Original news was published on 27 June, 2014
Acco Foreign Shipping has handled the transport of a transformer from the U.S. to Escuintla, Guatemala.
The shipment consisted of 12 pieces with measurements ranging from 118 tons to 219 cubic meters, GPLN said in a statement on behalf of its Miami, Fla.-based member. The main unit of the transformer weighed 78 tons and measured 6 meters long, 4 meters wide and 4.5 meters high.The remaining cargoes weighed from 1 to 3 tons each.
Due to the weight and size of the main unit, Acco chartered a vessel to carry the breakbulk cargo from the Port of Long Beach in California to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. The accessories were transferred to an export packer specialist near the port and packed in heavy-lift closed crates, which took about two weeks. The transformer arrived several weeks after the crates were ready for shipping.
By the time the transformer arrived to the port, the induced vessel was already berthed waiting for its arrival to start the loading process. Loading took only four hours, and by noon, the breakbulk carrier was ready to sail toward Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.
The transit time was eleven days and when the captain was tendering the notice of readiness to Puerto Quetzal’s Authorities, he was asked to move to an anchorage area as vessels were loading with sugar for export. After a four-day delay, Puerto Quetzal authorities gave a window to unload the cargo. The unloading began at midnight and took only three hours.
The 11 crates were stored in the import warehouses adjacent to the dockside and the main unit was unloaded from the vessel onto a 13-axle lowboy and left in the yard for customs clearance. Finally, Acco delivered the transformer and its accessories to the jobsite.