Pipe spooling flown to Houston on B747-400F cargo charter
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has overseen the time-critical delivery of 60 tons of pipe spooling from Sharjah to Houston for an equipment upgrade at a gas-to-liquids processing plant.
On behalf of a freight forwarder, the global aircraft charter specialist’s Dubai office coordinated the charter with the assistance of Magma Aviation, who immediately repositioned a nose-loading B747-400F aircraft to the Middle East for the operation.
Chapman Freeborn’s cargo team was able to make a detailed loadability assessment and provide packaging advice for the urgent consignment – which included six crates of pipes of varying weights and dimensions, with the largest of the pieces measuring over 13-metres in length.
Under the supervision of specialist loadmasters, the outsize equipment was carefully transferred from flatbed trucks and onto high loaders using an external crane brought in for the project.
Following the successful loading of the complex cargo in Sharjah, the Magma managed aircraft departed on schedule and flew to the US via a short stop in Liege for refuelling.
Safely delivered to Houston, the equipment was quickly cleared for onwards transit to its final destination for installation.
Vikas Chaturvedi, Chapman Freeborn’s commercial manager for India and Middle East, says the pipe spooling was a critical component for an upgrade project and it was essential that the equipment was delivered as quickly as possible.
“We’re delighted to have managed this charter project on behalf of our client. Time-critical shipments of this kind can be challenging when the load consists of multiple outsize pieces – but with the help of Magma Aviation and the other parties involved we’re pleased to have ensured a smooth operation.”