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Case studies

At Spark Global Logistics, we strive to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective results for our customers. With our project management expertise, we are able to handle your most complicated freight with ease.

Dump trays from Inland China to New Castle, NSW Australia.

Total volume 1740 cubic meters and 210 metric tons, cargo volumetric by definition

The challenges

  1. The factory location, on a small port north of Shanghai, tidal river with very low tides, little infrastructure, and no cranes. This meant we had to find a suitable vessel for the conditions, and a carrier willing to send it for 2 part charters
  2. The supplier had never exported before, and the port authorities were not used to receiving this type of vessel
  3. External dimensions of the trays; note that the width exceeds the legal permits on most roads in the world, requiring special permits, escort vehicles, limited access to bridges, tunnels and other road transport 
  4. The body shape also required a special “bed” to secure the cargo, determine the center of gravity and partially reduce the height by tilting the tray forward, at 35 tons, a lot of dunning and special lashing was required.

An extra cost of welding of $25,000 was outweighed by savings of $185,000 in freight

The transport to the port was simple, no need for special permits and lashing was simple.

By cutting the trays in halves, the space in the vessel was better used and instead of 2 full charters, it was 2 part charters.

The customer is still using this system for all their imports and exports, and it has since been copied by our competitors.

Drilling rigs sent to West Africa

The challenges:

The drilling rigs had been previously used and thus a soil contamination hazard for transport. Cargo was out of gauge by weight. 

The solution:

To put the drilling rigs through a rigorous cleaning process under close supervision to ensure they would not be held up in customs for carrying bugs, dirt, or soil contamination. Utilizing a special truck chassis to evenly distribute the cargo’s weight to minimize damage to roads and comply with local laws in Australia and West Africa.

Lightning towers to West Africa

The challenges:

Sensitive electrical components had to be protected from the harsh African summer. 

The solution:

Applied heat-resistant insulation to electrical components and used a vacuum sealing process to cover the entire cargo. 

The results:

After 50 days in transit going through the African summer, the cargo arrived in perfect condition to the mine site with absolutely no dust.