Belgium-based Gosselin Logistics coordinated the transport and loading of two helicopters destined for Jebel Ali in the UAE on behalf of Helicopter International Shipping Services.


Photo credit: Gosselin.

The fuselages were picked up from a Mafi rolltrailer and transferred by truck to be re-stowed on a 40 ft flatrack at the Gosselin facility in Antwerp. The helicopters were then transported to the port and loaded onto a container vessel. 

Ronny Michiels, the customer project leader, explained that the team had already loaded the 40 ft flatracks onto trailers the day before and stored them inside Gosselin’s secured warehouse to save time and costs during the loading process.

Both trucks were guided next to the vessel in the vicinity of the gantry crane for unloading and direct transfer onto the container vessel. The lifting was executed at a slow pace to ensure the safety of the precious cargo. 

Wooden dunnage and rubber were placed underneath the 40 ft flatracks to avoid skidding, and both were secured by chain lashings.