Packaging and transport: finding the best time/cost compromise.
“We eventually found a solution,” says Jade Van Klaveren. “Dismantling the HC05® without putting it in a container, but instead putting it on MAFI trailers (roller trailers), bolsters or even leaving items bare, for loading onto RO-RO (roll-on/roll-off) ships. This solution avoids road transport restrictions in the United States, while also overcoming the container shortage.”
A total of two MAFI trailers, one 20ft bolster and four bare packages were loaded at the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, with the ship’s departure scheduled for 30 May. This date was brought forward to 24 May, however, forcing the Purchasing, Logistics and Export team to finalise preparations for sending the machine within very tight deadlines.
A custom-made packaging made by our carpentry.
This is when the team’s expertise comes into play, in order to prepare bespoke packaging for the various parts of the machine. The aim is to protect equipment from the risks of the journey and to mark each component with its name/dimension/weight – complete information to allow easy identification during transhipment and assembly.
Once all the parts had been delivered to the port, a marine surveyor was present during loading and prepared an inspection report attesting to the condition of the parts after loading, as well as the quality of their blocking and bracing.