Experience of working in Remote /Unrest Area


The supplier appointed a Swiss agent as their logistics partner to execute the Scattered Power Project in Papua Island, Indonesia, with Total Movements being their consortium partner in this project.

Cargo Details


6 x DG Cargo Sets


134 MT


120 SOC Containers

Scope of Work

  • Ocean freight of 6 x DG sets weighing 134 MT + 120 SOC containers from Rauma port, Finland to Sorong port, Papua, Indonesia
  • Receiving all 120 containers under hook at Sorong port & unloading the same at the storage area
  • Transportation of 56 containers to the Sorong project site
  • Loading of 64 containers onto a barge at Sorong port for onward despatch to the other 2 ports
  • Barge arrangement & movement of 40 containers to Merauke port in Papua
  • Barge arrangement & movement of 24 containers to Timika port in Papua
  • Unloading of containers at Merauke & Timika ports, & shifting the containers to the storage area

Challenges & Execution

Papua Island is a very tricky place to work. We encountered issues with barge documentation/permission formalities; this was complicated as port entry is not possible without the indent, non-availability of shore crane/floating crane to offload the barge, non-availability of berth, etc.

The most challenging part is that passenger ferries are given berthing priority at all 3 ports. It was very important for us to place the barges in the exact window and complete the operations within the stipulated time.

We had a sizeable team of expert and resources for the whole time and from Jakarta we appointed Owner’s Protective Agent (OPA) for local liasioning and coordination + personal supervision of vendor’s operations to ensure seamless delivery.

To add to this, we couldn’t work after 6 pm as there were tribals who will hunt humans, political unrest + each and every resource from smallest labour needs had to be flown in from Jakarta.

The province was a victim of terror attack which took place in Papua few days before execution. Gunmen in the remote Indonesian province of Papua have killed as many as 31 construction workers who were brought from a distant island to help build a major highway.

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