Chapman Freeborn delivers 60 tonnes of pipe spooling to Houston

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Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has overseen the delivery of 60 tonnes of pipe spooling from Sharjah to Houston to upgrade a gas-to-liquids processing plant.

The charter specialist’s Dubai office coordinated the movement on behalf of a freight forwarder, with the assistance of Magma Aviation, who repositioned a Boeing 747-400 Freighter to the Middle East for the operation.

Chapman Freeborn’s cargo team was able to make a detailed load assessment and provide packaging advice for the urgent consignment, which included six crates of pipes of varying weights and dimensions, with the largest pieces measuring over 13 metres in length.

The outsize equipment was carefully transferred from flatbed trucks and onto high loaders using an external crane brought in for the project, all under supervision of specialist loadmasters.

Following the loading of the cargo in Sharjah, the Magma aircraft departed on schedule and flew to the US with a short stop in Liege for refuelling, and was safely delivered in Houston, where the equipment was quickly cleared for onward transit to its final destination for installation.

Chapman Freeborn commercial manager for India and the Middle East, Vikas Chaturvedi says: “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.”