CHAPMAN Freeborn Airchartering and Michel Hurel Transport (MHT) recently cooperated to deliver more than 70,000kg of outsize oil well equipment to Africa.

On behalf of the world’s largest oilfield services company, a Boeing B747 freighter was chartered from West-African experts ANA Aviation Services to fly the urgent cargo from Singapore to Luanda in Angola.

An 18 metre long offshore basket is loaded on to the Boeing B747 freighter in Singapore before the trip to Angola.
An 18 metre long offshore basket is loaded on to the Boeing B747 freighter in Singapore before the trip to Angola.

Originally booked on sea freight, a last minute change of plan made it necessary to send the cargo via air charter in order for the equipment to reach the destination promptly.

The out-of-gauge consignment included two 18 metre and two 16 metre long offshore baskets as well as other smaller pieces of oil well equipment such as downhole tools to improve efficiency of drilling and production programs.

An effective loading plan is the key for outsize air cargo charters. Chapman Freeborn’s aircraft charter specialist had to ensure that the space on the aircraft was well utilized and the cargo securely loaded.

Chapman Freeborn cargo charter teams in the UK and Singapore collaborated closely to manage a tight coordination of airside permits for extra high-loaders, crane as well as vehicles and successfully completed a complicated loading sequence against a tight time-frame.

Having a dedicated team on the ground, including a representative from MHT, meant that any last minute problems were dealt with promptly and professionally to avoid any costly delay.

Due to careful load planning and expertise, the client benefitted from the most comprehensive logistics solution and enjoyed more than $500,000 in savings on the alternative charter option of an Antonov AN-124 aircraft.

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