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Emirates SkyCargo carries heaviest-ever item

Flagship airline's cargo division transports 36-tonne rudder part from Seoul to Dubai 

Emirates SkyCargo carries heaviest-ever item
Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates
SkyCargo came to the rescue of a ship undergoing repairs and transported its
heaviest single item ever, the freight division of Dubai’s Emirates Airline
said on Sunday. 

The
airline transported the 36 tonne rudder part from Seoul to Dubai in conjunction
with Dubai-based charter broker Air Charter International via a Boeing
747-400F.

“Transporting
a piece of cargo this heavy requires the highest degree of care and special
handling. Two cranes – capable of lifting 50 tonnes each - along with two high
loaders were required while more than 30 workers in both Seoul and Dubai made
sure the intricate loading operation went smoothly,” Hiran Perera, senior vice
president cargo planning & freighters at Emirates said in a statement.

The rudder stock, which measures 9.16m in length
and is 1.05m wide, would normally be transported by sea but a quick solution
was required in a bid to reduce the cost of the ship being out of service. It
was repaired at Dubai Dry Docks

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