Specialists of the group of companies “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” together with the specialists of “Universal Forwarder” successfully loaded two launch vehicles for the Guiana Space Center (French Guiana) on June 1st and 2nd.
Containers with sets of renovated launch vehicles were loaded from the berth 35 to the vessel “MN Colibri” by gantry cranes with the capacity of 40 tons. Blocks of launch vehicles “Soyuz-ST” have been loaded from the train to roll-trailers and transported to the vessel via the slip of the berth 37 of the ro-ro terminal today.
This is the fourth loading operation of equipment for the Kourou Space Center via the terminals of the group of companies “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” carried out in the framework of the intergovernmental agreement for long-term cooperation signed between Russia and France “…for elaboration, development and operation of launch vehicles…”.
Reference: The group of companies “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” includes JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg”, JSC “Fourth Stevedoring Company”, LLC “Multipurpose Reloading Complex” in Ust-Luga, as well as service companies. The turnover of the group of companies “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” amounted to 12.1 mln. tons of cargo in 2010.
“Universal Forwarder” manages cargo loading, unloading and forwarding in the maritime and river ports of the Russian Federation, the CIS countries and Europe, is in charge of multimodal and intermodal traffic, charters maritime and river vessels, provides vessel agenting services in the Azov and Black Seas. The company has a wide branch network throughout Russia.
The Guiana Space Center or the Kourou Space Center is located in French Guiana (South America), 50 km away from the city of Cayenne on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The Center places into orbit geostationary satellites. Russia is interested in the Kourou Space Center because of its equatorial location: the renovated Russian vehicle “Soyuz-ST” will be able to place into orbit space vehicles heavier than those launched from the Baikonur and Plesetsk Space Centers.
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