October 30 - JSC Transafe Logistics has made use of the ports of St Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don to transport heavy equipment for the Volgograd oil refinery.

Transafe chartered a vessel to deliver a gas compressor, oil separator, oil cooler, and after cooler vessel from Antwerp to St Petersburg, ready for oncarriage to Volgograd.

The largest module destined for Lukoil's Volgograd refinery was a stripper column, which had the dimensions 29 m x 4.47 m x 4.83 m and weighed 98 tonnes. 

The column was delivered to the port of Rostov-on-Don on a chartered vessel, reloaded onto a lowbed trailer and trucked over 500 km to the destination.

Transafe explained that both the height and weight of the column made the transportation quite challenging, and an extra saddle had to be produced in Rostov-on-Don in order to ensure proper weight distribution of the cargo on the trailer.

Prior to executing the project, Transafe undertook extensive feasibility and route surveys from the Rostov-on-Don berth to the job site.

The Volgograd oil refinery is the largest refinery in Russia's south administrative region and is currently undergoing a major reconstruction.