JSL Global has handled 2,551 cu m of excavators and construction equipment at Hamad port, Qatar.

JSL handles heavy shipment ex Hamad

Source: JSL Global

The shipment comprised 28 excavators plus various other pieces of equipment. Among the cargoes was a backhoe, air compressors, a forklift, an excavator breaker unit and crane trucks. 

Track length restrictions and moving all the construction equipment in one single lot posed issues for JSL, considering Customs restrictions at the receiving port. JSL arranged pre survey, cargo loading, lashing and securing, police escort and traffic approvals for the whole convoy, Customs and traffic department formalities, and the transport up to a Southeast Asian port for project. 

Due to each excavator’s footprint versus its weight, challenges arose regarding loading, lashing, and transport. The largest pieces were 4.86-4.94 m wide and weighed up to 34 tonnes. Thorough preparation around how to maximise weight distribution was pivotal. JSL has credited this to prior communication between itself and surveyors. 

Rakesh Barai, JSL’s operations head of projects, said: “Handling out-of-gauge cargo and especially heavy cargo, one has to be very careful in cargo lashing and cargo placement.” He went on: “Secure lashing and placement of such cargo is key in project business.” 

JSL Global is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC).