Transcontainer LLC and RUSCON, two divisions of the GCS Group, are among the many local companies involved in the growing out-of-gauge (OOG) export business driven by the Russian currency depreciation over the last year.
One example is a year-long project to transport machinery via the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea for a thermal power station being built in Harta, Iraq.
The machinery is sourced from production plants throughout Russia and Transcontainer LLC acts as the agent for Sarjak Container Lines which has the contract to carry the products to the port of Umm Qasr.
RUSCON operates the off-dock terminal which provides stuffing and port handling for the more than 100 flat rack and open-top containers that will be transported throughout the project.
Pavel Merinov, the head of Transcontainer LLC’s project and out-of-gauge cargo team, says: “We are delighted that Sarjak has recognised our expertise in handling this specialised cargo and awarded us partnership in Novorossiysk. We are also working closely with our sister company RUSCON which handles shipments of machinery both in dedicated containers and as loose cargo in its terminal.
“Sarjak Container Lines, together with its partners like us in South Russia, is geared up to meet increased demand both in terms of specialised container equipment availability and facilities for safe and efficient handling of project cargo.”
Mr Merinov says that handling OOG cargo is increasingly becoming part of the company’sroutine work, with a particular emphasis on exports.
“The fall of the Ruble has made our manufacturers more competitive in international markets, so we are seeing growing volumes of exports – to Asia, Africa and South America, which creates new opportunities for OOG shipments in specialised containers out of Russia.”
Global Container Service (GCS) has worked successfully in the Russian container market since 1995. Beginning as a liner agency, today it is among the top ten container transport companies in Russia and the CIS. GCS belongs to one of Russia’s largest transport holding companies, Delo, which also owns several terminal assets in the port of Novorossiysk.
The GCS Group consists of seven companies in various fields of container shipping including agency, logistics and terminal operations. It is active in all of the major container ports and provinces of Russia, as well as in neighbouring CIS countries and overseas.
The group has ambitious plans to continue to expand its existing companies and to add new ones in order to meet the growing demand for professional transport services in Russia, the CIS and further afield.
Ruscon, the multimodal subsidiary of GCS, is one of the leading transport operators in the Russian container industry. Its experienced team of approx. 900 people in 11 offices throughout Russia and CIS handles over 200, 000 TEU a year.
Based on a combination of GCS-owned facilities and cooperation with leading international and Russian logistics providers, Ruscon manages cross-border and cross-continent product flows to and from Russia. The company provides comprehensive supply chain solutions by arranging ocean freight, deliveries by truck and train, terminal handling, storage and forwarding