Thursday, August 5, 2021

Another Huge Mining Consignment Flown to Ensure Continuous Working

Sometimes Air Freight is the Only Option
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FRANCE – ARGENTINA – Ukrainian super carrier Antonov Airlines, which specialises in such giant airborne transports, has safely transported 40 tonnes of mining equipment from Vatry, France, to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, to meet a strict deadline and ensure the continuing mining operations.

The oversized cargo sections, which included a large semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill head, were split into four sections, and transported on an AN-124-100 aircraft chartered by Dynami Aviation. Antonov Airlines’ AN-124-100 was chosen for this project because of its ability to accommodate more than 700 m3 of unusually shaped cargo.

Jérémy Sigault, Operations Manager, Dynami Aviation said the only way to safely transport this mining equipment and remain within the customer’s timeframe to limit any impacts on mining operations was by airfreight, whilst Olha Danylova, Commercial Executive, Antonov Airlines commented:

“The four pieces of cargo were loaded and unloaded using the AN-124-100’s onboard cranes and will be used in the creation of new tunnels at a mine near to Comodoro Rivadavia. We thank our esteemed partner Dynami Aviation for its professionalism and dedicated team which always contribute to a successful transportation.”

The cargo’s journey took just two days via Sal, Cabo Verde, where there was a crew rest and refuelling stop, and a second technical stop at Viracopos, Brazil and the shipment represented an increase in charters for mining projects in 2021, with Antonov completing three flights of equipment weighing 370 tonnes from Australia to Latin America in March, and two flights with 216 tonnes in total from Turkey to Burkina Faso and Liberia in April.

Photo: The cargo included an oversized semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) head and will be used to create new tunnels at a mine near to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina.