Robin Hood has flown to the rescue of an oil company, facing an environmental emergency in remote Western Australia.
The rapid response of specialist vehicle suppliers and freight handlers, based at the Sheffield City Region airport, ensured vital equipment was swiftly dispatched after a pipeline ruptured, spilling oil into the outback.
Repair crews had to cross marshland to get to the site, a job that required all terrain, tracked vehicles, known as Hagglunds.
Fortunately, Doncaster firm L Jackson & Co could supply the vehicles the Australians needed, while Anglo World Cargo, at nearby Robin Hood Airport, had the expertise to get them to Perth as quickly as possible.
Jackson, based at Mission, near Bawtry, specialises in converting and selling former military equipment for the oil and mining industries and life saving and environmental protection applications, among others.
It worked closely with the Airport on the shipment and says Robin Hood’s ability to accommodate the largest aircraft means it can offer a rapid response to customers worldwide.
Anglo arranged the flight and, once the vehicles arrived at Robin Hood’s cargo terminal, carried out safety checks, loaded the vehicles onto special aircraft pallets, wrapped them and completed all the paperwork.
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, said the fast turnaround had only been possible thanks to what he described as the “unique relationship” between his company, Servisair, which loaded the vehicles onto the aircraft and airport owners, Peel.
“To be able to provide a service whereby such large, bespoke, vehicles are transported all the way to Australia is a massive coup for the airport and our cargo offering,” says Mr Winterman.
“Customer service levels at the airport are second to none. Cargo is seen as a catalyst for developing the region’s logistics presence and we are helping to put Doncaster firmly on the map as a can do location and centre of excellence for logistics.”
The aircraft, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400, left the airport ahead of schedule, just two and a half hours after landing, and the Hagglunds arrived on site that same afternoon, ready to repair the damaged pipeline within five working day of initial contact.