Vessel berthed, commenced discharge 25/5 and completed 28/5
Cargo – 299 pces / 1685 ton / 1570 m3 comprising
- Steel – various including plate up 4.5 wide
- Steel structures and machinery up to 5.1 wide and 3.5 high
- Sun Line International Logistics
- Chambishi Copper Smelter, Kitwe, Zambia
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.
On top of an already busy period, having recently handled around 5000 m3 of various product for Zambia, we and our principals, Sun Line, were under increasing pressure to perform. We were well prepared; and anticipating the arrival of our next project, were dismayed when one of our main transport contractors notified us of industrial action amongst their drivers the day prior the vessels eta. Out of 54 loads in total for this job, 16 being abnormal, the remaining 38 were in jeopardy of being delivered late. Just simply identifying a replacement transport company with 38 super-link trailer combinations lying around idle, was not going to happen and we had the choice of splitting the job over multiple contractors who would have price leverage advantage or riding out the industrial action delay.
After many discussions and agonising moments, we opted to wait for our contracted transporter to resolve the industrial action
Our decision proved to be the correct one as the industrial action was resolved fairly quickly and with a concerted push of loading out an increased number of trucks per day, we were able to deliver all cargo with a minimum of delay at the contracted price.