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Owner puts heavy-lift giant Mammoet up for sale

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 24, 2023, 2:46 PM EDT

Dutch conglomerate SHV’s planned divestment of Mammoet, the world’s largest heavy-lift and engineered transport company, could have a “very important impact” on the sector, according to one consultant.
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EPCs look beyond traditional oil and gas for growth opportunities

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent  | Mar 1, 2023, 1:50 PM EST

EPC projects drive much of the global demand for project and breakbulk logistics services from carriers, forwarders, and other suppliers.
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Demand for heavy-lift air transport outstrips supply

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Oct 31, 2022, 5:42 PM EDT

Sanctions against Russia have sharply reduced available heavy-lift air tonnage even as energy sector demand escalates.
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Fuel prices, driver shortage cloud forecast for heavy-haul transport

Special Correspondent Chris Barnett | Nov 3, 2021, 10:29 AM EDT

New projects and those that had been delayed have begun moving, but the truck driver shortage and higher fuel costs could dampen a bright outlook for the US heavy-haul sector.
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Heavy-haul permitting delays eased by automation

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 8, 2021, 9:56 AM EDT

As the US economy reopens, more states are speeding up the permitting process for oversize/overweight flatbed loads, as cargo diversion complicates routing.
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Flatbed rates on a steep incline for US shippers

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 7, 2021, 10:11 AM EDT

Housing, energy, and manufacturing are generating intense demand for flatbed transportation at a time when a shortage of materials is disrupting supply chains.
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US port congestion, capacity woes force project cargo rerouting

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | May 28, 2021, 5:21 PM EDT

As container vessels and freight clog major ports, oversized and overweight project cargo is being rerouted coast to coast, driving up ocean shipping and inland transportation costs.
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Fagioli spots green shoots in oil and gas sector

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis | Feb 1, 2021, 3:21 PM EST

New contracts firm up heavy transport and heavy lift firm Fagioli’s 2021 outlook despite the pandemic-driven industry-wide downturn of 2020.
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Mammoet says energy project pipeline slowing

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Oct 27, 2020, 10:28 AM EDT

The project industry is cutting logistics staff in the face of a looming “project pipeline” shortfall, concentrating specialized know-how into fewer hands.
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Heavy transport demand keeps rolling despite COVID‑19 complications

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Jul 13, 2020, 9:05 AM EDT

US land-based heavy transport has largely been able to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its designation as an essential service, but like other parts of the project supply chain, the sector could see waning demand as the oil and gas industry pulls back on capital expenditures.
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Sagging construction, ag demand hamstrings ro-ro shipping

Special Correspondent Catherine Dorrough | Jun 16, 2020, 10:33 AM EDT

Hit hard by COVID-19, a "patchwork" of high and heavy cargoes keeps the market afloat after a sharp drop in imports across the US’ top ro-ro ports.
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Third phase of Siberian project cargo move under way

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Jun 3, 2020, 3:34 PM EDT

Russia's spring thaw allows Combi Lift and SAL to begin delivery of project cargo for a massive Siberian gas project.
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United Shipping Group launches specialized heavy transport service

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | May 6, 2020, 3:33 PM EDT

UHT will represent a fleet of five semi-submersible heavy transport vessels under a partnership agreement with China-based owner Guangzhou Salvage and commercial agent GS-Pango.
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US 2020 wind projects at risk due to COVID-19 delays

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Apr 20, 2020, 4:50 PM EDT

Supply chain bottlenecks could delay US wind farm development and endanger tax credit subsidies.
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Heavy transport sector moves big cargo despite market turmoil

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis | Apr 1, 2020, 12:58 PM EDT

Cosco delivered a 3,700-mt bridge to Sweden even as the oil price crash hamstrings the spot market for the heavy transport sector.
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State DOTs leading from the front on heavy-haul permit automation

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Mar 11, 2020, 1:36 PM EDT

South Dakota, Illinois, and Virginia are among the US states at the head of the pack in terms of automating route analysis and permit issuance for oversized cargo moves.
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Lack of US oversize standard hampers heavy-lift truck permitting

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Mar 10, 2020, 4:50 PM EDT

Because there is no national permitting standard for moving oversized loads across the US, obtaining permits can be an expensive, time-consuming process for trucking operators, or it can be a breeze.
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Port of Morrow nabs $1.6 million grant for breakbulk terminal

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Jan 29, 2020, 11:12 AM EST

Officials say the funding will help complete the Oregon river port’s partially finished breakbulk terminal and expedite project cargoes for two ambitious wind energy projects in the state.
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Drewry expects 6 percent average MPV/HL rate growth in 2020

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Jan 21, 2020, 12:17 PM EST

Economic uncertainty eases, but overcapacity and changes in fleet makeup continue to pressure the MPV/HL sector.
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Mammoet at top of heavy lift sector with ALE buy complete

