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Revolutionary unmanned oil and gas vessel delivered to the US on B747-8F charter

Chapman Freeborn and its logistics partners SPI Freight Ltd and Logik Logistics International have successfully arranged the transportation of the first ever C-Worker © vessel – an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that is set to revolutionize oil and gas operations.

The year-long logistics project – which started with loading feasibility studies before construction of the C-Worker had even begun – finally concluded last week with the timely delivery of the first unit from Portsmouth, UK to Lafayette, LA.

The 20-foot vessel – designed to conduct autonomous subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring – was flown on a chartered British Airways Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft, coordinated by Chapman Freeborn.

By utilizing personnel from its offices in both the UK and the USA, Chapman Freeborn was able to offer its customer the high level of service needed to coordinate the safe and efficient transatlantic transport of this high-value cargo.

The global aircraft charter specialist, along with its customer and logistics partners, has shown that this essential cargo can be deployed to any oil and gas environment worldwide for immediate action, within a matter of days.

SPI International and Logik Logistics contributed their specific expertise in the packaging, export preparation and inland trucking of this cargo from a shipyard in Portsmouth, UK to London Stansted Airport.

Rudi Jones, project manager and cargo charter specialist at Chapman Freeborn’s London Gatwick office, said:

“This was an enjoyable and challenging project that truly showed the effectiveness of Chapman Freeborn’s global network. Along with our US team and logistics partners, we were able to deliver this product to its final destination in a quick and well-organized manner. It was great to work on a project that utilized our core areas of expertise and allowed us to provide a truly professional charter delivery service to our customer.”

About Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of over 30 offices around the world.

The company specializes in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including major international organizations, NGOs, multinational corporations, governments, and a host of industries around the globe.

Industry publication Air Cargo News named Chapman Freeborn as its Cargo Charter Broker of the Year 2012 and 2013, and STAT Trade Times awarded us the title of International Charter Provider of the Year 2014. We were also voted Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the World Air Cargo Awards for six consecutive years (2007-2012).

In addition to cargo charters and on board courier (OBC) services, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet and helicopter charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

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