10 Cable Reel Shipments Completed By Tuscor Lloyds

10 Cable Reel Shipments Completed By Tuscor Lloyds

Tuscor Lloyds Has Worked With The Oil And Gas Industry For Many Years Transporting Specialist Equipment Worldwide


Cable reels are used for oil and gas exploration and off-shore rigs/ platforms, they require careful transportation (to ensure they are damage free and fit for purpose) to often remote or difficult to reach destinations.

Tuscor Lloyds is known as a trusted logistics and freight forwarding service provider to the oil and gas industry and we’ve transported many cable reels as well as other specialist equipment over our 20+ year history.



Below you will find 10 cable reel project shipment case studies from Tuscor Lloyds

Ordered by cargo weight (lowest to highest) | All shipments have been carried out within the last 4 years (2011-2014)


#10 UK to USA – 7.5 ton


This cable reel was transported from Great Yarmouth, UK to Houston, United States. The cable had dimensions of 4.2 x 2.7 x 4.4 meters and was transported as out of gauge cargo using a 20ft flatrack container. The cargo was transported on a container vessel and loaded using a gantry crane fitted with specialist heavy lift equipment to handle the 7.5 ton cable reel and the flatrack container it was secured to.


#9 UK to U.A.E – 15.3 ton

9-Cable-Reels-Secured-to-FlatrackThis shipment required the transportation of eight cable reels of varying sizes / weights. The cargo was shipped from Tilbury, UK where the cargo had been manufactured and transported to Jebel Ali, U.A.E. The eight reels were split onto three 20ft flatracks, the first two flatracks were loaded with three reels, for stability the heaviest reels (15.3 ton) were loaded in the centre of the FR containers and two smaller reels (3 tons each) were loaded either side. The final flatrack had one large reel (15.3 ton) loaded slightly off centre and the smallest reel (1.2 tons) loaded at the far end of the flatrack to provide stability.


#8 UK to Egypt – 29 ton


Out of gauge shipment of 29 ton cable reel from Aberdeen, UK to Alexandria, Egypt. This cable reel was picked up in Aberdeen and loaded onto a 40ft flatrack container for transportation south to the Port of Felixstowe, once here the cargo and flatrack was loaded to the vessel for shipment to Egypt. The cargo had to be lifted using heavy lift cranes / equipment which could handle the 29 ton weight of this reel. Our project managers managed to arrange for space on a container vessel which greatly improved the transit time and reduced transportation costs.


#7 UK to U.A.E. – 29.8 ton


7-Steel-Wire-Drum-TransportThis shipment was urgently required in Jebel Ali, U.A.E. for a large construction project and Tuscor Lloyds arranged for space on a container vessel to provide a short transit time and reduced freight costs. The 29.8 ton cable reel was transported as out of gauge cargo loaded onto a 40ft flatrack container and secured using heavy duty lashings and wooden chocks. The cable reel was transported from the port of Felixstowe to the port of Jebel Ali in 22 days, after which it was unloaded, checked for damage and then transported by road to its final destination.


#6 UK to Singapore – 37 ton


Cable reel shipped multimodal from Doncaster, UK to Singapore. This heavy cable reel was first loaded onto a 40ft heavy plate flatrack container and transported by road to the port of Felixstowe. The heavy cargo required a specialist heavy lift crane to load to the vessel and Tuscor Lloyds had to arrange for this specialist equipment to be quayside for the time of loading. There were no issues with the shipment and it was successfully delivered to the port of Singapore.


#5 UK to USA – 43 ton



This umbilical reeler was manufactured in Great Yarmouth, UK and transported by road to the port of Felixstowe on a 40ft flatrack container. The oversized and heavy cargo was secured to the container using heavy duty ratchet straps, steel wire and wooden chocks to ensure the cargo would not move during road or ocean transport to Houston, USA. The heavy cargo required a heavy lift crane to lift the reel on to the flatrack and then load the flatrack onto a low load trailer for road transportation. Once at port the cargo was checked by surveyors and given the go ahead for loading, another heavy lift crane was used to load the container and umbilical reeler on to the vessel. Thanks to the expert planning of our project cargo managers the cargo arrived on time and damage free.


#4 UK to Canada – 46 ton



5 Cable reels each weighing 46 tons transported from Liverpool, UK to Halifax, Canada. Each reel was delivered to port on a mafi trailer, secured using steel chains which were checked by specialist onsite surveyors before being given the go ahead for loading at the port of Liverpool. The mafi trailers with reels secured were loaded to the vessel as RO-RO cargo. The cargo safely arrived at the port of Halifax and was unloaded, checked for damage and then transported by road to the client.


