February 20 - Schenker of Canada and Schenker USA together executed a complex project shipment, delivering a USD6.5 million Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter from Langley in British Columbia to Lima, Peru.

The helicopter was moved by road to Galveston, Texas where a Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) ro-ro vessel  was waiting to transport the helicopter onwards to Peru.

Calvin Sam from Schenker of Canada explained that the standard width of an American trailer is 2.59 m, but the distance between the landing wheels of the Super Puma helicopter was 3.26 m. To bridge the gap, the project team selected a double drop trombone chassis trailer and attached the helicopter to a template, which was then connected to the truck for its delivery to Galveston.

The width of the cargo meant that special permits had to be obtained for movement by highway, and the travel was at times restricted to non-peak hours.

DB Schenker's Aeroparts Tracking System was used to provide hourly reports on the location and progress of the project. DB Schenker also ensured that the paperwork was in order to ensure Customs clearance procedures were completed quickly.

Servicos Aereos Los Andes SAC will deploy the new helicopter on Peruvian oil and gas projects.