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DSV delivers solar panels to Virunga National Park

DSV was approached by Alex Miranda, International Logistics Manager for SolarCity and Barrett Raftery, Executive Director for the GivePower Foundation, to coordinate freight for a collaborative effort by our client, SolarCity. SolarCity’s GivePower , Empowered By Light, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundations were working together to provide solar energy to the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located the in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Virunga is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas (as noted on the GivePower website).

 

This project was to support the Virunga park rangers, the protectors of this important global resource.  The main operations of the park are stationed at Rwindi.  Rwindi is seen as the heart of the park and as the focal point for leading park peacekeeping efforts, conflict stabilization, and conservation. Identification of the two areas where valuable support was needed was clear:  providing mobile charging solutions for the rangers and installing solar-powered systems to support ranger sector posts.

 

From hardware, tools and supplies including dangerous goods to lithium-ion batteries and solar panels, careful logistics coordination was required from multiple separate suppliers including DSV’s client SolarCity.  Freight originated from Shanghai, China, San Francisco, California and Reno, Nevada; consolidated at DSV Brussels; then moved into Goma Airport.  DSV successfully met the required timeline and had all freight ready to meet the SolarCity implementation team on July 6, 2016.

Sales Manager, Stacy Roth commented, “The massive behind-the-scenes coordination was complex, exciting and successful!  We met our goal to ensure the freight was on time, and provided careful coordination to pull off this project which is now in the midst of deployment.  A special thanks to International Logistics Manager, Alex Miranda with SolarCity ;  DSV Air Freight Manager, Karen Self our local DSV San Francisco branch!”

 

For more information about this project, click here.

 

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