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Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International, March/April 2011 Issue – Excerpt: Similar positive sentiments were voiced by Aaron Chen, managing director Asia Pacific for Singapore-headquartered international forwarder BDP Project Logistics. “The accelerating growth of the middle class people in many parts of the world, for example in China, India, Indonesia and Latin America, will translate into accelerated demand for consumer products, which in turn will accelerate demand for minerals used to produce them,” he said.
“Any slowdown, planned or otherwise, in the Chinese economy will be a short-term influence compared with the longer term influence of growing middle classes around the globe — and the big mining companies will be looking at longer term market prospects when deciding new projects.”
Excerpt: Assessing prospects in South America, Arndt Droegemueller, director, business development, South America, for BDP Project Logistics, was even more bullish. “Prospects for mining in this region look amazing. I have lived in South America for 16 years and I have not seen this level of mining industry activity here before. There are projects on every corner and investment is rocketing. Over the next ten years we could easily see USD 50 billion of mining industry investment just in Peru and Chile.”
Mining industry activity associated project forwarding business is also picking up in less publicized parts of the world such as Indochina. Claus Dittmer, BDP Project Logistics’ regional director for that area, explained there is two-way business available — imported equipment for mining operations in Laos (copper, gold and coal) and Cambodia (coal) and exports of fabricated mining industry units out of Thailand, notably to Australia.
“In terms of mining industry projects in the Indochina region, Laos is by far the most interesting country as there are a lot of different commodities there. But we are not talking about anything on the scale of South America or Africa. We are only looking at a handful of mines over the next couple of years,” commented Dittmer.
Excerpt: Other sources suggested there are in fact already capacity issues on some trade routes. BDP’s Droegemueller said this is certainly the case when it comes to breakbulk and heavy lift space out of Asia, especially China and Japan, to key mining locations in South America. “The situation in relation to Brazil is a little better than it was, but for the west coast of South America capacity is still limited — and when some of the huge mining sector investment planned in those countries really starts to increase inbound equipment shipments, then in my opinion, there will definitely be a shortage of shipping capacity,” he said.
Excerpt: “Points of origination for the mining equipment we are handling have definitely changed,” confirmed BDP’s Chen. “Equipment which might once been ordered from Korea or Japan can now be ordered from China. There are also big fabrication businesses in places like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand that are closer to the mining industry end-users in Asia Pacific region countries like Australia.”
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Source: Breakbulk Magazine, January/February 2011 Issue – Excerpt: BDP/Project Logistics, Aaron Randolph Chen, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, www.bdpprojects.com
Throughout this region, the winds of change are blowing. Virtually every country has announced at least one wind energy project. Even Indonesia, which can rely on its massive coal reserves, has embraced “greener” power generation with its project in Aceh, Sumatra. more»
Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International, November/December Issue – Excerpt: Russia was also mentioned as an expanding market for non-renewable resource power plant projects by a senior executive with BDP Project Logistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based global logistics firm BDP International, but more in the context of new construction. more»
Meeting potential wind power goals in the U.S. will not only require increased turbine production, but also transportation and logistics equipment… and the expertise to match.
Source: Wind Systems Magazine, December 2010 Issue – Industry data shows that the demand for wind-generated power in the United States is growing, driven by a Department of Energy goal to increase domestic electricity production from wind power by 20 percent over the next 20 years.
Source: Logistics Insight Asia – Industry News, November 2, 2010 – BDP Project Logistics Asia Pacific and UAE (BDP Project Logistics) have been awarded three new ISO Certifications confirming the company’s commitment to meeting the highest level of operating standards. BDP Project Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of BDP International. more»
Source: Breakbulk Online, October 17, 2010 - Government financing will be critical to recovery in the breakbulk and heavylift sector and the industry is likely to remain flat through 2011, according to senior executives speaking during a panel on the sector’s outlook during this week’s 21st Annual Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference and Exhibition, held in Houston. more»
Logistics provider BDP Project Logistics has been awarded three new ISO certifications
Source: Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International, Online, October 13, 2010 – BDP Project Logistics Asia Pacific and UAE have been awarded ISO certifications for quality, safety, environmental management: certifications include 9001:2008 (quality), 18001:2007 (occupational health and safety), and 14001: 2004 (environmental management systems). more»
Source: Wind Today, October 13, 2010 – Singapore -BDP Project Logistics Asia Pacific and UAE (BDP Project Logistics) have been awarded three new ISO certifications confirming the company’s commitment to meeting the highest level of operating standards. more»
The potential for wind projects in developing countries is growing in leaps and bounds, which will create logistics challenges. Here’s what you should know, and do.
Source: Wind Systems Magazine, October 2010 Issue – Wind energy potential in a number of developing and emerging countries could be substantial. A recent U.N. wind study of countries from China to Nicaragua show approximately 13 percent of the land area has potential for development, compared to just 1 percent a number of years ago when wind potential was based on unreliable data. Among the nations surveyed Nicaragua, Mongolia, and Vietnam have the greatest potential, with about 40 percent of land area suitable for wind farms. more»
Cargo getting bigger, heavier, more complex to handle
Source: Canadian Sailings, October 4, 2010 – The energy market has come to dominate much of the project cargo/heavy-lift sector. In Canada, wind farms, power plants and oil and gas sites are sprouting up in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland, while equipment for wind generation is being assembled or produced in Nova Scotia and Quebec. more»
Source: Breakbulk Magazine, September/October 2010 Issue – Consider some of the typical troublesome scenarios a project forwarder may cope with in these challenging times: The ship was delayed. The ship ran aground. The captain lost somebody else’s cargo overboard — and the expenses and damages must be paid under the law of general average. more»
Forwarders walk tightrope in managing risk
Source: Breakbulk Magazine, September/October 2010 Issue – When engineering, procurement and construction firms need to move project cargo, many look outside their gates to specialized project forwarders for help. Historically, project forwarders have operated as agents for their principals. They were responsible for little of the performance risk associated with their scope of work. more»
Successful repowering projects can only be achieved by considering the transportation and logistics challenges of removal and replacement of wind power structures.
Source: Wind Systems Magazine, September 2010 Issue – Renewable energy is certainly living up to its name. To provide greater wind production and lower operational costs, wind farm “repowering” is emerging as a significant factor in an evolving wind power marketplace. more»
Source: Logistics Management, August 2010 – The editorial staff of Logistics Management (LM) magazine, a leading US trade magazine, recently announced the results of its 27th Annual Quest for Quality Awards. BDP International was named #1 one in the air freight forwarder division. more»