Six Oversized Crates Transported to Bangui for the Castel Group

February 21st, 2018

The Castel Group, specialised in the manufacture of beverages, has been operating in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 1953 through its subsidiary, Motte Cordonnier Africa (MOCAF).
To cope with a growing demand for beer in the country, the French group intends to modernise its plant and develop its production capacity in CAR by setting up a new bottling line for soft drinks and beers as well as an automatic bottle washing machine.

In this context, Bolloré Logistics was tasked with handling the logistics for this project and with transporting 11 oversized crates and 37 containers of type 40 feet.

MOCAF relied on an integrated end-to-end logistics solution made possible by Bolloré Logistics' worldwide footprint and its extensive integrated logistics network. As such, the Bolloré Logistics France, Cameroon and Central Africa teams coordinated to provide a quality logistics service to deliver oversized equipment from Antwerp (Belgium) all the way to Bangui. This equipment, consisting mainly of an automatic bottle washing machine and a bottling line for soft drinks and beers, was loaded in 11 oversized crates with a total volume of 900 m3 and weighing 125 tonnes. Six of these crates required the use of three MAFI roll trailers capable of transporting substantial loads. The French teams fully managed the sea freight up to the port of Douala in Cameroon.

Upon arrival in Douala, our logistics teams transported the equipment from the port to the final site in CAR. They also supervised an abnormal load of three heavy equipment transporters, each loaded with two crates. They travelled a distance of 1,400 km, including 60 km on an unpaved road, over a period of 11 days. Due to the large quantity of oversized equipment, our local QHSE teams worked to obtain special permits and arrange escort vehicles. The convoy was thus escorted between Douala and CAR by police, customs and MINUSCA officials.

The satisfaction of MOCAF general management was the crowning achievement of this exceptional end-to-end operation, which showcased the networking of the Douala-Bangui corridor, the integration of the network between Antwerp, Douala and Bangui, but also the professionalism of the transport teams.

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