John Strang, Chairman of the Strang-Tradex Group, was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia. The award was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Monday 13 June 2016. In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service. John received the award for distinguished service to the transport and logistics sector through executive roles in progressing industry development, and to professional business organisations.
Strang Ehoala Port and Logistics (SEPL), which provides port operations, stevedoring and logistics at Port Ehoala, Madagascar, has been recognised by one of our key clients, Rio Tinto QIT Madagascar Minerals, who have bestowed SEPL with their Business Improvement Award for 2015. Congratulations to our SEPL team for this recognition of their continued hard work and dedication.
Recently, STRANG successfully delivered, on an integrated “door to door” basis, a 170 tonne transformer along with 28 large cases of accessories from China to Melbourne, Australia. The shipment included the movement down the Yangtze river by barge & transfer to the ocean going vessel in Shanghai. Upon arrival in Melbourne we undertook customs clearance, IMDG arrangements, stevedoring coordination and supervision, cargo survey, transport and cranage. The cargo was discharged directly ex ship’s hook to specialised trailers which then transported the cargo under police escort to site. Once on site the equipment was placed onto the foundations using a gantry lift system and skated into position. STRANG Engineered Logistics at its best.
Taking a break from his roles as Project Director for Strang Ehoala Port Logistics (Madagascar) and Strang Port and Logistics Business Solutions, our consultancy division, Mark Bulter recently scaled the Matterhorn where he was able to fly our flag at the summit. Congratulations to Mark on his achievement and we look forward to his safe return to sea level.
At our South African operations Strang has recently commenced the transport of liquid molten metal on public roads. In conjunction with our client, this development has required detailed equipment design, specific operator training, coordination with road authorities and the creation of fail-safe procedures and systems. The plan is for at least one movement per hour operating on a 24/7 basis. Mr Poobal Chetty, Operations Director for Strang, commented, “It has taken significant focus and dedication from our team to ensure that all aspects of this delicate operation have been thoroughly detailed, investigated and designed with the result being another world-leading Strang Engineered Logistics solution.”
Strang Port and Logistics Business Solutions has and continues to provide key operational support and consultancy to Base Titanium at their newly-commissioned port facilities at Likoni, Port of Mombasa, Kenya. Strang have provided bulk loading experts and experienced ship loader operators and has included the provision of training and hands-on support for the loading of the MV African Eagle with the first shipment of ilmenite from the facility. The Client’s press release sums up the success “ Base Resources is pleased to advise that the MV African Eagle has left port loaded with 25,000 tonnes of ilmenite destined for a customer in China. The ship loader, operating under load for the first time, performed to expectation and was able to reach its design capacity of 1,000 tonnes per hour.” This intervention by experienced Strang team members once again underlines how Clients are supported in most practical ways to achieve a successful “engineered” outcome.
Strang Rennies Metal Terminals Pty Ltd (a 100% STRANG-owned subsidiary) were recently appointed to provide specialised tanker road transport services to BHP Billiton in support of the Hillside and Bayside Smelters in Richards Bay South Africa. These services form part of the suite of integrated logistics operations provided and engineered by STRANG which encompass both inbound (import) and outbound (export) logistics chains.
STRANG successfully completed a “door-to-door” shipment of five (5) “Savanna” reels ex Brisbane to Manzanillo, Panama thence transhipped to Galveston USA. The cargo was secured on Mafi trailers and shipped via Ro Ro vessel. Services for this over-dimensional cargo included: transportation from the Australian supplier to the export terminal, craned from road vehicles to Mafi trailers, ocean freighting arrangements, all export/import documentation and administration, Customs clearance and onward road transport to point of receipt by purchaser in the USA.
John Ingster, one of our long-standing Directors – having been with the Group for over 40 years – recently attended the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH) Biennial 28th World Ports Conference in Los Angeles. STRANG is the Australia & New Zealand Representative for the Port of Long Beach who were majors sponsors at this event. Grant Gilfillan, the CEO of Sydney Ports Corporation, was elected the President for the next two years 2013-2015. John Ingster won the Port of Los Angeles prize “Oscar” which was awarded at the Conference.
Our Managing Director, Andrew Strang, in his role as Honorary Consul for Mozambique in Australia, had the pleasure in welcoming the Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, a number of Ministers and a business delegation undertaking a State visit of Australia. The visit included a field trip to Queensland coal mines as well as associated port and rail infrastructure, an investment seminar to promote opportunities within Mozambique, meetings with the Australian Mozambique community and students as well as various government-to-government interactions and meetings with the Prime Minister, the Governor General and the Governor of NSW.
The m/v Federal Polaris is the 50th ilmenite vessel to call in Port Ehoala. More than 1 500 000 tons of ilmenite have been loaded during 50 vessels calls. Strang Ehoala Port Logistics (SEPL) have stevedored these vessels safely, effectively and efficiently, achieving all Key Performance Targets. In addition, Port Ehoala continues to grow as a regional hub promoting the growth and development of South Eastern Madagascar with various shipping lines servicing the port as well as cruise liners calling regularly. Strang not only provides cargo handling, stevedoring, mooring and integrated logistic services but we also have a role to assist our client in marketing the port.
We are deviating from having a “Student of the Month” to recognise the achievements of a special Study Group in Madagascar who have displayed a high level of commitment in completing the Port and Terminal Operations Course under the guidance of their Operations Manager, Mr Steven Gallagher.