8 Heavy Cable Reels

Project cargo and break bulk specialist Tuscor Lloyds loves a challenge and will rise to any opportunity in the world of logistics and shipping.

With a crowded dispatch department in the factory needing to move the goods quickly and commercial pressures making the job all the more difficult, Tuscor Lloyds’ projects team was called in to transport 8 heavy cable reels from the manufacturers in the North of England to Qingdao in China – a town famous for its beer. Some guts were needed for this job as the largest of the cable reels weighed in at 86.5 tonnes and measured 4 x 3 x 4.2 meters.

The question for Tuscor Lloyds’ project managers was how to ship heavy conventional cargo quickly and efficiently to China from the UK? The answer is to move it on a container vessel, with its stable sailing schedule and timed arrival in destination, the shipment timescale can be confidently predicted.

Tuscor Lloyds organised for the cable reels to be picked up and transported to the Port of Rotterdam. The Dutch port has the facilities and experience necessary in the container terminal to handle heavy pieces like this. They also have knowledge of how to use a bed of flatracks to load loose cargo as break bulk on a standard container vessel.

Due to the large number of reels the cargo loading had to be precisely planned around equipment availability and other cargo loading times, this was organised by the projects team who worked with the vessel owners and crane operators to ensure all the cargo would be loaded in time. The cargo was transported by road to Rotterdam and was consolidated there as the factory staggered their completion and shipping dates.

On the day all the reels were brought alongside the vessel and thanks to a complex and efficient operation the shipment was safely loaded onto the vessel using a floating crane. Tuscor Lloyds’ project managers followed the operation closely and brought to bear the company’s influence in the port and with the stevedores.

The 8 cable reels were safely shipped to China, and once in the Port of Qingdao the cable reels were unloaded from the container vessel, positioned and securely lashed onto flatbed trucks which transported the cargo onto the final destination. The discharging operation was watched and monitored by Eastlink – Tuscor Lloyds’ sister company based in Hong Kong.

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