A very critical shipment was required after the M/V Nicola, a Mediterranean cargo ship, had called the Malta Freeport for urgent assistance for its operational duty, requiring ship spare parts on board at the earliest time frame. The vessel only had around 20 hours of transit at Port for unloading and loading containers.
The spare parts were shipped on board a Lufthansa Aircraft which landed at Malta International Airport at 12:30h. At the cargo terminal, a dedicated truck arranged by WEL was waiting for the shipment’s arrival, for immediate release and delivery of the goods to Malta Freeport.
At the port, WEL had liaised with the ship’s Captain to use their crane to lift the heavy boxes from the deck and successfully loaded them on the vessel.
The delivery on board was completed by 15:00h, this made it a record time of 2.5 hours for WEL to clear the cargo from Cargo terminal, drive it to Port, pass the Port security procedures and deliver on vessel. Martin Fenech, Air Freight Executive at WEL and highly experienced with such time-critical shipments, handled this complex operation and assured on-site that everything was running smoothly and prevented any operational delays.
Connecta Airfreight Network was launched in 2015 for IATA certified airfreight forwarders with a proven track record in air cargo. Connecta’s aim is to form an airfreight community, for sharing specialised resources and strengthening collective buying power with airlines and other suppliers. Connecta already has 110 members operating from 80 airports in 50 countries.
Connecta members benefit from a financial incentive program covering all shipments routed between members, supported by a centralised payment protection system. They also have access to CHAMP’s web-based freight forwarding system, Logitude, which enables them to manage quotes, shipments, bookings and consolidations more efficiently and cost-effectively, without major financial outlay. Logitude supports the IATA e-AWB and e-freight initiatives, facilitating electronic data interchange with some 100 airlines.
WEL is a local freight forwarder based in Malta and Member of the Connecta Airfreight Network. Connecta Airfreight Network, is part of the Pangea Group that also includes Pangea Logistics Network.