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April 2019 | The Journal of Commerce 13 www.joc.com Breakbulk & Project Cargo Complex Cargo, Innovative Solutions. That's the RTM Difference. From container to projects and everything in between, RTM offers innovative routing across a worldwide network and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. When it needs to get there safely, swiftly and securely, rely on RTM's 30 years of expertise. BREAKBULK FCL HIGH & HEAVY MILITARY PROJECT RO/RO R T M L I N E S . c o m • + 1 8 0 0 . 8 4 7 . S H I P • Oil & Gas • Mining • Construction • Aviation • Automotive • Power Generation have a long, long lead time that require early involvement and significant planning to make sure you get it right the first time. Q: Logistics education is important to you. Has it become easier to attract young logisticians to the project cargo side of the shipping industry? maintaining schedule. Just the sheer size of the spend has taken it to something beyond the merely transactional, beyond just executing and tracking shipments and choosing the right carrier. It requires a whole new level of logistics professional. Project logistics is no longer just a "cost center" or "the shipping depart- ment." Logistics has become a much bigger player in being able to execute a project successfully. In my experience, we've forced our way into the seats at the [early planning] table because we've been able to demonstrate the need to engage early in project execution and the value that logistics delivers. Negative outcomes can be avoided when logistics is talking to engineer- ing and construction at the outset of a project about what the project is trying to accomplish, about what the engineers have in mind re design of equipment, the facilities where modules will be built, and the facilities where they'll be delivered. These conversations have to happen early on. Even for large fabricated equipment pieces that are not modules, engagement has to happen early on and be maintained through the procurement process. Q: Why is early involvement of the logistics team so important for project success? The risk is so high when you are mov- ing critical high-valued over-dimensional and overweight equipment. You have only one chance to get it right. If the piece is damaged, or if the carrier can't execute the shipment — you don't get a do-over. Some equipment could take 18 months to two years to build. You can't call the man- ufacturer or supplier and say, "Hey, I need another one, and send a ship in to pick it up." It doesn't work that way. These aren't off-the-shelf items. These are pieces that Project logistics has definitely become more visible, thanks to efforts by the Hous- ton-based Exporters Competitive Maritime Council (ECMC), and through introductory education offered at the Breakbulk events. There's been a change over the last five years or so. I see a better understanding of project logistics. Students know it's quite different Today, logistics must have a seat at the table from the earliest planning of equipment and facilities design and into project proposal participation.

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