From initially transporting small parcels around the world, Vasco-based Integrated Sealand Services has added handling of hazardous waste to its portfolio of services
By Michael Fisher | B&C
Hundreds of industries rely on dangerous toxic, sometimes explosive chemicals, to perform everyday tasks in countless processes and applications. Regardless of the industry or application, they all have one thing in common – safety – and safely transporting these chemicals is of critical importance.
From initially transporting small parcels around the world, Vasco-based Integrated Sealand Services (ISS) Pvt Ltd has added handling hazardous waste to its portfolio. Its managing director, Rakesh Unny, gives a detailed history how ISS has grown to become an icon.
Incorporated on October 22, 2008 by two entrepreneurs Unny and Vinod Parkkot (presently a trustee on the board of Mormugao Port Trust) and with four employees, the company has a staff strength of 25 experts in various capacities.
“We pioneered the first LCL (less than container load) of small parcel by sea service and over the years the clientele list has grown in this segment,” says Unny.
The company was started with the aim of catering to the import-export market of Goa and neighbouring areas with a personalised supply chain management service.
“We have the distinct advantage of already owning and operating a modern fleet of eighteen 20’ size and 40’ size trailers servicing leading exporters as well importers. This growth has given us the scope to set up a workshop and maintenance facility to keep the fleet in perfect running condition. We have adopted a well-designed preventive and maintenance system managed by a well trained emergency repair team,” he adds further.
Integrated Sealand Services specialises in export of cargo of machineries, including OOG, on a turnkey basis where all aspects are taken care right up to delivery at the consignee’s door. This includes arranging special containers for odd-sized cargoes, packing in factory premises, road transportation, shipping, and door delivery at consignee’s factory or home. This facility is also provided in the case of machinery imports as well where is it picked up at any door of any factory worldwide.
For a factory in Goa, the imported machineries were fitted on site and commissioned by its technical team with long years of experience. Its referrals are attributed to close relationships with all container operators and importers as well as exporters in Goa and the hinterlands of Belgaum, Hubli and Kolhapur, besides other neighbouring areas, says Unny.
The company is the agent for Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd (SSL), a stock exchange listed company, who are leaders in operating container feeder vessels within India and overseas. Shreyas Shipping is the pioneer in coastal domestic container transportation. ISS’s other services include stevedoring and any logistics requirement for the shipping industry.
“When stevedoring and logistics services were introduced in Goa, we m arketed this new concept and were successful in making the service a success. We are sub-agents for several container liner shipping companies like Transworld Group (TGLS) and Shreyas (SRSL) containers in Goa. Our working relationship with all reefer exporters helps in strengthening our bonds,” mentions Unny.
When Chowgule Shipyard built their first Indian registered container vessel named Chowgule 7, and decided to operate this vessel for the Goa-JNPT sector, they offered Shreyas Shipping and Logistics the job of operating and marketing the vessel for container traffic. Hence, Integrated Sealand Services became the agents for Chowgule 7 and Chowgule 8 container vessels at Goa.
“We are the agents for the hazardous ISO chemical tank container company, TLS and Suttons, in Goa. We take care of all liner activities, collect DO’s, any detentions and deliveries, and pick up’s for these hazardous chemicals. All necessary fire and port permissions at MPT and with leading chemical users in Goa are handled by our company,” he says.
As agents for OOCL container lines specialising in reefer containers and SRSL container lines specialising in Middle East traffic, and in addition to this far-east freight forwarding is also carried out.
Integrated Sealand Services owns 5 x12 cbm grabs, 5x 8cbm and operates 15 Clamshell Radio Remote Grabs for its sister concerns of various capacities for loading and unloading different types of cargo. Its range of Clamshell Remote Radio Grabs varies from 4 cubic meter to 12 cbm capacity.
The company has worked on vessels with cranes of SWL 15 MT to 40 MT. It provides grabs for vessels calling the port of Mormugao and Mangalore on the west coast and the ports of Tuticorin and Haldia in east coast. Recently, its grabs were used for handling fine cargoes such as sugar, wheat and fertilizers.