Mechanicville expansion

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Re: Mechanicville expansion

Postby KSmitty » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:56 pm

gokeefe wrote:Watch what happens if Pan Am moves the whole operation over to 53' domestics in wells.

40' equipment is cheaper. Its also more readily available since its what Eimskip has. Bigger equipment is going to need to come from elsewhere, and that means involving a larger equipment company.
Water is dense enough that I believe you hit the weight limit of a two axle 53' dry van before you do the capacity by volume. So rather than pay more for equipment and not be able to fill it, why not get cheaper equipment and maximize its useage. The same philosophy holds for wells. They cost more because the equipment has a much higher demand. While spines have fallen from the forefront of intermodal transportation. Which makes them cheap. And doublestack isn't even on the horizon for Maine. So they aren't going to pay for equipment that provides more capacity than the service needs. Now, if they can make the service work, and can market somethign to the mills or Hunt, you might see some 53' equipment come up, but the water will almost certainly stay in 40'ers on spines.
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Re: Mechanicville expansion

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:02 pm

Most water loads avg around 41,000 lbs(water,packaging,cardboard boxes, and pallets),not counting the empty weight of
the container.
You waste space on a 53 foot container,or trailer,depending on how the pallets are loaded on, it was normal to
remind the shipper on how the trailer/container to meet certain state weight standards.
ie:the load is delivered in Ca from Tn "load it as a 48 ft trailer",or you are over lenght(bridge )in Ca.
You will "cube out" a 40 foot container( very little or no wasted space).
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Re: Mechanicville expansion

Postby ANDY117 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:31 pm

It appears the new ST-1 is in service at Mechanicville, at least that's what the updated yard map is showing.
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Re: Mechanicville expansion

Postby EDFLD Bill » Mon May 01, 2017 12:00 am

ANDY117 wrote:It appears the new ST-1 is in service at Mechanicville, at least that's what the updated yard map is showing.


It is, as of April 21.....
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Re: Mechanicville expansion

Postby johnpbarlow » Mon May 01, 2017 6:51 am

ANDY117 wrote:It appears the new ST-1 is in service at Mechanicville, at least that's what the updated yard map is showing.


Is this Mechanicville Yard map on-line and available to the foaming public? Or is it for Pan Am employees only? Thanks.
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