Monday, August 13, 2012

Project Freight Forwarding for the Ocean - by Air Cargo!

Giant Aircraft Flies in Patrol Boats for Security Support
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – To Volga-Dnepr Airlines it doesn’t seem at all ironic when a customer wishes to send large nautical craft by way of its heavy lift project forwarding services, the freight group has after all carried boats, yachts, submarines and submersibles all over the world during its 20-year history so when Russian security agencies needed a specialist in handling oversized cargo to deliver Mangust patrol boats from Moscow to Vladivostok to help maintain security during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) summit next month, Volga-Dnepr was the obvious choice.

Our photograph shows one of the boats boarding Volga-Dnepr’s AN-124-100 freighter for the flight on August 9th 2012 using a ramp and rail system as well as a crane with a 110-tonne lifting capacity, each vessel being twenty metres long and weighing thirty tonnes. Volga-Dnepr carried the boats for the Vympel Shipyard on behalf of the security agencies to arrive in good time for the APEC summit, which will take place in Vladivostok from September 1st to 8th 2012.

The Mangust is a high-speed boat designed for territorial sea and coastal operations and is ideal for use by Police, Customs and fishery protection services and Volga-Dnepr already had useful experience with transporting the craft having previously shipped one to the Far East in 2006. Realistically the geography and complexity of the overland route involved in moving the boats the 9,000 kilometres from Moscow makes well organized heavy lift air transport the only viable fast option. Marat Mukhametzyanov, the airline’s Sales Manager for Russia and Japan, explained:

“In preparation for transferring the vessels, we discussed all the details with the shipper, such as vessel disassembling, loading equipment and technical specifications. All of these issues are vital for the safe delivery of such large and high value shipments.”