First Extended Refrigerated Container Train Departed from Moscow to Vladivostok

August 15 2023

The FESCO transport group, together with Russian Railways and with the support of the Association of Food Sector Organizations (AFSO), organized the dispatch of the first extended refrigerated container train from Moscow to Vladivostok. According to the FESCO press service, a train of 100 conditional cars (62 fitting platforms), loaded exclusively with refrigerated containers with food, departed from the Selyatino freight station (Moscow Region) on August 13, 2023.

Expected date of arrival at the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port (VMTP, part of FESCO) is August 25. Further, refrigerated containers will be reloaded onto ships and delivered within coastal lines to the Far Eastern ports of Russia, as well as for export to the countries of East and Southeast Asia. Based on the positive results obtained during the launch of the first extended refrigerated container train, FESCO, Russian Railways and AFSO agreed to work out a roadmap to scale up traffic of such trains via the TSR.

The train was dispatched by Dalreftrans, a FESCO subsidiary responsible for the transportation of goods requiring temperature control. Currently, the company remains the only Russian operator of refrigerated containers, carrying out transportation entirely on its own assets.

“Previously, only common container operators dispatched extended trains. Sending such a refrigerated train is technologically more complicated, but, as practice has shown, it is quite feasible. This technology is especially in demand given the existing restrictions in the direction of the Eastern railway range. Therefore, it is extremely important to make the most of the allocated work orders for the Far Eastern Railway, primarily by lengthening the trains. In future, we plan to send a mix of loaded and empty refrigerated containers by extended trains from Moscow to Vladivostok. This will increase the shipment of fish products from the Far East, which is especially important this year given the record salmon fishing season,” said Mr. Andrei Grechkin, Dalreftrans Director General.




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