Project Cargo - Engineering Logistics

KC Group Shipping supports a wide range of blue-chip accounts across multiple sectors. Over the decades, clients have come to trust KC to ensure their consignments arrive at their destination on time and in prime condition.

Project Cargo - Engineering Logistics
Project Cargo - Engineering Logistics

THE BACKGROUND

KC Group Shipping works with a wide range of blue-chip accounts across multiple sectors. Over the decades, they have come to trust us to ensure their consignments arrive at their destination on time and in prime condition.

One such client is a leading international engineering group that designs, engineers and supplies compressor products for various highly demanding projects. Their project fields include oil and gas, refrigeration, power generation and wastewater treatment. With their manufacturing base in Scotland's Central Belt, they export products globally to some of the most remote corners of every country.

THE CHALLENGE

With global logistics challenges on this scale, the client has come to rely on our specialist supply chain solutions and international liner agency partners. Our BeKC company culture initiative helps guide how each company member acts, learns and adds value. It helps enhance our relationships with each other, our industry partners and, of course, our clients, enabling them to rise to every challenge and achieve smarter solutions.

Our experienced team needed to organise safe and efficient transportation for two 60-ton gas compressor units and 11 smaller crates of spare parts and installation tooling from a crating facility near Glasgow to Singapore.

Due to the unit sizes, we needed to find the shortest route to the ocean to keep costs as low as possible.

THE APPROACH

The shortest route to the sea made perfect sense for this project. Our team analysed the clients' location against possible dock locations nearby. After our analysis, KC Group Shipping chartered a coaster vessel to call at the King George V Docks on Glasgow's historic Clydeside. The dock was less than four miles away from the client’s manufacturing site making this the ideal location.

The 11 smaller crates were containerised, cleared by customs and safely shipped separately by our team to the Singapore destination.

THE RESULTS

KC Group Shipping works closely with supply chain partners every step of the journey. We engaged a market-leading lifting services company and a heavy haulage contractor to load and unload the two huge crates from the manufacturing site to the quayside.

The next step of the operations involved lifting the load onto the coaster for a planned feeder sailing to Antwerp. The units were lashed, secured and welded into place for the short sea journey to Antwerp. The efficient logistics solutions allowed the vessel a turnaround of fewer than 24 hours in Glasgow.

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