Laude Smart Intermodal boosts wagon fleet

Polish logistics provider Laude Smart Intermodal swiftly increases its wagon fleet. No sooner had it received 400 new flat wagons from United Wagon Company (UWC), the company booked another batch of 200 units. With the help of such large orders, Laude Smart Intermodal intends to become a logistics leader in Central and Eastern Europe.

UWC will produce 200 Sgmmns flat wagons for Laude Smart Intermodal. They will be used for transporting high-cube containers on the rail network with a standard gauge of 1,435 milimetres (in a contrast to the previous batch constructed for operations on the broad gauge network of 1,520 milimetres). Each wagon will have a length of 40 feet in length, a bogie with an axle load of 22.5 tonnes and a loading capacity for carrying up to 74.5 tonnes.

As a result, a flatcar will be able to transport two 20-foot containers with a gross weight of 37.25 tonnes per each, a single 40-foot standard container with a gross weight of 40 tonnes, or a specialised container with a gross weight of 74.5 tonnes. Also, these wagons have a reduced tare weight – 15.5 tonnes compared to 16 tonnes. According to the agreement, UWC will deliver the ordered rolling stock by the end of the first half of 2020.

Laude’s network

Polish company Laude Smart Intermodal is one of the most dynamic logistics providers in Poland as well as in Central and Eastern Europe. It purchases new wagons in order to boost its service and develop the network. “We are doing everything we can in order to become a leader in selling logistics services in Central and Eastern Europe”, said Marcin Witzchak, CEO of Laude Smart Intermodal.

Currently, Laude’s network consists of three rail connections – from its intermodal terminal in Zamość to Moldova (Chișinău, Bălți, Râbnița), Ukraine (Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Mariupol, Odesa) and Russia (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Cherepovets, Magnitogorsk). This has resulted from the geographical location of the Laude’s facility. It is situated in 70 kilometres from the Ukrainian border and has direct access to the broad-gauge railway known the Metallurgy Line (Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa) operated by PKP LHS.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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