Chapman Freeborn Delivers Skimmer Boats to Aid GOM Spill Response



Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has completed a high-profile cargo charter from Nantes in France to New Orleans, USA, to deliver seven skimmer boats to help tackle the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Fort Lauderdale-based aircraft charter specialist arranged the flight of an Antonov AN-124 - one of the world's largest cargo planes - to urgently transport four 35-foot and three 21-foot vessels from Nantes (NTE) in France to New Orleans (MSY).

In coordination with its French offices, Chapman Freeborn organized road transportation from the shipyard to the airport and helped oversee the loading of the cargo which totaled over 21 tons.

The charter was met in New Orleans by Chapman Freeborn's US team, and once unloaded the skimmers were promptly dispatched to aid the cleanup efforts.

Michael Gellert, who managed the charter operation for Chapman Freeborn, said, "We're proud of the role we have been able to play in the response to the oil spill. Completing this challenging cargo charter exactly on schedule demonstrates the heavy lift expertise and professionalism of Chapman Freeborn."

The AN-124 charter is just the latest in a series of flights Chapman Freeborn has completed to help contain the leak from the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.