In May 2018, Bolloré Logistics Singapore handled an important load-out on behalf of Bolloré Logistics Cameroon.
The operation involved receiving six crew boats (22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high) from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, and bring them under tackle a chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradles, with a total weight of 45 tons.
Dimensions and weights were not an obstacle for our colleagues, used to handling very heavy lifting and out of gauge transportations. What quickly appeared as a challenge was the time frame provided for operation preparation and coordination between the various stakeholders.
The crew boats could not be “self-sailed” in Singapore waters nor could they be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel. Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location. Because there were as many cradles as there were crew boats, Bolloré Logistics also had to build a spare cradle at very short notice.
“Smooth communication and coordination between the customer, the shipyard, Bolloré Logistics Singapore and his appointed marine warranty surveyor, along with Bolloré Logistics Cameroon, allowed a seamless execution of this load out in spite of the time constraint,” said Elaine Yee, Senior Customer Service Manager – Oil & Gas Division – at Bolloré Logistics Singapore.
Despite the preparation had taken place very shortly before the load-out time, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to timely mobilize his teams of specialists. They found many different innovative solutions which were proposed to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed upon, the entire operation went extremely smoothly and the crew-boats were loaded out with no delay and no Lost Time Injury (LTI).
Bruce Boudailler, Regional Director Oil & Gas at Bolloré Logistics Asia-Pacific – also acting as Global Oil & Gas Leader for the Bolloré Logistics Business Unit – shared his satisfaction after this successful operation: “I am delighted to see our Singapore teams thriving with such a complex technical operation where so many things can go wrong.” He adds: “I am also very pleased to see the collaborative spirit deployed by our colleagues from Singapore and Cameroon: Oil & Gas teams within Bolloré Logistics are a network within the network and I am proud to lead them!”