Moscow - Ruscon, part of the GCS Group, has launched a weekly fixed day block train from Moscow to the Far East of Russia. The train, with a capacity of 154TEU (77FEU) departs from the MANP Terminal, south-west of Moscow every Saturday at 12 noon for Khabarovsk. It arrives in Khabarovsk on Tuesday afternoon. After discharging the train returns back with import cargo to the European part of Russia. Marina Gusarova, Director Intermodal of Ruscon, says the fixed day service will offer significant advantages to shippers at both ends of the journey. “Our customers in the Moscow region can now be certain that their goods will depart as scheduled on a regular and reliable service to the Russian Far East. The weekly provision of the Ruscon flat-car wagons on the Pacific coast means that we also have the equipment ready to transport import cargo arriving at Russian Pacific ports of Vostochniy and Vladivostock to Moscow and other key destinations in the European part of the country.” Khabarovsk is the capital of Russian Far Eastern Federal district, about 900 km north of Vladivostok. In the near future Ruscon plans to launch container trains from Moscow to other destinations in that region, offering sustainable connection between Central Russia and its remotest Eastern part.
GCS, one of the top ten container transport companies in Russia and the CIS, acquired the MANP inland terminal in 2006 and has invested heavily in both rail and hard-standing infrastructure as well as recently creating bonded warehousing. The group also offers regular intermodal services to a range of destinations in inland Russia, including the most remote provinces, from MANP. Not only do these rail services offer fast reliable links for shippers sending cargo to the Urals, Siberia and the Russian Far East, they also help ensure that producers in those areas have sufficient containers for export. MANP also offers road haulage of containers from Moscow to consignees throughout the European part of Russia. It uses the same principle of providing consolidation and loading services and then delivering the containers to consignees, before arranging for them to be shipped back with exports or at least positioned for transport to the port at no extra cost. “We continue to invest in facilities and in equipment so that we can develop exactly the services which our customers require – in the most cost efficient way,” says Mrs. Gusarova.