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Chapman Freeborn makes light work of challenging outsize milling machine

Chapman Freeborn recently managed a heavy and outsize cargo operation to transport a milling machine from Liege Airport, Belgium (LGG) to John F. Kennedy International Airport, USA (JFK).

The team worked alongside ASL Belgium Airlines to charter a Boeing B747F for the transport operation.

At over 10 meters long, 3 meters wide and weighing around 28 tonnes, the loading process for this outsize equipment was particularly challenging.

Meticulous planning and collaboration with the freight forwarder, airline and airports was a necessity to ensure that the consignment was safely loaded onto the aircraft.

The machine was delivered to Liege Airport the day before departure. Chapman Freeborn arranged for a crane to be in place to offload the equipment from the delivery vehicle.

The crane was then re-positioned the following day to load the milling machine onto the B747F, ready for departure.

Tim Fernholz, Chapman Freeborn Cargo Charter Broker, says:

“The extraordinary dimensions and weight of this milling machine made a detailed load planning necessary.

Working in very close cooperation with all parties involved we had to work out lashing scenarios and individually adjusted the wooden platform for a safe loading.

With strong local support on both ends of this flight we had set up for cranes and ground equipment in order to make this a success story. Great team work from all!”

The handling went smoothly with no complications, and the milling machine was delivered seamlessly to JFK. The client reported back and was happy with the successful operation.