The Logistics of Shipping LNG Transportation Equipment

LNG equipment

Texas International Freight recently completed the challenging task of shipping liquefied natural gas carriers, the equipment that transports LNG. The goods were shipped approximately 1600 miles, from Houston TX, to a small town in Pennsylvania, using a combination of truck, crane, and rail.

The LNG equipment transportation project presented its own unique set of challenges. Some of them stemmed from the fact that the client had a 2-year delay from the initial meeting to being able to start the project. Others were geographical factors that limited access to some of the journey path and shipping options. Finally, part of the planned route got closed off just prior to when the project was set to commence. All of which were overcome with no delays to the project.

Lng VesselThese sorts of problems arise regularly, especially with shipments of this size and complexity. LNG logistics planning is no exception. This is where the benefits of Texas International Freight’s reliability and expertise come into play. Above all, they are a dependable company that takes care of all the obstacles that arise for their clients.  The company ensures the smooth shipment and timely delivery of cargo.

How do you choose a shipping method to transport large LNG carriers?

There are many options and considerations to take into account when choosing the best means of transporting large LNG carriers. As a result, one of the main issues with this job was evaluating how these huge 132,000-lbs units would be best transported: by truck or by rail.

LNG transport by rail was ultimately the better option for this project, largely because of the final destination. They were shipping to a very remote location in Wyalusing, PA. The infrastructure in this part of the eastern US is dated. For that reason, the roads and bridges were too tight for trucking this 91-foot-long, 132,000-lb tank.

Another factor being that this route would have led through the Allegheny mountain range. There, the roads are far too narrow for a truck carrying this heavy-haul freight to fit. Thus, geography worked against the option of shipping the LNG transportation via truck in this instance, too.

What makes Texas Freight International special?

We spoke with Michael Dyll, the CEO of TEXAS FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL, who told us why they stand out against other LNG equipment transportation companies. He says: ‘We are the dependable freight forwarder. By being a company that can be relied upon to deliver on time, it sets us apart from about 50% of the other freight companies out there. We are dynamic, fast, and capable of shipping using a large selection of transport types. Where we excel is in heavy haul or extremely large shipments, as our expertise lies in moving the cargo door to door through various different modes of transport: ocean, terminal handling, crane and rigging, rail, trucking, and even by air transport – if the cargo can fit!”

Texas Freight International has been established since 2010 and offers its extensive experience along with unrivaled reliability and competitive rates. To find out the cost of shipping LNG equipment transportation by truck, rail or sea, you can inquire about the LNG shipping rates here.