Origin Bridges the Gap in Scotland

There’s no such thing as an ordinary day here at Origin.
Because we specialise in out-of-gauge, project and heavy-lift shipments, the extraordinary is our bread and butter. It will come as no surprise then, that when we were contacted about shipping an entire bridge from New Jersey in the USA to Cannich in Scotland, we jumped at the opportunity.

Cannich in Inverness-shire is home to the world’s oldest shinty club – the ancient sport that is the ancestor of modern day ice hockey. It’s also home to a 48-metre long, single carriageway, two-span Bailey bridge that is ready for retirement. McGregor Construction (Highlands), working for the Highland Council, sourced a 52-metre single-span replacement from specialist UK modular bridge supplier Retro Bridge who turned to its New Jersey based partner to design, manufacture and supply the new structure. Once the contract was agreed, the next step was to arrange transportation, and this is where Origin came in. This was a great turn-key project to get our teeth stuck into and we completed the door-to-door delivery taking care of every detail:

  • This time critical movement had to be delivered to the site in Scotland in the exact order it was to be constructed
  • Once the bridge was installed we had the task of returning the specialist launch & erection equipment used during bridge construction back to New Jersey

With so many factors in the balance, one mistake would have had a knock-on effect throughout the project, but by implementing our bespoke planning process and predicting and heading off potential problems before they arose, we were able to see it through exactly as requested: all in a day’s work for the Origin team.

If you have a shipment that needs special attention, get in touch with us today on 0161 4921772 or by email at info@originlogistics.com.

Origin Logistics supports the Bambisanani Partnership

We’re proud to continue our relationship with the Bambisanani Partnership with a pledge of £1500 to the project in 2013. We’ve supported this amazing project for a number of years now, and it’s been great to see it grow and continue to evolve.

The Bambisanani Partnership is a unique collaboration between St Mary’s Catholic High School in Menston and Mnyakanya High School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.  The project uses sport as a major catalyst to develop international understanding, education, health and leadership. We wish the project a very successful 2013, and look forward to more news on its progress.

Into Africa!

Origin is excited to announce the launch of our services for onward deliveries via South Africa in conjunction with our agent Paccon Logistics, handling FCL / breakbulk & RORO cargoes.

With South Africa’s east coast and particularly Durban and Richards Bay being the main entry ports for the north-south corridor, it’s no coincidence that the Southern African landlocked neighbours such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC feature heavily in the daily activities. We can also offer clients an alternative inland routing to these countries via Walvis Bay. Why not get in touch today to find out more by calling 0161 492 1772 or emailing info@originlogistics.com.

World’s largest wind farm, London Array, fully operational

A consortium of Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar has officially inaugurated the 630MW first phase of the London Array offshore wind power plant, located 20km off the coast of Kent. All 175 Siemens’ 3.6MW turbines are now operational and exporting power to the National Grid, generating enough power for around 500,000 homes.

Here at Origin we are experts in the energy sector, handling regular shipments of wind turbines and offshore oil and gas equipment. If you have any out-of-gauge or heavy-lift requirements, then please get in touch today on 00 44 (0) 161 492 1772 or by emailing info@originlogistics.com.

Origin joins XL Projects network

Origin has been accepted to join a new network specific for the project forwarding industry. XL Projects is a network of independent project forwarders and project charterers who are defining today’s project logistics industry. Members are carefully vetted for operational capabilities and project knowhow within the project industry before they are accepted within the network. Only companies with the required experience within their respective markets are accepted.

Our membership of XL Projects compliments our current membership of PPL PRONET and ensures that we have all corners of the world covered with project freight forwarders who are able to assist us in serving our clients within their respective countries for door-to-door deliveries.

We’ve been awarded ISO9001 accreditation

We’re excited to announce that Origin has achieved the internationally recognised ISO9001 certification for Quality Management Systems. This independent assessment was conducted by the leading certification body, ACS Registrars, and demonstrates our commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.

We take great pride as a team and aim at all times to be the best at what we do. ISO9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do and that they have a quality management system in place to ensure consistency and improvement.


The world’s largest vessel – The Maersk Triple E Class

The world’s largest ship is entering its final stage of construction, and is due to go into active service later this year. At 400-metre long and 165,000 tonnes, the Triple E is will be able to carry 18,000 TEU, 12% more cargo than its nearest rival the CMA CGM Marco Polo, which is currently the largest ship in operation at 16,020 TEU. Building the vessel has been a mammoth undertaking, which this astonishing time-lapse video captures:

“Triple E” stands for the philosophy behind the vessel – Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmental improvement. The increased capacity, along with re-designed engines and a slower maximum speed of 23 knots, mean that the carbon footprint per container will be reduced by 50%.

However, some industry critics are pointing out that the Triple E will be too large to dock in all but a few ports, and that the environmental and economic savings can only be gained when it is fully loaded. Due to the disparity in import and export volumes between Europe and the Far East, many ships sailing this trade route leave Europe with a significant proportion of empty containers. Maersk is counting on container trade growing at a rate of 5 – 6 % year on year in order to recoup the company’s investment in the new vessel. It remains to be seen whether the gamble will pay off.

East to West Coast Scotland

Did you know, every week we handle & deliver wind turbine parts for the wind farms of Campbeltown, Scotland? The loads themselves can measure anything up to 5m wide and 21m long, and weigh up to 40 tonnes! The extreme winter conditions also bring their share of problems, such as flash floods, landslides, and most recently 15ft-high snow drifts which at their peak left over 5,000 homes and businesses without power and cut off from the outside world.

Despite these harsh, unforgiving conditions we always get the job done! Get in touch to find out how we can get the job done for you by calling 0161 492 1772 to speak to one of our project logistics experts.

London Gateway port receives giant cranes

The largest cranes ever to be delivered to the UK have arrived at London Gateway’s deep-sea facility, having left China three months ago. The quay cranes are each taller than the London Eye and weigh in at 1,848 tonnes. Footage of these impressive cranes can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdAFiEvEVuU.

Tim Halhead, London Gateway operations director, said, “The size of the cranes future-proofs the port, allowing London Gateway to handle the next generation of ultra large container ships.”

The cranes will be used to lift containers from some of the world’s largest cargo ships onto the shore at the new London Gateway port, which is due to open at the end of this year. When complete, its owners, Dubai-based DP World, say it could bring 36,000 jobs to the economy.

Afghanistan on the rise

With UK exports to Afghanistan totalling £346 million in 2011, this central Asian country has come a long way since the days of the Taliban. Economic growth has been strong, with a predicted 8% average growth in 2013, following hot on the heels of estimated 22% growth last year.

Origin offer an unrivalled service to Afghanistan, with services into Kabul, Kandahar, forward operating bases and military airfields, with FCL, project, RO-RO and air services. Get in touch today on 0845 272 2459 to find out more.