DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) is organising the ocean delivery of construction machinery from German firm GT Günter Papenburg to the Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Africa. The transport is being handled by DGF’s special projects team – DHL Industrial Projects.

The company is overseeing port handling at Hamburg and ocean transport, including coordinating the vessel and delivery scheduling. Other tasks include managing the handling of the unpacked construction machines and equipment at the port of Hamburg, as well as the ro-ro transport of the equipment. It is also handling the insurance of the goods. Once at the port of Tema the Ghanaian ministry handles onward distribution.

So far the transport and logistics provider has organised the shipment of 125 machines with a total weight of 1,596 tons, including 15 bulldozers, 20 loaders, 10 excavators, 60 HBM-Nobas motor graders, and 20 tippers.

Over a three-month period the machinery was transferred from Papenburg’s facility in Nordhausen, central Germany to the port of Hamburg by road for direct onward shipment to the port of Tema in Ghana aboard a Grimaldi operated vessel. Various spare parts have also been delivered. Eighty more machine units are due to be delivered in the last quarter of 2014.

“The movement of machinery is typical for DGF’s special projects team, DHL Industrial Projects,” a spokesperson told Automotive Logistics News. “DHL Industrial Projects delivers a broad range of in-house services that is unmatched by traditional forwarders. They have decades of experience in heavyweight cargo transports and multimodal transport solutions for various industries.”

More widely, DHL Global Forwarding offers a wide range of services such as air freight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, industrial projects, specialised sector specific services and value added services

“The planning, controlling and coordinating of complex large projects require a highly competent consulting and professional expertise, as well as considerable practical experience,” said Volker Oesau, CEO Middle Europe, DHL Global Forwarding. “We are happy that the company GP Günter Papenburg AG entrusts us with this assignment.”

The equipment is being used to strengthen and rehabilitate Ghana’s infrastructure and maintain its streets, and feeder and trunk roads. GP Günter Papenburg is providing training for personnel using the equipment.