Quick Summary

  • Team NZ needed a container weighing solution for shifting base in 60 containers to Bermuda for the America's Cup.

  • Bermuda had limited and unreliable weighing infrastructure available.

  • With BISON C-Jacks, Team NZ were one step-ahead and were check weighing and capturing a certified VGM at their convenience.

  • All of Team NZ's containers were optimised, and they were well-equipped to weigh all of their own containers when the base was shipped home.

 

Background

Emirates Team New Zealand is an elite sailing team, three time winner of the coveted America's Cup and pioneer of foiling wing sailed catamarans - the most spectacular racing yachts you'll see.

Team NZ faced a logistics challenge in the 35th America's Cup campaign - relocating base from Auckland to Bermuda, then shipping the base home when the regatta ended. Needing a reliable, versatile and portable container weighing solution, Team NZ turned to BISON. 

Challenge

Dispatching 60 containers half way around the world is a huge logistical challenge. It was an important shift, with the containers holding all the tools, infrastructure and equipment needed to support a competitive America's Cup campaign. With new SOLAS VGM rules to contend with, Team NZ needed a container weighing solution that would make the move to and from Bermuda as smooth as possible.

Weighing individual cargo items and calculating container weights was not an option, given the varied and bulky nature of the cargo. Weighing containers at a local weighbridge was not ideal from a timing perspective; the logistics team wouldn't be able to check the container weight during loading, nor confirm if the container loads of variable, often heavy cargo were properly balanced. It made much more sense for Team NZ to find a solution that could weigh containers early and identify any problems before the containers left the base.

Dispatching the containers from Auckland wasn't the biggest logistical challenge. A plan was needed for the return leg from Bermuda; a remote location with limited weighing infrastructure and weight limits applying to roads and small bridges on the island. Team NZ wanted to be one step ahead, with certified and portable weighing equipment ready to support the shift home.

Solution

Team NZ chose to incorporate BISON C-Jacks into their shipping operation. Over 3 months, the logistics team packed up the base and shipped containers to Bermuda, check weighing and capturing a certified VGM at their convenience. Being compact and portable, the C-Jacks were packed into the last container, meaning Team NZ was perfectly equipped to weigh all of their own containers when the base was shipped home.

Results

Team NZ had one less thing to worry about during the America's Cup. Container weight management was sorted. With BISON C-Jacks, Team NZ checked the container weight and load distribution during packing, they generated a fully compliant VGM for SOLAS purposes at a time that suits them best, and they ensured that all container loads were optimised, well balanced and didn't exceed road and bridge weight limits in Bermuda.

Team NZ have solved their container weighing challenge for the move back from Bermuda. They were fully in control of their container weighing obligations in the remote location and didn't need to rely on local infrastructure. With BISON C-Jacks, the challenge of moving the base home was much less complicated.

Technology and elite sport go hand-in-hand these days. High performance sailing is no exception. BISON C-Jacks have been embraced by Emirates Team NZ as world class weighing technology that is smart, innovative and makes container weighing simple and efficient.

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