Yunlin Blog - The supply chain
11 Jan 2021 – Equipment, materials and services; coordinating supply chain logistics
Anil Menon, Subcontract Coordinator in Jumbo’s Purchasing Dept., talks about coordinating the entire supply chain process.
Can you explain more about what a Subcontract Coordinator does?
Basically, I am a buyer. But a buyer that is more involved with the complete supply chain process rather than point blank purchasing of materials. So rather than just a few lines of what we have to purchase, our contracts go into greater detail – describing the services we need, the quality requirements, the specifications, the terms and conditions.
Is it correct to assume that for Yunlin – which was Jumbo’s biggest job to date – you have been pretty busy?
Yes, it actually means coordinating the entire supply chain process and organising the logistics of the order. Getting the equipment, materials or services to the right place at the right time.
Tell us more about those three categories: equipment, materials and services.
This includes everything we need to execute the project. The equipment includes the fabrication and purchase of our own equipment – the grillages and saddles, for example. Materials include all the consumables; the grouting materials, steel, even nuts and bolts. And then we define any specialised operations that need to be subcontracted as services. Amongst other things, this includes grouting, survey, monopile cleaning, and a walk-to-work spread, just to name a few.
This brings us to the subject of logistics…
Logistics was crucial for this project. For the Yunlin project, we had a total of 21 voyages going out to Taiwan. This makes it a complex, challenging and continuous process. I have worked on some very interesting and challenging projects in my career – working for Damen Shiprepair on a FPSO conversion, or for Saipem for a pipe-layer conversion – and Yunlin is right up there as well.
How closely do you work with the subcontracting suppliers?
We have close relationships – we are very involved with the whole process. This is why we call our subcontractors ‘partners’, because without them we wouldn't be able to do our work. We have the same kind of relationships with our clients. When we are executing one project for a client, they are already talking to us about the next one. It’s about back-to-back trust. Our clients are our partners, and our subcontractors are our partners too. This creates a win-win for everyone.
Looking back at the transport scope of Yunlin, would you say it was a success?
Sure, there were ups and downs, but this is the advantage of doing such a big project: you learn a lot of valuable lessons about what worked well and what could be improved on. But, looking at the fact that we got everything to the right place at the right time, I would definitely say that it was a success.
Is your work on the Yunlin project finished?
The transport part is finished, so we will need to get the saddles and grillages back at a certain stage. But the Jumbo Javelin is still in Taiwan for the installation phase, so if she needs anything, we will be here to arrange shipping to Taiwan.
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