October 31 - Volga-Dnepr Group's engineering and logistics centre was called into action to develop special loading equipment to transport a 30-tonne heavy boiler drum from Dusseldorf to Kuwait City.

"This 10 m steam drum for the oil and gas industry was both heavy and outsize, and it was not equipped with tie-down points for its flight onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines' IL-76TD-90VD aircraft," said Evgeny Venikov, load planning manager at Volga-Dnepr's engineering and logistics centre.

"To distribute the weight, we developed two small, light cradles and installed the cargo onto them. We also fitted the drum with special devices to enable us to meet the mooring safety requirements and fix the drum inside the cargo hold of the aircraft. The loading was completed using two cranes and a trailer," explained Venikov.

The flight was operated on behalf of international forwarding and logistics company Panalpina.