BAS GROUP (RABEN)
The Bas Group (soon to become Raben) is a major player in the field of intermodal transport of high-value goods. Every week, Bas Transport sends 100 units containing high-value goods to Italy by train. BAS Transport relies on SBS locks to secure its cargo – but safe transport takes more than just good locks.
“For us, it all starts with the definition of what you mean by high-value goods”, says former General Manager Operations Ton van de Donk. “Every container or trailer that we put on the train contains high-value goods. Our line to Italy always consists of groupage. So you might have a couple of boxes of phones at the front, two pallets of washing powder at the back and whatever else inbetween. That spread instantly becomes part of the security solution. In doing so, we are standardizing. Our containers are being phased out and we are also phasing out container transport. Soon everything will only go in trailers. That will be more universally deployable but above all uniformly secure."
Just in time delivery“The problem with unescorted transport is the limited control. That is why we leave it as close to the train’s departure time as possible before delivering our trailers and containers to the terminal. That way, we don’t have to leave our consignments standing at the terminal which, naturally, is always a risk.”
GPS trackerSmart delivery is not enough. “All our trailers are fitted with a GPS tracker, not just so that we can see where the trailer is but also to reduce waiting times at the destination terminals. Half an hour from the terminal, we will have set up a geofence so that as soon as the train passes through it, our driver receives a message telling him to be in position in 30 minutes. It’s secure and saves a lot of hanging around.”
“Our trailers have a mechanical or an electronic lock – some even have both. The red mechanical lock is installed on the outside of the door. Part of the extra security provided lies in showing that you have fitted an extra lock."