2014 was a tremendous year for Arbour Shipping Ltd, finishing off in December with an urgent movement of OilWell Equipment from Port Fourchon back to the UK. The client in the UK required the cargo shipping before Christmas, the only down side was the cargo was still on a rigg and was not due to be available until December 16th. This coupled with Christmas volumes, bad weather in the US Gulf and vessel cut-offs left our client in a very tricky sitution. Undaunted by such restricted time frames one of our Project Team Managing Director Julian Chambers) headed out to New Orleans to ensure the shipment moved on time. Spending several days in Port Fourchon organising trucks, wahrehousing, labour and supplies we were ready for the cargo arrival. The first of the supply vessels arrived early morning on the Wednesday and discharged its load at Port Fourchon, Here each item was checked, marked, catalogued and photographed before being loaded to the trailer to begin the 3 hour journey to New Orleans port. Thursday saw the second suppliy vessel arrive with its load and the same proceedure began again. By the end of Friday all the cargo had finally been received in Port Fourchon, documented and received in New Orleans port.
Now the race against time began as we only had a few days to load the cargo to 12 x 40′ Flat Rack Containers, 2 x 40′ Open Top Containers and 3 x 40′ High Cube Containers. Not afraid of getting his hands dirty our MD (Julian Chambers) oversaw and directed the loading of the cargo and the lashing to the containers. At one point even having to drive one of the fork lift trucks to help speed things up (yes he got shouted at), but the job was done in record time. The surveyor inspected the units and signed them all off for shipment just as the export vessel berthed at the terminal.
Julian finally managed make his flight home arriving back in Manchester on Christmas Eve knowing the job had not just been done but had been done properly.