As Shipping Agents and Freight Forwarders Tuscor Lloyds has long experience in dealing with non-conventional shipments and has extensive expertise in moving big reels for the oil and gas industry. This particular shipment was a Cable Drum weighing 72,000 Kgs (72 tons) with dimensions of 880cm x 460cm x 473cm and was transported by road to the port of Felixstowe where, once loaded on to a container vessel it would then be carried on to Singapore.
Once the truck and trailer where portside, the Cable Drum was released and lifted on to a neighbouring maafi where it was dropped into the cradle and spreader beam that would secure it on the vessel. The drum was lifted again along with fixings into the vessels hold and secured across three flatrack containers.
The cradle was positioned on the flat racks by nailed heavy wooden wedges and further secured by 10ft webbing lashes, taken out to lashing points on the flat racks and secured and tightened using their own ratchets. Eight more lashings were taken directly from the radial arms of the reel and down to convenient lashing points on the flat racks and tensioned. The securing was completed and approved by the ship’s Duty officer and the drum was on its way to Singapore the following day.
Once arrived at Singapore the Cable Drum was unloaded without problems and on carried to its destination within time and all to the satisfaction of our client.
Recently Tuscor Lloyds (UK) Ltd were contracted to import a Marine Survival Capsule from Kuantan in Malaysia to the UK for urgent repairs. The capsule is designed to be used on structures such as offshore oil rigs for emergency evacuations and can safely hold up to 21 men, although there are 2 other larger models that can carry up to 38 or 54 men.
The capsule measured 6m long x 4.5m wide and 4.5m high and was successfully loaded on to a single flat rack at Port Klang in Malaysia ready to be shipped as Out of Gauge to Felixstowe in the United Kingdom where it was then on-carried to the service base in Great Yarmouth.
Thanks to the expert knowledge of our projects team the shipment was carried out without a hitch and delivered successfully, repaired and returned safely to Malaysia.
Tuscor Lloyds (UK) Ltd has just completed a break bulk project shipment consisting of 2 Subsea Trees with a combined weight of 67.9 tonnes from Tilbury to Damietta.
Recently, Tuscor Lloyds undertook a break bulk Shipment of 2 Subsea Trees (used to monitor and control subsea oil production) for the oil and gas industry, to be shipped to Damietta in Egypt, which has the sixth largest proven oil reserve in Africa, with over half of this as offshore oil. The first piece measured 49.3m x 35.6m x 28.5m and weighed 35 tonnes, the second measured 45.3m x 43m x 27.2m and weighed 32.9 tonnes.
Once at the port the subsea trees where craned into position on the vessel. Due to the dimensions of these pieces it was necessary to arrange for them to be loaded across three flat rack platforms and secured using heavy duty chains and cables. No problems were encountered during loading and securing and the shipment was delivered to Damietta without a hitch.
“Tuscor Lloyds excel in shipping for the Subsea Industry, due to extensive experience in break bulk shipments, we are nearly always able to secure space on container vessels rather than chartering dedicated vessels which will cost the customer more.” says Gary Atkins of Tuscor Lloyds UK.
Heavy lift and abnormal freight experts – Tuscor Lloyds have just completed a shipment of a specialist Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) on behalf of a large multinational oil and gas contractor.
The high tech robotic vehicle is used for critical explorations of deep sea oilfields. The size and complexity of the machine meant that it was necessary to ship the unit in pieces. Components listed by the shipper included a composite ‘A’ frame, a deck cart, and the workshop and control vans. Also included was a 45 tonne umbilical winch, which required a special lifting team and equipment. The loading crew were to meet the cargo at port and a suitable crane was commissioned to lift the piece straight onto the vessel. With all equipment, cargo and crew waiting at port, the tricky part was getting this accepted by the shipping line as break bulk on a standard container vessel. As we keep saying time and again here in these reports, the projects team at Tuscor Lloyds are a persistent bunch. The cargo was refused but after a few rushed phone calls and some careful persuasion they managed to get acceptance for this over-sized, over-weight piece.
As an experienced and well-known project forwarder, Tuscor Lloyds normally gets the call when the shipment is difficult or needs to be completed on a short timescale or low budget. This project cargo was a challenge in all these ways. The contractor client was relieved when the shipment departed from port in time as per agreements made with their customer. In addition, all the components travelling on the same vessel would mean quick and easy assembly of the ROV at the final destination. ROV systems are engineered to precise specifications and this cargo was no exception. The shipment had to be handled very carefully as there are sensitive mechanics and electronics built into the machine.
In the past these useful remote controlled units have been made famous by high profile salvage operations, such as the Titanic. More recently observation and maintenance crews working an ROV in the Gulf of Mexico filmed a collapsed exploratory rig leaking oil into the sea over a mile below the surface. The dramatic pictures could not have taken without ROV technology and created massive publicity when they were beamed around the world.
ROVs have an extremely important role in the development of new oilfields. Increasingly these are located out in the further reaches of underwater continental shelves. For many industries (including the oil and gas industry) demand for resources around the world requires drilling, mining and other large scale processes to be carried out in some of the most challenging environments on the planet. The ROV has become essential for the successful drilling of deep sea oilfields and it is the main tool used to carry out work in these hard to reach places.
This particular ROV system was being used for subsea surveying and exploration of the newly discovered deep sea oil fields in the South China Sea. Tuscor Lloyds was commissioned to ship the consignment up to port at Singapore. Components were picked up from various parts of the UK, some from Newcastle and some from Aberdeen.
The dedicated projects shipping team at Tuscor Lloyds has just completed the complex and difficult movement of 2 marine risers for a leading manufacturer based in the UK.
The manufacturer had given this job to their regular freight forwarder but because of the urgency and complexity of the shipment, Tuscor Lloyds was called in to undertake smooth transit of the goods to their customer in Brazil. The specialist logistics provider is well known in the industry for complicated movements and this job proved to be no exception.
In the deep sea oil industry, marine risers are special pipes used to connect the well head to the surface rig. They are not small, or cheap, and must be transported carefully. The first challenge for the projects team presented itself when the first unit, a 16 tonne beast, was delivered to Port of Felixstowe without any fixtures for securing it on board the vessel.
It was an unexpected turn and although the timescale was tight, the first thing to be done was to build cradles to hold the units in place. Tuscor Lloyds called in their local packing team who manufactured the wooden saddles at short notice. They sent fixtures to Scotland to assist with the road haulage of the smaller, 8 tonne riser and created more for the larger riser that had already turned up.
With both risers arrived safely quay side, a strange feeling descended on the team. This had been too easy, everything was ready and bar the problem with the saddles, nothing major had gone wrong…yet. Sure enough when the vessel arrived there was no room on board and heavy persuasion was needed. Next it was refused on the grounds that it would take too long to load and the schedule was too tight, again they had to be persuaded. This went on for some time and finally after the fourth time of asking the ship owner finally agreed to load the cargo.
The team at Tuscor Lloyds worked long hours and called in a few favours to get this shipment done. The main reason for success in this case however was pure determination and a refusal to give up, without this the cargo would have been held up. The customer was very nervous about the time element and was prepared to airfreight. In the end shipment by sea saved a considerable sum of money for them and they were no doubt relieved and delighted when the cargo successfully shipped.
The projects team at Tuscor Lloyds recently shipped a specialist break bulk cargo from UK to Singapore. The huge wire reel, measuring 445cm x 310cm x 430cm and weighing a massive 124 Tonnes (124,000 kg), was shipped from Newcastle to Singapore via Antwerp.
Due to the extreme weight of this reel, it was not possible to truck it to the loading port in Antwerp, Belgium. Our projects team therefore arranged a feeder/coaster vessel to collect cargo directly from the shippers terminal in Newcastle. The break bulk cargo once loaded was taken to Antwerp port to be trans-loaded onto the mother vessel bound for the Far East.
Tuscor Lloyds extensive experience with such break bulk movements meant this huge oversized & heavyweight reel arrived at the Port of Singapore, Singapore without a hitch.
Tuscor Lloyds successfully secured the movement of submersible diving equipment from Dundee to Singapore.
Due to the fact the specification consisted of numerous pieces being over 8.0 metres in width and height, with a weight ranging from 65 tons to 89 tons, Tuscor Lloyds arranged the full charter to handle such cargo. Tuscor Lloyds liaised with both the vessel owner and the stevedore in Dundee and successfully loaded all cargo onto the vessel.
The most difficult part of the shipment was that the equipment needed to connect with another vessel in Singapore destined for the Sakhalin Islands, Tuscor Lloyds’ project management team used thier local contacts in Singapore to arrange for a feeder vessel to connect the cargo to the other vessel for the rest of its journey. At the delight of the client and the owner of the goods the equipment was delivered to the destination within the budget and timeframe.