We are now into the new year with new challenges ahead. The Covid 19 restrictions with test and trace for truck drivers and the new customs procedures and rules in place for crossing into Europe after Brexit. As we get used to the new way of working the trials will become easier.

Our driver was tasked to deliver two Super Yacht Ribs to La Spezia in Italy driving through France to get to his destination. After the delivery he then drove onto Ancona to board a ferry to Patras in Greece and drove to Piraeus where he boarded another ferry to Hereklion in Crete to collect our next customers motor cruiser from a marina in Aghios Nikolaos. This had been all arranged prior to loading with the customer and marina. A police escort was organised to escort the driver through Aghios Nikolaos by our permit agents in the Uk, as were the permits and private escort for individual countries requirements also arranged. The motor cruiser was being driven overland to Plymouth, UK. Once the driver was on mainland Greece he started his journey through Bulgaria, Romania, Budapest, Hungary, Austria, Germany and France before boarding his ferry back to the UK and delivery for our very satisfied customer in Plymouth. This provided our driver with a challenge going across many borders, providing many permits, understanding many different languages and filling out of govenment health locator forms for more than one country which he manged without any complaints. Finding a calm personality was all he required. Especially waiting on the Bulgaria/Romania border for 12 hours in a queue to get through border controll and having two tyre blow outs on the way down to Greece. All in a days work as is said.

Another movement request was for a Bristol ferry to be taken for repair and service to a boat builders in Weston - Super - Mare. This load was 19 meters long and 4.7 meter wide, providing yet again a challenge for our other driver.It required two abnormal load escorts for the journey. One at the front and one at the back to warn vehicles and clear the road for the driver, and the route had been surveyed and given permission to go ahead by the police authority. As the movement got slowly on its way the public were treated to a laugh as they watched the ferry go by with a rather large sculpture of 'Gromit' from 'Wallace & Gromit' stood on the bow of the ferry.

If you are interested in using Andersons to transport your boat anywhere across the UK and Europe, then please contact us on 01208 862179 or mobile 07802 767650.  Alternatively you can email us on info@andersonsboattransport.com or use our contact form here.