DHL helps transport huge machinery haul

125 pieces moved from Germany to Ghana

NEWS, PMV, DHL Global Forwarding, GP Günter Papenburg AG

DHL Global Forwarding has played a big part in a major ocean freight project from Germany to Ghana for the family-owned construction company, GP Günter Papenburg AG, Germany.

125 pieces of machinery and equipment including 15 bulldozers, 20 loaders, 10 excavators, 60 motor graders, and 20 tippers, plus various spare parts, were already delivered from Nordhausen to Ghana.

During a period of three months, five partial deliveries with a total of 1,596 tons were moved. 80 more construction machines are to be shipped out of Hamburg in the last quarter of this year.

“The planning, controlling and coordinating of complex large projects require highly competent consulting and professional expertise as well as considerable practical experience. We are happy that GP Günter Papenburg AG entrusts us with this assignment. This confirms our professional competence concerning complex transportation processes around the globe,” said Volker Oesau, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle Europe.

The contract between Papenburg and DHL includes the entire project management, handling of unpacked construction machines and equipment in the port of Hamburg, maritime transportation by RoRo vessels as well as insurance of the precious goods.

Upon arrival at the African seaport, Tema, the Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development takes care of further goods distribution.

The Ghana government provides the individual district administrations with construction machinery and equipment. Giving the local administrations direct access to such equipment enables sustainable growth and development. The main goal is infrastructural development through restoration and maintenance of streets, feeders and long-distance roads.

Before operating the equipment, Papenburg staff trains the drivers to ensure optimal usage of the machinery. In addition, the German company trains a local team in Ghana which will independently carry out the maintenance and repairs of the construction equipment in the near future. 

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