Sunday, January 26, 2014

Project Freight Forwarding Group Celebrates Big Shipment with New Accreditation

ISO Recognition for Manchester Based Company
Shipping News Feature

UK – BELGIUM – PERU – Manchester based Tuscor Lloyds is celebrating another successful cross trade project freight movement, just the type of contract which has seen the forwarding and logistics outfit achieve coveted ISO 9001 status after a year’s work undertaken with UKAS accredited auditors to gain the recognition.

The recent, complex shipment of mining equipment transported from Belgium to Peru involved the carriage of thirty two individual pieces moving between Antwerp and the Peruvian Port of Callao. The mining equipment arrived on low loader trailers at the Port of Antwerp and from here the cargo was loaded onto mafi trailers using a heavy lift crane which could handle anything up to the largest item, a single lift of 50 tonnes. The mafi trailers were then used to transport the freight quay side where it could all be loaded aboard.

The largest piece was transported as a break bulk shipment and the vessel was loaded with a bed of flatrack containers on which the 50 tonne piece could be loaded and secured using heavy duty steel chains. Some of the smaller pieces were able to be shipped as out of gauge cargo and loaded to the vessel to pre-lashed flatrack containers.

The fact that Tuscor Lloyds organised for this shipment to be transported using flatrack containers on a standard container vessel, resulted in a fast transit time (28 days), reliable schedule and very competitive transport costs. This unique transport solution perfectly suited the client, a world leader in mining machinery for whom both a precise time-scale and acceptable budget were major factors.

Over a year ago Tuscor Lloyds took up the challenge of attaining ISO accreditation to demonstrate to customers that the company has in place an established quality management system committed to continually strive for improvement whilst maintaining competitive costs and reducing errors. The audit process to achieve ISO status meant the company had to achieve a host of standards including demonstrating the integrity of record keeping and documentation, efficient training of staff and conforming to all the required standards of the operational system.

Photo: One of the mafi trailers goes into action.