Helicopter firm aims to tap heavy cargo market

  • Business
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

BY SYED AZHAR in Kuantan

BALTIC Pacific Sdn Bhd intends to fully exploit the huge untapped market in cargo handling utilising heavy lift helicopters in Malaysia. 

Its managing director Aivars Bebriss said using helicopters was relatively cheaper and faster for companies involved in projects that were inaccessible by roads. 

“Our study shows the quickest solution in cargo transportation is to air lift it. There are cases where roads are not available and this is where we can play a role of transporting construction materials, giant pylons, construction equipment. 

“We can set up a makeshift settlement within an hour in any remote area in Malaysia and even our helicopters can be self sufficient where maintenance can be done on site,” Bebriss told StarBiz recently. 

Baltic Pacific, previously known as Pacific Helicopters, was incorporated in Latvia, Russia 20 years ago with a fleet of 25 Mi-8 heavy lift helicopters. 

The company has completed jobs in 28 countries. Its first job in Malaysia was two years ago when it airlifted logs for a logging company in Sarawak.  

Bebris said the company specialised in craning and construction, heli-logging, fire fighting, external and internal cargo and ground support equipment handling. 

He added that Baltic Pacific had two helicopters ready to be deployed anywhere in Malaysia for specific jobs. 

“Our last job was in Betau, Raub last year where we airlifted more than 200 tonnes of construction materials, excavators, cement mixers and equipments for two school projects. 

“The RM500,000 project was a success where we saved our client operating costs of building roads or using existing logging tracks to transport materials,” Bebriss said adding that each helicopter was capable of carrying 4,000kg per trip.  

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