One of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124, arrived at Doncaster Sheffield Airport with a 100 tonne gas turbine rotor on board ready to offload. Awaiting the arrival airside were Collett’s Heavy Transport and Heavy Lift Teams, complete with a mobile crane, escort vehicle, 10-axe flat top trailer and ballasted Mercedes-Benz 8×4 Arocs SLT.
Collett’s Heavy Lift Engineers utilised a 500 Tonne Leibherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile crane to unload the cargo from the Antonov Aircraft’s skid track. Having unloaded the 100 Tonne 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. Collett ensured any route modifications and necessary street furniture removals had been undertaken to allow the 4.5 metre 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. The 19 metre long loaded vehicle travelled via Hatfield, Goole, Howden and North Ferriby, before arriving at Saltend Power Station on the banks of the River Humber, ready for offloading by the client.