October 4 - Emirates SkyCargo came to the rescue of a ship undergoing repairs when it transported a 36 tonne rudder part - the heaviest single item ever carried by the freight division of Emirates Airline.

The rudder stock (pictured below) - 9.16 m long and 1.05 m wide - was required for urgent repairs to a vessel at Dubai Dry Docks.

The part - tailor-made by Korean steel manufacturer Taewoong - would normally be transported by sea, but a quick solution was required to reduce the cost of the ship being out of service.

In conjunction with Dubai-based charter broker Air Charter International, it was transported on an Emirates freighter - a Boeing 747-400F - from Seoul to Dubai and tested ground-handling operations at both airports to the fullest.

"Transporting a piece of cargo this heavy requires the highest degree of care and special handling," said Hiran PereraEmirates' senior vice president Cargo Planning & Freighters. "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.

"Precision planning and the combined expertise of everyone involved at Emirates SkyCargo, dnata, Air Charter International and Atlas Air was crucial to the success of this project," added Perera.

"With our client's needs at the forefront of our efforts, it is crucial to be able to rely on a good partner," saidClaire Brugirard, Commercial Manager at Air Charter International. "We were very pleased with the performance of Emirates SkyCargo in completing this project successfully. This shows that when broker and operator work together as a team, true added value can be provided to the client."