Air Charter Service’s London office recently arranged two charters for a very awkward load from France into Nigeria.
The cargo was fourteen 12½ metre long oil pipes urgently needed for an FPSO unit (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) just off the coastal city of Lagos. An FPSO unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore industry for the processing and storage of oil and gas. Some of the pipes weighed almost 9 tonnes and had to be hoisted with cranes onto carefully positioned highloaders at Châlons Vatry airport in France and then offloaded in a similar fashion in Lagos.
Ben Dinsdale, senior account manager at ACS said: “It was such an awkward load that some operators had refused to quote on the business, but careful planning from the airline and myself meant that we were able to load it onto two B747-400Fs using two highloaders side by side.
“The flight went without a hitch, and the client praised the efficiency of the handling agents we had appointed.”
Air Charter Service are specialists at providing creative solutions for all cargo requirements whether it be a small propeller aircraft, or much larger cargo aircraft.