Antarctic mission for Tees logistics firm AV

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Teesside logistics giant AV Dawson has been selected by Trans Global Projects (TGP), an international project logistics management company, to be the ‘bio-secure’ base of operations for a shipment to the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station at Rothera Point.

Part of AV Dawson’s quayside freight terminal within Teessport has been transformed into a ‘bio-secure’ location for the delivery, de-contamination and repackaging of TGP’s shipment destined for Antarctica.

TGP was awarded the contract for project logistics management for a shipment of equipment and construction materials to the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station at Rothera Point by BAM.

The global construction and civil engineering company is in charge of removing Rothera Point’s old wharf and building a new one.

The wharf is scheduled to be built over two Ant-arctic seasons, starting in November 2018, and is to accommodate the UK’s new state-of-the-art polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Serving as a UK Hub for polar science, Rothera is located 900 miles south of the tip of South America on Adelaide Island, which is along the west-ern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Charlie Nettle, AV Dawson head of commercial and marketing, said: “TGP selected AV Dawson’s Tees Freight Terminal because of its ability to adapt and transform into a bio-secure site.

“The decontamination process for the Rothera shipment started weeks before any of the materials arrived. Our facility underwent deep cleaning directly prior to commencement of receiving cargo.

“This was conducted in addition to a routine maintenance schedule of spraying insecticides, pesticides and herbicides and a manual inspection to remove weeds, rodents, insects and other pests.

“The project has utilised multiple areas of our site including two large fabrication halls on our quay-side site which have been segregated to create a manageable bio secure area for packaging and palletisation of cargo.

“TGP has also been able to benefit from the use of our Environment Agency approved wash pad facilities to decontaminate any cargo that arrives on site. Our TRIP (Tees River-side Intermodal Park) site has also received and stored over 90 containers destined for the project.”

TGP and AV Dawson’s teams are working closely with all the teams on site. Both companies have employed dedicated project supervisors to ensure the success of the project.

Products ranging from two 300-tonne crawler cranes to construction steel and cement have been delivered into the site and are being prepared to be loaded on to the vessel.

In total, it is anticipated that over 13,000 cubic metres of products will have been received and loaded directly onto the vessel from AV Dawson’s quayside facilities.


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