Cargo – 118 pces / 500 ton / 951 m3 comprising
Paccon’s scope – from liner out Durban to door destination Zambia including; arranging all relevant port and customs authority bonded clearances for transit through to site, supervise the receival of Cargo ex ship and loading out, surveying of Cargo for any damages or shortages, appoint and manage the transport contractors.
Nothing particularly out of the ordinary on this job, except a slightly different routing approach was taken. Due to recent delays at the Beit Bridge, Zimbabwe and Chirundu, Zambia borders due to high traffic volumes, we decided to split the loads and used both Chirundu and Livingstone in the South West of Zambia. This entails routing via Botswana and the trucks crossing into Zambia using the Kazangulu ferry.
For all but one load, this proved to be a sound decision as 16 out of 17 loads were delivered within time. Unfortunately 1 load carrying a large and heavy valve, was stopped at a weighbridge in Botswana and found to be “technically” overloaded. This was due to positioning on the trailer relative to the allowable axle mass and necessitated re-handling the load. On investigation it was found that the weight marked on the Cargo was mis-declared by some 2 ton! In the end it meant a 2 day delay.
Suffice to say it just reminds everyone of the importance of accurate information.