Special Correspondent Keith Wallis | Jan 10, 2020, 2:21 PM EST

With its acquisition of ALE complete, Mammoet will own the world's largest fleet of heavy lifting and transport equipment, outstripping global competitors Sarens and Fagioli.
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ARO 2020: Despite improving MPV/HL market, thin margins the new normal

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Dec 27, 2019, 9:06 AM EST

A busy renewable energy sector and stable oil and gas markets have collided with persistent overcapacity in the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector, causing rate growth to sputter and stall.
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‘Thriving’ US wind market strains heavy-haul truckers

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Nov 18, 2019, 3:24 PM EST

US wind energy capacity reached 100 GW in the third quarter of 2019, and with another 45.6 GW in the development pipeline, heavy-haul trucking carriers may struggle to keep pace with demand.
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Cosco Heavy Transport, Dongbang to partner on large projects

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Nov 1, 2019, 12:09 PM EDT

Cooperation between super-heavy carriers is a sign of a strengthening project market.
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MPV/HL demand rising despite slowing global trade growth

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Oct 22, 2019, 2:12 PM EDT

With scrapping levels still relatively low, overcapacity is expected to continue to keep downward pressure on multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) vessel rates.
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Second-hand multipurpose/heavy-lift sales gaining ground

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Sep 24, 2019, 6:05 PM EDT

MPP sales and purchases are unfreezing as faith in the market builds and capacity remains tight, according to Toepfer Transport.
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M&A signals a healthier heavy transport sector

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Sep 11, 2019, 3:49 PM EDT

Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions among heavy-lift and project carriers and a rebound in demand in the mining and energy markets have the heavy transport sector “on the cusp of a boom,” according to industry executives.
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Mammoet-ALE merger leaves Sarens in the lurch

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jul 29, 2019, 4:59 PM EDT

The merger of Mammoet and ALE, two of the three largest heavy-lift transport providers, raises major questions for competitor Sarens.
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Growing high and heavy shipments lift ro-ro sector

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Apr 10, 2019, 3:32 PM EDT

Roll-on/roll-off carriers see potential in the breakbulk and high and heavy markets despite potential geopolitical snags.
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Energy, industrial sectors inject MPV/HL demand

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 21, 2019, 1:40 PM EDT

Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering, tells JOC.com that despite an improving market, the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector remains under pressure from overcapacity and rising regulatory costs.
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Carriers of all stripes chase breakbulk cargo

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Mar 12, 2019, 10:50 AM EDT

When demand is high, container and ro-ro carriers tend to stay in their own cargo “lanes,” but in leaner times, competition for project and breakbulk freight intensifies.
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Slim MPV/HL orderbook reveals suffering industry

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Feb 13, 2019, 3:46 PM EST

The multipurpose/heavy lift market continues to struggle with overcapacity, weak demand, and increased competition for breakbulk and project cargo from the bulk, ro-ro, and container sectors.
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Hansa Heavy Lift ending operations

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Jan 3, 2019, 12:52 PM EST

Founded in 2011, HHL was the successor to Beluga Shipping but struggled to gain a foothold in the heavy-lift market as the global shipping crisis worsened in the mid-decade.
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Heavy-load coalition working to entice cargo to Pacific Northwest

Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Aug 29, 2018, 6:31 PM EDT

A coalition of Pacific Northwest ports and transportation organizations has raised a war chest to fund a proposed 1,300-mile multimodal high, wide, and heavy transport corridor intended to smooth the transit of energy and infrastructure project cargo.
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Maersk adds heavy-lift projects as part of India expansion

India Special Correspondent | Aug 2, 2018, 9:47 AM EDT

<p>The out-of-gauge cargo — windmilll blades 103 feet long and weighing over 16 tons — was loaded on the Maersk Launceston, voyage 1809, operating as part of the Danish carrier’s Intra-Asia Chennai Express (CHX) Service.</p>
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Heavy-lift specialist ALE pitches for complex projects

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Jan 14, 2018, 9:00 AM EST

<p>Unlike many UK firms, heavy-lift and installation contractor ALE said it isn’t losing any sleep over the potential negative fallout from Brexit. Here's why.</p>
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Slideshow: How Fagioli handled the 'move of the year’

JOC Staff | Jul 22, 2017, 7:00 AM EDT

Italian heavy hauler Fagioli used trucks, barges, and ships to move sections of the world’s third-largest tunnel boring machine from Germany to Italy.
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ALE leads joint venture for transshipment of Yamal LNG modules

JOC Staff | Apr 12, 2017, 11:48 AM EDT

Zeebrugge is the intermediate shipment point for a $27 billion project.
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Barnhart to move NASA space launch component

JOC Staff | Feb 28, 2017, 12:43 PM EST

The mockup will weigh 104 metric tons.
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