Europe Cargo, now loading aluminium bars
Europe Cargo was the appointed charterers’ agent, and arranged and supervised all aspects of the loading and lashing of the 30,000 tonnes of aluminium.
Europe Cargo, the Belgian member of the FPS Group network of independent forwarders and consolidators, has undertaken the loading of an unusual shipment: over 30,000 tonnes of aluminium bar, comprising almost 40,000 individual pieces. The massive shipment was bound for New Orleans, USA, on board the chartered bulk carrier Interlink Sagacity. The loading took place at two different loading terminals and storage areas in the Port of Antwerp, and took 14 days to Great care was taken throughout the stowing process, to ensure the cargo was loaded evenly fore and aft and on both sides, so that the vessel was not rendered unstable.
After each successive layer of bar had been loaded, chocked and lashed, portable driving plates were laid on top to cover the gaps, so allowing the forktrucks to position the next layer of bar. This process continued until the bar was stacked up to 14 tiers deep, in all five holds of the bulk carrier.
Anumber of these procedures are unique to importing and exporting goods to and from Brazil and it is vital that customers have the latest information at their fingertips to ensure their shipments are handled in the most efficient way. “Our aim is to improve our own process so that we can further enhance our productivity and therefore make our customers’ supply chains more competitive.
We have specific Customs expertise in São Paulo and Campinas which allows us to focus on the technical and operational phases of the Customs clearance process,” says Rubio Guimarães, Director, CEVA Customs Clearance, Brazil.