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Shipment for a juice producer plant in Mexico.

Shipment for a juice producer plant in Mexico.

The Smart Logistics Group team recently developed a project cargo for a major juice producer company in Mexico.The shipment involved the transport of machinery and several industrial tanks, from Albacete and Madrid to the Port of Valencia in Spain and then shipped to the Port of Veracruz in Mexico. (Take a look at our most famous project cargoes here)

An interesting feature of this shipment was the lashing and securing of the tanks on all three 40′ flat rack containers (out of gage), for which the Smart team had to go to client’s facilities in order to reduce costs. Once the lashing and securing was done, the flat rack containers were moved to the Port of Valencia to continue its shipment journey to Veracruz in Mexico.

The lashing and securing of the Smart team is essential to all our projects, as we have to put together the professionalism and expertise of our technicians with the planning and simulation of scenarios from our Pricing department, in order to reduce costs while not losing the professionalism and high quality of our services that has distinguished us globally. (Do you want to know more about our services and rates? Contact us now)

As in every Smart project, our team did some photos that we are sharing with you, to detail the entire process of the shipment we developed.

Shipment technical information.

  • Origin of goods: Madrid and Albacete in Spain
  • POL: Valencia, Spain
  • POD: Veracruz, Mexico
  • Client: Juice production plant in Mexico
  • Equipment: 3 x Flat Rack Containers 40′ OOG and 10 containers 40′ HC
  • Measures: Tanks of 5.40 meters long and 2.76 meters in diameter with a 1500 kg weight each.
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We visited the garlic fields of Las Pedroñeras in Cuenca, Spain.

We visited the garlic fields of Las Pedroñeras in Cuenca, Spain.

Last may, and about to begin the annual garlic campaign, the Smart team visited Las Pedroñeras, a small town known as the World Capital of Garlic. (Let’s meet the team)

The history of Las Pedroñeras stands out on the crop and farming of the “Ajo Morado” or purple garlic. As the leading garlic peninsula exporter and world’s largest producer and trader, the majority of its population live from this vegetable. (Check here our stone-fruit campaign)

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Before entering the town, we could smell its unique aroma and see the impressive garlic fields which you can’t see where they end. We visited several companies that, besides receiving us very well, gave us the chance to try the coveted black garlic and showed us closely the endless garlic fields.

Along with a client and very good friend, we had the opportunity to see different varieties of garlic and its different stages of growing. On one side, we found the “Spring Blanco” and the “Spring Violeta” types of garlic, that were ready to be collected. On the other side, we found the most well-known and emblematic type, the “Ajo Morado de Las Pedroñeras” or purple garlic from Las Pedroñeras. It was on its stage of ripeness and its harvest won’t be ready until the end of june.

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Paula and Monica from our Smart team, visited the garlic fields of Las Pedroñeras.

This great visit, in which we could see and touch this excellent product that is cultivated with so much care, has allowed us to appreciate the enormous commitment that this requires and therefore we feel committed to keep providing the best solutions to our clients. (Take a look to this successful projects)

As experts in perishable products logistics, we are aware that, in the garlic sector and other fresh products, our job is essential of the supply chain and that’s why we are proud of being able to say that every year, more companies from this sector choose us as their reliable provider to move their produce anywhere in the world.

From Smart Logistics, we would like to thank our clients and exporters of fresh garlic, the trust they place in us year after year. We will continue to work for our logistics services to meet the requirements of high quality of the products we transport. We can ensure that every garlic shipment we transport, arrives to its destination to be recognized as the best garlic of the world. (For further information about fresh logistics contact us now)

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Dockers’ strike confirmed in Spain.

New Dockers’ strike confirmed in Spain.

We regret to inform, once again, that the announcement of dockers’ strike in Spain has been confirmed for the following days: 7th, 9th, 14th and 15th (48 hours), 19th, 21th and 23th of june. The strikes will be performed from 8:00 am to 8:00 am of the next day during alternative hours (that means: from 9:00 to 10:00; from 11:00 to 12:00; from 13:00 to 14:00; from 15:00 to 16:00; from 17:00 to 18:00; from 19:00 to 20:00; from 21:00 to 22:00; from 23:00 to 00:00; from 01:00 to 02:00; from 03:00 to 04:00; from 05:00 to 06:00 and from 07:00 to 08:00).

Please bear in mind that this strike may cause delays in departures, congestion in ports or even the cancellation of stops from shipping lines, therefore, Smart Logistics Group may not be responsible for any inconvenience which may arise.

As always and from Smart Logistics Group, we’ll keep you informed about latest news on this matter.

