Monday, December 10, 2012

Another Project Freight Forwarding Contract Heading Out of this World

Giant Aircraft, Trucks and Seafreight all required to Deliver Satellites
Shipping News Feature

CANADA – RUSSIA – For those brave enough to make the huge investment needed the rewards earned by those who have capital tied up in the huge machines often needed to complete project freight forwarding contracts are more than deserved. When that investment involves the ownership and maintenance of the giant aircraft necessary to ship oversized cargo across the globe such entrepreneurial speculation is even more admirable.

Given the loading point and destination when heavy lift air freight operators Volga-Dnepr took on a contract to deliver highly-sensitive Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellites from Montreal in Canada, to Krasnoyarsk, Russia, they could hardly have foreseen that one of the biggest threats to the contract would come from a tropical storm!

With a proposed launch date next year the satellites, weighing more than eight tons each, of the Russian and Canadian joint production, will be used in Russia for multi-program digital television and radio broadcasting as well as for supplying the mobile presidential and governmental communications in the Russian Federation with a package of services including telephony, video conferencing, data transmission and internet access.

The container used to move the satellites was equipped with a special temperature control system to ensure the valuable satellites were protected throughout the transportation process. During a scheduled technical stop in Haan Airport in Germany a diesel generator was connected to the container to keep the cargo at the required constant temperature, somewhat ironic given their proposed final destination in the icy void of space.

Following completion of the first IL-76TD-90VD flight, Volga-Dnepr organized the logistics to move the special satellite container back to Canada to prepare the second satellite for its delivery to Russia. In support of the customer’s request, Volga-Dnepr arranged for the container to be trucked to Saint Petersburg, from where it continued its journey to Canada by sea transport.

Despite the severe weather conditions caused by Superstorm Sandy raging along the coast of North America and low visibility in Krasnoyarsk during the second flight, the transportation project was successfully and safely completed to the satisfaction of the customer.

Photo: The satellites being loaded via a rail system into the aircraft.