More than A to B – The Logistics of Transporting High Voltage Power Cable

The size, weight and quantity of cable imported by Jubatus requires comprehensive preparation and the experience and skill of Jubatus’ importing partner, Mainfreight. When an order is dispatched, there is significant logistical planning involved to transport the cable safely, in compliance with Australian standards and also effectively. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) performs some of the most stringent import inspection and certification procedures in the world as Australia has wide access to overseas export markets as well as highly favourable animal, plant and human health status. In order to meet barrier clearance regulations it is mandatory to either have all materials contained in the shipment compliant with regulations or provide a valid fumigation certificate. Failing that all cargo must be treated depending on the type of material used to pack the container. The size of the drums – 3800mm in diameter and averaging 18 tonne; creates the necessity for highly specialised equipment. Conventional cargo vessels are used to transport the drums with flat racks being placed either in the base or top of the vessel in sizes of 20′ and 40′. The stevedore must load the pick up vehicles with 5-40 tonne forklifts. Trailers used to transport the drums are custom made and used at every stage of the process from wharf to final destination. 55-100 tonne all terrain cranes are then used to unload the cable drums off the specialised delivery vehicles and manoeuvre them around the point of installation. Empty cable drums are collected from the place of installation and disposed of at the local recycling yard.