What happens if your cargo does not fit into a standard container? For Jacques Saadé’s Group, nothing is impossible and we have been providing realistic solutions to oversize logistics problems for 30 years. With our experience of shipping all types of cargo, we offer the technical expertise, secure handling and knowledge to help you move your cargo safely and efficiently.
At CMA CGM, we ship all types of XXL cargo from delicate shipments such as trains, cars and yachts to large and heavy equipments such as turbines, engines and factory components. Our specific technical and commercial expertise enables us to load up to 500 tons of heavy lift and oversized cargo onto our modern containerships.
And with more than 150 liner services, most of them fixed-day weekly, operated by over 400 vessels CMA CGM can ensure regular and quick global deliveries within its clients’ project deadlines. We have asked Ugo Vincent, CMA CGM XXL Asian specialist based in Shanghai and Loic Pelen, CMA CGM Project Cargo Desk Manager, to tell us more about this activity.
Tell us about your largest project to date.
Recently, we were requested to ship a rock dumping unit from Rotterdam to Singapore for Dutch engineering giant Boskalis. Weighing in at 450 tons and measuring 32m x 12m x 22m the piece was loaded on the CMA CGM La Perouse, a 13,800 TEU vessel deployed on our Asia-Europe FAL 5 service.
Using cutting edge equipment adapted to XXL cargo, the unit was lifted onto deck using a 1,500 tonne capacity floating crane from a barge, and then lashed to a 16 strong bed of 40ft flatrack containers tied down with 120 chains.
For the shipper it was necessary to have a reliable and fixed time frame of sailing and arrival at port of discharge in order to meet tight production time frames. Following that consignment CMA CGM was awarded Project/Heavy-lift Forwarder of the Year 2012 by the Global Freight Awards.
How would you qualify the “CMA CGM Advantage”?
One of our key assets is that CMA CGM always handles the entire project itself and does not outsource the project needs. Carrying heavy lift and oversize cargo requires highly specific technical and commercial expertise. CMA CGM dedicated teams can tailor-make solutions using our extensive worldwide network of ports, agencies and offices as well as our long standing relationships with terminal operators and suppliers.
In order to ensure our customers the best quality service, CMA CGM has created 5-dedicated teams of experts who manage breakbulk cargo all over the world as well as dedicated oil and gas desks to focus on specific traffics. Located in Marseille (Head Office), Shanghai, Dubai and the USA, each team works with freight forwarders and shippers providing flexible, tailored made solutions and personalized customer service at all stages. The CMA CGM teams of experts are trained in the proper securing techniques. Strapping, banding, chains & binders, blocking & bracing and nylon lashing are available to ensure the cargo is secure for transport.
With each element carefully controlled on site by qualified independent surveyors and CMA CGM operations managers, CMA CGM is very attentive to cargo Safety on board .Our ship planners are able to prepare the best stowage plan, allowing the highest productivity to load and discharge thousands of containers, and to handle several breakbulk pieces at the same time, a skill greatly appreciated by Line Managers.
We make appropriate technical studies to determine the safest way to ship XXL cargo and follow each shipment individually with complete operational coordination.
How do you value your activity within the group?
Over the last few years, continuous efforts of our XXL Teams worldwide have consolidated CMA CGM position as a leader in Project Cargo transport on container vessel. We provide the best services to more and more industrials and customers, by always improving methods, discovering, proposing new possibilities and opportunities.
In 2012, the CMA CGM Group carried 700 break-bulk projects and more than 60,000 TEU of OOG showing that CMA CGM offers a valuable alternative to conventional carriers, providing customers with a proactive and innovative service combining quality and high performance. With the reliability of a global container line CMA CGM offers advantages such as regularity of weekly sailings, fixed dates of departure and fixed transit times, genuine value-added service.