The day has arrived. The drivers and loading staff gather at the KANITZ BERLIN depot at 9 pm. The drivers carry out the pre-departure checks and turn on the heaters in the swap bodies.
At 9.30 pm, between two and six drivers head off in their trucks from the depot to the Philharmonie. Our specialist loading team for orchestra transports comprises six to eight people. They follow the trucks to the Philharmonie in a minibus. Once on-site, all vehicles and trailers are brought into position for optimal loading.
First the orchestra stage manager gives a short briefing to our drivers. Then the flight cases are taken out of the Philharmonie via lifts and ramps and loaded into the pre-heated trucks.
It is always fascinating to see how our drivers load the trucks based on their decades of experience. They always follow the same loading sequence.
Each individual case has a number, and a matching “add-on”. The task is to waste as little space as possible.
After about three or four hours the loading process is complete. Some time between 1 and 2 am., the trucks leave the Philharmonie and head off towards Baden-Baden. The loading staff are driven back to the KANITZ BERLIN depot. Their night’s work is done.
From Berlin to Baden-Baden is about 700 km, a distance that can be covered in some 10 hours at an average speed of 70 kilometres per hour.
The truck drivers rotate the driving en route. One driver will drive for about four and a half hours, while his colleague gets some sleep. They then swap over. On arrival at the concert hall in
Baden-Baden, our staff unload the flight cases. The concert hall staff carry the cases onto the stage. When unloading is complete, the trucks drive to the nearest motorway service area so that the drivers can take their daily rest period.
The health and safety of our drivers is our priority, which is why we are always meticulous in ensuring that driving times and rest periods are observed. After the daily rest period, the trucks return to Berlin, or go on to the next job.