MUMBAI/KOCHI : GAC India has successfully executed the First Break Bulk shipment loaded onto a Container vessel at the Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT). In the project secured by GAC Russia, the team loaded a boiler manufactured at a factory in Rajasthan, India, measuring 12.8 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 4.3 metres high onto the CMA CGM Group - owned APL CHARLESTON V bound for Guatemala.
Operations Manager Logistics, Shaiji Balan, explains that the sheer bulk of the cargo would have meant transporting it on a break bulk vessel over a long distance would be extremely costly. Loading it onto a container carrier for its journey to Guatemala via Belgium, proved to be the most cost-effective alternative.
“Our team sat down with SoumenKar, Manager – Projects of the CMA CGM Group, to find the best way to get this massive cargo to its destination,” says Shaiji. “The best solution was on a container vessel, reserving six 40’ flat racks.
“Due to its massive weight, handling the boiler as loose cargo using gantry cranes was a challenge. But, the team rose to that challenge.”
The boiler transhipped at Antwerp before arriving at Santo Tomas De Castilla in Guatemala. At the transhipment port, the cargo was unloaded and loaded onto a different CMA CGM Group container vessel, which presented an additional challenge.
Vishal Verma, GAC India’s General Manager of Project Logistics, says: “The fact that the cargo had to be unlashed and relashed at each port meant GAC India and CMA CGM have to carefully prepare and liaison with the authorities in India, at the transhipment port and its final destination port to ensure the boiler was handled safely and efficiently. It reflects the same dedication to quality that we apply to all shipments we handle.”
Tatyana Shorokhova, General Manager of GAC Russia comments: “This unique shipment, carefully planned and executed by GAC India for our client, a large mining company in Guatemala, is a great example of successful cooperation between GAC India and GAC Russia in the sphere of project logistics”.