Friday, August 27, 2010

DB Schenker Rail Freight Kicks Off Euro 2012 By Shipping Stadium Parts

Giant Structural Concrete Components Carried into Poland
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – POLAND – In an extraordinary demonstration of project forwarding, DB Schenker Rail will be transporting 72 concrete elements of up to 37 meters in length each from Neumark in Upper Palatinate, Germany, to Wrocław in Poland for the Max Bögl construction company over the next few weeks.

Our accompanying photograph gives and idea of the size of the concrete elements, each of which weigh up to 100 tonnes to be incorporated into the building of a new soccer stadium that is being constructed for the “EURO 2012” European Soccer Championship.

DB Schenker Rail is using six block trains to transport the total shipment of 6,600 tons. Special cranes are being used to load the trains in Neumark. The trains cross the Polish border at Zgorzelec/Görlitz and then travel on to Wrocław Kuźniki. The final few kilometres of the journey take place at night when the giant structures are transported to their final destination by truck.

The first train left on August 20 and the last one is planned for the end of September and Karsten Sachsenröder, Member of the Management Board of DB Schenker Rail responsible for Sales commented:

“A perfectly coordinated international network forms the basis for this unusual cross-border transport. Extreme dimensions and weights always represent a challenge for us. DB Schenker Rail Deutschland and DB Schenker Rail Polska are working closely together to provide our customer Max Bögl a single source for high quality and flexible solutions.”