A Word From GPLN: Issue 84 / January / February 2022
Recovery from Covid-19 is nearing but supply chains are still struggling, and delays, are increasing. According to Independent Project Analysis (IPA), delays in vendor supply chains had improved by mid-2020 but in the third quarter of 2021 delays were more frequently compared to the situation at the beginning of the pandemic. According to a project owner survey, one-half of the owner companies said that logistics is facing significant chain disruptions. Limited vessel availability, a lack of resources at ports, bottlenecks due to containership congestion and rising logistics costs are all contributing factors.
Demand for renewable energy and the increasing size of wind turbines is posing fresh challenges for the installation vessel fleet, meaning operators will have to invest in new vessels or upgrade existing ones to install the super-sized turbines that are expected to become the norm by the end of the decade. Unable to install new and larger turbines, the first-generation installation fleet has now transitioned into maintenance and repair services for installed turbines. Some purpose-built vessels unable to handle the 10 MW-plus turbines have been moved from Europe to China, where lower crane capacity vessels are still in high demand. Out of the current fleet of purpose-built vessels, none are currently able to install 14 MW-plus turbines. This will change towards 2025 as newbuilds start to be delivered and existing vessels get crane upgrades. Since many of us are now planning their business trip to Rotterdam we would like to mention the following story: When Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon and one of the world’s richest men ordered a yacht at the Dutch specialist Oceanco, he did not envision a historic monument in Rotterdam to be in the way of the vessel’s delivery. Over the last couple of weeks, media is awash of reports that the 95-year old Koningshaven Bridge, known as De Hef will have to be dismantled, probably by Bonn & Mees to make way for the yacht. Their sheerlegs Matador 3 would be capable of lifting up to 1,800 tons and could perform the operation on its own. The dismantling could essentially be completed within a day, but more time would be needed to plan the operation.
As our members and sponsors are aware, this year’s GPLN AGM will take place from May 20-22, 2022 at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam, just after Breakbulk Europe and ahead of our technical course, so that attending delegates can combine all events in the same city. Up to now, over 100 GPLN members have already registered for our annual conference and also several delegates for our seminar which is also available for non-members and has still a few seats left. All relevant details about these events are published on our dedicated pages of our website. During Breakbulk Europe (May 17-19, 2022) you are most welcome to visit our spacious GPLN booth in the main hall 1 (1A20). We will be joined by various GPLN member companies, namely: Agence Maritime Mohab/Tunisia, Allseas Global Logistics/UK, AZKA Shipping &Logistics/ Iraq, Baltkonta/Lithuania, Brelog/Germany, Czechoslovak Ocean Shipping/ Czech Republic, Expo Freight/India, Falcon International/Canada, Global Union Alliance/Saudi Arabia, ITM Projects/ Mexico, and transmaritim international/Germany.
We wish you all the best for 2022 and look forward to meeting you soon in Rotterdam. Stay safe and healthy!
Your GPLN team
New GPLN Members / January – February 2022
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