Maersk Launches New Intermodal Container Service in Russia

Maersk in Russia

writer icon Emma Egelund     Maersk   |   Business     🕐 15. Apr. 2020

Maersk, Ruscon and Transcontainer joined forces in launching an intermodal container service between the seaport of Novorossiysk and Vorsino dry port outside Moscow.

Connecting Novorossiysk with Vorsino
Maersk’s offer of intermodal solutions for the Russian market is expanding, with the new container service launched in April, connecting the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea with the dry port Vorsino near Moscow in the Kaluga region.

The New Service
With Maersk's mission being as follows, the new intermodal container service is tying nicely in with Maersk's already existing ocean services.

"Our mission is to enable and facilitate global supply chains and provide opportunities for our customers to trade globally."

The new service is offered by Maersk jointly with Russian partners Ruscon group and Transcontainer JSC and offers a reliable solution for containers arriving in Novorossiysk on Maersk’s ocean services and destined for customers in Moscow and neighbouring regions.

End-to-end or Self-pickup
At the destination, customers can then choose between an end-to-end solution, where containers are delivered by Maersk directly to their premises, or self-pickup from Vorsino inland container terminal.

“With this solution, we want to meet the needs of our customers located in the Russian capital area with a product that brings their cargo closer to their warehouses, production facilities or shops”, said Zsolt Katona, Managing Director of Maersk in Eastern Europe.

Katona added: “We offer them the flexibility of picking up their cargo on their own, or using a door-to-door option, based on their preference.”

Solution Already Being Tested
Maersk reports that the service was launched in test mode already in January 2020, and since then has been structured with a weekly frequency, as originally planned.

Transit time from Novorossiysk port to the destination is 50 hours. The train is dispatched from the Novorossiysk terminal every Thursday at 5 am and reaches Vorsino on Saturdays at 7 am.

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