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  • Writer's pictureLisa Foster

Shipping a Car Baler from Bologna Italy to St. Vincent

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

In September 2020 NSG won the order for the supply of a Car Baler, manufactured by Bonfiglioli in Italy for our valuable client in St. Vincent at Central Water and Sewerage Authority.

We then took the exciting challenge to our great partners in the UK Britlink to hauling the Baler from Bologna in Italy to Vlissingen in the Netherlands and onward shipping to Portsmouth UK. The ultimate destination was St Vincent in the West Indies which was handled by our other partners at Geest Line.

How does one move an OOG (Out of Gauge) large piece of equipment over multiple border crossings, challenging terrains and within a tight time frame? With careful planning and experience in the industry! A great massive 22 tonnes and 51.408cbm is not an easy task to move.

Firstly, Britlink searched for an established and trusted haulier who they could rely on to do the task and was up for the challenge. With this appointment and the logistics sorted, the loading began.

The cargo loaded by crane and on to a 40’ Flat Rack then lashed and secured. This was done during the day and transported overnight over the main Motorways northward across Europe. The trailer was followed by convoy to ensure that there were no issues along the way.

In total, the journey was 1,163km long and took 21 hours, 27 minutes to reach the Netherlands, crossing through Austria and Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and then Netherlands again. That’s quite the trip for a Baler!

Once the vessel arrived in to port the Flat Rack was then lifted on to the Geest Vessel by crane, secured in place and set sail to St. Vincent.

The Baler now resides at the CWSA Land Fill at Diamond in mainland St. Vincent, where it will bale cars and other large metal objects. A great way to keep our islands clean and safe!

Oct 2020


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