Power Industry

The case study involves a complex project forwarding assignment spanning over three continents and involving the assembly and shipping of two huge generators to China

Project Description

Johnson Partners was awarded a project forwarding contract, for the shipping of two 60 tonne generators to Shanghai, China. The generators were assembled in Cannock, West Midlands with engines manufactured in the United States and specialist container shells transported from Italy.

Johnson Partners organised shipment of the containers by road from Italy and collected the out of gauge engines at Liverpool on arrival from the USA, both were delivered to Cannock for the assembly. The completed Generators were shipped by seafreight to Shanghai via Felixstowe.

Project Requirements

Receiving the out of gauge cargo at Liverpool and arranging delivery into Cannock, each engine was nearly 7m long and weighed 24 tonnes. Johnson Partners attended two pre-shipment meetings with the client’s engineering and commercial teams, and the arrival of the engines, delivery and offloading at the premises for assemble went ahead on schedule without any issues.

The manufacture of the specialist containers however was delayed and this put significant time pressures on the final delivery. It was therefore necessary to bring in each container separately as soon as they were ready and special measures needed to be taken to avoid European driving holiday bans over an Easter weekend.

Each container weighed 28 tonnes and measured 10m x 4m x 4m and to accommodate the maximum height allowed on the continent the trailers had to be very low to the ground. Access issues at the final destination were overcome by routing the trailers to a local heavy haulage yard before transhipping the containers to UK trailers that were higher from the ground.

Once assembly and export paperwork had been completed, Johnson Partners arranged a lifting crew to load both containers and ancillary equipment onto special low loaders bound for Felixstowe. Special arrangements were made with the shipping line, MSC, to seafreight as break bulk cargo loaded over 4 x 40’ flat racks and the shipment arrived safely and on time.