Outsize cargo charter solution saves O&G client $500,000

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Michel Hurel Transport (MHT) recently cooperated to deliver over 70,000kg of outsize oil well equipment.

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.

Outsize cargo being loaded into a Boeing B747 freighter

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 key for outsize air cargo charters. Our aircraft charter specialist had to ensure that the space on the aircraft was well utilised and the cargo securely loaded.

Our 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 over $500,000 savings on the alternative charter option of an Antonov AN-124 aircraft.

Robert Jubb, cargo charter specialist at Chapman Freeborn, checking to ensure that cargo was securely positioned in the Boeing B747


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