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Sea vessel for oil industry flown to Louisiana

By Staff Reports on February 18, 2014

A 20-foot sea vessel that could transform oil and gas operations was flown to the U.S.

Chapman Freeborn and its logistics partners SPI International and Logik Logistics International arranged the transportation of the first-ever C-Worker vessel, an unmanned surface vehicle.

The year-long logistics project, which started with loading feasibility studies before construction of the C-Worker had even begun, finally concluded with the delivery of the first unit from Portsmouth, UK, to Lafayette, La.

The vessel – designed to conduct autonomous subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring – was flown on a chartered British Airways B747-800 freighter, coordinated by Chapman Freeborn. 

SPI International and Logik Logistics contributed in the packaging, export preparation and inland trucking of this cargo from a shipyard in Portsmouth to London Stansted Airport.

“This was an enjoyable and challenging project that truly showed the effectiveness of Chapman Freeborn’s global network,” Rudi Jones, project manager and cargo charter specialist at Chapman Freeborn’s London Gatwick office, said. “Along with our U.S. team and logistics partners, we were able to deliver this product to its final destination in a quick and well-organized manner. It was great to work on a project that utilized our core areas of expertise and allowed us to provide a truly professional charter delivery service to our customer.”