Reels' journey from Europe to China

Reels’ journey from Europe to China

Photo: Allseas Project Logistics

Transporting seven steel cable reels some 6,000 miles (9,660 km) from the manufacturer in Worksop in the UK to Xiamen, China is a major undertaking, especially when faced with a last-minute upheaval from the shipping line. Allseas Global Logistics had to source an alternative carrier to complete the ocean leg of the multimodal journey at short notice. 

Due to their heavy weight and abnormal size, this project relied heavily on Allseas Global Logistics skills and experience to react quickly to deliver where few others could. Thanks to the industry connections and know-how of the team, the project was able to make use of existing equipment and took advantage of the newly established Bahri European service.

Prep time

While the steel cables were still being manufactured, the Allseas Global Logistics’ projects team were already securing permits and equipment ready for the multimodal move. The projects team were on-site during the initial loading of the cargo from the factory overseeing every stage whilst in direct communication with the client. Making use of equipment on location, each steel cable reel was carefully craned onto specialist trailers ready to make their way from Worksop to Immingham.

Reels' journey from Europe to China
Photo: Allseas Global Logistics

As a result of the ongoing demand for shipping space, this project cargo was removed from the original vessel which would have taken the cargo from Southampton to Xiamen. A solution was quickly found by the projects team who were able to utilise an existing crane and barge booking to take the shipment to Antwerp instead where it would be loaded as part of the Bahri European service to Shanghai.

Change without disruption

Working as a team, this solution meant there was no disruption to the shipment and no extra costs to the customer. All seven steel cable reels were safely and efficiently loaded onto the vessel and are due to arrive as expected later this month.

Upon arrival in Shanghai, the cargo will then be met by our overseas road hauliers to transport it the additional 600 miles to Xiamen for a full door-to-door delivery.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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