We recently were involved in moving some road traffic signs from Tansley in Derbyshire to Oslo, Norway. These were Solar Powered Colour mobile variable message sign which are used as mobile road signs.
This was challenging because of the fragile nature of the cargo due to the solar panels and intricate engineering. The fact that it was on wheels also added to the complexity and a great deal of care was put into place to ensure it was loaded properly. As this was a groupage type shipment a transhipment was involved and we had to follow very clear instructions to ensure they were taken off the truck and reloaded back onto the trailer sufficiently.
Friday, 12 July 2013
Mackenzie Thorpe Sculpture
This we feel, is one of the most prestigious contracts we have been awarded because we were shipping an exclusive piece of art as opposed to our normal fare of industrial equipment. We’re quite proud to have been asked to do this one to be honest particularly because of the local interest in working for a Middlesbrough-born artist!
One of Bernie’s old friends Brian Goodall owns Artsbank, an art gallery in Saltburn (our home town just outside of Middlesbrough). One afternoon, Bernie was having a coffee in a local coffee shop in Saltburn when Brian happened to be sat nearby having a meeting of his own with, among others, internationally renowned Middlesbrough-born Mackenzie Thorpe.
Bernie couldn’t help overhearing a conversation they were having when it came to light that they were having concerns over how to move a large sculpture for a commission they had been given for a children’s hospital in Oklahoma. As this is something that he had a lot of experience to draw on, he mentioned that he may be able to help. He was promptly asked to sit down and was then happily quizzed over the logistical needs that shipping a large sculpture from the UK over to a site in the USA would demand.
We delivered this in late 2010 and is now in place in the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma:
You can read more about this on our website: http://www.johnsonpartners.co.uk