Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivers 73 tonne ‘runner’

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has increased its reputation for supplying end-toend logistics services by managing the delivery of a 73-tonne turbine ‘runner’ to Russia’s Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, one of the world’s leading producers of electrical energy.


Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivers 73 tonne ‘runner’


Volga-Dnepr Airlines has increased its reputation for supplying end-toend logistics services by managing the delivery of a 73-tonne turbine ‘runner’ to Russia’s Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, one of the world’s leading producers of electrical energy.

Preparations for the project began in June 2013 when logistics specialists from Volga-Dnepr visited the manufacturing plant of its customer, Voith Hydro in St. Pölten, Austria. This enabled the airline to gather the technical specifications of the runner that were required for transportation and load planning for this complex logistics challenge.

The cargo’s journey began by road, with Volga-Dnepr organising and managing ground delivery from the factory to Vienna International Airport. At the airport, the next challenge was to carefully load the six metre-wide and 2.4 metre high shipment onboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ freighters, the world’s biggest serial transport aircraft.

Vladimir Grigoriev, senior load planning and logistics engineer at Volga- Dnepr Airlines, said: “To transport the runner to the Bratsk Hydropower Station, a unique technical loading plan was engineered. We used a ramp extension, a special loading platform, rail system and a 250 tonnes capacity crane. The runner was fixed on the platform and ‘drawn’ into the cargo hold on rails. Then it was safely moored with chains. We used two types of loading while handling the runner, using cranes in Austria but no cranes in Bratsk. This was the uniqueness of this particular transportation project. During the whole operation we cooperated closely with Voith Hydro as well as with the consignee, OJSC Irkutskenergo, and transport companies involved in the logistics chain.”