Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DB Schenker Commence Logistics Contract Into Scandinavia

Rail Containers to Supply Apartment Components
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – GERMANY – With immediate effect DB Schenker will commence transport of approximately 12,500 tons of prefabricated concrete walls from Neubrandenburg to Sweden for the construction of apartment blocks via their rail freight system. On June 8, the experts at the Central Rail Logistics and Forwarding department (RLF) of Schenker Deutschland AG shipped the first eight of a total of more than 400 special containers by rail to Scandinavia. In the first stage of the project up to the end of July, the logistics specialists will supply these concrete elements to the construction site for 70 modern apartments in Västeras, 80 kilometres west of Stockholm.

By utilising environmentally friendly rail transport and a short on-carriage by truck, Schenker are utilising “Not only the most cost effective solution for the customer, but above all the most ecological just-in-time supply concept for these large-scale projects”, according to Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Member of the DB Mobility Logistics AG Management Board.

Schenker are attending to all facets of the entire supply chain for the contract including punctual provision of the empty freight cars, collecting the loaded containers from the siding at the Praefa plant in Neubrandenburg and transferring them by freight train and ferry to the intermodal terminal in Västeras, Sweden, to an exact schedule. DB Schenker also takes care of the on-carriage from the container terminal right up to the construction site.

Two trailers are deployed specially for that purpose in Scandinavia.At the intermodal terminal, the containers are transferred to the trailers and delivered to the construction site. "This is an excellent example of how the DB Schenker network can be used to combine road and rail transport," commented Dr. Rausch.