Thursday, September 22, 2016

Project Freight Forwarding Contract Involved Extra Maritime Logistics for Russian Airline

Carriers Really Do Prove to be the Volga Boatmen
Shipping News Feature
RUSSIA – Every freight forwarder worth their salt knows that project forwarding contracts always demand that bit extra, and when Volga-Dnepr Airlines was asked to deliver four Mangust patrol boats to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the Far East of Russia the job didn’t stop when the consignment rolled out of the bellies of the two An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ aircraft upon landing; additional logistics services included the launching of the boats at the port of Korsakov!

The boats, built at the Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk for the Border Guard Service, were carried on board the flights from Tunoshna airport near Yaroslavl and were loaded onto the aircraft using a ramp, rail system and a crane. Each one measured 19 metres in length and weighed 32 tonnes. Alexander Kartashov, Key Account Executive at Volga-Dnepr Airlines explained the difficulties in working in the region saying:

“These An-124 flights were operated for our customer, Vympel Shipyard, with the addition of a broad range of logistics services provided by Volga-Dnepr. These included arranging crane-lift at the departure and arrival airports, the ground transportation of the boats to the port of Korsakov as well as their launch in Korsakov, another first in the history of Volga-Dnepr.

“It was necessary to consider various different factors in completing this operation, including the typhoon conditions in Sakhalin and the challenging sea conditions. We did this successfully and, as a result, the boats were delivered, launched and provided on-time to the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.”

Launching the boats might well have been a first for the airline based in Ulyanovsk and managed from Moscow but marine craft have become something of a speciality in its 26 years during which it has transported yachts, submarines, submersibles, rescue vessels and patrol boats, including previous flights carrying Russian Mangust boats which, with their two Zveda M470 diesels, can carry their 6 man crew at something over 50 knots.