Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another Successful Project Freight Move by Heavy Lift Air Carriers

34 tonne Pieces Flown to Site Using Giant Aircraft - Again
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – MALAYSIA – TURKMENISTAN – Heavy lift and project freight specialist Ruslan International, the company which manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, a total of seventeen of the big air cargo carriers, has recently arranged the shipment of three giant winches for an offshore oil and gas project in the Caspian region on behalf of CNC Freight Services Sdn Bhd. of Malaysia.

The winches weighed a total of 92,000 kilos. The largest two, each weighing 34,000 kilos, were 5.48 metres long and 3.58 metres high. They were loaded aboard an An-124 aircraft in Singapore, using large mobile cranes and the aircraft’s purpose-built loading ramp. They were then flown 7000 kilometres to Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan, via Kolkata, India and Mary, Turkmenistan, for the Diyabekir Oilfield Development Project.

The flight was one of a programme of three for the same project. Ruslan can boast a portfolio of heavy lift movements just about unequalled elsewhere using its two principals’ huge cargo planes. Such giant aircraft are often the only feasible solution when time and distance constraints mean getting the largest of items to site as quickly as possible.

Photo: Sliding 34 tonnes on and off and aircraft needs concentration.