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Competitive single-wagon transport to Albania

For over 20 years, DB Cargo's PowerRailer has provided a fast, competitively priced rail link to south-eastern Europe. The service can also handle special, one-off transports. One recent example saw a used storage tank make the journey from Germany to Albania.

These tanks play a major role in the property market and are used extensively at industrial companies. Some tanks are produced at the manufacturer's facilities, while others are assembled on site at the customer's plant. There is also a market for used tanks. Not long ago, the PowerRailer transported one from the German town of Kornwestheim to Albania.

Manufactured by Tank & Apparate Barth GmbH, a company based in the town of Forst near the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe, the tank had a capacity of 80 cubic metres and weighed 15 tonnes. It could have been moved by truck, but the manufacturer opted for a train because of DB Cargo's competitive price for comprehensive service using the PowerRailer link. Additionally, a previous transport contract with DB Cargo and DB Schenker had left the customer with a very positive impression of the companies.
"This job makes it clear that we also welcome one-off orders and that we take as much care with them as we do bigger or more regular deliveries", says Martina Harrer of DB Cargo Regional Sales in Mannheim. Harrer worked with her colleagues to organise the transport.

The Rs wagons used on the Albanian run were fitted with wagon intelligence sensors for GPS tracking, as are over half of all DB Cargo's freight wagons. GPS technology made it possible for all involved parties to monitor the train's progress through Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro until it arrived at its destination, a station in the Albanian town of Shkodër. Albania is currently an EU accession candidate, so the tank had to go through customs clearance at the very end of its journey.

Using the railway to cover the portion of the route between Kornwestheim and Shkodër generated over 1.1 tonnes less CO2e than would have been emitted using truck transport.