RUSSIA: Global Container Service Group has begun taking delivery of 224 flat wagons ordered from Transmashholding's Engels plant.

The wagons are to be used on block trains operated by GCS intermodal subsidiary Ruscon, which moves almost 150 000 TEU a year on routes from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk to destinations in European Russia.

Traffic includes automotive components for factories in the Elabuga special economic zone operated by Ford, Isuzu, Voith Turbo, Saint-Gobain, Rockwool, Air Liquide and PD FibreGlass.

GCS says it also plans to increase its fleet of long-term leased flat wagons to more than 450 units.