October 15, 2015
Logistics, Project Logistics, Chartering, Pipes & Tubes
DREWES Logistics was contracted to transport about 40,000 freight tons (FRTs) of coated and uncoated steel pipes in 40 ft. and 60 ft. lengths for the supply of the ETC Rover pipeline in the American part of the Great Lakes.
Due to the lack of specialized equipment for pipe handling and transportation in line with clients’ logistics requirements, one of the key challenges was the timely provision of appropriate handling and transport equipment, another being the transport of maritime vessels fitted for the Great Lakes for the ocean voyage to selected outports in Ohio and Michigan.
Rover Pipeline LLC is a new interstate natural gas project proposed to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) of domestically-produced natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada, with direct deliveries into Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada which has a broader network of distribution points back into the U.S., the Northeast and the Canadian market.
To find suitable discharge ports with sufficient space for intermediate storage, DREWES Logistics executed field research over several months, visited ports, interviewed stevedoring companies and studied routes along Lake Erie.