September 5 - Paccon Logistics, based in South Africa, acted as the agents for KOG Transport Switzerland in the shipping of two part charters recently, carried on the BBC Campana and BBC Montana.
The total cargo, which comprised of dismantled ship loader and unloader components, weighed in at around 4,900 tonnes, with pieces up to 22 m long, 6.6 m wide and 4.5 m high.
Since the designated laydown and temporary assembly area was not a regular cargo working berth, special berthing arrangements had to be made with the port authority. This required close liaison with the authorities, consignee and their engineering department.
Besides the usual discharge supervision of the cargo, Paccon Logistics was also contracted by the consignee to handle shoreside support, by providing trailers to move the cargo to a laydown site about 500 m away. Cranes and rigging were also supplied to offload the cargo on the ground.
The original laydown area had become congested since it was acting as the assembly area for the first machine. As a result, space was at a premium during the second shipment. The cargo was, however, successfully discharged and delivered onto the laydown site on each occasion in less than 12 hours.