Boats take to the air

THIS cutter vessel became a flying boat when two of them were airfreighted from Aquaba in Jordan to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, aboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124-100 freighters. 
Volga-Dnepr has extensive experience of transporting boats and submersibles around the world, including yachts, submarines and patrol boats.
The nature of these shipments requires detailed planning, engineering and the use of special handling and loading equipment.
On this latest occasion, the use of standard loading cranes was not possible because of the cutters’ size. Instead, Volga-Dnepr’s load planning experts used a rail system to safely place the Amie and Bridie boats into the aircraft’s cargo hold. 
Each boat weighs 14 tonnes and is more than 13 metres long and four metres high. 
The flight to Tanzania was carried out on behalf of Chapman Freeborn.
Vikas Chaturvedi, Chapman Freeborn’s project manager in Dubai, says: “The moment we received this enquiry, we turned to Volga-Dnepr Airlines for their support. As an award winning charter broker, we only work with partners we can fully trust and rely on. We applaud Volga-Dnepr and their professional team for their support in handling such sensitive cargo and for their seamless planning and execution of the delivery.”
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