Mobile cranes from China to Russia
Livorno, April 13, 2020
Livo Logistics Italy has recently worked closely with TEL (Topline Express Logistics), a local PCN member in China and delivered 10 units of cranes from Northern China to a jobsite in Amurskaya of Russia by the combining mode of driving and low-bed trucking operations. This is another success story of cooperation among PCN members.
Normally March is still the frozen time in Northern China. Heilongjiang, the border river between China and Russia is frozen, too. A steel structuered floating bridge is set up on the ice every winter by the local authority and is the only passage for people and traffic to cross the border when ferry service is unavailable. But the border is shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March this year and only trucks loaded with daily necessities are permitted to cross the border. The supplier delivered the cranes to the warehouse near the border but crossing border operations was the consignee’s responsibility. The cranes had been sitting in the warehouse for many days but no one was able to handle the on-carriage to the destination until Livo Logistics appeared. Each crane is nearly 45 tons and 14.1 x 3.3 x 3.79 meters. The weight of the cranes was just on the limit of the bridge capacity. Besides the capacity of the floating bridge, the banning of people’s movement had become another challenge. That means the drivers are not allowed to return after delivery of cranes across the border because the border is not open to visitors.
TEL, a logistics service provider in China monitored the weather forcast and learned a cold storm was coming in the 4th week of March which certainly would reinforce the ice. TEL used its relationship in Heihe government to find the right department to assess the capacity of the floating bridge and had the driving operations approved. As a result of careful organization and planning, 10 cranes were delivered to the jobsite on 7 April after overcoming challenges of limited bridge capacity and restrictions of people’s movement.