De­liv­er­ing against all odds

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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.

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