DHL keeps its cool to move four 140 ton waste heat boilers


DHL Global Forwarding has chartered the Antonov AN-225 to help transport four waste heat boilers from Germany to Saudi Arabia.

The multi-modal movement is being handled by DHL Industrial Projects, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding specialising in safe and reliable transport for oversized and heavy-lift cargo.

Four boilers weighing 140 tons each, and measuring 3.7 metres in height, 4.1 metres in width and 19 metres in length were transported on the AN-225 in separate flights with an interval of roughly two to four weeks, each taking about seven days.

The first three boilers have arrived at their destination in Jubail at the Persian Gulf and the fourth is on its way.

The journey started at the manufacturer’s plant in Berlin, where they were transported to Leipzig Airport via the River Elbe, reloaded at the port of Aken and via road, and from Leipzig they were shipped to Saudi Arabia.

On their journey, the boilers were moved with the help of a 1,000-ton mobile crane, a barge and a heavy goods transporter with 20 axles and a total weight of around 275 tons, as well as the AN-225.

DHL Industrial Projects chief executive officer, Nikola Hagleitner says: “When it comes to break-bulk logistics, our customers rely on our dedicated teams and their extensive expertise in some 60 offices across 45 countries. With this exciting transport we are again reaffirming our role as facilitator of global trade, no matter how challenging the task.”

Head of DHL Industrial Projects Germany, Peer-Wulf Herrmann adds: “We offer our clients safe, compliant and reliable management during the complete process of planning, organisation and coordination of the transport. Even though unusual and special transports like this are our daily business, we are always happy to support projects of this nature with our capabilities and making the impossible possible.”