the unsung heroes of marseilleTruck Gear StoriesPart three
This vibrant city by the mediterranean is known for many things. Hot summers, bouillabaisse and the french national anthem. But to the transport business Marseille is known for one thing above all. The port. Founded by greek explorers 2 600 years ago, the port of Marseille set the wheels of trade in motion which made the city what it is today. But this story is not about ancient heroes. It ́s a celebration of those who keep the same wheels of trade spinning in our own time. The truckers. The logisticians. The mechanics. Dedicated professionals who embody the spirit of scania, but rarely get the recognition they deserve.
Carriers from corsica and countries like algeria and morocco arrive everyday at the docks of Marseille. In a year more than 86 million tonnes of goods are delivered. It ́s hard to know exactly when though.
THE PATIENT TRUCKERThis trucker, since morning’s early light, has been waiting for the right ship to show, with only strong winds and cold spray as company. His journey will soon begin. The same journey that has kept the markets of europe thriving for more than a thousand years.
Trucks are a characteristic feature of the Marseille landscape along with rail bridge le pont de l’estaque, dramatic mountain ridges, limestone cliffs and shrubbery.
THE TRANSPORT CONDUCTORMadame Elodie Pochon never misses a beat. As the logistic supervisor of transport raméros in granes, half an hour ́s drive northwest of Marseille, her function is pretty much the same as an orchestral conductor. To keep the whole company in perfect rhythm and harmony. By coordinating the right resources with the right assignments, Elodie`s goal is to make every transport assignment 100% effective. – Each day is a challenge, says Elodie who never takes anything for granted.
”ELODIE IS OUR STANDARD BEARER. WE FOLLOW AND TRUST HER.” MONSIEUR GEORGES RAMÉRO, FOUNDER OF TRANSPORTS RAMÉRO
THE SCANIA MECHANICSThese guys at the scania workshop in vitrolles, a short ride northwest of Marseille, are such great mechanics that some truckers almost consider them magicians. With great skills, plenty of experience and a passion for scania they secure uptime for countless customers all over provence.
But the job requires more than sleight of hand. It also takes a big heart. No one here leaves for home until the truck is back on the road, even if it takes all night and every trick in the great book of mechanics.
TO THE LEFT: DEMBA SOUMARE. TO THE RIGHT: ANTHONY ROS.
STÉPHANE PLA GETTING READY FOR WORK.
From the heights of l ́estaque the shimmering sea reflects the dying light of day. As the sun slowly sets, Marseille and the port start to glow from thousands of moving lights. Throughout the night carriers, cranes, forklifts and trucks are in constant motion. Loading. Unloading. Transporting. Our story of Marseille ́s unsung heroes has come to an end. But in reality they are still out there, busy working to keep that ancient wheel of trade turning.
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