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Spanning 10 months, this project was initiated from a trusted overseas partner, a client whom we have built a rapport and relationship with while working on other projects within the Canning and Packaging industry. A fully comprehensive project that involved working to help create the largest canning plant in Europe. Movement of machinery parts had to be coordinated internationally, (Germany, USA and China) via ocean, air and road services, to be delivered to its site in North England. It is vital that all parts arrive in a particular sequence in order to ensure the installation deadlines were met as well as keeping costs down due to manpower resources and warehouse space.
The project involved the coordination of over 380 standard trailer loads as well as 30 OOG transport movements including securing permits and completing customs.
With a logistically complex project this size, working during a volatile time in shipping and logistics, we encountered several hurdles that we adeptly overcame. Including securing trailers due to limited.
equipment availability and strict delivery deadlines. Our experience and knowledge in the industry meant we could utilize our strong network of hauliers to ensure that the most reliable option was sourced to meet the expectations of the on-site engineers.
The largest hurdle involved shipping a crucial machine that forms the main part of the Can plant; getting exported from the USA, into the UK. Due to the Liverpool port strikes, we had to act with speed, coordinating the exact timing of the equipment being delivered to the Baltimore terminal and securing space with the shipping line – ensuring space on the vessel that would arrive before the port strike in the UK started.
Using our shipping line contacts and staying continuously involved in the ships movements, secured the relevant permits and transport in time in order to collect the cargo from Liverpool Port in under 32 hours after vessel arrival, before the strike action took place. This swift reaction, successfully avoided huge cost and timing delay repercussions that a port strike of that size could of caused to our sequential delivery schedule.
Regular site visits to the plant were required to meet with the engineers to ensure that they were satisfied delivery deadlines were being met, as well as to oversee the safe offloading of the machinery.
Due to the machinery sequence, additional manpower was also required on certain unloading dates as well as securing an overhead crane with a 90ton lifting capacity – efficient communication was paramount in order to keep costs to a minimum.
Additionally, over 200 trailers, loading from Poland each requiring Export and Import customs formalities and ensuring documentation was accepted and approved by the customer prior to loading, to adhere to the stipulated terms within the Project contract.