As well as being able to handle the complexity of multiple stops before destination, DACHSER South Africa was also required to provide expert packing and loading knowledge to maintain the integrity of the transformers and their casings during transportation. This includes the temporary removal of protruding parts which are reassembled by the client at destination.
The challenge of logistics lies in providing a streamlined process within a specific timeframe. Duve says, “To guarantee an excellent and timeous service requires a dedicated team of multi-talented personnel that are the links in an unbreakable chain from start to finish. This includes DACHSER’s ocean imports team and customs department that ensures the shipment from Germany to South Africa goes smoothly. Next in the chain is our highly experienced local logistics department that handles the loading and movement of the transformers from arrival at customs, to casing fitment in Gauteng, and then to the testbed facility in the Limpopo Province. The final link in the chain is DACHSER South Africa’s road freight exports department that oversees transportation from Limpopo Province to Zambia.”
Currently, 29 transformers are being prepared for transportation, with 12 already in the process of delivery. The transformers are secured on flat rack containers and delivered in a convoy of two at a time via super links to the mine in Zambia. Duve says that a 3 to 4-day transit time is anticipated from South Africa to Zambia. “With timeframes like this, there is no room for delay. This means that planning for all scenarios is absolutely key. DACHSER South Africa ensures that all documentation is prepared appropriately and completely. Our staff are knowledgeable in all processes and are equipped with all the necessary information.”