In April 2013, V. Alexander’s Logistics Department was tasked with the transport of four industrial pumps from the Port of Shanghai to Philadelphia, PA.
These pumps were not your regular household pumps – each of them weighed almost 88 metric tons (about 195,000 lbs) and measured about 24’ x 10’ x 10’!
V. Alexander’s Logistics department teamed up with a carrier that offers regular service for this type of cargo between Asia and the US with specialized bulk vessel and secured space for all four pumps to be shipped together on a single voyage.
A lot of planning took place in China as the pumps were to be shipped from their location near Ningbo to the Port of Shanghai by river barge, as an overland transport would have been extremely challenging due to the infrastructure challenges in the area. This included planning of the river voyage to Shanghai, the trans-load process in the port, and the securing and lashing of the cargo in the bulk vessel.
V. Alexander’s Asia Representative, in close cooperation with our operational agent in Shanghai, supported the shipper and his agent by providing consulting services for the export documentation process and by coordinating the communication between the shipper, his agent and the carrier and port operation entities in Shanghai.
By the middle of June all export formalities had finally been settled, and the pumps were moved by barge from their location near Ningbo to the Port of Shanghai.
The inland vessel arrived in Shanghai June 30, 2013 and docked right next to the bulk vessel. The pumps, which were seaworthy crated, were trans-loaded from the barge to the bulk vessel with the on-board crane, which has a capacity of 320 metric tons (the vessel is actually equipped with two of these cranes, providing a combined lift capacity of 640 metric tons).
The pumps were positioned in a below-deck cargo hold to be secured from the elements during the almost 2-month voyage from Asia to the US.
They were secured as per previously agreed upon procedure by lashing, bracing and blocking to withstand the movements of the ocean voyage.
The vessel then embarked on its voyage to the US, which took about 2 months via various ports in Asia along the way, eventually advancing through the Panama Canal into the Gulf of Mexico and, via a few stops at other US ports into Philadelphia PA, where it arrived on 08/27/13 around noon time, moving up the Delaware River to Tioga Marine Terminal.
While the vessel was in route to the US, V. Alexander’s Customs Brokerage Division had already filed the Customs entry in Philadelphia and obtained a paperless release, allowing the freight to be offloaded in Philadelphia without further Customs’ procedures.
Cargo discharge commenced in the morning hours of 08/28/13. V. Alexander teamed up with its longtime partner Miller Transfer to supervise the offloading of the cargo onto specialized 19-axle trucks that would move the cargo to its final destination near Philadelphia.
Specialized spreader bars had been secured for the offloading –certified to handle 100 metric tons.
Two of the four pumps were offloaded directly onto trucks while the remaining two pumps were loaded onto Mafi trailers to be held at the port for a few days for later delivery. The State of Pennsylvania restricted the move of the pumps whereas the first two could only be moved staggered during the day to keep traffic interruptions to a minimum.
The offloading procedure went flawless, and after about 4 hours all four pumps were securely discharged and ready to be moved to their final destination respectively into covered storage for later delivery.