August 27 - One of Ruslan International's An-124 freighters has delivered a large replacement ball mill head, weighing 19 tonnes, from Australia to a mining company in Chile, enabling full production to be resumed.

The transportation, which was organised by DSV, required the expertise of DSV Australia, the air charter team at DSV Projects in Denmark, and Ruslan International's own outsize cargo specialists.

Ruslan said that an AN-124-100 transport aircraft was required for the move due to the 4.6 m diameter of the new mill head, which was transported from its manufacturer in Perth, Western Australia to Antofagasta in northern Chile.

Speed was the most critical factor as the existing mill head at the mine in Chile had become badly eroded and cracked, and was therefore running at a significantly reduced capacity, explained Ruslan.