#3 UK to Philippines – 58 ton



Heavy cable reel transported as break bulk cargo from Newcastle, UK to Manila, Philippines. Tuscor Lloyds picked up the cargo in Newcastle and delivered it to the port of Felixstowe 300 miles to the south. Two flatrack containers were loaded to the vessel ahead of the reel’s arrival and fitted with heavy dunnage in preparation for the 58 ton cargo. A heavy lift crane fitted with specialist gear was used to lift and load the reel across the two 40ft flatrack containers. The cargo was first shipped to the port of Busan where it was unloaded and transported by road to the port of Musan, once here it was loaded to another container vessel again across two flatrack containers and this vessel set off for the port of Manila in the Philippines. The cargo arrived without damage despite the amount of handling and on time thanks to expertise planning throughout the journey.


#2 UK to Singapore – 72 ton



Tuscor Lloyds transported this oversized and heavy cable reel from Felixstowe, UK to Singapore as break bulk cargo. The reel was delivered to the port of Felixstowe and moved on to a mafi trailer which had a cradle ready for extra stability. Once the cradle had been fitted the cargo was lifted and positioned across three flatrack containers which had be loaded to the vessel earlier that day. The 72 ton reel and cradle was secured to the containers using heavy duty ratchet straps and heavy wooden chocks, the cargo was then checked by surveyors to ensure the lashings and positioning were safe for ocean transport. The cargo arrived safely at the port of Singapore and it was unloaded from the vessel without problems.


#1 UK to Singapore – 86 ton



8 Cable reels transported from Felixstowe, UK to Qingdao, China as break bulk cargo. The heaviest of the 8 reels weighed 86 tons and required specialist equipment and knowledge. Tuscor Lloyds transported the cargoes first to the port of Rotterdam, which had the facilities and knowledge to handle heavy cargo as well as experience using a bed of flatrack containers to distribute the weight of such cargoes. Tuscor Lloyds project managers worked with vessel owners and crane operators to plan the loading of this difficult cargo. The cargoes were loaded to the vessel using a floating crane and a complex but efficient loading plan and then secured the reels to the flatrack containers. The 8 reels safely made the journey to China and once at the port of Qingdao the cargo was unloaded, checked for damage and then loaded onto flatbed trucks to transport the cargo to the final destination.


Have project cargo you need transporting? Tuscor Lloyds has years of experience transporting complex project cargoes for the oil and gas, construction, plant relocation, energy, mining and many other industries who want to work with a logistics and transport supplier with the knowledge to safely transport cargo within budget and deadlines.

Contact us today for a quote on your project cargo:

Email us: projects@tuscorlloyds.com

Call us: +44 (0) 161 868 600o

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Tuscor Lloyds Attends Break Bulk Europe 2014

Tuscor Lloyds Attends Break Bulk Europe 2014

The Tuscor Lloyds Project Cargo Team Have Just Returned Home To Their Respective Offices After A Successful Showing At Break Bulk Europe 2014

This year was another great year for the team at Breakbulk Europe, despite part of our stand falling over whilst being constructed!) and they are looking forward to collaborating on project shipments with the new faces they met as well as our usual friends and colleagues who attended the exhibition this year.

We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who visited our stand and we hope you enjoyed our goodies bags, puzzle books, drinks and conversation.

We’ll be back again next year and our project cargo staff are already looking forward to Break Bulk Europe 2015, keep up to date with Tuscor Lloyds though our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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Tuscor Lloyds To Attend Breakbulk Europe 2013

Tuscor Lloyds To Attend Breakbulk Europe 2013

The 8th annual Breakbulk Europe Exhibition – 13th-16th May 2013


Breakbulk Europe 2013 will be the largest European exhibition and educational forum for companies specialising in the transportation of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo to date, with more than 250 exhibitors and sponsors providing specialised services.  It is one of the most notable events in the annual calendar for anyone in the industry.

After last year’s success at Breakbulk Europe 2012, Tuscor Lloyds is back and this year we’re going bigger and better than ever!  With our custom-designed 6×3 meter exhibition stand and more of our experienced staff attending the event from our offices worldwide.  We hope to reinforce and build on our current relationships, whilst meeting new industry professionals.

