OVK (UWC) and a Polish company Laude Smart Intermodal signed a contract for the supply of 200 Class Sgmmns flat wagons.

They are destined for the transportation of heavy containers on the 1,435 mm track gauge network, with delivery expected by mid-2020. It is a follow-on contract because by early 2019 OVK delivered to Laude Smart Intermodal a batch of 400 40’ 1,520 mm gauge container wagons with a 25 t axle load for the transportation of containers weighing up to 40 t (shown in the photo).

The new 1,435 mm gauge 40’ wagons differ from similar types currently available on the European market. They have a reduced tare weight of 15.5 t (compared with 16 t or more at other standard container wagons) and a payload of 74.5 t. They are mounted on the 22.5 t axle-load bogies and fitted with high-strength twist locks to safely transport containers with increased gross weight: two 20’ containers with a 37.25 t gross weight each, a single 40’ standard container with a 40 t gross weight, or a special container with a gross weight of 74.5 t.

Starting in February 2020, the prototypes will begin a series of certification tests at an European testing facility for compliance with TSIs, including strength tests for static load and impact, stationary and dynamic brake tests, noise measurements, and suchlike. Boris Myagkov, Deputy CEO for Commerce and Marketing at OVK, commented: „Developing cooperation with Laude Smart Intermodal in the 1,435 mm track gauge space is an important step towards the implementation of the Group’s export strategy. More and more major international companies now view OVK as a reliable supplier that is able to develop and put into production various types of wagons fulfilling all international standards and client requests.“