Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK is in the middle of shipping a Coca Cola bottle washing machine from a brewery in Northampton to a new site in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, which sees the cargo being shipped in 7 x 40ft containers on 3 Low Loader trailers. After liaising with the dismantling company who had been hired by the brewery to arrange the movement of the plant, Hellmann moved the cargo in 7 x 40ft containers and dismantled the machine into 6 pieces, ranging from 8.5 to 18 tons in weight. During the initial dismantling stage, Hellmann was requested to place containers on a staged basis to allow the dismantlers to load the goods as the parts and equipment became ready.
Due to the shipment needing to move as one from the UK to Tanzania, a storage location had to be sought in the UK to house the containers away from the port and reduce the costs to the customer whilst awaiting the final container loading. Once all containers were loaded, Hellmann arranged for these to be shipped to the destination and work began on the larger shipment. Hellmann had just 6 hours to load the 6 pieces of dismantled plant to 3 Low Loader trailers, which were then moved from the brewery, under police escort, to the docks at Tilbury where the cargo was located at the Quay for packing due to its size and weight.
Commercial Director of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK, Matthew Marriott, said: "The size and weight of the cargoes caused issues as all equipment had to be moved on and off site everyday. Due to the packing spec required by the customer, specific timbers had to be procured from a timber yard in Scotland and shipped down to the quayside in Tilbury to allow the support of the crates to be correct. The packing of the 6 crates took a 3 week period to complete due to the complex nature of the cargo but, nonetheless, the move is running to schedule."
On completion of the packing, the crates were loaded onto Maafi Trailers in preparation for the Vessel arrival. The cargoes were loaded on to the vessel on the 23rd of September and the vessel departed Tilbury port on the 25th of September and arrived in Dar Es Salaam in the middle of October. Hellmann Tanzania is now involved in the customs clearance of the cargo and the move to the final site for the new owner of the bottling plant.