Monday, March 21, 2016

Another Unusual Project Freight Forwarding Cargo Safely Delivered by Pentalver

Lion Shipment a Roaring Success
Shipping News Feature
SOUTH AFRICA – UK – Pentalver must be roaring with delight having managed the transportation and handling of another special project freight forwarding cargo. The lion sculpture (pictured), which is 8 metres long and 4.3 metres tall and weighs almost 3 tonnes, came from South Africa in a 40 foot open top container, and arrived into the Thames deep water port of London Gateway on board the Safmarine Highveld on 11 March.

The lion sculpture was created by sculptor Bruce Little in the Western Cape of South Africa and is his biggest sculpture to date. The casting of the piece was facilitated by the Strand branch of Sculpture Casting Services, in the Western Cape, the largest, specialist fine art foundry in Africa and are one of the few places able to cast sculpture of this size. Once the piece was complete, it was crated and lifted by crane into the open top container which was then transferred onto the box vessel which set sail for the UK on 23 February. 

Tigers, a global supply chain group headquartered in Hong Kong, have a close relationship with Bruce Little, the South African based sculptor, and it was the ironically named forwarding agent, Tigers South Africa, which handled the shipment from source and engaged Pentalver to handle the UK delivery leg from the port to Longleat Safari Park.

The Pentalver Specialist Haulage Team shunted the loaded 40ft container from London Gateway to Tilbury where the Cargo Handling Team de-vanned the container and loaded the fibreglass copy of the sculpture onto a 'wafer deck' low loader trailer. This last leg of the 8,000 mile transportation to Longleat Safari Park took place 16 March and will be featured on the BBC.

The bronze version of the sculpture weighs approximately 5 tonnes and was commissioned to celebrate Longleat’s 50th anniversary, to be properly celebrated later this year with a party at which Elton John will perform. The five times life sized lion sculpture will be situated in front of the iconic stately home on the Longleat Estate and will be joined at some stage by another which the Safari Park plans to commission. Bruce Little commented:

"I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome, it is an honour and a privilege to have been awarded this opportunity to do a lion sculpture of this scale, with Longleat as its home. I cannot have hoped for a more appropriate setting and am sincerely grateful to all those who have made this possible. It is my hope this sculpture will be a beacon of hope for the conservation of not only lions but all creatures great and small and their habitats. This bronze sculpture will be on this earth for thousands of years let us all help ensure that lions will too will exist as long."