Emirates SkyCargo recently moved the heaviest single item ever carried by the freight division of Emirates Airline – a 36-tonne part for a ship’s rudder. The rudder stock – 9.16 metres long and 1.05 metres 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, the rudder stock was transported on a B747-400 Emirates freighter from Seoul to Dubai. The move “tested ground-handling operations at both airports to the fullest, Emirates said.