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Cargo Air Charter

Innovative air cargo charter to move O&G equipment

Our cargo charter team in Singapore recently provided a solution to transport an urgent load of 40 foot long seamless steel tubes and couplings weighing 95 tons from Osaka to Houston for a client in the oil and gas industry.

Working closely with the loadmasters, our air cargo charter specialists developed ways to overcome the challenges of loading the outsized cargo into a B747 freighter, as well as maximising capacity of the aircraft so that maximum number of steel tubes and couplings could be transported in one charter.

In the case of handling outsized cargo, conventional methods of loading may be unfeasible; innovation combined with technical expertise is the key to overcome loading complications for oversized air cargo.

Due to the sheer size and weight of the cargo for this air charter, our team had to arrange for three 40 foot pallets to be built directly at the airside, right in front of the aircraft, as opposed to the usual procedure of building the pallets in the cargo terminal. As such, the cargo bypassed the warehouse and was moved directly to the airside using seven flatbed trucks.

The team also coordinated arrangements for onsite personnel and specialist equipment, including cranes and custom-built loading structures, to ensure a smooth loading procedure.

You can read more on this air cargo story in our December newsletter.