Recently, TNL GAC Pindar shipped a 49m yacht mast from Auckland to Jakobstad in northern Finland for Southern Spars Ltd.
Shipping a yacht mast of this length requires special handling and knowledge, so it is important when planning such a move to make sure that all the logistics parties involved have the experience and know-how.
The journey to Jakobstad is not a simple one either. The mast first had to be moved 216km by road, from the Southern Spars factory to the Port of Tauranga. It was then loaded onto a ship bound for Zeebrugge, Belgium, and from there, undertook a mammoth 2,500km road trip through five countries before reaching its destination.
Having been involved with similar sized shipments in the past, TNL GAC Pindar’s Australasian Manager, Richard Thorpe, knew how to approach the challenges.
“Working with the suppliers whom I know and trust in New Zealand and GAC Pindar in the UK, who have the relationship with the European trucking company, we were able to pull everything together quite smoothly,” said Richard. “At the end of the day, it is about using the best service providers for a particular project. Working with ones whom our client, Southern Spars also knows means everyone is on the same page, and the job can be executed more smoothly.”