Silk Way West acquires fire containment covers for Li-Ion cargo

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Silk Way West invests in fire containment covers (FCC) for transporting volatile cargo such as Li-Ion batteries and related products.

By maximising fire safety in freight transportation Silk Way West says it has kept its options open in the field of Dangerous Goods (DG) transportation. The company aims to be 100 per cent covered in all areas of fire containment within the next year.

The success of Mantle’s 2000 Li-Ion battery test by AmSafe Bridport last year, convinced the airline that investment in their comprehensive fire containment solution was a responsible step forward in terms of safety for their expanding fleet of B747-400F and B747-8F aircraft.

“We are spearheading the development, which will be crucial to our future operation as we are seeing a surge of Li-Ion battery content within the cargo volumes we are transporting throughout our global network,” says says Wolfgang Meier, CEO Silk Way West Airlines. “Therefore, we have opted for Mantle from AmSafe Bridport to carry on a pioneering role in our industry.”

For some time now the industry has expressed concern over potential fire hazards when transporting goods such as lithium-ion batteries in aircraft cargo holds. Subsequently, manufacturers and airlines are beginning to take note in the wake of continuing reports of fire incidents and fatal crashes.

“We are further investing into cargo and flight safety measures, which are paramount for our airline, and I am happy we found a robust yet cost-effective solution,” adds Emile Khasanshin, Silk Way West VP Global Cargo Logistics.

Jason Abbott, president, AmSafe Bridport, says: “The industry has witnessed recent incidents where two main carriers effectively contained Lithium-ion cargo fires with Mantle fire containment covers. Ultimately our FCC products reduce risk, improve safety and more importantly save lives.

“We are delighted that Silk Way West Airlines have made the decision to use our FCC products and set a benchmark in the industry for transporting cargo and people safely.”

With Mantle, AmSafe Bridport is the first company to achieve TSO certification C203 for Type 1 FCCs.

“Airlines and carriers, such as Silk Way West, are investing in FCC solutions like Mantle to provide a greater opportunity to expand existing contracts as well as opening doors with new business, especially with Lithium-ion based products” adds Jon Powell, Sales & Marketing director AmSafe Bridport.

Silkway West Airlines operates a global cargo network connecting more than 45 online destinations on a scheduled basis via its global hub in Baku. The Airline operates a 15 aircraft strong B747 full-freighter fleet across its growing network.

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