Delivering against all odds
Express Global Logistics (former Express Transport), had recently executed a cement mill project in Spain, Almonaster la real being the destination in Spain, involved shipping of two 57-tonne mill shells and four 38-tonne mill heads.
The desired port, nearest to the final destination Almonaster la real, was the Huelva port in the south of Spain. The Huelva port, being a small low-traffic port with a majority of coaster and barges operating in this region, proved to be very difficult to get a huge vessel into Huelva.
The mill shells measured 9 x 5.5 x 5.5 (LBH in meters) and the mill-heads measured 5.5 x 5.5 x 2 (LBH in meters).
With the delivery deadline approaching closer and the non-availability of a direct sailing from the Mumbai port to Huelva, EXG had to ship all these cargos to Antwerp on a Rickmers Linie vessel. The transit time was committed, however on the west-bound lap from Mumbai to Antwerp, the ship was delayed due to a storm and the ship had to take refuge at Gibraltar for more than 10 days. In order to compensate for the delay, EXG had to charter a small coaster gearless vessel. The cargo was discharged directly from the Rickmers Linie vessel to the coaster, secured immediately and the vessel set sail to Huelva port within the next 5 days.
At Huelva, the cargos were discharged and transported to final receiver's facility within the next 24 hours with all custom documentations and road permits done in advance.