March 27 - DB Schenker Logistics has transported four out-of-gauge ABB-manufactured transformers 4,000 km from the port of St Petersburg to Novosibirsk Hydroelectric Power Station.
DB Schenker's Russian division, ZAO Schenker, won the bid for the project and quickly organised the necessary documentation for Customs clearance and permits for railway and road transportation.
The consignment tipped the scale at 280 tonnes and had to be partially disassembled for transportation.
"The choice of rolling stock and the design of a special method for securing the cargo wasn't easy," said Pavel Zahrov, head of project forwarding at ZAO Schenker. "The dimensions, the weight, the supporting surface, the transformers' unusually high and shifted center of gravity - all these factors did not allow the application of traditional methods for placing and securing cargo, even in the case of using special-purpose railroad wagons. That's why we developed a special solution that we coordinated with Russian Railways."