Extreme logistics – solutions to the impossible

Extreme logistics – solutions to the impossible

1st September 2021

When it comes to moving unusual cargoes, the specialist team at Kestrel Liner Agencies are experts at making the impossible possible.  They recently moved into Epsilon House on Masterlord Office Village and operate worldwide with freight that doesn’t fit in a container but needs dedicated handling by road and sea.

From a 33-ton aircraft cabin simulator over 6m wide, to giant air-separation units more than 80m long, storage tanks, refrigeration plant and industrial machinery, nothing fazes Des Nott and his colleagues Melanie Moore and Sarah Wilson. 

The Kestrel Group has offices in Felixstowe, Manchester, Hull, Dover, Aberdeen, Stansted, Miami and throughout the Caribbean

The Ipswich team deals with difficult project logistics such as moving a huge Boeing 777 cabin training simulator from Manchester to Amsterdam Schiphol airport by road and by barge.

“We’re used to challenges. It’s all about planning, surveying suitable road routes and escorts for large vehicles and finding the most efficient way to transport a large cargo safely door-to-door.  With the cabin simulator, we even used a barge on Dutch waterways to avoid road closures for part of the route.  Once the shrink-wrapped simulator arrived at Air France and KLM’s flight safety centre, it was fitted on a hydraulic platform, allowing a full range of “inflight” movement for cabin crew training.”

Des Nott, Kestrel Liner Agencies

Kestrel Liner Agencies represents sales and operations for shipping lines such as JSA Global, Baltic and European Shipping, China United Lines and Tropical Shipping – operating a container service between Miami and most of the Caribbean islands. Kestrel has received two prestigious Queen’s Awards for International Trade. 

With such an international business, the biggest challenge for the team is working with time differences and finding space on ships, currently in short supply and leading to rising freight costs.

“Masterlord has great transport links, is close to Felixstowe and has a good support network in place with all the services offered at Epsilon House, including high-speed broadband and free parking.”

Des Nott, Kestrel Liner Agencies

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