A Very Heavy Load: MRI Delivery

Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed continues to provide best-in-class specialized flatbed service as with this recent MRI delivery to Indiana. Each special transport begins with intimate product knowledge and an understanding of what is needed. It begins with proper trailer type, unique care and communication. Our decades of experience and thousands of successful deliveries in the medical imaging device market adds confidence with each new move.

This transport required a step-deck with tarps and a driver knowledgeable in product-specific securement. Advance notice to the Cryo-Farm on our selected load date helps assure the piece is ready when necessary to ship to meet the transit for the required delivery date. These magnets are super-cooled and have a limited life of several days off-compressor.

The magnet gantry has its own securement to the special pallet base and the driver secures the pallet only with chains and binders at two points fore and aft. Despite the special wrap the magnet has from its original shipping from overseas, it’s very important the driver take great care when tarping to not damage the foil nor the attached electronic components.

Once loaded, we utilize ELD-based position tracking on a constant and daily basis to inspect progress goals are achieved or exceeded. Our exceptional on-time record allows us to communicate on an exception-only basis with our clients so they can focus on their core product offering and not the distraction of constant updates. The driver contacts the specific rigger at least 24-hrs prior to delivery to confirm schedule, provide specific arrival time, and gather site-specific parking/staging location information.

Upon arrival on site, the driver works with the lead rigger for the logistics of who, when, where, and how, to make the lift of the 30,000 lbs., safely and efficiently. Our drivers often collaborate and assist the riggers due to their experience at previous sites working with the same key factors. Knowing what works (and what doesn’t) can save many man-hours and add an additional layer of safety to the process.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899  7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

Safeway #TBT: Transporting the Proteus Submarine

In 2015, the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition was held in National Harbor, MD. When the event closed on April 16th, Sean Duprat, of Safeway Logistics, was tasked with safely transporting the Proteus submarine — a next-generation dual-mode submersible vehicle — from the expo site 965 miles South to Panama City, FL.

The expo was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies, and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event located in the heart of Washington, DC.

Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s  mission of maritime policy education and sea service support.

While the Proteus submarine was certainly an unusual project, our proven boat-hauling technique for all boats-on-trailers proved ideal for safe transit. All vessels must be independently secured to a dedicated trailer which is then secured to a flatbed.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899  7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

You can also download this tear sheet for more information about the Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed Boat Transport Solution.

Learning from Failure

Few want to discuss failure. Yet, failure is part of life—and business. It’s how we manage the tipping point that proves our mettle and helps us grow and improve best practices.

In our 45 years’ experience in logistics, we’ve never lost a priceless piece of art, damaged delicate equipment, or failed on an unusual project. At worst, we’ve encountered delays due to route changes beyond our control, or inclement weather. We still consider those wins because we keep our clients informed every step of the way. Every challenge is an opportunity to refine our tools and processes.

Refining the Process: Boat Hauling

On a recent shipment for a corporate executive, our driver contacted us the day after loading with a dreadful message: the captain’s chair was missing. There were no loose bolts, nor any indicators of transit issues. His best guess was that it had blown out or was stolen overnight while the drive team slept.

We notified the sales agent immediately. She worked to locate a replacement so that we could explain the situation with a solution ready such as “The seat was lost, but we have located a replacement.” But a replacement seat was nowhere to be found.

The agent called the shipper with the bad news and was surprised to hear, “There never was a captain’s chair on this boat.” While we were embarrassed not to have noticed that detail during loading, we were very relieved!

The failure was not having reviewed the photos taken by the driver during his initial inventory. This simple step would have provided clarity and saved unnecessary grief. We now study and log inventory photos from drivers at the start of every assignment so we can easily reference a visual manifest and ensure misunderstandings like the missing captain’s chair do not occur.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email blog@safewaylogisticsus.com.

You can also download this tear sheet for more information about the Safeway Logistics Specialty Flatbed Boat Transport Solution.