Maersk and Russian major freight forwarder Modul have launched a transit container service from Asia to Europe via the territory of Russia using Global Ports’ container terminals in the Russian Far East and the Baltic. The first shipment which included twenty-nine 40’ transit units laden with electronic goods and spare parts was delivered to the EU ports on August 7.
The transit containers fron South Korea and Japan were delivered to Global Ports’ Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in the port of Vostochny on board Maersk-operated m/v ‘’Scio Sky’’ and loaded onto a block train that carried them along the TransSiberian Railway to another Global Ports’ terminal, Petrolespot in the Big Port of St. Petertsburg. From there on, Maersk delivered the cargo to Gdansk.
The transit itme from Vostochnaya Stevedoring Co to Petrolesport made 9 days, the block train arrived to PLP on August 4. The overall transit time from the port of loading to the EU made 18 days, twice as short as by the traditional route via Suez.
In the framework of the project, Maersk is responsible for the through delivery between Asia and Europe, Global Ports provides terminal handling, and Modul offers rail delivery and customs clearance services. Acocrding to Maersk Russia, the service is expecyed to become weekly by the end of this year. A through tariff will be ofered for different port pairs.
The new service will become part of the line’s global network as АЕ-19 and will be available for its customers worldwide. According to Maersk, the route offering realiable and quick scheduled delivery will be of interest for Asian shippers, first of all from the countries that have no land borders with Russia, such as Republic of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
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The key assets of Delo Group are comprised of the stevedore holding DeloPorts, the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the leading operator of Russian container terminals Global Ports.
Global Ports Investments PLC is the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market by capacity and container throughput. Global Ports’ terminals are located in the Baltic and Far East Basins, key regions for foreign trade cargo flows. Global Ports operates five container terminals in Russia (Petrolesport, First Container Terminal, Ust-Luga Container Terminal3 and Moby Dik4 in the Russian Baltics, and Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in the Russian Far East) and two container terminals in Finland5 (Multi-Link Terminals in Helsinki and Kotka). Global Ports also owns inland container terminal Yanino Logistics Park6 located in the vicinity of St. Petersburg.
Maersk is the largest international container shipping integrator. Maersk was founded in 1904 and operates in 135 countries. The company's fleet is 716 ships with a total capacity of 4 million TEUs. Maersk transports over 16 million TEUs annually.
Module provides modern, high-tech and reliable services for the transportation, storage and forwarding of goods around the world for more than 25 years. “Module” today consists of 5 terminals, 15 representative offices, more than 2500 fitting platforms, over 100 units of vehicles, 1,500 highly qualified specialists. The company forms more than 200 container trains and ships more than 30,000 containers by sea every month. “Module” is an associate member of the International Federation of Forwarding Associations and the Association of Russian Forwarders.