What we do
At Afrilog, our mission is to partner with businesses operating in or looking to operate in Africa, helping them to streamline their operations through cost effective business solutions. We do this by designing, executing and managing Africa-specific supply chain solutions that deliver sustainable operational growth and enable our clients to focus on what they do best.
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- The project team was awarded the ‘turnkey’ project logistics contract to execute the shipment of six second-hand Ball Mills ex Cebu (Philippines) and parts/accessories ex Perth and Darwin (Australia), for and on behalf of Rhodium Reefs/Barplats. Our scope included application to ITAC for a Stage Consignment Ruling, application to the Department of Trade and Industries for a Second Hand Import Permit as well as registration of Rhodium Reefs Limited as an importer with SARS. Additionally pre-shipment inspections arranged (Beauport Maritime cc) as well as a ‘marine survey’ (Del Pan Marine & Cargo Surveyors) confirming satisfactory stowage. Given that both Darwin and Cebu are remote destinations with limited shipping options, we had to source a vessel that could accommodate all the cargo (two ports of loading) and be able to berth in drafts lower than 8m. The cargo valued at R150m comprised of: 100 pieces break-bulk and containers (3662cbm) 1442 tons; 80% cargo abnormal from Cebu, Philippines; and five pieces break-bulk and containers (244cbm) 101 tons (4m> high and 3m> wide) from Darwin, Australia. The best shipping option was to charter a vessel of 3500 tons, load Darwin cargo in Singapore and thereafter proceed to Cebu to load the remaining cargo or vice versa. The Perth cargo was shipped via conventional Shipping line service. The equipment had to be loaded on a 5000 tons barge from Tayud in Consolacion, approximately 10kms from the Cebu International Port (CIP). Loading out of CIP proved to be a challenge at time of loading due to adverse weather conditions (heavy rains & strong winds) that ravaged throughout the Pacific restricting work on barge to ship transfer to daylight hours only. On arrival of the vessel in Richards Bay on the 1st of December, we were met with the second challenge of expediting deliveries from the Port to the site in Brits. We had given the client prior warning that road embargoes are always imposed in South Africa during school holidays, which started on December the 1st that year, hence the loads could only start being road hauled to site with National Roads Agency approval from December the 12th onwards. With much assistance from various parties the last two items of 76 loads were dispatched from Richards Bay on the 31st January, a logistics spend of R11mEastern Platinum Ball Mill Refurbishment
- The freight forwarding and logistics scope included the management and planning of the entire logistical requirement, which extended to foodstuffs, luxuries and supplies for the project personnel. Sourcing of plant, equipment and raw material was done internationally and required the coordination of both conventional and unconventional cargo. Apart from employing the service of regular containerised vessels, we had to negotiate with owners of bulk carriers as well as charter companies. Numerous charter agreements were negotiated, not only for sea but also for airfreight. It took three months of intensive planning and route surveying before movement could take place. A total of 57000 tons of cargo from all over the world was moved to the remote site in Mali. This included a number of abnormal pieces such as the two ball mills. The mill shells measured 5.5m in diameter and 8m in length and weighed 103 tons each. Transported from Duncanville in Vereeniging and shipped via the ports of Richards Bay, South Africa to Dakar, Senegal, these were transported 1000km east to the Loulo mine site in Mali.Construction of Loulo Mine Situated In Mali, West Africa
- Randgold Resources have partnered with the CSTT-AO Group since the early 1990’s where the group was appointed as the freight forwarder of choice for Syama, their first gold mine in Mali, and later, Afrilog was appointed the service provider for their mines in Morila in 2000, Loulo in 2005 and the Tongon mine in Cote d’Ivoire which opened in October 2010. Today, Afrilog manage the total supply chain for Randgold Resources, including demand and supply planning, inventory control, procurement, transport (using appropriate modes of transport i.e. Sea, Air, Road and Rail, and the most effective and safest route) and warehousing of cargo. This applies equally to construction and operational phases of the mines being served. With their sound knowledge of accessing remote locations in Africa, and an understanding of the social, environmental and regulatory issues across the continent, Afrilog ensures that all documentation, irrespective of the mode of transport, conforms to government regulations. They also arrange Air and Sea Charters for urgent and break bulk cargo from international suppliers. Current initiatives include a project in the DRC and other prospects such as Massawa in Senegal as well as extensive exploration programs in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tanzania. Afrilog measure performance and compile reports on a monthly basis against the agreed operating criteria including warehousing and inventory management, consolidations, crating and packaging, container stuffing, road/rail transport, air and sea freight forwarding and customs broking. Afrilog consolidate and crosscheck client invoices and give special attention to pre-shipment inspection requirements where necessary.Randgold, Syama Gold Mine, Mali