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    South Bound Cargo in Reefer containers.

    In early November all the Uk chocolate manufactures were busy making Easter eggs for export to various parts of the world.

    In the North East region based in Leeds we had several companies Rowntree MacKintosh( nestles) of York, Thorntons,of Riply and  a small company in Skipton whose name I have forgotten the other was Terry’s of York.

    This story is about a booking of Easter eggs for Brisbane from Terry’s that was being shipped in our winter period to arrive at the height of summer in Aus.

    By some quirk or other this container a 20 reefer was booked onto the charter vessel Visurguis which had no port hole refrigeration or clip on units.

    It went to port without mechanical refrigeration but needed some cooling during the voyage otherwise we could have had drinking chocolate.

    It was only whe...

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    South Bound Cargo in 20′ reefer boxes.

    Submitted on 2015/11/03 at 11:09 pm


    I hadn’t long joined ACT’s in Leeds as Cargo Suptd; from the Birmingham region where I had been for three years.The requirement of sales was to load as many reefers southbound as possible, in the Northeast region we had many suitable customers and cargo and many more not suitable.
    Based in Leeds it was 60 mile on the M62 motorway to Hornsey where the famous Hornsey pottery were based, this company manufactured traditional styles and very modern av-ant-guard styles of pottery.It was becoming very popular in the Uk and around the world in the early seventies.
    The company had just brought a range which was destined for the Antipodes and the salesman Barry Rubery who called on the customer had demanded his usual high standard of service for this shipmen...

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