Perfect Cast – Tuscor Lloyds in the Right Role
Tuscor Lloyds was given the task of moving 2 steel castings for a world famous engineering company.
Each casting weighed in at 75 tonnes and presented a serious logistical challenge. A surveying team met the haulier at the engineering company’s site in Sheffield for the trailer loading to ensure everything was safe and properly prepared for the road journey.
Everything went off without a hitch and the units went on their way to port with a police escort and safety vehicles. The team of marine surveyor next attended the depot to supervise the loadings onto mafi units. Everything was covered with plastic sheeting and made ready for the next stage.
In true British style however the weather descended on the UK. Vessels were delayed and the port backed up as freezing temperatures, snow and ice prevented the port operations. The yard was under nearly a foot of snow, and as the vehicles came in it turned into a skating rink.
When the vessel was finally secured the team swung into action once again. A drama was played out at the yard with a slipping vehicle and damaged wheels to one of the mafis. The cargo had to be lifted of the damaged unit and a new mafi was found at short notice.
The surveyors arrived at the port along with the mobile cranes, lifting gear and tractor units. Now time was against them. They had to safely lift, lash and secure the casting on board the vessel in terrible weather conditions. Spreader plates and chucking was laid across a deck of flat rack containers to allow these extremely heavy pieces to be stowed safely on board.
Even to get acceptance from the line was difficult but in the end the cargo was secured on board to the captain’s satisfaction and the cargo left port for much warmer seas in the Gulf of Mexico. Needless to say the customer was relieved to see the cargo leave before Christmas and they were happy to keep the shipment within the tough timescale and budgets set by their client.
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