DHL uses barge, crane and plane for heavylift boilers

BONN: Antonov Airlines’ An-225 is keeping busy following its recent series of shuttle flights between Chile and Bolivia. This time DHL Global Forwarding has used the unique aircraft to ship four waste-heat boilers from Germany to Saudi Arabia.

Each weighed the equivalent of 24 fully-grown African elephants according to DHL and measured 4.10 metres wide by 19 metres long.

The logistics of moving the boilers began at the manufacturer’s plant in Berlin and involved a 1,000-tonne mobile crane, the use of barges on the river Elbe and a 20-axle road transport to Leipzig Airport where they were loaded aboard the An-225.

“Logistics, especially within the breakbulk segment, is all about local knowledge, mainly with regards to specificities of different ports or with reference to infrastructure, equipment, roads and regulation,” explained Nikola Hagleitner, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. “When it comes to breakbulk logistics we are again reaffirming our role as facilitator of global trade, no matter how challenging the task.”

Each boiler took seven days to reach Jubail, Saudi Arabia over a period of two to four weeks per movement.

“Transporting freight of this enormous scale requires well-orchestrated resources of workforce, expertise and know-how,” added Peer-Wulf Herrmann, head of DHL Industrial Projects Germany. “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.”