Casestudy: Iraq Pipeline Project….all 12,000 metres of it

November 12, 2012

The Brief

Redcliffe International (Shipping) Ltd, are renowned for their expertise in the Middle Eastern markets, particularly in Iraq where skills are needed to negotiate the challenging rebuilding and rejuvenation of Iraqi infrastructures and the ever changing legislation.

Despite challenges, the Redcliffe project team, assisted by their Lebanese agents, succeeded in the management of 22,500 cubic metres of ductile iron pipe shipped from Bayuquan in North Eastern China to Kirkuk in Northern Iraq.

Facts & Challenges

The shipment was made by sea through the port of Umm Qaser Iraq and following local customs clearance also under our management, delivery was made to the job site, the Governorate of Kirkuk’s nominated warehouse – a truck journey of some 550 miles.

“This operation was an accreditation to the wealth of experience Redcliffe have in Iraq”

Throughout the delivery phase we had three operational teams in place in Iraq to support the project operation, located in Umm Qaser, Kirkuk and Basra.

A total of 355 trucks were contracted by us during a direct discharge operation ex ship to our transport over a ten day port operation. A staggering 195,000 truck miles under often inhospitable and dangerous conditions.

It was quite a challenge having the charter vessel arrive during the religious festival of Ramadan and three national holidays being declared in Iraq during the operational phase when temperatures reached a scorching 60 degrees Celsius.

The Result

Redcliffe was contracted by an American Pipe Manufacturer and in an unusual situation, one of Redcliffe’s long standing UK based customers was appointed by the Governorate of Kirkuk as their sole representative.

This operation was an accreditation to the wealth of experience Redcliffe have in Iraq. Redcliffe celebrate over 25 years of shipping into Iraq.

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