Barging for an Extraordinary Cargo Transport

May 10th, 2018

The Bolloré Logistics Industrial Projects team in Kenya was approached by Base Titanium Limited, a mining company, to provide customs clearance and Out of Gauge transportation for a massive piece of mining equipment from the port of Mombasa to the client’s site in Kwale, approximately 53 km.

​Due to its size, the equipment, which was 17-meter-long and 6-meter-wide could not be transported by road through the port town of Mombasa. The Projects Team conducted a survey and formulated a Local Execution Plan for client approval, which proposed a barge operation involving crossing the Mombasa Island through Kilindini Harbour to Likoni, at the southern end of island from where the cargo would be transported by road. 

During the actual operation, a team of 20 Bolloré Logistics staff were involved in the operation. The equipment was discharged directly from the vessel and onto a Heavy-Duty Modular trailer already positioned on the barge. Due to the weight of the cargo, the barge was staged for 48 hours awaiting high tide to enable the unloading of cargo. A dedicated ferry from the Kenya Ferry Services was used to tow the barge across the harbour to the Likoni side of the ferry. This operation took place from midnight into the early hours of the morning, with positioning of the barge and offloading at the other side of the harbour, taking five hours due to tidal and ramp positions.

After the Ferry Crossing, the cargo was transported by road, with both police escort and an escort from the electricity supplier, Kenya Power, who lifted any power cables that hang too low for the cargo to pass safely.

On arrival to site, the team used a combination of Enerpac and Hydraulic Jacks to lift the cargo, and steel beams for support to securely offload the cargo.

The Projects team was able to successfully overcome all the foreseen and unforeseen challenges of the operation to win the commendation of the client who said, “Thanks to your team for a very professional job, done really well. It was a pleasure working with your guys.”

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