Volga-Dnepr delivers 103-tonne turbine rotor

THIS 103-tonne turbine rotor has arrived in Yekaterinburg, Russia, onboard an An-124-100 Ruslan heavy freighter aircraft operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
The shipment, delivered from Frankfurt/Hahn, was carried using bespoke transportation tooling and an entire day was required to prepare for its offloading at Yekaterinburg’s Koltsovo Airport.
The physical unloading process took some five hours to complete in outdoor temperatures averaging -30°C.
To place the single-piece onto a trailer to be moved from the airport, Volga-Dnepr’s technical crew used a purpose-built ramp and a hydraulic crane with special rails.
The device, set at the same angle as the aircraft ramp, ensured the safe unloading of the rotor, using winches.
To lift the heavy shipment onto the 80-wheel trailer positioned parallel to the constructed ramp, Volga-Dnepr used a hydraulic crane.
The airline managed the entire end-to-end transportation, including the appointment of a subcontractor to operate the special loading equipment.
Volga-Dnepr also obtained all necessary permits and arranged the delivery of the rotor from the airport to its installation site.
It is the first time such a piece of cargo has been delivered to Yekaterinburg by air.
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