Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Logistics Group Handles Intermodal Freight for Particularly Awkward Cargo

Common Mineral Type Can Prove a Headache to Tranship
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – FINLAND – Feldspar is rarely talked about yet as one of the most commonly found mineral types, present in around 60% of the earth’s crust and recently found on the planet Mars. It is also one of the most useful, included particularly in glassmaking and ceramic products. Unfortunately it can also prove to be, in certain forms, one of the toughest bulk cargoes to handle, so when the Sibelco subsidiary, Trading House Hercules, has a large quantity to ship as freight from Finland to Moscow, the company turned to Russian Railways Logistics (RZDL) for its intermodal requirements.

The bulky, loose feldspar was transhipped in 500 tonne lots directly from the ocean freighter into open wagons prior to its 1000 kilometre journey to the Fayansovaya station south west of Moscow railway and subsequent delivery to the JSC Kirovskaya Keramika, a major ceramics supplier. To ensure smooth handling RZDL prepared cargo handling equipment and rolling stock in advance in order to provide safe transportation in an environmentally acceptable fashion.

Trading House Hercules utilises the services of RZDL on a regular basis, shipping 2-3 thousand tonnes of cargo per annum, and the rail group provides a wide range of logistics services in Russia including truck forwarding, auto delivery in wagons, rail forwarding and provides vessels for cargo transportation shipping 3.3 million tonnes of goods last year against ‘only’ 1.5 million tonnes in 2011.

Photo: The feldspar being transferred.