Collett Takes the Load from Antonov 124 – Heavy Lift News
20 Sep 2022

Collett Takes the Load from Antonov 124

On behalf of Fortune 500 logistics company Expeditors, Collett were appointed to deliver a 100t gas turbine rotor from Doncaster to Hull, East Yorkshire. 

Touching down on board one of the World’s largest cargo aircrafts, the Antonov 124, the 100t gas turbine rotor arrived at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  Utilising the 3,000m runway, one of the longest and widest in the UK, the heavy transport airplane, with a carrying capacity of 150t, landed ready to offload the cargo. 



Awaiting the arrival airside were Collett’s Heavy Transport and Heavy Lift Teams, complete with a mobile crane, escort vehicle, 10-axel flat top trailer and ballasted Mercedes-Benz 8×4 Arocs SLT.  Working on a full contract lift basis, and under CPA Contract Lift Conditions, Collett’s Heavy Lift Engineers utilised a 500t Leibherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane to unload the cargo from the Antonov Aircraft’s skid track.  Having unloaded the 100t gas turbine rotor and integrated transport frame from the nose of the fuselage, Collett then loaded the cargo to their awaiting 10-axle flat top trailer ready for onward transport. 



Prior to delivery, Collett Projects Department were tasked with safely planning a viable route. The first three proposed routes proved unsuitable as the 100t gas turbine would have exceeded various bridge weight limitations. To overcome these limitations, the Collett Team mapped the route of the cargo, exiting the M62 at Junction 36, travelling North past Drax and Camblesforth before crossing the River Ouse at Selby and travelling through Howden to rejoin the M62 at Junction 37.  



Having liaised with North Yorkshire and East Riding Councils ahead of the project, Collett ensured any route modifications and necessary street furniture removals had been undertaken to allow the 4.5m wide cargo to safely navigate the route from collection in Doncaster to final delivery in Hull. 

Destined for Saltend Power Station, a CCTG (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) CHP (Combined Heat & Power) power station located on the Humber Estuary, Collett began the 75 mile journey. 

Travelling under abnormal load permits, and escorted by Collett’s Code of Practice pilot cars, the 19m long loaded vehicle travelled via Hatfield, Goole, Howden and North Ferriby, before safely arriving at Saltend Power Station on the banks of the River Humber, ready for offloading by the client. 


Source Collett and Sons


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