A complex, high-precision logistical operation of massive proportions was recently executed in Sri Lanka by Logiventures, a subsidiary of the Hayleys Advantis Group, when it undertook to deliver two Tunnel Boring Machines to the Uma Oya multi-purpose development project.
The giant mechanised boring machines from Germany, which defied normal logistics dimensions, were cleared from the Port of Colombo, transported to the Logiventures Project Cargo Yard at Nawalokapura, dismantled under client supervision, loaded on to a fleet of specially-modified carriers and delivered to the Ella-Wellawaya site of the project, in a first of its kind exercise in this country, the company said.
The two tunnel boring machines are to be deployed to drill 22 kilometres of tunnel for the Uma Oya project, which will generate hydro power and irrigate farm lands in the Moneragala, Badulla and Ampara districts in the south east of Sri Lanka.
“This logistical operation set a new benchmark for specialised cargo logistics handling by a Sri Lankan company,” said Janitha Jayanetti, Director of Logiventures (Pvt) Ltd. “It required the formation of a dedicated team of experts, the modification of transporters and re-working of containers to accommodate units that were above permitted sizes, the enforcement of special safety precautions, pre-delivery route surveys and transportation under police escort, in view of the dimensions of the cargo.”
He said Logiventures had deployed specialised super low-bed carriers in a flawless execution of its mandate, resulting in the unique cargo being delivered to and unloaded at the project site on time. “Being entrusted with the handling of very high value project cargo of this nature comes down to the confidence that the logistics provider can inspire in the client,” Mr. Jayanetti added. “Logiventures is justifiably proud of its achievement in transporting this vital piece of equipment to the Uma Oya project.”