I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited about anything to do with big transport vehicles.
Whether it’s boats, trucks, planes or even trains, I just love seeing what men can build and how it changes and shapes the world. Making everywhere and everything in it so much more accessible.
So you can understand why I found this particular cargo especially exciting!
A couple of months ago I was contacted by Martin Slater. He was working on a big restoration project and was in need of some help getting his prized cargo from the UK to the Al Mahatta Museum in Sharjah, UAE.
The project he’d been working on was a massive Rolls Royce engine from a 1970s VC10 airliner.
Not only do I love love jet engines, but I am a big fan of good old British engineering, so I was keen to help.
The airliner had been sitting unused after its years of service, until Martin started on its restoration. In his words, his job is to get it “museum ready” then deliver it ready for exhibition.
Now, jet engines are a bit awkward to move. They’re big, heavy and this one needed to be kept in tip-top condition.
But that’s no problem for Millennium Cargo.
We collected it from Coventry airport, popped it in a container and carried it by sea to its final destination in the Middle East.
Its journey took less than a month and it’s now safely located in its exhibition space at the Al Mahatta Museum, ready to be enjoyed by other history buffs and engineering enthusiasts.
As you know we move a lot of commercial cargo and lots of personal effects. But it’s nice to be involved in sharing a little bit of history and British engineering with the rest of the world.
Martin was thrilled with our work and we’re looking forward to working with him again in the future. He hopes to have some aircraft wings ready to ship soon so watch this space!