Antarctic Extremes

The Problem

A survey station was to be constructed in the Antarctic. The restraints given to UBMO were as follows:

  • Only one sailing per year to the Antarctic
  • BOQ received from client only 3 weeks before the vessel was due to sail
  • 24 Manufacturers involved generally quoting a 6 week lead time
  • All materials to be subject to a physical pre-shipment inspection by the client
  • When containers arrived on site they would be buried in snow for 3 months and so all materials must be easily identified during construction process.
The Solution
  • Client agreed cost plus % margin with UBMO in order to save time and give flexibility.
  • UBMO dedicated a team of two staff to source, purchase, and check materials
  • All materials were received into a dedicated part of the warehouse and opened for client inspection the weekend before the vessel was due to sail.
  • All material packaging was colour coded according the type of materials included for ease of identification.
  • The containers were loaded in line with the construction programme so that materials needed first were loaded last and so easily available
  • Those materials which did not arrive in time (as there were specification changes made by the client after the vessel had departed) were air freighted to Rio de Janeiro to meet the vessel prior to it departing for Antarctica
The Result
  • Antarctic Survey Station successfully constructed despite extreme weather conditions.