It's not often that a freight move requires the manufacture of a custom-built dolly for a suicide torpedo, a custom-designed boat tarp for a WWII German submarine, or a specialized crate for the removal of a corroded Navy shipping mine while in its concrete base.
But when that's the case, and the freight is of historical significance, you need a logistics company with deep experience in providing customized transportation solutions.
When the United States Naval History and Heritage Command needed its World War II artifacts moved from a New Jersey museum to Virginia, in just a few days' time, Landstar's government services team collaborated with one of Landstar's many independent agencies to make the Navy mission possible. Yankee Enterprise Inc., a Landstar agency, has a history of meticulously arranging Base
Realignment and Closure (BRAC) moves, including decades-old military equipment.
During the 1970s, crowds would travel to the museum to get a glimpse of the war-time relics on display and Boy Scouts could camp overnight in a US WWII submarine. The main attractions located inside and on the grounds of the museum property included the USS Ling, a WWII diesel submarine; a 75-year-old German Seehund mini submarine; a Japanese manned torpedo known as a Kaiterr, large missiles; and numerous deep sea diving artifacts from World War II. In 2016, the museum needed to vacate the property, which left the Navy to reclaim approximately 100 artifacts on loan to the museum and find a way to transport the historic and rather bulky items to the US Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Virginia.
That's when the Landstar team entered the picture and spent dozens of hours in preparation to move the museum. Landstar's intricate plan for the museum move provided the Navy with a specific logistics management plan for specialized packing, loading and unloading, and shipping sequence of the freight which required the use of cranes, forklifts, slings, spreader bars and hooks. Team members packing the artifacts inside of the museum had to wear white-cotton gloves and use archival packaging materials and techniques.
In an additional part of the safety plan, Landstar outlined the requirements for the material handling equipment used and operational checklists for the operators who would be using the equipment. The plan included specifying the personal protective equipment (PPE) that operators would be required to wear on site, as well as requiring operators to complete...