Thursday, January 9, 2014

When the Freight is Valuable Even Short Road Haulage Jobs Can Require Finesse from a Forwarder

Vintage Motorcycles Needed Thoughtful Logistics Solutions by Gefco
Shipping News Feature

UK – It might not be the longest journey for a road haulage operator or forwarder to undertake but short haul of just a few miles can be as tricky as any freight project when it involves the logistics required to ship valuable, delicate pieces. For many years, the Midlands were the centre of motorcycle industry in Britain (many would say anywhere on earth) and whilst that two wheel heritage is still preserved in the area with the largest collection in the world situated in the National Motorcycle Museum, close to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), there is another valuable collection just down the road amongst the hundreds of automotive exhibits on show within the 13,000 square metre Coventry Transport Museum.

When a competent, specialist operator was being searched for to take eighteen vintage motorcycles, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, from the Coventry Museum to the recent Motorcycle Live event at the NEC, the obvious solution was to approach Gefco, the company which handles around two thirds of all motorbikes delivered across the UK. Gefco’s unique two-way cradle system allowed the collection to be transported securely in one journey, and then returned using the same cradles, minimising waste and ensuring the valuable cargo remained undamaged.

The bikes, including a Coventry-built Triumph Speed Twin from 1938, were collected from the museum in the reusable, specifically designed cradles and were loaded and unloaded using a Moffett lifting device prompting Chris van Schaardenburgh, Curator of Vehicles at Coventry Transport Museum, to comment:

“Thanks to all those involved at Gefco, we were able to move our motorcycles safely and efficiently. They turned quite a complex job into a relatively simple task and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Whilst known for its ability to handle vehicles with four wheels Gefco now offers dedicated and bespoke services for both manufacturers and importers of two wheelers with a range of solutions to meet the unique demands of this growing sector. Roy Fenner, Gefco Key Account Manager said of the recent movement:

“This collaboration with Coventry Transport Museum has afforded us a great opportunity to expand our 2Wheeler offering. With Gefco currently handling distribution of approximately 65% of all motorcycles delivered in the UK, and with a dedicated 2Wheeler team at our Coventry hub, we are ideally placed to support with such an exciting project. As a company we are constantly looking for innovation in how we meet the needs of our diverse portfolio of customers, and we’re delighted to have worked on this unique opportunity with Coventry Transport Museum.”