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Sneak Peak: Inside Logistics

By Pacific National
Find out how the Pacific National team helped bring Cirque du Soleil to cities around Australia.

Around 600 billion tonne kilometres of domestic freight is transported from A to B every year, according to figures collated by the Australian Logistics Council. As Australia’s leading transport and logistics organisation, it’s fair to say that a significant portion of this passes through the people working at Pacific National.

We don’t discriminate when it comes to the type of cargo we handle. From grain to gas, coal to cars and everything in between, we can confidently say that we’re capable of handling goods from just about every sector imaginable. Our Pacific National Intermodal team have seen it all in over the years on the job, but even they were taken by surprise with the freighting request of one very special client.

The circus is back in town

As one of the largest and most celebrated circuses on the planet, Cirque du Soleil has some serious freight requirements. Pacific National Intermodal worked closely with K&S Freighters to ensure that more than 70 containers choc-a-block with tents, costumes, seating and equipment were transported efficiently between each leg of the show’s Australian tour.

It’s worth noting that this wasn’t simply a matter of loading and unloading the trains. The Pacific National team had to pull off some magic of their own to keep each container positioned correctly whilst en route so that the stage, seating and other production infrastructure could be easily assembled when the containers reached their destination.

The need for efficiency

Pacific National and K&S Freighters began planning three months before the move.

Considering the sheer size of the show, efficiency was vital. The main tent of the circus measures almost 19 metres high by 51 metres in diameter, weighs more than 5,000 kilograms and has a seating capacity of more than 2,600. Ensuring that this and other elements of the circus could be constructed quickly and safely was an integral part of the show’s success.

Orchestrating such a complex move required a lot of forethought. Pacific National and K&S Freighters began planning the move three months in advance, minimising the risk of service issues at both the sending and receiving terminals.

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