C&G are often employed to oversee load and discharge of project cargoes…..these are often large, unusual, and cumbersome items. C&G provide valuable support between the various parties, stevedores, transport operations. The primary function however is to provide the interface between ship and shore.
C&G provide experience and knowledge in the import, and handling of windfarm components. The consequence of a failure of a windfarm component when assembled can be catastrophic. C&G represent a number of importers and exporters in various locations within Australasia.
Often the inspection of windfarm components may include :
- an ‘in stow’ inspection, to determine the actual condition of the parts, blades, nacelles and towers, and an immediate assessment to determine if there has been any damage due to the transport and or securing.
- a detailed supervision of the discharging process, including landing and securing to transport.
- some customers do require the service to extend to a final inspection at the point of assembly at the wind farm itself. This would also include the unloading of each component. Such a multi-part survey inspection is a very valuable tool for the party requesting the survey, as such windfarm components are often shipped on multi modal shipping documents, where a single entity is responsible for the entire transport chain.
C&G Are often employed by shippers to oversee the loading of bulk cargo, and in particular to pre plan loading and ballasting operations. It is quite common for our services to be required to ‘take over’ the deballasting of the vessel, in order to meet terminal requirements.
An under performing vessel, may become ‘blacklisted’ at some ports or terminals. This is a trend that is liable to increase in the near future.
C&G are employed by number of organizations to pre-plan bulk loading operations. This is not only essential to maximize the efficiency of the loading operation, but can be an extremely complex operation when dealing with multi port, multi product loads and discharges.
Some criteria that are considered:
- Air draft at load and discharge ports
- Some facilities may not be able to load or discharge certain holds, due to berth length etc.
- Vessel’s trim
- Vessel’s shearing forces and bending moments
- Available draft at ports in question
- Contract tonnages, minimum and maximums
- Heeling moments (grain)
- Split parcels within a single hold – costs of separations
The load planning is also involved with the production and distribution of documentation, this can be wide ranging depending upon customers requirements
C&G are employed by a number of companies as Port Captain, during the loading of logs and sawn timber, this is covered in more detail in the Agribusiness section.
C&G are now able to offer Supercargo services to a number of log shippers. This is distinctly different to the Port Captain Service, as there majority of involvement is cargo related, working ‘from the yard to the ship’.