects solved the challenge by purchasing and supplying the tools required to remove the lugs from the first BOP body once loaded to the vessel, and place them to the second BOP body. The lifting lugs were then torqued to 800ft-lbs before lifting. Braid Projects was proactive in supplying the tools in a timely manner, allowing the terminal crew to perform the lift operations without incident and for the cargo to make the intended vessel. The customer was pleased with our solution and very happy that the cargo made the intended sailing, avoiding schedule delay and additional costs.
Texas-based GPLN member Braid Projects (USA), LLC was recently contracted to deliver over 5,000 cubic meters of power plant equipment from Asia into the U.S.
The materials were destined for three power generating stations, one of which is the largest in terms of square feet, steam production, power generation capability and coal consumption in Minnesota. The major shipment was awarded to Braid shortly after the State regulators approved the plant’s decision to shut down its coal-fired section. As partial replacement, the plant proposed a new combined-cycle gasfueled plant which uses gas and steam turbines to produce electricity more efficiently.
With liquidated damages in effect for this shipment, Braid had to ensure no delay in delivery and was able to put together one of its innovative plans to smoothly execute the operations from origin to the destination. To protect the integrity of the cargo, the packages were loaded underdeck in all three compartments of the ocean vessel in China.
Glasgow-based Braid Logistics Limited is believed to the first major logistics organisation to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation for its entire distribution management system. The award covers Braid Logistics entire logistics and supply chain process. For Flexitanks, this encompasses the manufacturing of flexitanks to exacting standards through to the unloading and recycling of the equipment once the delivery of the bulk liquid load is complete. For ISO Tanks, Braid has ensured that every detail from the cleaning and preparation of the equipment thorough to completed product delivery and discharge.
The ISO 14001 achievement by Braid Logistics promotes sustainability throughout the entire supply chain, will appeal to industrial organisations as well as to the food and drink industry. Allan Leddra, Braid Group CEO, believes that “Any company focused on its service, product and overall brand reputation, is making sustainability a key measurable element of the supply chain process. ISO 14001 acts as a support to our clients responsible care obligations.” Achieving ISO 14001 accreditation demonstrates to all that Braid Logistics and the Braid Group as a whole, delivers environmental confidence in the corporate regulatory arena. Certification covering just manufacturing, which often ends at the factory gates does not safeguard and work to enhance a sustainability policy that all environmentally conscious companies now demand.
Braid Logistics ISO14001 programme now extends their entire UK operation and it will now be rolled out to the Braid Group’s global network. This independent recognition of Braid’s commitment to safeguards continues to build confidence for their services and products in industries where the standards are exacting and the expectations are high.
As big fires continue to consume the South of Chile, Braid have been actively working to help aid those in need. In order to help as a company, in cooperation with RR Wines (the biggest bulk winery in Chile) we have donated 6 flexitanks to a small town in the south. Our flexitanks can store over 30,000 litres of water and our unique level of care enables us to give 100% guarantees against leaks and taint. Aiding these disasters will help to fight the problem more quickly and will benefit the people of Chile.
On 16th January 2017 the New Plastics Economy initiative published its latest report titled “The New Plastics Economy: Catalysing action” at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The report was produced by the Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and SYSTEMIQ. A clear transitional strategy for the global plastics economy includes the design of better packaging, increase plastic recycling rates and to introduce new models to make better use of packaging.
The full report includes three key conclusions, which have been summarised in this Food Packaging Forum article.
The report can be found here.
Houston, TX- The Saudi oilmen have been constructing an impressive refinery as part of the Kingdom’s program to develop an industrial city, boost the region’s economic growth, and increase its share of fuel export to international markets. The refinery covers 12 square kilometers and once operational, will process 400,000 barrels per day of Heavy and Medium crude oil, 80 million barrels of gasoline, 250 million barrels of diesel fuel and more than 1 million ton per annum of benzene and paraxylene petrochemical products.
Although Braid has been heavily involved in several other shipments for this refinery, we were called in at the 11th hour to provide the transport of 17’ wide air compressors which are critical for the processing of crude oil and gas products at the refinery. With most conventional logistics solutions unavailable due to high shipping cost, Braid unlocked an innovative, expedient, and cost efficient solution to ship the units from New York to Jeddah. In addition, the shipment called for a direct load and direct discharge; the pressure was on to deliver the units under the crane as fast as possible.
On day one, the units were delivered at a temporary storage area and staged until ready to move to the ship. On day two, units were retrieved and transferred alongside ship underneath the gantry crane. The crane was rigged with two adjustable 30 ton spreaders, properly set at 17’, and outfitted with Kevlar padded cross supports, as well as four chain drops extended by nylon belts connected to 50 ton shackles. Stevedore crew assisted in connecting and disconnecting the shackles. A bed of twelve empty, heavy duty platforms was prepared inside hold#8, which is fitted with McGregor-type metal hatch covers, opened to receive the pieces. The units were then gradually lifted from the perimeter beam trailers and landed inside the hold. Two 2” nylon straps tensioned with ratchets and five 2” chains tensioned with turnbuckles were employed by the lashing gang and ship’s appointed lashing crew to secure the cargo. In addition, fourteen lengthwise 6” x 6” wooden skid bearers and nine doubled-up 2” x 6” wooden bearers were utilized to block and brace the cargo against the end walls. There were also some heavy duty flat racks and containers accompanying the compressors which were loaded in bay 5 and bay 6 in hold#1.
The plan was executed without delay or cost overrun. Over the course of the project, the team at Braid worked tirelessly to expedite the massive operations.
Following the completion of the job, Gus Chalos, President of Braid commented: “We are excited about what we have accomplished and our customer is thankful for the support provided by Braid”
Andrew Sangster, Group Technical & Quality Director of Braid Logistics has co-authored the latest version of the industry standard, Publicly Available Standard PAS 1008:2016 specification for the performance and testing of a single use Flexitank.
Working with the Container Owners Association (COA), this specification has been developed with flexitanks and industry stakeholders.
Andrew Sangster commented that a robust certification of the entire PAS within the flexitank industry will give greater confidence to both Logistics Managers, and Health, Safety & Environmental Managers worldwide. If uniformly adopted it will further raise industry standards.
The patented Braid Agi-tank is an innovative purpose-designed agi-tank that provides a cost-effective way of shipping difficult to handle liquids around the world in bulk. Agi-tank is ideal for liquids with a high solids content that require mixing prior to discharge in order to improve its flow characteristics.
This innovative design uses a series of injection points on the top of the Agi-tank to pneumatically mix using injection probes that are inserted at the discharge point. The mixing system re-suspends the solids in the liquid allowing it to flow freely.
Braid Agi-tanks are ideal for shipping:
- Pepper Mash
- Fruit Pulp
- Grape Mash
- Fish Slurries
- Drilling Mud
- Kaolin Clay
- Tomato Products