First Deputy CEO and CCO of Port Management Company LLC Irina Olkhovskaya and General Director of Management Company of First Heavy Haul Company Vladimir Sosipatorov have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to develop the innovative technology for heavy haul freight application on railway network: heavy haul 27-ton axle load railcars. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018).
The memorandum provides for arrangement of coal transportation from the Yerunakovo station of the West Siberian Railway to Vostochny Port using 129548-02 series railcars with axle load of 27 tons. All the necessary infrastructure, access ways, and specialized unloading equipment are available in Vostochny Port.
Under the terms of the agreement, first heavy haul railcars will depart on the route as early as June 1. By the end of the year, Vostochny Port will have received from the Yerunakovo 2,500 innovative railcars laden with coal.
“We use the most modern technologies for cargo handling, receive and operate high-capacity wagons, constantly improving the process of coal product delivery. For example, we have launched a large-scale investment project for the construction of the third phase of the dedicated coal complex of Vostochny Port JSC to expand the terminal’s capacity to 50 million tons. In this regard, we are interested in making the most efficient use of the railway and port infrastructure, including the systematic development of heavy haul freight transportation technology and application of the innovative rolling stock,” Irina Olkhovskaya was quoted as saying.
Irina Olkhovskaya explained that the fleet of cars would be used the most efficiently on the Kuzbass – Vostochny Port route, since this terminal was the state-of-the-art coal port in Russia.
Application of innovative railcars will save shippers during the summer scheduled maintenance more than 10% of transportation cost.
Currently, about 70% of the cars fleet used in Vostochny Port are innovative.
“Our shippers vote for innovative rolling stock,” Irina Olkhovskaya said.
The further purchase of such heavy haul cars will depend on the work of a rolling stock manufacturer Tikhvinsky Carriage Works and the approach of the Ministry of Transport on the railway infrastructure development. (PortNews/Ukrainian metal)
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