Port workers and metallurgists have not agreed on whether to allow freight wagons to containers. The Council was made rather in favor of permissions that allow them to reduce the cost of logistics and to use the empty gondolas Park for their production needs. Stevedores are mainly against the resolution and said to increase the turnaround of containers and security threats. The final position will be formed in the Protocol, but from the unity of the meeting was far.July 14 at the Association of commercial seaports (ASOP) held a meeting on the issue on transportation of containers in gondola cars. According to “Kommersant”, the consensus of the participants was not. In the AFC, “Kommersant” reported that the position will be presented in the Protocol, which is planned for the near future.According to two interlocutors “Kommersant”, against the idea to allow the transport of containers in gondola cars were made by the operator of the container port of Bronka “Phoenix”, and NUTEP, TransContainer and Global Ports, which fully or partially owns GK “Business”. In FESCO also participated in the meeting, “Kommersant” reported that the transport of containers in cars is unsafe, unviable and could compromise the transit route via the TRANS-Siberian railway in the eyes of foreign customers. According to one of interlocutors of “Kommersant”, the representative of the NUTEP announced that the technology to process the gondola port is very inconvenient, because of the design features of the terminal fully with its ability to used can, which will increase the processing time. And by “TransContainer” sounded, in particular, the argument that the empty run (reduction to which the gondola is one of the arguments of the supporters of such transportation) will be formed in the other portion when the container platform will come with exports to the far East, and imported goods will take the gondola.The use of gondolas, he said, violates the principle of container transportation, involving the reduction of costs per unit operation through the use of a universal unit, standardization, and mass. Production Director Baltic stevedoring company Vladimir Kozyrev, says the source “b” noted that when using the gondolas, the port loses the intensity of the treatment container ships, which have a clear timetable of visits. He also talked about the fact that insurers will be forced to revise insurance premium because the risk of damage to the containers is very high.For the idea expressed NLMK Russian steel and T. A. Management Vladimir Lisin. “We are for opportunities and against prohibition; for that the client had a choice, and against him that choice to deny,— says the General Director of T. A. Management Andrei Bubnov.— The client port has the opportunity to work with specialized terminals, such as, for example, with our RTS and have the opportunity to work on other terminals with universal technology, where the productivity is lower, but the service is cheaper”. Mr. Bubnov said that in Russia the transport component in the cost of production is very high, sometimes prohibitive, and every dollar the client squeezes out its own operating efficiency and effectiveness of the supply chain. “The proposed lifting of the ban this type of efficiency in the logistics chain will create,” he adds.”We believe it is necessary to resume the transport of containers in gondola cars, says Vice-President for logistics NLMK, Sergei Likharev.— This decision will have a number of positive effects for the industry. It will allow to raise efficiency of use of the Park gondolas, especially in those areas where there them back and download the traditional cargoes of coal, ore, inert materials, etc., as, for example, on the Eastern landfill, but there is a significant flow of incoming import containers.” The solution, said Mr Likharev, will also improve the overall efficiency of the network of Russian Railways in General by reducing multidirectional empty volumes, which should lead to lower tariffs for transportation of containers and increase of competitiveness of Russian transit rail routes.He says the resolution gives the number of positive systemic effects that today are essential. This increase in network efficiency of JSC Russian Railways through reverse loading of the containers coming to import into the ports of the Far East (where now 100% of gondolas are empty), reduction of terms of cargo delivery and the reduction of the Park. It is also expected the unloading of the infrastructure of East landfill without additional investment to overcome bottlenecks and reduce the need for investment in locomotives, the cost reduction of shippers for the rental of the Park and other advantages. An industry source adds that container shipping today “in fact, monopolized by a few companies who are not interested in cheapening the cost of their services,” and dictated a reluctance to change the rules of the game. But if transportation in gondola cars unviable and unprofitable, as evidenced by the operators of container platforms, and then the lifting of the ban is not terrible, he said.Natalia Skorlygina, Anastasia Vedeneeva
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