The Ville de Bordeaux
is a ship carrier designed to transport the elements of the Airbus A380
The origin of Airbus as a European holding company for a series of country-based existing aerospace manufacturers resulted in a geographically diversified structure with plants in France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Transportation of components and sub-structures of existing Airbus models was facilitated by air, using the specially developed A300-600ST Beluga
As the major components and sub-assembly structures of the A380 were too big for the A300-600ST, Airbus were forced to choose between keeping open their diverse existing European factory infrastructure, or finding a way of transporting the components to final assembly plant in Toulouse
. Airbus choose to keep the plants diversified, using sea and road transport, with the production facilities and supply chain
scaled for a production rate of four A380s per month.
Conceived by Deltamarin, Ville de Bordeaux
was designed as a Roll-on/roll-off ferry
. She was built in Nanjing
using the Jinling shipyard. The Itinéraire à Grand Gabarit
, a system of new wider roads, waterways and barges was also developed to deliver the A380 parts.
Built for a cost of $30million, the ship was launched in January 2004. She is the lead... Read More