Chapman Freeborn keeps Gabon port expansion project on course

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Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has delivered over 200 tonnes of project cargo to help keep a port expansion development in Gabon on course.

The time-critical consignments from Europe and India were required for the opening of a new port terminal, set to welcome its first cargo ships next month, and the cargo was originally scheduled to be shipped as sea freight but Chapman Freeborn was called in at short notice to arrange an air charter to ensure that the deadline was met.

The Barcelona team arranged for the first 75 tonne shipment to be trucked from a Spanish manufacturing facility to Brussels Airport, where it was transferred to a Magma Aviation Boeing 747-400 Freighter for delivery to Libreville.

Chapman Freeborn’s Indian team then arranged three further charters with shipments routed from Mumbai to Gabon on two Etihad Cargo Boeing 777 Freighters and a Maximus IL-76 Freighter.

The team advised the client on repackaging the cargo to make it suitable for air transport, as well as taking care of the documentation and customs requirements.

The airlift was carefully managed by Vikas Chaturvedi and Luis Sierra – including arranging airport representation for the flights to ensure the safe and professional handling of the cargo.

Chapman Freeborn India country manager, Shailendra Seth says: “This was a challenging charter project that demonstrates the benefits of Chapman Freeborn’s global coverage. With the help of our airline partners, we were able to deliver this time-critical cargo to its final destination in a quick and well-organised manner.”