DHL official logistics partner for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012
Complete logistics solution for worldwide transportation the high-end gear for crewsBonn, 10/28/2011, 11:00 AM CEST
DHL's support includes transportation of high-end gear for the crews as well as short-term supply of spare parts in case of an emergency.
DHL, the world’s leading logistics company supports the 11th Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier round-the world yacht race starting in Alicante, Spain, on October 29 with a complete logistics solution.
DHL's support includes transportation of high-end gear for the crews and haulage of pavilions for visitors to the ten Race Villages, over the 72,000 kilometers-long route, as well as short-term supply of spare parts in case of an emergency. DHL uses a total of 152 containers for shipping the hundreds of tons of materials.
International Control Center
"Our proceedings will be monitored from an international control center especially established for the race. We ensure the smooth procedure of the race by supplying the race organizers, race teams, and partners with the full range of freight forwarding and venue logistics services. From the starting point in Alicante, Spain, to the finish in Galway, Ireland, DHL will be responsible for air, sea, and land transportation of the highly valuable equipment", said Reinier Vens, DHL Project Director for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The seamless cooperation of all DHL business units guarantees a smooth run of the whole race.
DHL will move two identical sets of 40ft ocean freight containers with a volume of 67,0 cubic meter, which include loft hand tools, lifejacket kits and rig lifting sling sets per team according to the leapfrog principle. The teams use the content of the first container during the first leg while DHL has already delivered the second container to the next destination. Upon arrival, the teams take over the second container to use it during the next leg while DHL prepares the previously used first container for the next stopover. This method guarantees on-time delivery and availability of the necessary equipment as DHL is always one step ahead of the boats.
Spare Parts via Air Cargo
In addition to the ocean freight containers, DHL provides each team with a number of air cargo containers. In case of an emergency such as a broken mast, DHL is responsible for immediately delivery of a substitute. To cover such contingencies, a spare parts depot has been established at the airport in Amsterdam, enabling DHL to move massive goods such as masts up to 100 feet-tall to any destination around the globe in quick time.
The seamless cooperation of all DHL business units guarantees a smooth run of the whole race. DHL offers its clients customized solutions, complying with individual needs having specific requirements. Due to the anticipatory planning, undertaken by DHL, the company is able to react in a flexible and timely way – in case of emergencies.