Russia Moves Petrochemicals to Finland with Container Trains

The first direct accelerated tank-container train on the network with products of Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat LLC left yesterday from the Salavat station (Kuibyshevskaya road) to the Kotka station (Finland).

 Previously, such cargo was transported by carload shipments, that is, in separate batches of freight trains that went from Bashkortostan to the Russian-Finnish border for more than a week. A single accelerated tank-container train will overcome this route in three days. 

The container train contains 114 tank containers with inhibited vinylbenzene (styrene), which is used to produce polymers. LLC Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat LLC organized the transportation of products of the country’s largest petrochemical complex by SpetsTransContainer LLC, a branch of TransContainer PJSC on the Kuibyshevskaya road in conjunction with the Kuibyshevsky territorial center of company transport services (TTFTO).

Unlike wagon shipments, an accelerated container train will follow the route without disbanding at marshalling yards, thereby saving several days on the way. Arriving at the Buslovskaya border station (Oktyabrskaya highway), the train will be handed over to Finnish colleagues and will go to Kotka station.

According to Aleksey Bulytov, director of the TransContainer branch at KabsZhD, the new transport project is beneficial for all participants of the transportation: to the client – speed and cheaper transportation of goods, Russian Railways – to reduce the load on the infrastructure, rolling stock operators – to reduce the turnover of rolling stock.

According to Boris Borisov, Director General of SpetsTransContainer LLC, it is planned to send two or three tank-container trains from Finland in the Bashkir region in the direction of Finland every month with the prospect of increasing their number to four to five trains per month.

In addition, the Kuibyshev road is exploring the possibility of organizing transportations by accelerated tank-container trains in the direction of the ports of the Azov-Black Sea basin, where a terminal network has been developed for transshipment of chemical goods and their further transportation for export.
Alexander Severov, Samara(

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