CEA Project Logistics recently completed the transportation of several Agusta Westland AW149 medium class helicopters from Laem Chabang Port.
The Royal Thai Navy ordered five of these aircraft to be delivered in 2017, and CEA have been hired to carry out the unloading at Laem Chabang Port and transportation to the Utapao Navy Base for assembly. After assembly, the helicopters will fly to their new base in Northern Thailand to replace the Bell UH-1H helicopter.
The helicopters arrived at Laem Chabang Port A-5 on the NYK vessel Oceanus Leader. Each helicopter was shipped on a mafi-trailer with a bespoke fabricated saddle for the rear landing gear. Laem Chabang terminal tractors removed the helicopters from the Oceanus Leader positioning them next to CEA’s 50 ton mobile cranes. Each helicopter was lifted from the mafi-trailer by a specialized hook attached to the main rotor, the five shackles of the hook were fixed to the main rotor by five lifting slings. The helicopters were lowered on to awaiting air ride trailers each fitted with a saddle for the rear landing gear.
Wooden chocks were placed on the front landing gear and lashing applied. The cargo was then secured with two more lashing slings connected to the rings on either side of the fuselages. Other aircraft accessories were also loaded and secured. After each helicopter was lashed and secured the convoy began the 70km journey to the Royal Thai Navy base at Utapao, Rayong province.
An escort vehicle was used throughout the journey to ensure maximum safety, and upon arrival at Utapao the CEA teams removed the lashing allowing the 50 Tonne mobile cranes to lift the helicopters from the trailers using the same method as before and placing them in their respective hangers. Project duration from start to finish was 7 hours.