Freight Forwarding By Helicopter
Freight Forwarding by Helicopter from Gibraltar intl. airport is the ultimate solution when emergency deliveries are needed. The service is offered by Redwood International Ltd. – The leading Freight forwarding and Logistic firm in Gibraltar. Delivery by helicopter to ships and vessels is a compliment to the already advanced and well organized logistic system by Redwood intl Ltd, developed over many years. This new service from Gibraltar Intl. Airport fits naturally into the other first class services offerd by the established comunity of Gibraltar shipping agents companies.
Price for Freight Forwarding by helicopter is based on the number of loads. Furthermore, the location of delivery. There are two options. Either at the Gibraltar Off Port Limits just south east of Europa Point, or in the Shpping lane to ships on the way. Freight Forwarding by helicopter does not require the ship to stop during the delivery.
|Off Port Limits||On route in shipping lane||Slings and BigBigs||After 15:30
bank holiday :
|One Flight||750 £||1.400 £||Included||80£|
|Two Flights||1.400 £||2.400 £||Included||160£|
|Per Flight for three or more||650 £||1.100 £||Included||70£|
How is Freight Forwarding by Helicopter accomplished ?
Redwood Intl Ltd is the key handler and administrator of the service untill received by the helicopter crew. Paperwork and liasoning with border control and customs administration is in expert hands. Airport administrative handling and customs clearence as well.
Before take off
When the Cargo is handed over to the helicopter operator, the pilot and his assistant checks the items and makes sure it is prepared for helicopter sling load. Keep in mind that the air pressure on the cargo in a speed of 50kt is significant so a secured preparation is very important.
When items are ready, the cargo hook is connected to the load in a 15m long wire with remote release button from the cockpit. The Helicopter starts up and lifts off while the pilot has the load in sight through a window in the floor of the helicopter or by external mirrors dependin gonm helicopter type. Slowly lifting up, and when the load is off the ground the helicopter sets course eastbound from the airport and towards the ship for delivery.
While approaching the ship the pilot communicates by maritime VHF to prepare for delivery at designated point. Cargo is lowered and while ship crew receives the load. Pilot relases the cargo hook by remote control when safely placed on deck.
What are the limitations on Cargo Freight Forwarding by Helicopter to Ships ?
Helicopter is one of the most versatile inventions for transport. However within certain limits of operation. Among those are dimentions, weight and weather conditions. If by any reason helicopter suffers from any mechanical problem and same cannot fly, Redwood Intl. will provide as much notice as possible and if needed a launch service can always be arranged as an option for you.
Freight Forwarding of cargo by Helicopter – Practical Information
- In Cargo net
- On Pallets
- In Big-bags 1 x 1 x 1 m (1m³)
- Inform agent of designated drop zone on ship
- Send picture of ship
- Download our hand signal guide ( in development )
- Wear eye protecton and helmet with radio headset
- Check and verify communication radio
- Inform if extended launch line is requirted (Standard 15m)
Freight Forwarding of cargo by helicopter – Weather limitations
- Strong winds more than 25 kt in
gusts would be demanding.
- Laminar steady wind 30 kt is OK.
- Visibility: More than 1500m horizontal
visibility is required
- Clouds: Minimum 800 feet between sea
level and clouds is required.
- Fog/Mist: This is a no-fly condition
- Precipitation: Drizzle OK. Sleet, Snow,
Graupel, Hail is no-fly condition
- Vessel to have a clear visibility at least
to 2/3 of the Rock of Gibraltar.