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Caspian Heavy Lift, Astana, Kazakhstan October 2 nd , 2015


Active offshore development of the Caspian Sea has resulted in a booming oil and gas industry and associated industries in the region. This led to many complex projects related to delivery and building of offshore platforms, artificial islands, oil refineries, pipelines, etc. At the same time, Caspian and Central Asian logistics is distinguished by a number of geographical and administrative features.

Dmitry Fomin, Project Manager at Instar Logistics shared aspects of OOG and heavy-lift logistics from the Caspian Sea to the Talimanjar Power Plant in Uzbekistan during his speech at the 4th International Conference “Caspian Heavy Lift” on October, 2, 2015 in Astana, Kazakhstan at the Hotel “Kazzhol Astana”. This was a very challenging logistical operation given the number of obstacles en route and the parlous nature of the roads in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The company will move the heaviest piece of equipment in the form of a single piece, 400 tonne, Mitsubishi-built gas turbine from Kuryk port on the Caspian over 2000 kilometres to Talimanjar.

In addition, Instar Logistics had meetings with regional customers including Tengiz Chevroil Operator (TCO), Rominserve (EPC for Pavlodar Oil Refinery) as well as partners from Georgia, Turkey and Russia

Transportation boilers from Bosch plant in Germany in the city of Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Instar Logistics Company has successfully organized and carried out the transportation of five boilers from BOSCH factory in Germany and in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

This is equipment was necessary for the creation of vital object infrastructure. Тransportation route passed from Gunzenhausen / Germany (factory) where been loading and delivery vehicles in the river port of Roth / Germany has been carried out.

Further, transship on a barge and then delivery to the port of Rotterdam. This port transship from a barge on a ship for successive delivery to St. Petersburg port. In St. Petersburg, conducted conducted registration of transit declarations, the organization of intermediate survey of cargo and overload on the cars for delivery to Shymkent destination. From St. Petersburg cars we drove through the city Aktobe (Kazakhstan) where has been made the customs clearance. In Shymkent organized by request of the recipient unloading of cargo from trucks on the foundation with setting boilers for fixing points

Parameters 1 Boiler: 10.76 x 4.52 x 4.79 / 85.240 kg.

The beginning of works - 10/30/2014, at the end - of 12.26.2014

Detailed description of the project in a press release in Russian and English languages

Break Bulk Conference, Abu Dhabi


Representatives of the Instar Logistics Group attended the Annual Break Bulk Conference between 25 th and 28 th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Sivakumar Hariharan, the Instar Managing Director for the Middle East and India held beneficial meetings with clients including Technip Abu Dhabi, Technicas Reunidas of Spain, Fluor Houston and Wetherford Middle East. Up for discussion were the possible future projects handled by these organisations in the Middle East market.

Partners and competitors all attended the annual conference including BBC Shipping, Sharjak, Harriket, and Ibrakom

Heavy Russia 2015 Conference November 16 th Moscow, Russia


Alexander Shelkov, Director General of Instar Logistics and colleagues attended the VII international conference “Heavy Russia 2015” on November, 16-17 2015 at the Technopolis Congress Centre, Moscow. The conference was devoted to transportation, lifting and assembly of heavy and oversize cargoes.

The annual “Heavy Russia conference is an ever more popular and important platform where the leading Russian transport and logistics operators meet their international colleagues as well as representatives of energy, oil and gas, chemical and machine-building companies. Hundreds of delegates from many countries attended to listen to shared experience and expertise.

As Official Partner of the conference, General Director of Instar Logistics, Alexander Shelkov gave two key-note addresses on Uzbekistan projects. He shared the challenges faced by project logistic companies moving heavy and out of gauge cargo on Kazakh and Uzbek roads. The Delegates also heard of Instar Germany’s African exploits and their Mozambique experience with the application of a unique engineering solution for the transportation of a heavy lift cargo

Supply gas turbines to the site of the facility «Yakutsk GRES-2»


In November 2012 President Putin signed a Presidential order for the construction of four new Power Plants in the cities of Blagoveshchensk, Sovetskaya Gavan, Sakhalin and Yakutsk. RusHydro, the Federal Hydro-generating Company, was given a $USD1.5 billion budget and instructed to commence the search for contractors.

Of the four cities chosen as beneficiaries of the energy investment program, the delivery to and construction of the Yakutsk “GRES-2” State District Power Plant presented the greatest logistical challenge. Located about 450 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, Yakutsk is a major port and mid-size city of 290,000 inhabitants, situated on the banks of the great Siberian River Lena.

Extreme temperature has a major impact on life and infrastructure in Siberia. Yakutsk is the coldest major city in the world. The coldest temperatures ever recorded, outside Antarctica, occurred in the basin of the Yana River, northeast of Yakutsk.

Yakutsk is the biggest city built on continuous permafrost and the majority of buildings are constructed on concrete piles. Yakutsk is the destination of the Lena Highway, also known as the Amur-Yakutsk Highway, connecting Yakutsk with the Trans-Siberian Railway corridor near Skovorodino.

The Highway runs parallel to the Amur–Yakutsk Mainline railway, taking its name from the Lena River, running north-south in this region of Siberia. The road terminates on the east bank of Lena, with Yakutsk situated entirely on the west bank of Lena. Only when river conditions permit, vehicles can navigate the frozen river to Yakutsk, or take the ferry. However, for much of the year the river is impassable due to rough waters during spring flooding, ice floes or semi-thawed ice not supporting the weight of vehicles.

