Volga-Dnepr, ACS undertake ‘fi shy’ charter

Volga-Dnepr’s expertise was called into action to safely deliver a shipment of 1,236,000 Muksun fish to help repopulate the freshwater Ob River basin in northern Russia.


Volga-Dnepr’s expertise was called into action to safely deliver a shipment of 1,236,000 Muksun fish to help repopulate the freshwater Ob River basin in northern Russia. Th e whitefish, mostly found in the Siberian Arctic waters, were transported in four 2.5 tonne water containers with oxygen tanks from St. Petersburg to Salekhard onboard one of the B737 freighters operated by AirBridgeCargo. It is believed to be the first time Muksun’s have flown by air.

To ensure the wellbeing of the fish during their journey, the aircraft’s cargo hold was maintained within a 12- 14°C temperature range and they were accompanied by fish breeding experts. Th e fish currently only weigh around one gram each but will eventually grow to up to 60cms.

Th is successful and unusual delivery was organised by Volga-Dnepr and AirBridgeCargo’s transport professionals on behalf of their longstanding partner, aircraft charter broker Air Charter Service (ACS). Th e Group’s engineers developed a special loading plan for the flight and used bespoke equipment to unload the fish in their water containers in Salekhard.

Th e newly-spawned fish were bred at a fish hatchery near Saint Petersburg as part of a programme to increase the population of the Muksun species in the Ob and Irtysh river basins in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia. Th e fish have since been released into the Ob River and once fully grown will represent up to an additional 150 tonnes of Muksun fish in the river.