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Glogos Complete Multimodal Transport from Germany to Russia

15th August 2016

Glogos Complete Multimodal Transport from Germany to Russia
Glogos Complete Multimodal Transport from Germany to Russia

Russian PCN members, Glogos have recently completed the multimodal transportation of 3 boilers with a total cargo weight of 67.61tns for one of the biggest suppliers of thermal equipment.

The Glogos team handled the cargo from Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen in Germany to Barnaul, Russia and in 60 days, the cargo had travelled over 4,500km. During the road transport, 3 low-loader trailers were used as well as a 'barrel transporter' semi-trailer. The details of the pieces (photographed in the below thumbnail gallery) were as follows:

  • 1st Water Service Module - 8.96 x 4.08 x 4.30m (54,890kg)
  • 2nd Water Service Module - 9.45 x 3.20 x 3.90m (11,420kg)
  • Deaerator - 2.70 x 2.20 x 3.40m (1,300kg)

During the project, Glogos were responsible for:

  • Transfer in Germany
  • Loading (Deck, Cargo Hold & Mafitrailer)
  • Transportation from Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen (Germany) to Barnaul (Russia)
  • On-Carriage to Ferry & Loading in Lübeck
  • Sea Freight
  • THC in St. Petersburg
  • Trucking to Final Destination

Konstantin Grinevich (Glogos Director) examines the methods available; "When we face the task of delivering oversized cargo in Russia beyond the Urals, the two most suitable methods are railway or road. The decision is taken on price and transit time, which is influenced by the weight, the size of the cargo, terms of the permits and the final destination etc. For example, if the cargo is to be delivered to city limits, rail transportation is likely to be best. However, if the delivery is outside of the city then road transport is likely better as railway requires unloading as well as further road transportation to the final destination. The cargo size is also a very serious factor as if the cargo is to travel by rail, an increase in just 12cm can increase the rate by 100-200%.

The total cost of rail transport delivery can be reduced by choosing the owners of the equipment used - wagon platforms can be private or belong to the Russian Railways. However, for loads over 65tns, it is necessary to use wagons transporters which all belong to Russian Railways which are often occupied by other goods so it is important to allow time to be waiting in the queue.

There is also a difference in the processing of documents by transporting oversized cargo by rail which takes around 5 days on the platform and should be paid by the customer. General cargo documentation can take around 14 days and the cost is 5 times higher. Therefore, railway is perfect for transporting oversized cargo with auto transport better for general cargo.

The equipment used is an important factor when delivering by road as well as the cargo tracking. The more the cargo sizes are optimal and less feature in the carriage & bracing, the cheaper the cost will be in obtaining any road permits. Obtaining permission usually takes about 21 days and during this time, the road committee determines the route and makes a smooth movement of cargo at all points till the final destination.

Each method requires a personal evaluation to find the perfect combination of terms and cost of delivery. Over the years, Glogos has worked with many different cargo types and are able to offer this unique service. If you have any questions regarding oversized transportation, please contact our specialists for consultation."