Paul Hubbeling. Senior Project Manager Danieli Corus B.V.
IJmuiden, the Netherlands
Danieli Corus (DC) is an internationally active engineering and contracting company in the Iron and Steel Industry. Danieli Corus is part of the Italian Danieli Group.
In May 2014 DC signed a contract with the steelplant of Arcelor Mittal in Kriviy Rih, Ukraine. The contract included the engineering and supply of a complete Pulverized Coal Injection (PCI) system for Blast Furnace no 9 of Arcelor Mittal Kriviy Rih (AMKR).
The supplies included steel structures, bins and vessels, 350 meter ducting of 2.6 meter length, 500 meter of coal transport piping, automation, piping, valves, compressors etc.
The material was purchased by DC from many sources mainly within the European Union.
The shipment of these goods was executed by NMT by approx. 400 truckloads. The plant in Ukraine is not close to any port so truck transport was the most logical choice. For another project in Ukraine experience was gained by DC together with NMT. The shipments to Ukraine have some very specific rules and regulations to follow. It had become clear in the past that there are cultural differences between the European way of working and the Ukrainian way of working, especially on the paper work. The custom clearance procedure in particular in Ukraine is more complex than we are used to in Europe or Asia. The more we understand about the system the more we understand the questions and requirements to the paperwork.
DC and NMT had this experience in the previous project, which made DC to give the order for shipment to NMT. Obviously this could only happen if the quoted prices were right. A close cooperation with NMT and DC’s project management, procurement and finance department was required to realize all shipments.
Many surprises crossed our roads during the shipments, but all could be solved. Sometimes meaning that at very unusual times support was required from NMT (weekends, evenings etc.). Due to the NMT approach to assign a single point of contact the difficulties could always be overcome. As always there is room for improvement in the whole process and we had again a good lessons learned.
With the positive attitude of all parties, the shipments were realized.