IN a work of transportation art, specialist UK freight forwarder and shipping agent Tuscor Lloyds transported a huge sculpture from Spain to India.
The company, based in Manchester, UK, was asked to move an original sculpture created by contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn, called ‘Rise through Education’, as pictured.
To get the sculpture from Barcelona to Nhava Sheva, near Mumbai, India, for the 29 day voyage via Jebel Ali, Dubai, staff at Tuscor Lloyds had to split the artwork into three parts and secure them to two 40ft flat rack containers, both of which were classified as over width and over height.
As Tuscor Lloyds had worked with this particular customer in the past, moving tricky out of gauge projects, it was clear they needed the firm’s experience and expertise to ensure smooth transport.
Tuscor Lloyds took over the assignment when the pieces arrived at the Port in Barcelona. However, once the cargo had been lashed and delivered to the terminal it was clear the shipper had not measured certain parts of the sculpture that the architects in India required.
The Tuscor Lloyds team in Spain immediately sent a surveyor to the terminal to measure the cargo and sent the information to the installation team in India. Unfortunately, due to this missing information the sculpture missed the designated vessel’s departure.
Despite these challenges Tuscor Lloyds’ project manager Luke Wrench managed to book the cargo onto a vessel calling a few days later with a different routing. The new vessel arrived in Nhava Sheva, near Mumbai (India’s biggest container port), in time to meet the original onwards transhipment.
To achieve this on schedule, Luke Wrench had to work long hours and call in many favours to ensure the sculpture made it onto the new vessel although the loading list was already closed for out of gauge cargo.
Mr Wrench said: “In spite of the large challenges presented, we managed to ship this cargo to the customer’s needed schedule and at the same time maintained the ETA (estimated time of arrival) into Nhava Sheva.”