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Event Date: Aug. 8 2009
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"The Bridge On The River Shetrumji"
Road Trip - India
On The Scene - On The River Shetrumji, At Bhavnagar, Talaja, India
August 8 2009
A General Electric Stator - In Better Days
A General Electric Turbine In Transit - In Better Days
A Stator On The Indian Road
The cargo here was a "stator" from General Electic.
A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender
The Date: August 8 2009
The Time: 0946 Hrs.
The Place: The Bridge On The River Shetrumji
August 8 2009 -- The General Electric Gas Turbine Has Discharged At Port of Mundra, India
The Move Is 434 Kms To The Pipavav Power Project at Pipavav, India
Undertaking Carriage is J.M. Baxi & Co. -- Established in 1916
The Load is Carefully Secured -- And Managed By J.M. Baxi & Co. With A Crew of 17 Employees
All Is In Readiness For The Move of A Major Piece of Equipment Across India
General Electric Stator Terms of Sale & Risk:Delivery was FAS.
General Electric was said to have been excluded from logistics support for this move to The Pipavav Power Project at Pipavav, India
The Move To The Pipavav Power Project at Pipavav, India
The Road Crew of J.M. Baxi & Co Has Left The Port of Mundra
But Along The Road J.M. Baxi & Co Has Experienced A Problem At:
The Bridge On The River Shetrumji
The Bridge On The River Shetrumji Has Folded Like A Snack Cracker.
Above, Officials of Ahmedabad Fire & Emergency Services Survey The Loss
The Bridge On The River Shetrumji -- Has Taken The The General Electric Gas Turbine
The 138 Wheel Trailer & 17 Crew Have Plunged 45 Feet (15 Meters)
The Bridge On The River ShetrumjiOpened for traffic in 1984
10 spans of 24 meters each
Width 8.25 meters
Sources Report There Was No Permit Obtained For The Move From Port of Mundra To Pipavav, India
Sources Report There Was No Pre-Move Route Survey Conducted
Sources Report There Was No Pre-Move Strength Assesment Conducted For The Bridge On The River Shetrumji
Five Members of The Crew Have Died On Highway NH -8E -- At The Bridge On The River Shetrumji
Was There A Convenient Alternative To: The Bridge On The River Shetrumji?
The Cargo Letter - Nov. 7 2009The General Electric Turbine
Was Discharged At Port of Mundra, India For The Risky 434 KMs (270 Miles) Road Move To Pipavav, India.
Was There Another Route Which Should Have Been Considered?
ORIGIN: Port of Mudra - upper left of map
DESTINATION: Pipavav - central right of map
Port of Pipavav
But ...... The Destination of Pipavav Was Another Port Able To Handle The General Electric Stator
There Was An Alternative All-Water Barge Route Available To Serve The Pipavav Power Project - Not Involving The Bridge On The River Shetrumji
The Cargo Letter - Nov. 7 2009There are many lessons to be learned from this ill fated 270 mile journey.
Truck drivers may be familiar with a particular route, but unfamiliar over-height or over-weight loads may alter the senses & limits of safety for that driver.
In many jurisdictions all over-height, over-weight or special loads are required to obtain special permits before undertaking a move.
These "Permit Loads" are directed along strict routes to guarantee the overhead bridges will be cleared & all road surfaces & bridges will take the weight.
When no local regulation is available, it is up to the logistics professionals to "Survey The Route" & obtain a "Strength Assessment" where bridges will be asked to carry a huge load.
Whether by government edict or professional requirement -- the movement of loads such as this General Electric Stator must be be carefully planned.
Where this move is concerned, our "SHIP HAPPENS!" motto does not apply to alleged circumstances of:No Permit
No Pre-Move Route Survey
No Pre-Move Bridge Strength Assessment
The move has taken 5 lives. And the people of Talaja Village have lost their bridge.Michael McDaniel, Your Editor
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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Crews of J.M. Baxi & Co. and it's families.
SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.
It's very dangerous out there.
INDEX TO OUR "The Bridge On The River Shetrumji" PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:
Important Links To Our Feature:J.M. Baxi & Co. - Founded in 1916, wth a national network of over fifty-five offices in India
The Pipavav Power ProjectGSPC GroupVideo of The High Tech Operation
General Electric CatalogGE Pricing
Our Daily Vessel Casualties - stay informed
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The Greatest Container Losses Of All Time - these are the grand fathers -M/V OOCL America
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"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006
SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker.
It's very dangerous out there.
Thanks To Our Contributors For The "The Bridge On The River Shetrumji" FeatureOur Contributor for this feature is greatly appreciated:Dale LeDoux - Trunkline Gas Company, Electrical Specialist, South Division
Scott Johnson - CEO, Bluewater Energy Solutions
Sunil Yeole - Logistics Heavy Lifts, Sharjah - UAEAnonymous Contributors Must Always Remain Anonymous*
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EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD
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