Bolloré Logistics moves OOG cargo for mining project in Cambodia

Bolloré Logistics moves OOG cargo for mining project in Cambodia

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Bolloré Logistics supported the mining industry in Cambodia by transporting mining equipment weighing over 6,000 tons from Australia to a mining site in Cambodia. 

Led by a dedicated and experienced team, our end-to-end solution overcame the challenges in handling Out-of-Gauge (OOG) cargoes under adverse road and weather conditions in a project that took seven months to complete.

Bolloré beats rough terrain

The last leg of the journey came up as the greatest challenge. On a rough terrain leading to the mine site, the team was faced with more than 60 kilometres of uneven roads. Poor road conditions included steep slopes and curves to pass that were especially dangerous for drivers. Without enough experience and training in handling such equipment and 3-axle low-bed trailers specially used for this type of expedition, the shipment risked being compromised.

In addition to poor road conditions, Bolloré’s team also had to deal with harsh weather conditions. The shipment took place during the rainy season, between June and November, making the roads harder to traverse.

To minimise risks on the road, the route had to be planned in advance and teams were dispatched on multiple occasions to conduct road surveys and risk assessments to mark out potential hazards and obstacles. Low hanging billboards, overhead bridges and even exposed electrical cables were among the many obstructions that could affect our truckers’ route.

For added security, the drivers also had to submit to alcohol and drug tests before departure. The trucks were equipped with an automated GPS system and driver locations were reported every few hours.

Eleven low-loader trucks with drivers and mechanics were mobilised. Two different convoys and Bolloré Logistics escort cars were present to ensure the safety of the expedition.

Handling specialised cargo

The shipment involved a variety of odd- oversized cargoes including articulated trucks, bulldozers, drilling units and mining equipment. These items were of different sizes and weights, making it more complicated to pack and transport.

The teams therefore proceeded to dismantle the cargo before loading it onto the ships. This ensured secure packaging and counting when shipping and receiving. Detailed plans on handling, securing and positioning were also provided to the teams. When they arrived at their destination, the teams reassembled the equipment, ensuring that it was in good working order.

OOG shipments are riskier than standard size shipments. As such, this type of expedition requires special permits from the Cambodian Ministry of Transport and the presence of a police convoy.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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