The reel thing: U-Freight transports power cables to Chad

U-Freight Holland has arranged the multimodal shipment of 16 rolls of transmission cables from Europe to Africa.
The cables were required urgently in Chad, where the National Electricity Company (SNE) is rehabilitating power generating assets.
The Dutch subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based logistics company was contracted by Dutch transport group Van der Vlist on behalf of its client, SwitchGear Co.
The shipment was trucked from Greece on four separate vehicles to Paris-Vatry airport and then by direct freighter flight to N’Djamena International airport.
U-Freight worked with an air charter broker to secure dedicated space on an Astral Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter.
The 16 reels, each weighing five tonnes and with a total cable shipment length of 16 km, were loaded at Paris-Vatry.
U-Freight Group chief executive officer Simon Wong explained that, in its initial briefing, the client emphasised the urgency of the delivery, which ruled out a seafreight option.
Said Wong: “Dedicated air charters can be extremely expensive and we had to reject offers from some airlines that we approached.
“Thankfully, we found a good partner in Astral Aviation, which offered an option that was much more reasonable and cost-effective in the opinion of ourselves and our client.”

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest africa news

UN An-74 badly damaged in Mali landing accident

By David Kaminski-Morrow, FlightGlobal

One of Utair Group’s freighter aircraft, an Antonov An-74 TK-100, has been substantially damaged in an accident at Gao in…

Read More

Share this story

CEVA Logistics expands in Africa with acquisition

By Rachelle Harry

CEVA Logistics is expanding its operations in Africa after having acquired a controlling shareholding in third-party logistics provider AMI Worldwide,…

Read More

Share this story

Aero Africa appoints director of product development

By Rachelle Harry

Aero Africa has announced its new director of product development: James Cameron. Cameron, based in Johannesburg, will be responsible for…

Read More

Share this story