After several months of planning, C.H. Robinson, member of the Project Logistics Alliance for Canada, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Singapore and USA was able to put their transportation plan into action to move 29,500 cubic meters of cargo by barge and ocean vessel from Indonesia to New Caledonia. However, the job was not without additional challenges.
Before loading operations began, the port captain announced all operations were suspended until further notice. The C.H. Robinson team assumed the halt was due to Covid-19, instead, it was due to the recent discovery of World War II bombs at the loading area. The team quickly adjusted their strategy and were able to continue operations just seven miles away.
The cargo was loaded at anchorage onto a chartered vessel off Gresik in Indonesia. By loading the cargo at this location, C.H. Robinson was able to cut down approximately $200,000 (USD) in port charges, a very attractive and economical solution for the customer. Once loaded, the cargo traveled to its final destination, the customer’s private wharf off the coast of Australia in Prony Bay, New Caledonia.
While managing quick changes to operations, the team was also closely monitoring the weather forecast for swells and waves throughout the day. Contingency plans were put in place in case the water became too rough. Although this gave the team a short window for loading it was successfully accomplished, but that was not the last obstacle they would face.
Once the cargo arrived at the destination it was revealed that one of the partnering parties did not arrange for fumigation when ants were discovered on the wooden dunnage. Operations were suspended again until fumigation could be performed and clearance from authorities was given to begin unloading.
Even with the challenges, C.H. Robinson was able to deliver the cargo safely and without incurring any vessel detention charges, much to the satisfaction of their customer.