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Authors


David Kershaw Annie Roberts


Contributors Sophie Barnes


COMMENT W


hen Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) magazine was launched in 2007, the industry was


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riding the crest of a wave. A ‘golden decade’ was, unbeknown to many, about to end in the most unceremonious of fashions. Global economic crisis, the soaring highs and


crashing lows of the oil and gas sector, emerging industries and economies, compliance, technology, amongst others, have played their part in moulding the project logistics sector we see today. Te ride has been fascinating and one thing has become strikingly


apparent – the project logistics sector, in the face of adversity, has proven itself as resilient, versatile and innovative. Tis edition draws upon editorial published across all 59 issues of HLPFI,


as well as incorporating recent interviews and submissions from significant industry figures. We thank everyone that provided their time and assistance. Dotted throughout this publication, biennial timelines provide a snapshot


of some of the sector’s major business developments. Notable mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, appointments, innovations and other key events are recounted in brief. Te changing relationship between shippers and forwarders also falls under the microscope (pp.10-15). As they seek to maintain profits or simply balance the books, EPCs, OEMs and other shippers have examined all areas of their business in an effort to reduce costs. Te management of transport and logistics has been an important area of focus. Te changing face of the multipurpose and heavy lift shipping sector is


reviewed across two articles (pp.18-26 and pp.54-61). Overzealous investment, increased competition, an oversupply of tonnage and a diminishing cargo base have formed a sector vastly different from the heady days of the mid-2000s. Te rise of modularisation and new equipment innovations are covered in


our transport engineering review on pp.70-76. Te rapid changes surrounding insurance and compliance – a topic that will become increasingly critical as the industry moves forward – is explored on pp.30-37. Airfreight, project forwarder networks, standout project moves, and the main industry verticals are all viewed in detail throughout this anniversary edition.


As the saying goes: ‘Tose who cannot remember the past are doomed to


repeat it.’ Te last ten years will live long in the memory of all those involved in the heavy lift and project logistics business – long enough (hopefully) to prevent history repeating itself.


David Kershaw, Features Editor HLPFI10 | 3


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