The employees of JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (“SP SPb”) together with the specialists of “Universal Forwarder” successfully completed the operation on handling of two upper-stage rockets “Frigate” for Guiana Space Centre (Kourou Space Centre). Equipment was loaded aboard the vessel “MN Colibri”.
Upper-stage rockets “Frigate” and components were delivered to the port in specialized containers by trucks and railway transport. Some of them were reloaded by gantry cranes to the upper deck of the vessel, some – as ro-ro cargo — via ramp, mounted at the berth 37 of the ro-ro terminal.
This is the sixth shipment lot of equipment for Kourou Space Centre that was reloaded via terminals of “SP SPb” under intergovernmental agreement between Russia and France on long-term cooperation in the sphere of development, creation and use of rocket-carriers.
Handling of project and out-of-gauge cargoes is one of priority spheres for “SP SPb”. In its disposal the company has the equipment suitable to handle cargoes with weight up to 300 tons, modern railway infrastructure allowing to accept all kind of railway transporters, storage grounds for allocation of large shipment lots.
JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” – is the largest operator, rendering services on handling of all types of dry cargoes in the Greater Port of Saint-Petersburg. It operates by modern specialized terminals for handling of container, reefer, ro-ro cargoes, cars and metals. In 2012 the turnover of JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” amounted to 8.7 mln. tons of cargoes.
“Universal Forwarder” arranges handling operations and forwarding of cargoes in sea and river ports of RF, CIS and Europe, performs multimodal and mixed transportation of cargoes, charters sea and river vessels, serves as the vessel agent in the Azov-Black Sea Basin.
Upper-stage rocket “Frigate” (RB “Frigate”) was developed in scientific development and production center named after S.А. Lavochkin and aimed to be used as rocket-carriers of medium and heavy class for launching of space vehicles to the desired orbits.