As of 31 December 2018, the Company had 26,457 flatcars to transport containers, or nearly 50% of the total flatcar fleet of Russian rail container operators (by capacity).
Following strong demand for container transportation, the Company purchased new flatcars and used third-parties’ rolling stock to transport its containers throughout 2018. Supported by measures to increase rolling stock efficiency, this helped the Company to satisfy the growing demand for container transportation.
By the end of 2018, the Company’s total fleet increased by 1,206 flatcars (or up 4.8%) and amounted to 26,457 flatcars. During the year, 196 40-foot and 729 60-foot flatcars were retired, while 1,213 40-foot and 918 80-foot flatcars were joined to the Company’s fleet.
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Following the above changes, the share of 40-foot flatcars in the Company’s fleet (by capacity) designed mostly for transportation of heavy cargo grew from 19.8% in 2017 to 21.5% in 2018, approaching an optimum level that fits into the average container cargo mix transported via the Russian Railways network.
Due to changes in the mix and size of the fleet, its capacity has increased over the year by 4.6% and reached 80,400 TEUs. The average age of the flatcar fleet was 14.3 years against 14.4 years in 2017.
In 2018, the entire fleet of the Company consisted of high-capacity containers of the international ISO standard. The Company continued expanding its fleet amid the growing container transportation.
In 2018, the Company's container fleet increased by 2,395 20-foot and 1,148 40-foot containers. 2,789 20-foot and 135 40-foot containers were retired. The fleet of leased containers increased by 265 40-foot containers and decreased by one 20-foot container.
As a result, in 2018, the Company's container fleet increased by 883 containers, and as of 31 December 2018 it amounted to 70,478 containers, including 41,562 20-foot containers (with 41,133 owned and 429 leased ones among them) and 28,916 40-foot containers (with 28,495 own and 421 leased ones among them). The average age of the Company's container fleet is 9.9 years. The Company plans to continue its fleet replacement guided by the market demand.
The tank containers fleet managed by LLC SpecTransContainer, a subsidiary of PJSC TransContainer, is 392 tank containers.