APEX Shipping (Australia) Case Study: Bulk Cargo Management of Fertilisers

APEX Shipping are PCN members in Australia and are pleased to report the bulk cargo management of a huge quantity of fertilisers transported from China.

Their client engaged their services for the management of the discharge operations of 23,300mtns of fertiliser in Australia. The fertilisers consisted of 20,000mtns of urea in bulk and 3,300mtns of other fertilisers in bulk bags. APEX arranged the full charter of the vessel, Berge Hallasam, which is a new vessel beginning work in 2016 with only 3 prior trips before this project. The bulk urea was loaded in holds 1 to 4 and the bulk bags in hold 5.

Alberto Coll (National Projects Manager) explains; “APEX Shipping maintains a different approach to conventional freight forwarding, offering a service that assists importers of fertilisers and other bulk commodities to start and maintain operations in Australia. Our services cover every stage of the importation process and for this project, they included:

  • Arranging Import Permits with Australian Authorities
  • Vessel & Cargo Surveys at Origin & Destination
  • Chartering
  • Port Agency
  • Stevedoring
  • Discharge Operations Management
  • Warehousing
  • Bagging / De-Bagging
  • Screening of Product
  • Load Out

The planning and reporting were key to this project – the loading plan at origin using the vessel holds in a particular sequence and constant monitoring of the port of discharge situation allowed us to avoid congestion, berth according to plan with no delays and discharge the bulk and bulk bags simultaneously.”

APEX delivered a successful and reliable service and the vessel was received on time with the discharge operations performed 3 days faster than negotiated, giving the client a despatch claim of USD $7,147.

Please click here to view the full article on our official website including photos of the operations and a full case study (pdf) with detailed reports and particulars of the shipment.


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