Rhenus moves heavy components using Antonov aircrafts

PRESS RELEASE- Rhenus Projects USA has transported a steam turbine rotor and a couple of rotor casings using Antonov AN-124 aircrafts. Both shipments required additional engineering to safely load the components. 

The first contract was the transport of a steam turbine rotor from Accra in Ghana to Ahmedabad in India. The bladed rotor, which needed immediate air transportation to be quickly repaired, would not initially fit in an AN-124 fuselage. Rhenus helped redesign the frame to include a 4centimetre clearance with a special loading ramp, which made the disassembly of the cargo unnecessary. Being able to ship the rotors bladed helped the client save a lot of time which otherwise would have been lost on disassembly and reassembly, the company says.

Rhenus’ affiliate company Rhenus Logistics India helped navigate and expedite the complex customs clearance process for temporary imports in India. The office also organised crane handling on the tarmac and planned the OOG transport from Ahmedabad airport to the consignee’s door.

The second contract was the movement of a couple of rotor casings from China to Germany. The casings were intended to be shipped face-up inside a shipping frame, but this configuration would not fit in an AN-124 fuselage.

After discussions with the client, casings were shipped face-down without a shipping frame to take advantage of the curvature. Wood was used to protect the sensitive face of the casing during transport, with additional protection by rubber mats that Rhenus procured locally in China.

Rhenus Project Logistics China provided exceptional support by procuring steel I-beams for support and rubber friction mats to protect cargo from chain lashings. The Chinese branch office also assisted with customs clearance, necessary permits, inland transportation, crane handling at origin airport and local presence to supervise the operations.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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