Growing outsize airfreight activity at Dubai

first_imgA recent highlight saw a purpose-built gas turbine being flown to Nigeria. With a total weight of 95 tonnes, it was the heaviest single piece of cargo ever handled by any of the dnata FreightGatecargo terminals and ramp teams.Other examples of over-sized cargo recently handled by the dnata team include a 25 tonne turbine generator, heavy vehicles weighing up to 30 tonnes per piece and pieces of cargo that exceed 15 m in length.In response to the growing volume, dnata has steadily been increasing and improving its fleet of equipment to service the Dubai World Cargo (DWC) operation. In addition to the standard cargo-handling equipment, dnata has also invested in specialised equipment to help handle the out-sized loads, including a specially fabricated ’40 foot dolly’ engineered by dnata’s ground support equipment (GSE) team which allows for the safe and easy transportation of loads up to 12.2 m in length.The GSE team has also modified a standard aircraft loader to enable it to interface seamlessly with bulk-loaded aircraft and added a crane able to handle loads above 14 tonnes.Stuart Hayman, vice president of cargo operations for dnata, says: “It has been a year of records being set and then just as quickly being exceeded. We measure our volumes for each shift and we often handle volumes in excess of 1,000 tonnes in these 12 hour shifts.”dnata currently handles a wide variety of freighter aircraft types at DWC, including: Ilyushin IL76s, Antonov AN124s,Hercules C130s, Airbus A300Fs, Boeing 747Fs, Boeing 777Fs and the newest freighter in the skies, the Boeing 747-8F which can carry a payload of up to 134 tonnes.www.dnata.comlast_img read more

Police investigate shooting

first_imgBy SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer A shooting occurred outside the Coral Reef Lounge on South Padre Island at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning.Petty Officer 2nd class Richard Kenneth Biffle of the US Coast Guard was arrested and charged with deadly conduct.South Padre Island Po­lice responded, arriving at 5401 Padre Boulevard to investigate the situa­tion.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 13 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here. Share RelatedBREAKING: Island police search for missing manBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Late on Friday evening, the City of South Padre Island released a statement saying it was working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate a missing persons case.­ “While conducting the investigation, investigators obtained information that led to a rural area in Willacy…August 17, 2018In “News”Judge grants extradition of Amit LivingstonPRESS Staff Report According to reports in India, a New Delhi Court has recommended convicted murderer Amit Muddamalle Livingston be extradited back to the U.S. On Feb 7, 2007 Livingston was found guilty for shooting and killing of his girlfriend, Hermila Garcia, in 2005 on South Padre Island. He was…December 11, 2014In “News”Police respond to BikeFest stabbingBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] South Padre Island Police responded to an area near the SPI Convention Center Saturday after receiving reports of a disturbance at BikeFest. “There was an argument between a couple of groups,” Island Police Chief Randy Smith said earlier this week. Four men were…February 24, 2017In “News”last_img read more