Makes up transit time through resourceful and speedy contingency plans
Express Global Logistics has handled the transport of large cement mill components from Mumbai, India, to Huelva port in the south of Spain.
Huelva was selected because it was the closest port to Almonaster la Real where the facility was being built, Worldwide Project Consortium said in a statement for its Indian member. Huelva is a small, low-traffic port that primarily serves coasters and barges undefined a challenge Express Global Logistics was able to manage.
The shipment was loaded on a Rickmers-Linie vessel and included two 57-ton mill shells, measuring 9 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 5.5 meters high, along with four 38-ton mill heads, measuring 5.5 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 2 meters high.
With delivery deadline fast approaching and no available direct sailings between Mumbai and Huelva, EXG shipped the cargoes to Antwerp on a Rickmers Linie vessel. Transit time was on a fixed schedule, but on the westbound leg from Mumbai to Antwerp, the ship was delayed almost 10 days due to a storm.
To compensate for the delay, EXG chartered a small coaster gearless vessel, which was kept waiting for 2-3 days and then docked alongside the Rickmers’ vessel when it arrived in Antwerp. The cargo was discharged directly onto the coaster and immediately secured and sailed to Huelva port within the next five days.
At the Port of Huelva, cargoes were discharged using heavy-lift shore cranes, loaded onto hydraulic axles and transported to the job site within the next 24 hours with all custom documentations and road permits completed in advance.