Project Logistics & Special Transport

Whether you need to transport voluminous beer tanks from the Czech Republic, an entire bottling line from Germany to Africa, or rollers for extremely heavy loads from China to Belgium, you can count on us as your Transport Architects for door-to-door transport of your exceptional loads.

Our experienced forwarders ensure that your shipment is safely collected and delivered in line with the agreements made and your budget. In addition, Remant specialises in international logistics for special transport or inaccessible locations. As such, Remant provides logistics solutions so you can concentrate on your core business.

Custom logistics for your complex transport or outsize load

Special transport requires a thorough preliminary study, field knowledge, and continuous monitoring during the transportation. Our Transport Architects have the experience to map the risks and the local contacts and partnerships to ensure a smooth and secure delivery. We develop a tailor-made plan in consultation with our customers.

Know-how of African corridors

Our teams can regularly be found onsite, monitoring changes in the region’s logistical landscape. Our partnerships are founded on trust, ensuring a stable and fruitful collaboration. Personality is essential in everything we do at Remant, and our customers, partners and suppliers reap the fruits of this.

Thanks to our many years of experience, you can count on our excellent and professional service and knowledge of:

  • project management and VLM: site visits, route reconnaissance, bridge calculations, negotiations with stakeholders and transparent cost analysis with all the transport modes, applications for permits, removal of street furniture, disconnection of power lines…
  • project cargo,
  • special transport of outsize and/or heavy loads, including mining machines, equipment goods, steel or cast iron pipes, heavy transformers, generators and raw materials… we assure door-to-door transport, from the plant to the end customer,
  • inaccessible areas,
  • country-specific administrative obligations and local customs.

We use multimodal transport to ensure the most cost-efficient, fast and secure delivery of your project. Our worldwide network of reliable and professional partners guarantees high-quality transport, offering customers the certainty that their shipments will arrive.

Multimodal transport down coiler and millhousing units

Our project and engineering division recently organized the shipment of a 106 ton down coiler and various components in wooden cases weighing up to 45 tons. This shipment left the port of Shanghai to be delivered to the South of Belgium. Our team organized a part charter for the ocean leg from Shanghai to Antwerp.

The cargo was then shipped by barge to the inland terminal in La Louvière and further by low bed trailer to its final destination. The congestion situation in Shanghai was an additional challenge that our transport architects needed to overcome. Nevertheless, they managed to complete this project within time and budget.

Cable reel UK tot USA

Our project and engineering team organised a 156-ton cable reel from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, to Port Theodore, Alabama, USA. For this transport, they had to arrange a part charter.

In addition, there were different challenges like the weight of this unit, its dimensions (553 x 440 x 454 cm), the specific requirements, and the fact that there was only a one-day window in Newcastle to get the ship in and loaded out. However, everything went like clockwork, thanks to good coordination between the shipper, the local stevedores, Liburnia Projects & Chartering, the vessel owner, and our dedicated team.

Shipping cast iron pipes to Angola

Seventy-nine iron pipes with a total weight of almost 106 tonnes were transported from the French interior to the port of Antwerp and then shipped by sea freight to Luanda in Angola. The tubes are used on-site for the construction of irrigation canals.

Some challenges in the special transport of these iron tubes:

  • The pipes were loaded into nine 40′ open-top containers with over height.
  • Cast Iron Pipes are sensitive, and therefore the stuffing of the containers had to be done with great care.
  • The pipes were telescoped for maximum loading per container; the smaller pipes were slid into, the larger ones to allow more parts to be loaded—this required special expertise.
  • The tubes were 6 to 7 metres long. A special type of forklift truck was used to lift such lengths.

Transport of mill housing units

Remant took care of the transport of 2 mill housing units, weighing 108 tons each, from China to our customer’s plant in Belgium. Because of the urgency, our Transport Architects opted to load the units as breakbulk on a container vessel. They were shipped by barge from Rotterdam to La Louvière. After being unloaded with a mobile crane, the parts were transported to the plant using a low bed truck.

Remant was responsible for organising the maritime transport from China to Rotterdam, the unloading of the lighter, the transhipment from the lighter to flatbeds, and the delivery to the end customer. We handled the project within the required time frame and schedule.

Some challenges that we encountered during the special transport of these units:

  • As a result of the COVID-19 crisis in China, production was delayed, compromising the delivery time. We, therefore, opted to use a container vessel with faster transit time.
  • As a result of the COVID-19 situation in Europe, it only became clear very late in the process that the transport permits would not be issued on time. However, Remant succeeded in switching the scheduled transport by flatbed to a combined lighter/flatbed transport within 48 hours.

Special transport of generators in Ivory Coast

Remant Transport Architects arranged the transport of 12 generators from their arrival in the port of Abidjan to the storage area near the job site, in the inland of Ivory Coast. A shipment with a total cargo volume of 2,000 m³.

The dimensions of each generator were 15.5 x 3 x 3.5 metres. Each one weighed up to 56 tons. Remant was in charge of the port reception, import clearance, and transportation to the storage area.

An entire bottling line from Germany to D.R. Congo

Remant transported an entire bottling line from a brewery in Hamburg, Germany, to Matadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The brewery’s machines were shipped in 17 plywood boxes, amounting to 1,800 m³ of cargo volume and 215 tons of breakbulk. The transport was done by truck, barge, and part-chartered vessel. Remant purchased a shipper’s owned container for the cargo and took care of the packaging of the sea freight.

Some of the challenges that we encountered during the special transport of an entire bottling line from Germany to Africa

  • This was a multimodal transport job involving road transport, inland navigation, and sea freight.
  • The large and heavy crates were loaded as breakbulk.
  • The crates were warehoused and packaged for sea freight.

Transport brewery Poland to Congo

Our Transport Architects shipped an entire dismantled brewery from Kielce (Poland) to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We used various modes of transport for the transport from the inland site to the port, including road transport as well as barges. Moreover, we completed this ambitious undertaking within the time frame specified by our customer.

Some of the challenges that we encountered during the special transport of an entire brewery from Poland to Congo:

  • Routing: in the inland regions of Poland to Sandomierz, where we had a loading quay built to load the barge used to transport this special cargo to the port of Gdynia after which it was shipped to Pointe Noire in Congo-Brazzaville by sea freight.
  • Transport modes used: truck, barge, and chartered vessel
  • Special transport and organisation of VLM (disconnection of power lines and removal of street furniture in various locations)
  • Cargo volume: +/- 5,500 m³ for the entire project (beer tanks and machinery)
  • The weight of the individual beer tanks varied between 15 and 25 tons, depending on the type of tank.
  • Breakbulk in combination with 150 containers
  • Night transport
  • Personal follow-up and various trips to Poland

Transport of 3,800 m³ of cast iron pipes

Remant’s Transport Architects arranged the transport of 3,800 m³ of cast iron pipes by sea freight from Antwerp to the port of Luanda in Angola. The total weight of the shipment was 1,352 tons. Remant monitored the cargo and transport from door to door.

Some challenges that we encountered during the special transport of cast iron pipes from Antwerp to Angola, Africa

  • Remant performed a preliminary inspection of the goods at the supplier and examined the options on the quay.
  • Repackaging of the pipes.
  • Partitions were produced to ensure the pipes could be safely and stably transported in the vessel’s hull.


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