Hemisphere Freight Delivers Successful Solution For Shipment to Melbourne
PPG UK member, Hemisphere Freight Services (HFS), received a tender from their valued customer, Bladeroom Data Centres. The tender involved shipping data centre components in kit form from the UK to Melbourne for a large construction project.
After analysing our customer’s requirements and taking the time to fully understand the cargo, HFS were able to put together a solution which, despite some very tough competition, saw them come out on top in terms of both efficiency and cost.
With the project duly awarded, organisation of the project began, starting with a face-to-face meeting with the customer to go over the plans from both sides and put forward suggestions to ensure a smooth operation. This also gave HFS the opportunity to see the cargo in various stages of build, further strengthening their understanding. Further meetings followed between the customer and HFS’s internal projects team.
Cargo: 20 plant decks – dimensions 12.23m x 4.77m x 2.76m each, weight 16,000kg each; 40 air optimiser sections – 8.84m x 2.29m x 3.26m each, weight 6,000kg each; and 33 x shipper’s own containers.
Route / Service: Collect products from UK sites; transport to Southampton Port, safely unload onto specialist Mafi equipment, ship by RORO/container service to Melbourne port and onward delivery to installation site.
The project was broken into phases, with each phase planned to the last detail before moving to the next. With strict deadlines to adhere to, communicating with every party within the supply chain to meet cargo delivery and vessel schedules was key, as was the need to be proactive and flexible when challenges arose.
Collection of the plant decks was carried out using specialist trailers. With a cargo width of 4.77 metres and varying conditions, two escort vehicles were required for each journey to Southampton, requiring skilful driving to navigate the road network, while ensuring the safety of other road users.
Although the air optimiser sections and containers were more straightforward in terms of road transport, HFS needed flexible solutions, such as side loaders, to collect the high volume of containers from site and deliver them to port for their respective deadlines.
Upon arrival at Southampton Port, the oversize pieces were lifted from the trailers following HFS’s pre-determined lifting instructions, which included using specific lifting points, set spreader beam widths, sling lengths and tandem lifts.
A Project Manager was on site throughout the process to ensure HFS were happy with the lifts and could implement changes. Later, this information would be fed back to their team in Melbourne to ensure the processes at both ends were consistent.
After being lifted, the pieces were lowered directly onto Mafi trailers and secured, ready for loading to the vessel. Project Managers were also in attendance to oversee the loading of the cargo.
Our end-to-end approach allows HFS to make observations and refine each element of the operation, while providing the customer with direct updates. As each phase was successfully shipped from the UK, concise updates were conveyed throughout the entire supply chain, ensuring our level of service was maintained through to the installation site.
17 vessels later, the project was finally completed, on schedule, on budget and to the satisfaction of our customer and consignee.