Panalpina has set up Panprojects Carrier, which can oversee multimodal heavy-lift moves from fabrication to installation sites under one single contract that clearly governs all modes of transport.
It asserts that for customers like EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) companies and oil and gas majors, this offering reduces to an absolute minimum the commercial, technical and contractual risks that are inherent to the multimodal transport of project cargo. It claims to offer a “unique legal framework”.
“We are closing a gap in the heavy-lift market that has existed for too long,” says Erik Hutter, Panalpina’s global head of marine chartering. “Panalpina now offers a unique, seamless solution for multimodal heavy-lift transportation where the ocean part represents the main leg. And by seamless I do not only mean a complete end-to-end service, but one that is also fully mirrored and governed by an absolutely consistent legal framework.”
The single contract under which Panalpina offers its multimodal solutions is consistent with the released transportation documents such as bill of lading and the general terms and conditions. This greatly helps to avoid problems and disputes when exceptions occur during transport, especially when the transport mode changes. The new purpose-designed legal framework therefore ensures the best possible contractual clarity and one point of contact for the customer.
“We consider the total scope of an assignment, identify all possible risks in the transport chain and then clearly define and stipulate in a single contract the responsibilities and liabilities applicable to each transport leg, including overland pre-carriage, port handling and stevedoring, the ocean main leg, and overland post-carriage,” explains Michel Dubois, Panalpina’s global head of Energy and Project Solutions. “Our approach reduces to an absolute minimum the contractual, commercial and technical risks that are inherent to the multimodal transport of project cargo.”
Panprojects Carrier works closely with all leading multipurpose and heavy-lift carriers of the world. It has access to over 2,300 specialized vessels in the market.
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