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MIS develops Block Train Service from St. Petersburg to Moscow

18 March 2011, 09:06 / SeaNews / Rating: 1429

Maxx Intermodal Systems is organizing a block train service for import containers from the port of St. Petersburg to Moscow.

The project was first launched in August 2010 in cooperation with Rhenus Yuzhny Port. Today, a regular block train service is put into operation with fixed weekly departures.

The current block train is a direct non-stop container rail service connecting the port of St. Petersburg (PLP terminal) with Rhenus Yuzhny Port in Moscow. It consists of 31x80’ platforms and has the capacity to load 62x40’ or 93x20’ containers.

The service is aimed at freight forwarders and customers alike. It offers an average transit time of 40 hours from the port of St. Petersburg to the terminal in Moscow.

The Managing Director of Maxx Intermodal Systems Moscow, Mr Raf De Schutter said the current block train service is “a great idea that can live up to its full potential”. He said that this holds even more true following recent developments in the port of St. Petersburg.

Mr De Schutter described the situation in St. Petersburg as “unprecedented”, adding that congestion has returned due to severe winter conditions and an overall increase in import volumes.

“The present market situation is rather unique,” he said. “Latest figures are showing an overall increase in import cargo via the port of St. Petersburg. All terminals have reached their capacity limits and the removal of containers is being complicated by congestion, the weather conditions and a general shortage of truck availability."

He added that trucking rates were increasing and were expected to further increase partly due to growing fuel prices.

For this reason, Mr De Schutter, sees the train service linking St. Petersburg with Moscow as an interesting and viable solution. “It is fast, convenient, reliable and not more expensive than current trucking rates," he said. "It is also possible to create more capacity to our clients and thus avoiding congestion and reducing possible delays and storage costs.”

To some extent, Mr De Schutter expects that customers will be attracted by the greener image of rail transport.

“Decisively tackling the environmental challenges is becoming more and more important to us and our customers,” he said. “But it should not be pursued to the exclusion of other requirements and challenges,” he added.

Altogether, he believes that customers have an even greater incentive today to switch from road transport and use the block train service instead.

He also said that in order to meet growing customer demand, service is likely to be extended in the coming weeks. “We are planning to introduce a second departure any time soon and more departures can be added afterwards. This will lead to faster and more frequent services."

At the same time, he said the company was investigating the possibility of starting up a possible block train service from the Finnish ports of Kotka and Hamina to Moscow.

Mr Martin De Sterck, CEO of Maxx Intermodal Systems, said the company is quite optimistic about further developments. “For some time now, we have been showing a great interest in operating block train services. The current service from St. Petersburg to Moscow is appropriate for this time. It also reflects our long-term strategy to develop and invest in asset-driven and sustainable logistical products.”

For further information on our block train service from St. Petersburg to Moscow, please contact us by email: mismow@logistixx.com or by phone: +7 495 229 3492.

Maxx Intermodal Systems is an established and well-known freight forwarding company. As part of the Rhenus Group, it employs more than 100 people in different parts of Europe and Asia. The company combines all modes of transport (road, rail and sea) and is committed to offering optimal logistical solutions.

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