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NEWS UPDATE (08/06/17):

Strikes confirmed for the next days:

  • 9th, 19th, 21th and 23th of June at odd hours.
  • From 14th to 16th of June (48 hours) non-stop.

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NEWS UPDATE (16/06/17):

Strikes pre-confirmed for the next days:

  • 19th, 21h, 23h, 26th, 27th, 29th, and 30th of June at odd hours.
  • 3th, 4th, 6th and 7th of July at odd hours.

For further details please contact us now.

NEWS UPDATE (23/06/17):

The following dates for the dockers’ strike has been CANCELLED:

  • 23h, 26th, 27th of June at odd hours CANCELLED.

However the following dates of june and july still remain active:

  • 29th and 30 th of June and 3th, 4th, 6th and 7th of July at odd hours ACTIVE.

The Smart team will keep you updated about this matter. For further details please contact us now.

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Exporting stone fruits from Spain, the Smart commitment.

Exporting stone fruits from Spain, the Smart commitment.

Smart has started the export of stone fruits, our greatest commitment of this year, as estimates indicated that we are, at least, doubling the volume reached in 2016. (See other successful projects here)

According to FEPEX (spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants), the stone fruit production for this year will be of an exceptional quality due to the weather conditions reported during wintertime and this spring. In terms of quantity, it is intended to supply the market demands, avoiding the overproduction such as last year.

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We started with the first containers of medlar fruit, shipped to Canada, which will be followed by other stone fruits as popular as plums, nectarines, apricots or peaches.

The plum, whose biggest production comes from Extremadura in Spain, will be shipped from Portuguese ports, whilst the ports of Murcia or Andalucia in Spain are benchmarks for apricots and peaches.

As the main countries of destination for stone fruits, we would highlight Canada, Malaysia and China, which imported stone fruit from Spain for the first time in 2016, after the signing of trade agreements between both countries, becoming Spain the first country in the world licensed to export peaches into Chinese markets. (Do you know about the cold treatment for fruits and vegetables? Find out here!)

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We would like to invite fruit producers and exporters and anyone else interested in our fruit campaign, to contact us for counseling support with no further commitment, we would be happy to help you with our experience and knowledge in order to improve significantly your business possibilities.

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The Steel Treatment Plant from Madrid, Spain to Veracruz, Mexico

The Steel Treatment Plant from Madrid to Mexico.

The beginning of 2017 has been a good start for the entire SMART team, as we were selected to move a steel treatment plant from Madrid, Spain to Veracruz, Mexico. (See other successful projects here)

For this project, we moved 4 huge pieces on a break bulk service and 25 40’ Open Top containers (20 IG and 5 OOG).

After our planning and pricing team did an in-depth analysis, comparing different modes of transport, it was decided to move the break-bulk cargo through the Port of  Bilbao and the Open Top containers via Port of Valencia. (Meet the team here)

The biggest pieces were 4 “machine beds” or platforms for cutting and folding steel bars. with 17,5 mts length, 2,6 mts width and 2,2 mts height.

In order to move the shipment from Madrid to Bilbao, the project required special transport vehicles, clearances and escorting at all times. Upon arrival in Bilbao, the pieces were carefully packaged and secured on vessel to prevent any damage caused by maritime transport and weather conditions.

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The 40′ Open Top required a strong coordination between the operations team and  the shipping lines to keep bookings of equipment and ensure vessels’ space availability. On the first shipment 10 OTIG and 2 OOG containers departed whilst other 10 OTIG and 3 OOG containers departed on the second shipment. (Do you know which are the top ten largest capacity container ships of the world? Find out here!)

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The break-bulk shipment arrived at the Port of Veracruz from Bilbao after 22 days without any delays or any type of damage. The shipment was unloaded at the port and delivered to the warehouse in Veracruz, where some photos were taken for the client.

Some days later, the second shipment arrived, which meant that the Smart team delivered this project 7 days earlier than the date indicated by the client on the original application.

This type of projects requires of a strong expertise and excellent customer relationships and freight forwarders such as Smart have the capacity to address this kind of challenges. The Smart Logistics Group is always willing to help their clients grow their business, there is nothing Smart enjoys more than a successful project and a happy customer. (Would you like to request more information? go here)

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The Cold Treatment: ensuring the quality of your products

The Cold Treatment: ensuring the quality of your products.

At Smart Logistics Group we transport fruits and vegetables with high quality and safety requirements and we know that, according to the regulation of some destinations, the Cold Treatment is essential to meet them.

The Cold Treatment is a process by which the fruit fly plague is controlled. Further Cold Treatment goals are to provide a continuous report of the temperature without breaking the cold chain, and enable the exportation of fruit without fumigation.

