Project forwarder and break bulk specialist Tuscor Lloyds Ltd loves to rise to any project cargo in the world of logistics and forwarding.

Tuscor Lloyds’ project management staff was called upon to ship 8 heavy cable reels from the manufacturers’ factory in the North of England to Qingdao in China. The largest of the cable reels weighed in at 86.5 tonnes and measured 4 x 3 x 4.2 meters.

Cable Reel Loading

The question for Tuscor Lloyds’ projects team was how to transport the weighty conventional cargo quickly and efficiently from the UK to China? The answer was to ship it on a conventional container vessel, with its regular sailing schedules and accurate arrival to destination, the shipment timescale could be confidently assessed. The project management team organised for the cable reels to be loaded and transported to the Port of Rotterdam from the UK. The Dutch port has the facilities and experience necessary in the container terminal to handle heavy cargoes such as these cable reels. They also have experience in using beds of flat rack containers to load loose cargo as break bulk on a standard container vessel.

Due to there being 8 of the heavy cable reels, the loading had to be precisely timed around available equipment and other cargo loading times, this was organised by the projects specialists who worked with the vessel owners and crane operators to ensure all the cargo would be loaded in time. The 8 cable reels were transported by road to Rotterdam and was consolidated there as the factory staggered their completion and shipping dates.

Cable Reels Loaded & Lashed

On the day all the cable 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.

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 Global Logistics – Tuscor Lloyds’ sister company based in Hong Kong. For further information about the destination operations, check out their website.