Masdar City, Abu Dhabi Eco-Infrastructure Project

May 10, 2011

  • GRC facades were shipped in complete panels

    GRC facades were shipped in complete panels

    Our client Canbuild installed over 400 overheight balconies over an 18 month period

  • Each facade measured 4.2 meters in height

    Each facade measured 4.2 meters in height

    It took only 2 hours to crane each unit into place

  • The facade is designed as a series of curved balconies in a wave pattern

    The facade is designed as a series of curved balconies in a wave pattern

    The curved pattern alternated on each floor creating a concave/convex appearance

  • GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) facades designed by Foster + Partners

    GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) facades designed by Foster + Partners

    This design attained a low carbon footprint, whilst generating a cool living environment

  • Inspiration and Tradition

    Inspiration and Tradition

    The design was inspired by traditional medinas, souks and wind-towers of the Arab world

  • These balconies formed part of the university in the Masdar city complex

    These balconies formed part of the university in the Masdar city complex

    The Masdar eco-city complex is located in Abu Dhabi home to 40,000 residents

Working alongside a huge international infrastructure project comes with challenges in abundance, even an experienced freight forwarder may be surprised by unique challenges that require a creative approach to problem solving.

The Brief

Our customer had more than 400 over-height balconies to transport from China to the world’s largest eco-city, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. The shipper was looking for a solution which would enable them to transport the façade part of the balconies as stand alone pieces each measuring 4.2 metres in height.

The Challenges & Solutions

Major challenges included sourcing 40 ft OOGs in order to secure space with the shipping lines and road route-testing to ensure the cargo height was accommodated along the entire length of the land transportation stage of the project including bridges and other structural obstacles and road furniture.  To achieve this, trucks with lower racks were required and experienced skilful drivers hired.

“round-the-clock response and swift updating”

At both origin and destination ports, additional supervisory personnel were appointed to ensure the façades were not displaced inside the containers during road transportation prior to the vessel loading and during the vessel discharge. We also made advanced provision for specially equipped lifting gear to be utilised to eliminate any possibility of external damage to the over height cargo.

The Results

By combining the strengths and resources of both Redcliffe and Charles Kendall Freight in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai, we were able to provide a seamless and cost effective transportation solution for the client.  Providing the customer with round-the-clock response and swift updating on progress Redcliffe and Charles Kendall were able to provide the flexibility to cope with rapid changes in the production schedule.  As a result, more enquiries have resulted from the project and trust has been forged with the customer.

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