Some of the destinations for which the Cold Treatment is mandatory are China, United States and Korea. Nevertheless, other destinations can also perform this procedure if the client requests it. (Are you transporting fruits and vegetables? let us help you)

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Cold Treatment sensors.

When it comes to filling a container in Cold Treatment, a specialist person is present at place of container loading, where some monitoring sensors are placed and gives the go-ahead for that container.

Smart Logistics has highly experienced staff in the handling and transport of perishable products. Consequently, we work with the best warehouses specialized in loading and unloading fruit and vegetable containers, and we have also a highly qualified and experienced staff in customs operations, that will assess and advise on the best way of getting the required certificates to export some types of fruits and vegetables.

As always, from the Smart team we invite companies to contact us for counseling support with no further commitment, we would be happy to help you with our experience and knowledge in order to improve significantly your logistics procedures.

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Delivering huge 26 ton Cable Reels from Spain to Colombia

Delivering huge 26 ton Cable Reels from Spain to Colombia

For this shipment we had to use a SUPER LOW BOY for the inland transportation from the shippers factory to the port of loading (POL). Thanks to this equipment we were able to avoid manipulation of bridges and by doing this the client saved a lot in the expenses for this operation. We managed to pass the cargo through the bridges with only a few centimeters of space left, which proved that we are prepared to assumed this kind of projects.

The cargo was loaded successfully in the vessel and it was received in perfect conditions at destination.

Many logistics companies told our client this operation was not possible, but we managed to get the job done, at a lower cost than the alternatives presented by other Spanish freight forwarders.

At the end, we ended up with a very happy customer and another successful shipment by the Smart Logistics Group team.

Origin: Spain

Destination: Colombia

EQ: 3 x 40′ Flat Rack (TOTAL 9 REELS)

3 cable reels in each FR – each reel 9 TONS = 27 TONS TOTAL per FR

Dimensions per cable reel = 3.56 x 2.10 x 3.56 m

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TOP TEN: The Largest Capacity Container Ships of the World

TOP TEN: The Largest Capacity Container Ships of the World

Have you ever wondered how the products you use daily have been delivered to you? Very much of the global supply chain is made through maritime transport and that involves some of the largest vessels in the world. From cars, trucks or statues to clothing, seeds, or even the screen you are watching, many everyday products are transported in containers which are loaded on to vessels, crossing oceans and stopping at several maritime ports before they reach its final destination. The following are the largest Container Ships in the World, listed by its capacity of loading based on the “twenty-foot equivalent unit” or TEU in reference to a 20-foot-long intermodal container.

10. MSC Daniela

The number ten of the listing is for the MSC Daniela along with her 8 sisters ordered by Samsung and 4 other cousins from Daewoo. This type of vessel has a capacity of 14000 containers (TEU) with a length of 366 meters can reach a maximum speed of 25.2 knots. MSC Beatrice, MSC Danit, MSC Kalina, MSC Irene or MSC Paloma are some of her sisters and cousins, but MSC Camille has to be the rebel one, as it was involved in a cargo scandal in 2010, in which case was found 1.5 tons of “illegal-imported goods from China to Teesport”. Then in the same year, collided with the Torn Marina, a tanker vessel used to transport liquids such as oil in tanks, fortunately the vessel was empty at the time of the collision.

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9. The APL-MOL ships

APL Temasek and MOL Quest occupy the ninth, the ships are part of the same type of vessels built by Hynudai Heavy Industries for the transport companies American President Lines and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (APL – MOL). These vessels can reach up to 14000 TEU of capacity and are 368 meters long.

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8. Star Class

Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus and Neptune, yes, we are talking about vessels. These are the names of the vessels part of the Star Class type built for the China Shipping Container Lines. This type of vessel can carry a maximum of 14074 containers (TEU) to a 25 knots of speed, making it the number eight of the listing.

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7. The E Series

The ranking of container ships wouldn’t be possible without mentioning the largest cargo transport company Maersk. The E series are eight container ships built from 2006 to 2008 by the danish business conglomerate A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Emma, Estelle, Eleonora, Evelyn, Ebba, Elly, Edith and Eugene are the names of the ships spread all over the world, each with a capacity of 15500 TEU. This type of vessel is one of the longest with an overall length of 397.7 meters.

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6. The Explorer Class

The french fleet of CMA CGM, called the Explorer Class as they named their containerships with explorers names, such as CMA CGM Chritophe Colomb or CMA CGM Alexander von Humbolt. This vessels carry from 16020 containers (TEU) up to 18000 containers (TEU), being CMA CGM Jules Verne the smallest and CMA CGM Georg Forster the largest.

