Houston worlds energy gateway makes shipping from the region a top priority

Houston worlds energy gateway makes shipping from the region a top priority

DATE: 08/15/18

It takes planning and expertise to ship out the critical mining-related equipment, spare parts and supplies worldwide.

Everything is bigger in Texas. The Texas Gulf Coast is king of the energy industry with its refineries and access to the Panama Canal which connects with the Port of Houston. These waterways support Houston’s role as the world’s energy gateway and a major exporter of petroleum products and related shipments that support the oil and gas markets. It takes planning and expertise to ship out the critical mining-related equipment, spare parts and supplies worldwide. [NOTE: some of this information from: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/U-S-petroleum-exports-led-by-Texas-hit-record-12289029.php]

When it comes to logistics for the energy industry, the Gulf Coast states of Texas and Louisiana are key service areas for Amerijet International, Inc., an all-cargo airline based in Miami.

Amerijet offers main deck capacity on its B767 and B727 freighters with more than 55 dedicated freighter flights per week from its primary hub at Miami International Airport (MIA) to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. In addition to the 38 destinations served directly by Amerijet, the carrier’s interline relationships with many major airlines and freighter carriers reach more than 475 destinations in Europe, Asia Pacific, South Africa and the Mideast. One key market for oil and gas served from the Houston region via interline is Bogota, Colombia.

“From the Gulf Coast region, such as the Houston area and New Orleans, we move a lot of parts and assemblies for the oil and gas industry. Within those states, we also move a fair amount of general cargo and electronics such as from Dallas to the Caribbean and Central America,” said Nina Gonzalez, Southern & West Coast Regional Manager with Amerijet.

From 39-foot-long piping to other parts or components for oil rigs and drilling equipment, common destinations served by Amerijet for energy-related shipments are Aruba; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Georgetown, Guyana; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Dangerous goods and heavy freight specialist for Gulf Coast

Heavyweight and bulky, oversized cargo come with the territory. Amerijet is capable of transporting pieces up to 20,000 pounds on its B767 aircraft. The carrier is one of the few all-cargo carriers qualified to carry all classes of dangerous goods. Flammable materials are often contained in energy-related shipments: one example is machinery containing oil or gas. “ We specialize in explosive materials related to oil rigs. We work closely with freight forwarders who prepare the shipment. Shipment packaging and documentation are all double checked and triple checked at our Houston station and Miami hub,” Gonzalez said.

If the shipment has to be there on short notice or is particularly large or needed at a remote location, Amerijet also arranges ad hoc charters from Houston worldwide on its own aircraft, and can access other aircraft, including giant heavy lift Antonovs. Following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, it flew 13 charters of generators from Houston to San Juan.

Amerijet offers door-to-door service upon request. Most freight forwarders and shippers drop off their freight to Amerijet stations and from Houston, Amerijet provides fast road service direct to Miami on flatbed or regular trucks. “We offer scheduled service four times a week from Houston International Airport (IAD) to MIA. Our transit time is 24 hours compared to most competitors who take 48 hours,” Gonzalez said.

Amerijet reaches more destinations with more frequency than any other all-cargo operator in the Caribbean/Latin America region. Combined with its ability to bring the rest of the world to shippers via air charters, as well as its interline agreements with other carriers, there are few shipments the freighter carrier can’t handle. For your logistics needs in the Texas and Gulf Coast region, call +1-281-670-1100, or email sales.iah@amerijet.com

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