Tesla handles Model 3 in Zeebrugge itself to speed up
After visiting the handling operations of the first car carrier arriving at the Port of Zeebrugge, Elon Musk has decided Tesla will handle the Model 3s itself to speed up operations. Demand is too high and speed of delivering is crucial.
A national strike like the one on Wednesday wasn’t something Musk was waiting for. The strike paralyzed the Port of Zeebrugge totally. It delayed deliveries with at least one day. National unions had called upon a nationwide strike. They demanded higher wage supplements for workers in the private and public sector.
Flows, the specialized digital magazine of the umbrella of Belgian ports brought the news. Musk wants to accelerate the handling process. That’s why he decided to temporary skip the treatment by ICO.
The cars, unloaded from the carriers by ICO, move faster to the different delivery centres of Tesla. There its own staff will handle the final preparations for delivery to the customer. The latter doesn’t mean the contract with the handling company is in jeopardy.
Sending 100 workers back home
Apparently, ICO (International Car Operators) had to send 100 temporary workers back home of the 150 it had engaged to handle the Tesla contract. Meaning washing and waxing, complete inspection, upgrading electronics and packaging for transport. To deal with the 3.000 Teslas a week, 50 extra dock workers were recruited too.
ICO, a daughter of Japanese transport giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), is the global market leader in the port handling and storage of roll-on/roll-off cargo. Today it runs the world’s largest car terminals. The company is already transferring 2,1 of the 2,8 million cars a year in Zeebrugge.