Postnord Logistics is operating two gigaliners in its hub to hub services
Postnord Logistics, the German affiliate of Danish/Swedish postal service Post Nord AB, is operating one 25.25m long rig in its daily Lübeck Travemünde-Osnabrück run and the other one in the daily Lübeck Travemünde-Copenhagen run. "The savings are extraordinary," said Charles Prussky, Managing Director.
The rigs have a loading capacity of up to 150 m3 and can accommodate up to 50 % more cargo than 18.25m road rigs. The units thus reduce the number of trips required and emissions, but their routing is still restricted to a number of trunk routes.
Voigt Transport in Neumünster now has one gigaliner in its fleet, but Managing Director Jörg Bratz said it is not easy to find out on what these roads are.
The total legal weight for a normal truck is 40 tons, increased to 44 tons if part of an intermodal move. Up to now gigaliners have been restricted to 40 tons, but it appears that some German states are now allowing them to be 60 tons all-up as the weight is spread over eight axles.
Schleswig Holstein’s Minister for Transport Bernd Buchholz said: "Two gigaliners can replace three normal trucks, which leads to energy savings, CO2 emission reduction and improved efficiency." Schleswig Holstein has authorised nine additional routs for this type of equipment.