The Tuscor Lloyds stand number is 412H1, located in Hall 1.  This year, Tuscor Lloyds is bringing a selection of staff from its offices in Spain, Mexico and of course the head office in the UK.  The line-up includes recognisable faces and names:

  • Andrés Lozano – Director at the Tuscor Lloyds Spain Offices.
  • Aman Chabra – Director at the Tuscor Lloyds Mexico Offices.
 If you are already coming, please visit the stand where the Tuscor Lloyds staff will be delighted to welcome you.  If not, then please let the Tuscor team know and we can organise discounted tickets for you.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Tuscor Lloyds To Attend Breakbulk Europe 2013

Tuscor Lloyds Attends Breakbulk Europe 2012

Tuscor Lloyds will be attending this year’s Breakbulk Europe event in Antwerp, Belgium

Breakbulk Europe is the largest European gathering of companies involved in the transportation of heavy lift, project cargo, and conventional breakbulk cargoes. Here shippers get the opportunity to meet and build relationships with leading specialist forwarders, carriers, ports, terminals, and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargo of any specification.

Many of the globes major forwarders, carriers and ports which handle specialized heavy lift, project and breakbulk cargoes will be exhibiting at this year’s exhibition/conference. In addition to the bustling exhibition floor, Breakbulk Europe is hosting a 2-day conference with industry professionals addressing key issues related to breakbulk transportation topics, speakers will also discuss emerging markets for breakbulk and project cargoes and review important sectors such as oil and gas, and other energy generation markets.

Tuscor Lloyds will be attending Breakbulk Europe 2012, which will be from 22nd to 24th May.  Our booth will be set up at Stand 405, Hall 2 please come down and say hello.

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Tuscor Lloyds Attends Breakbulk Europe 2011

Tuscor Lloyds Attends Breakbulk Europe 2011

This month see’s the opening of the 6th annual Breakbulk Europe 2011 Transportation Conference & Exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium.

This year’s program – Thinking Globally for the Long Haul – will feature regional and global industry forecasts presented by Breakbulk and guest speakers from leading companies from all parts of the break bulk supply chain. Tuscor Lloyds’ International Sales Manager: Nick Rodriguez was there again and enjoyed the packed program on offer this year.

The following topics and speakers were featured on the program:

  • Keynote Address – Outlook for Energy Markets by John Westwood, Chairman, Douglas-Westwood
  • Combating the Scourge of Piracy including panelist Nicolette Van der Jagt, Secretary General, European Shippers Council
  • New Future for Energy Generation including panelists Sandro Lepori, Director of Logistics, Alstom (Switzerland) Ltd and Jim Bergin, Logistics Manager, Doosan Babcock, Doosan Power Systems

The programme also featured an Executive Panel which consisted of a roundtable discussion “What Changes Should Charterers Expect in the MPV Market?”.

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Tuscor Lloyds At Breakbulk Europe 2010

Tuscor Lloyds At Breakbulk Europe 2010

Tuscor Lloyds recently sent Nick Rodriguez and Steve Burgess over to Belgium to attend Breakbulk Europe 2010 Conference in Antwerp, here is what Nick had to say about his time there:

Steve and I have just returned from Antwerp after spending the last few days with our colleagues and friends in the break bulk industry at Breakbulk Europe 2010. This annual event allows our community to get together to share ideas, celebrate our successes and discuss any issues affecting our work. The Breakbulk conference also provides an opportunity to promote the unique services that the industry has to offer to the wider shipping community. The breakbulk sector is growing steadily despite the global downturn and most of us share an optimistic outlook for the future. It’s an exciting time which was reflected in the mood of the event. We are seeing new capacity coming on line, with state-of-the-art vessels and port facilities able to carry ever heavier and larger consignments. This is giving us a wider range of options when shipping for heavy industries.


Another humble observation about the Breakbulk Europe 2010 conference : the internet shrinks the world to a small portal, which is of course very useful, but sometimes our field of vision is limited and this results in missed opportunities. The event in Antwerp gave us a view of the full range of service offers and cutting edge techniques. We have been able open new doors and will be shortly launching and new range of services in the European market. These will include some excellent packages reaching the less served areas of Asia. East India, in particular Chennai and Vizag, still presents a logistical challenge for break bulk cargoes from Europe even in today’s market. We will shortly provide details of the new routings we will be adding to our services.


To everyone we spoke with and met at Breakbulk Europe 2010 it was pleasure to see you. I should also add a special thank you to the people of Antwerp who made us feel very welcome, primarily by providing an unlimited supply of the best beer in the world! This well organized, informative conference was a great success, and provides us with many opportunities for the future of our business.


Warmest regards,
Nick Rodriguez