26 August 2011

Cars for the Far East

Wavecrest Ltd has been handling shipments of vehicles of all descriptions since our foundation in 1994.

Recently there has been a boom in the shipment of new and used luxury cars such as the Mercedes E250's shown above, from the UK to countries in the Far East.

Cars are usually loaded at our own warehouse facility in Gravesend, Kent and shipped through Tilbury, Thamesport or Felixstowe.

This brand new Mercedes CLS was packed into a 40' container with another car and shipped to Thailand.

The car was carefully driven up our purpose designed loading ramp and into the 40' container.

It was then lashed using four ratchet straps to prevent movement in the container during the sea voyage to Thailand. For additional security timber was used to block the wheels.

If you would like more information about loading cars in containers or shipping to the Far East,
please contact Wavecrest Ltd on Tel: 01474 331146 or e-mail: glen@wavecrest.co.uk

24 August 2011

Another Testimonial

It is always heartening to receive a testimonial from a client so we were really pleased when the following e-mail arrived in our inbox....

Hi Glen,

I just wanted to say thank you to you and your guys. They were brilliant and made the process very easy.


By way of explanation, we were requested to ship a 20' container load of furniture from London to Surabaya, Indonesia.

Under normal circumstances we would have been able to place a container at the client's premises for loading.

However, this particular client is based on the busy Fulham Road in Central London - traffic warden heaven and a parking nightmare.

To overcome this problem we arranged for the furniture to be collected from Fulham in smaller vehicles and brought to our warehouse in Gravesend for loading into the container.

If you have similar problems with access and need a container packed or unpacked, please contact Wavecrest Ltd on Tel: 01474 331146 or e-mail: glen@wavecrest.co.uk for further advice and assistance

22 August 2011

Kiwis on the Road to Hell

A couple of weeks ago we received a consignment of three motorbikes on behalf of our New Zealand agent.

We arranged Customs clearance at the port and uncrating at our warehouse in Gravesend and were surprised to find this monster lurking in one of the crates....

Is it a bike or a trike or even a car?

Well it is actually a Can-Am Spyder and belongs to a very pleasant Kiwi lady.

Nice artwork.

The other bikes a BMW (shown above) and a Suzuki were not quite so exotic. The lady and her two fellow companions are currently on a grand bike tour of Europe.

As you can see this is not the first time they have toured (or should that be invaded?) Europe. On the itinerary this time is Hell - apparently it's a town right in the north of Norway in the Arctic Circle.

Adventurous holidays seem to be popular in New Zealand.

Readers of this blog may recall an earlier post about a Kiwi couple who are driving their 1947 MG from the UK back to Auckland, New Zealand via Russia, Mongolia and all points in between.

You can read about it here.

21 August 2011

Next Sailing to Walvis Bay, Namibia

Photo by J T Hetzel

Our next roll on / roll off sailing to Walvis Bay, Namibia will be departing from Sheerness, Kent on 2nd September. All cargo will need to be delivered to Sheerness by 31st August.

We are accepting all types of vehicles for this sailing including cars, 4x4's, pick ups, vans, trucks and buses.

The expected arrival date in Walvis Bay is currently the 18th September.

If you have cargo in transit via Walvis Bay to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia etc our efficient local Namibian agent can assist with customs clearance formalities, on-forwarding etc.

For details of freight rates or to make a booking, please contact Wavecrest Ltd on 01474 331146 or e-mail glen@wavecrest.co.uk

20 August 2011

Tragedy on the Thames

Some sad news to report.

On 12th August a tug called the Chiefton owned by a Gravesend based company capsized and sank in the River Thames whilst towing the crane barge Skyline (pictured above).

One of the three crew aboard was lost. His body was recovered from the river on Tuesday.

The Port of London Authority, Health and Safety Executive and Marine Accident Investigation Bureau are currently looking into the circumstances of the tragedy.

Early speculation is that the barge rode over the Chiefton causing her to capsize.