H ow do you get sleighs from one ven ue to another on time and in one piece The answer came in the 2019 20 World Cup season Eight tonnes of material were transported to seven venues across North America and Europe The tour kicked off in Berchtesgaden the home of the Ger man Bobsleigh Luge and Skeleton Federation BSD 30 top German ath letes and their coaches and support teams packed their equipment into huge aluminium crates with their own hands This enabled them to ensure that no important part was forgotten The packing list included sleighs tracksuits helmets gloves shoes tools and fitness equipment Double the amount of sportswear had to be packed so that a replacement was available in case of an emergency Spare runners are also available only the sleighs themselves exist only once This resulted in a total of 20 crates each containing around 1 000 parts Marcel Morgens project manager at DHL Global Events Logistics was present at the initial packing and loading of the crates in Berchtesgaden He was the operational su pervisor of the transports together with Michael Schwab the BSD team support offi cer The World Cup route included seven stops plus the absolute highlight of the sea son the World Championships in Altenberg Saxony The transport route was meticu lously planned in advance and coordinated with everybody involved in order to meet the tight schedule explains Morgens The packed crates weighed a total of eight tonnes and fit into two lorries Wherever possible they were transported by land while the bobs and skeletons travelled the remaining routes by air Sea transport was out of the question due to the tight schedule Neuralgic points included security checks at the airport and customs And the special cargo had to pass through these checkpoints several times during the World Cup season During the security check the crates were pushed through a huge freight scanner which x rayed the cargo In order to pass through customs quickly it has proven to be a good idea not only to label the freight prop erly reveals Robert Knestele but also to at tach a photo of the contents says the head of sales at DHL Global Events Logistics After all goods like bobsleighs are not familiar to every customs officer The pictures al so helped to overcome any language barriers This prevented the crates from being opened at customs which would have jeopardised the schedule Just like the athletes the equip ment also had only two days to travel from competition venue to competi tion venue There was no buffer the times and dates were fixed says Robert Knestele For particularly long distances between the sports facilities the equipment was therefore deliv ered just in time It always had to be available at the next location right at the start of training By the end of the World Cup season including the World Championships the bobsleighs skeletons and members of the national teams had trav elled a whopping 22 000 kilometres And had garnered numerous victories and medals on the way www dhl tfe com PB 41TradeFairs Internation al 2 2020 PRACTICE EVENT LOGISTICS Bobs and skeletons tour the world Last winter the German national bobsleigh and skeleton teams travelled from competition to competition with their equipment a lot of which was shipped by DHL Die Alukisten wurden anschließend auf den DHL Truck geladen The aluminium crates were then loaded onto the DHL lorry Ph ot o D H L

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