Move One Kandahar: Moving the Biggest and Heaviest the Fastest
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Move One Kandahar: Moving the Biggest and Heaviest the Fastest

Kandahar : Afghanistan | Sep 27, 2010 at 3:04 AM PDT
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Move One has just completed a truly massive logistics project as part of a UPS tender. The project, for which Move One provided all ground handling as the approved service contractor for UPS in Afghanistan, involved the transportation of a vast cargo of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Between only August 11 and September 17, the project involved eight flights by widebody Boeing 747 transporters and an amazing thirty-eight flights by titanic Antonov 124's – the largest ever serially produced cargo aircraft. Overall the Move One team organized, oversaw and expedited the transportation of over 10,000 cubic meters of material, weighing in at nearly 3 million kilos. The MHE loads comprised of equipment such as cranes, graders, 'dozers, loaders, forklifts and RTCHs (Rough Terrain Container Handlers). All of such items are extremely heavy and many of them cannot be effectively broken down into small parts, requiring the cavernous hull of the Antonovs to transport. Even the 'smaller' aircraft represented an enormous logistical project, with each flight transporting upward of twelve forklift trucks. On one day alone, the Move One logistical team dealt with the arrival and loading of three Antonovs, in addition to the 747s and further smaller flights. The logistical complexity of efficiently loading such heavy equipment onto the vast 226 ft. long aircraft meant that the organization and punctuality of the entire team had to be second to none. To make a smooth job of the task in hand, conventional wisdom suggested that the team would need three times as many trucks and loaders as they were provided with– but thanks to the brilliance of the staff, the job still went on time and without a hitch. When handling big loads, it is the tiny details that make the difference, and the diligence and experience of the Move One team proved invaluable. Just one example of such comprehensive forward-planning was to make sure that the Base Operations Center in Kandahar knew to park the planes in such a way that the heavy vehicles within would not destroy the airbases tarmac as they were unloaded. Attila Bordan, Operations Coordinator for Move One Kandahar, characterized the challenges the team faced in handling equipment on such a scale, saying "As you can see they are heavy and big, but even such cargo is still made up of sensitive items when it comes to transportation. If you try to rush or act unprepared, you can easily cause millions of dollars of damage."

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