Quick Summary

  • Talley's wanted to optimise container loads of fish oil in flexitanks.

  • Containers were sometimes shipped up to 2,000 litres underloaded.

  • Check weighing at a weighbridge disrupted loading, added costs and caused delays.

  • With BISON C-Jacks, Talley's now optimise container loads at the loading point.

  • BISON C-Jacks have increased profitability, reduced shipping costs and eliminated delays.

Background

Talley's export quality seafood, meat, dairy and vegetable products.

The company's seafood division - Amaltal Deepsea - runs a fleet of deep sea fishing vessels equipped with automated processing facilities. Fish are processed on-board within hours of being caught. Everything is utilised, including fish waste, which is converted into high grade by-products such as fish meal and oil.

Discharging the fishing vessels and delivering this valuable cargo to market involves careful logistics planning and execution.

Challenge

For fish oil exports, Talley’s use a pump and hose to discharge the oil into a 24,000 litre, containerised flexitank. Talley’s on-shore logistics team faced a constant problem - how to optimise container loads of this liquid cargo?

If the container is overfilled, the flexitank could burst, destroying tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of cargo. But by underfilling the container, Talley’s generate less revenue from the shipment, plus the shipping cost per tonne of payload is higher than it needs to be.

Talley’s tried using flow meters to optimise the load, but found this was inaccurate, with air bubbles and other variables skewing the measurement. This meant Talley’s were forced to simply guess when the flexitank was full, disconnect the hose, then have the container hauled to the nearest weighbridge to check the weight.

With the gross container weight, Talley’s could calculate how much capacity was left inside the flexitank. Containers were at times under filled by more than 2,000 litres. Once weighed, the container would be returned for the team to continue loading and to guess (again) if it was topped up to the right level!

This process cost Talley's time and money, including extra haulage costs, weighbridge fees and man-hours spent coordinating the check-weighing and top up. Check-weighing away from the loading point also caused delays and meant Talley’s sometimes had to choose between knowingly shipping an underfilled container, or missing a shipping cut-off-time.

Solution

Talley’s were already familiar with BISON C-Jacks, having adopted them at a number of their meat processing plants for SOLAS VGM compliance. Talley’s logistics team quickly recognised that C-Jacks were not just a compliance tool, but an ideal solution for optimising the weight of containerised flexitanks during loading.

The portability of C-Jacks meant they could be easily moved to the different docks where vessels are discharged.

C-Jacks allow the empty container and flexitank to be weighed before loading, giving Talley’s a precise tare weight and a precise target for optimising the container payload.

C-Jacks mean the container can be weighed in real time during loading, allowing the supervisor to gauge loading progress and most importantly, identify exactly when the flexitank is full.

Results

By adopting BISON C-Jacks, Talley’s are now optimising container loads of fish oil at the point of loading. 

Each container shipment is now more profitable. With fish oil sold by weight, revenue is maximised with each shipment and earnings are realised sooner.

Shipping costs are reduced in two ways. Firstly, the haulage costs, weighbridge fees and labour costs from check weighing the container are eliminated. Secondly, in the course of a year, more cargo is being shipped with less containers, reducing Talley’s net shipping costs per tonne of cargo by approximately 10%.

Being portable and trade approved, Talley's are also using C-Jacks to weigh container loads of tuna, fish meal and other export fish products. These weights are used for transacting cargo by weight and for SOLAS VGM compliance. This saves Talley’s at least $20 per container in weighbridge fees. It also reduces the time and distance travelled by Talley’s trucks, by not having to visit a weighbridge en-route to port.

All up, a tangible return on a simple investment!

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