Kinellar firm assists salvage

Business development manager at Grampian Continental, Ben Gracie
Business development manager at Grampian Continental, Ben Gracie

Award- winning local haulage firm Grampian Continental has recently completed a six-figure contract with stricken cruise vessel, the Costa Concordia.

The Kinellar based firm has been working as part of the salvage project of the Costa Concordia, which sank in January 2012 off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.

The haulage firm, which was launched in 2009 by directors Gavin Murray, Neil Bremner and Michael Lacey, utilised its bases in Europe to help transport the specialist equipment that was used to raise the vessel out of the water, at the start of this year.

Grampian Continental, which has another four bases in Newcastle, Great Yarmouth, Holland and Italy, used 15 trucks, driving the equipment from the dock in Italy to storage units in Holland. The firm, which has a modern fleet of trucks and trailers with the capability of transporting a diverse range of loads, transported the large equipment over three weeks, with a police escort due to the size and arranged all the specialist permits required.

Business development manager at Grampian Continental, Ben Gracie, said: “Working with the salvaging operation of the Concordia, has provided Grampian Continental with a great deal of experience, due to the size of the project and all the permits and legal requirements that we had to adhere to.

“As we have facilities across Europe, we already had the fleet to complete the job, but we had to overcome the challenges of Italian authorities and, of course, respect the sensitive issues surrounding the vessel salvage operation.”