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[post_date] => 2019-07-17 13:23:11
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[post_content] => The maintenance and servicing of tank containers is fundamental to the efficient use of multimodal transport for the movement of dangerous chemicals in bulk. In Russia, however, the vast size of the nation, inconsistent infrastructure and insufficient training cause issues in achieving the proper technical conditions.
“Slowly the service component in Russia is developing,” says Maria Surina, CEO at Spectransgarant Company. “Before, we talked about an almost complete absence of servicing infrastructure, which was a significant obstacle to the development of tank container transport, now the network of depots and washing stations has expanded.” As things currently stand, there are an inadequate number of depots, washing and steaming stations for the nation, but businesses such as Spectransgarant are working diligently to fill the gaps and raise the standards.
One of the problems faced by industry in Russia is that of maintaining and developing quality. Being able to provide the highest level of work is instrumental to protecting workers, but also developing long-lasting relationships with clients. Due to the longstanding shortage of expertise and facilities across the nation, quality has been slow to develop at the rate of other nations.
“The quality of work performed, unfortunately, does not always correspond to generally accepted standards,” says Surina. “For example, only a few [Russian] depots have the approval of technological processes required for repairing the frame and vessel.” To counteract low quality, Surina argues, owners of service enterprises should strongly enforce standardisation and be willing to invest in higher levels of training at all stages of tank container maintenance.
Furthermore, the use of specialised equipment across Russia can be patchy at best, limiting the possibilities for businesses. “We are working on improving the technology of repairing rubberised tank containers used to transport aggressive chemicals,” says Surina. “There are very few rubberised tank containers in Russia, therefore not all enterprises have experience in providing high-quality repairs.”
The volume of tank container business has increased in Russia so much that Spectransgarant has recently completed two new tank container washing stations at its facility in Shakhunya in the Nizhny Novgorod region and the company is aiming to increase the current daily capacity of two to four tank containers to ten.
Alongside under-supported businesses, the environment is another victim of the tank container industry in Russia. Surina explains: “We often encounter low-quality flushing and non-compliance with environmental safety requirements during storage and disposal of waste. This is unacceptable in our business. It is necessary to improve, refine, learn from the experiences of our European colleagues and send staff for training and internships.”
As Surina points out, until recently there were no more than ten repair companies specialising in tank container maintenance in the whole of Russia, but that number has doubled in 2019. Comparing this to Germany – boasting numerous tank container maintenance companies that can be three times the size of their Russian counterparts in a country a fraction of the size with stronger infrastructure – the differences are stark.
Admittedly, there is still a way to go for Russia to provide the highest quality tank container services with issues blighting infrastructure, training and more, but progress is gaining momentum and a strong desire for investment is making the difference.
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A lack of adequate tank cleaning and repair capacity is hampering development of the tank container market in Russia, but SpecTransGarant is aiming to change that