The new power plant has been built in the permafrost zone (no similar projects have been undertaken in Russia’s Far East since the 1980’s) located outside the city, near the gas-distribution station, providing a reliable fuel supply.

RusHydro declared that General Electric Power would provide the clean power, based on 4 of the GE LM6000 Sprint gas turbine aircraft derived solution.

"Instar Logistics" were chosen to drive the delivery, based upon their competitive tender and experience gained transporting 22 similar. The company has accumulated great experience in providing efficient and well-engineered transport schemes from plants in the United States and Europe.

The logistics story started as GE’s turbines and related technologies were brought together in Houston, Texas. A Hansa F-series multi- purpose heavy lift vessel was designated for the sea transportation between Houston and Vladivostok. The MV HHL Mississippi, fitted with dual 180 tonne (combined lift 360 tonne) provided the full lift capability for the 3-days whilst being loaded in Houston port.

The MV Mississippi took 9 days to traverse the 2100 nautical miles across the Gulf of Mexican to the Panama Canal and then crossed the Pacific, travelling to the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok.

Instar Logistics took 3-days unloading the MV HHL Mississippi in Vladivostok commercial seaport, including completing all customs clearance formalities. Given the complexities of customs clearance and the sheer scale of the freight movement, this was an extremely quick and stands testament to the Instar declarants and customs officers involved in the process.

Vladivostok commercial seaport (CPV) is very well equipped with the necessary infrastructure to handle project cargo. The Universal Terminal covers 165,000m2 including five 63-ton cranes. However, as in Houston, the MV Mississippi dual 180 tonne lift cranes made short work of the four GE gas turbines and loading was made rapidly onto waiting trucks.

The onward journey to Yakutsk took special planning and a detailed route-reconnaissance in August 2014, because of the size and weight of the consignment and the challenges brought on by road conditions.

In total, 70 trucks were used. The oversized and heavy (up to 78 ton single pieces) cargoes were transported by special low loader trucks and 7/8 axle semi-trailers. The journey from Vladivostok to Yakutsk was over 3000 kilometres of Russian roads; an arduous trip taking 8 days for the standard trucks and 14 for the heavy equipment.

The trucks, brought in specially and managed throughout by the Instar team and their contractors, followed the main Federal roads M56 and M58. The only road that is ‘passable’ year-round, connecting Yakutsk to the rest of the world, is the M-56 "Lena" from Magadan.

The M-56 is dilapidated due to the nearly year-round extreme temperatures, ice, and snow. There are many small rivers and ponds along the road, and most of the "bridges" lie beneath the water. In 2006, the road won the dubious distinction of "worst road in the world".

The final delivery to Yakutsk was, thankfully, an anti-climax.

After a journey of tens of thousands of miles; crossing the Gulf of Mexico; traversing the Panama Canal; navigating the Pacific; clearing customs in Vladivostok; covering over 3000 kilometres of Siberian roads, carrying the huge out-sized loads on special multi-axles trucks, the convoy arrived as planned.

Three days of unloading and the “Yakut GRES-2” State District Power Plant took delivery of the gas turbines.

“Instar Logistics” company took an active part in the exhibition-conference “BreakBulk RUS”

In May 2016 LLC “Instar Logistics” company took an active part in the exhibition-conference “BreakBulk RUS” which was first held in Russia in Moscow as part of the largest annual exhibition for the transport of heavy lift cargo Trans Russia.

Key employees of the company made a report about the execution of major projects on the transport of oversized loads. Also meetings were held with potential clients and partners.

Instar Logistics Conference


Instar Logistics held an internal midterm conference with Instar overseas offices in Barcelona, Spain. The conference provided a management meeting from the newly started Spanish subsidiary (with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia), Belgium, Georgia, Mozambique, South Africa, Germany and the new project office located in Dubai.

The company representatives discussed the development progress of the established offices. Georgia already has positive cash flow and a good financial result for the first 6 months of 2015. Spain has proven the most developed of the newly formed businesses within the Instar Group with almost 20 people working in its three offices. They are looking forward to a positive financial result at year end.



The Azeri Shah Deniz gas field, operated by the oil ‘supermajor’ BP Plc, is one of the largest gas developments in the world. It is enabling diversification of European energy by bringing Caspian gas resources to European markets, for the very first time.

The discovery of the huge Shah Deniz field and the subsequent engineering feat that is the South Caucasus Pipeline, enabled Azerbaijan to deliver over 40 billion cubic metres of gas to domestic, Georgian and Turkish consumers. As the development of the Southern Gas Corridor progresses, the European energy map is changing. Gas travels through 3,500 kilometres of pipeline to elevations of over 2,500 metres, and over 800 metres below the sea to customers in Greece, Bulgaria and Italy as well as Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Global transportation specialist Instar Logistics is providing full service logistics services in this $45 billion capital investment project by ensuring the safe and secure transportation, customs clearance and final delivery of specialist ENI SAIPEM equipment to the pipe laying sites in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Specialist tracked pipe laying vehicles took the 20-day voyage from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates toTbilisi, Georgia. Customs clearance through the port was under a temporary import regime. Crane assisted de-embarkation and the vehicles, weighing upwards of 50 tonne, were despatched to the pipeline construction sites via a fleet of Instar Logistics low loader trucks.

The Shah Deniz and Southern Corridor pipeline project is one of the largest and most complex endeavours in the history of the energy industry. The project has the cooperation of 11 companies, seven governments and 11 wholesale gas buyers. Instar Logistics operates in all the countries that cooperate in the Southern Gas Corridor.