Preparing to load a component into the Mriya heavy lift cargo aircraft
Hegmann Transit in Germany was responsible for a heavy haulage project involving the giant Antonov AN-225 Mriya heavy freight aircraft. The Ukrainian giant with six engines was at the Airport Leipzig/Halle in the Eastern part of Germany.
The cargo was a gas compressor skid with engine module. To reach the airport, the compressor had to be divided into 15 units. The largest transport, weighing 152 tonnes, had 14 axles and 85 tonnes of cargo.
The five transports that required special authorisation left from the Ruhr area and headed for Leipzig/Halle Airport. A 500 tonne capacity wheeled mobile crane was engaged at the airfield in Leipzig to secure the loading into the Antonov.
The securing system followed its own special rules: A sevenfold load securement system was mandatory. Each piece of cargo needed additional securement points corresponding to the lashing points in the Antonov’s cargo compartment.