On the 9th of June 2021, CSS played a vital role that facilitated the movement of Mi-8 helicopters from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, UAE, to the Republic of Colombia.

Specialized Care for Special Shipments

The operations commenced with the transportation of the two Mi-8 helicopter units from Dubai World Central Airport to the CSS CFS in Jebel Ali. The cargo units were offloaded using a 50-ton crane and then heat shrink wrapped to ensure damage-free transportation across the oceans to their final destination. Flexible and durable, heat shrink wrapping ensures that the cargo is completely weatherproof and tamperproof, regardless of its size. The helicopters were loaded onto 40’ Flatrack units and then dispatched to Jebel Ali Port after securely loading and lashing them onto the specialized air suspension low bed trucks.

One often thinks that helicopters are flown from the point of origin to their destination. However, it is more likely that helicopters are shipped either by sea or air freight. Flying the helicopters to their destination proves to be much more expensive than shipping them as you need multiple fuel stops.

CSS Capability in handling Complex Cargo

Helicopter shipments require specialists to attend to their loading and offloading and are carefully monitored every step of the way. The helicopters also require secure and proper packing. They need to be loaded under deck, or else the ocean spray can be very corrosive to this type of cargo on long transatlantic voyages, which is where the shrinkwrapping comes into play.

With its impeccable track record of carrying out the logistical requirements of several large and complex cargoes, CSS was brought on board to play the critical touchpoint in the UAE to enable the safe transit of the helicopters to Colombia. Through meticulous planning and teamwork, CSS’s operations team supervised by Suresh S and Don Raveendran made this move a successful mission.