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5. MSC New York

The number 5 of the listing goes again to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with its vessel MSC New York. This vessel can reach up to 18270 TEU of capacity with an overall length of 399 meters is one of the largest in the world.

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4. The Triple E Series

Once again Maersk is one of the leaders in this listing. The Triple E Series fleet are very large container ships with more than 18000 TEU capacity. They named its fleet of vessels with names starting with the letter m. Majestic Maersk or Magieby Maersk are some of the vessels that are part of this fleet. These are the longest of the list with 400 meters long, that is even longer than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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3. MV Barzan

The number three of the list is the vessel MV Barzan built for the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) by Hyundai Heavy Industries. They built a total of six vessels of this type. It is common to see them in ports of China, Singapore, Netherlands or Germany carrying up to 18800 containers (TEU).

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2. CSLC Globe fleet

The second largest capacity container ships are the CSLC Globe fleet. This type of vessels have the incredible capacity of 19100 containers (TEU) and can also reach 22 knots of speed, is not the fastest but its capacity makes it the second largest. The engine of this vessels are as big as a 6-story building and the ship lenght is the equivalent of 8 Olympic pools This vessels require 31 people as crew to operate, that is more than expected in this type of vessels, which usually are operated by a crew of around 10-12 people.

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1. MSC Oscar

Finally the ship that lead this top ten of the largest capacity container ships is the MSC Oscar, also from the Mediterranean Shipping Company, this vessel and its sisters MSC Oliver, MSC Zoe and MSC Maya reach up to 19224 TEU of capacity, that is only 124 containers over its second rival CSLC Globe. Even though is not the longest, it has a length of 395 meters but is fast, it reach a maximum speed of 25 knots. Usually covers the route from Busan, South Korea to Bremerhaven, Germany, stoping at ports such as Shanghai in China, Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia or Algeciras in Spain.

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CERTIFICATION: “Good Distribution Practices” for Pharmaceutical Products.

CERTIFICATION: “Good Distribution Practices” for Pharmaceutical Products.

The supply chain in the pharmaceutic industry requires rigorous monitoring under strictly controlled conditions for the delivery and distribution ensuring the correct handling of this kind of products. These controls are measured under quality rules and standards which certificate the good distribution practices guaranteeing the commitment of organizations and companies offering  transport and distribution services. That is why it is important companies within the logistics, transport or cargo sector to be endorsed by these kind of certifications proving the right training, risk assessments or security systems to carry out distribution services according to current norms and regulations.

The expertise and commitment of companies such as the Smart Logistics Group has allowed them to receive the GDP (Good Distribution Practices) certification that guarantee the correct handle and distribution of pharmaceutical products for the international maritime transit. The Smart Logistics Group once again demonstrates that is more than prepared to transport any kind of products, including pharmaceutical with the highest international quality and security standards. This gives Smart a privileged position compared to the competition making them stand as a leader on the logistics and cargo sector for its professionalism and preparation.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Weight Verification Requirement

The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement becoming effective on July 1

In order to accomplish the SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement (Safety of Life at Sea Convention), we would like to inform our clients that from the 1st of July 2016 it will be mandatory the verification of the gross mass of loaded  containers before they are shipped. The SOLAS requirement for weighing containers is an international regulation thus any container with no Verified Gross Mass (VGM) information will not be loaded.

NO VGM = NO LOAD

The shipper is responsible for the proper weight verification of every loaded container. This VGM information then has to be provided to the shipping line with enough time to allow the right procedures for the ship loading plan.

*Shipper means a legal entity or person named on the Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill or equivalent multimodal transport document (e.g. “through” bill of lading, Sea waybill) as shipper and/or who (or in whose name or on whose behalf) a contract of carriage has been concluded with a shipping company.

The SOLAS convention notes the following two methods that can be done before or after receiving the load at the port terminal:

  1. By weight (Maritime terminal or a third party): Once the container is completely loaded, it has to be weighed on its own or along with the truck transporting it, in which case the tare, trailer and fuel weight would be subtracted.
  2. By calculation (Shipper): Weighing all packages and cargo items including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material and adding the tare mass of the container. This requires an approved certified method (a calibrated scale) according to the ISO 9001 standard or its equivalent which includes control procedures to meet national certification and calibration requirements.

We as Smart Logistics, can provide a weighing service in case shippers do not have access to a proper calibrated scale meeting the requirements of weight verification method 2. This weighing service will take place within maritime terminals or with a port community agent. The fees will vary depending on the port of departure and maritime terminals. In this case a weighing certificate would be sent to the shipper who will need to keep it until the shipment has arrived to its final destination.

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