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WorldCargo news Victoria rail boost

Australia’s Victorian Government has provided more A$0.5M in funding to facilitate the reopen- ing of regional freight lines in the north of the state and southern New South Wales. The A$550,000 grant will

temporarily reopen the Toolamba (near Shepparton) to Kyabram and Echuca line to keep export freight from Shepparton, Cobram and the NSW Riverina on the rails. Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder said that while the

previous Labor Government had allowed rail freight lines such as Dimboola to Yaapeet, Shepparton to Dookie

and Ararat to

Maryborough to either close or decay to a point where freight trains had to be suspended, the Coalition Government wants to re-open country freight lines where demand exists. “Until this government acted,

the last revenue freight train on the Echuca to Toolamba line was on 11 July 2007. V/Line is undertak-

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ing essential major maintenance on the Seymour to Toolamba section of the Shepparton line, and 400m of track near Toolamba will be re- constructed. “Freight from the Tocumwal

(NSW) and Mooroopna container terminals would have been forced onto trucks at an extra cost of up to A$400/container,” Mulder said. Mulder said that Victorian and

southern NSW exporters such as Murray Goulburn and Swift’s Meats (JBS Australia) at Cobram, and Wilson’s Stockfeeds, Campbells and HW Greenham at Shepparton would be the main beneficiaries.


Indicon Logistics, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Karam Chand Thapar Group, has become the latest company to attempt to launch a viable container manu- facturing programme in India. The Kolkata-based company

started operations this month at a new Rs400M (US$9M) con- tainer plant in Ranchi in the east- ern state of Jharkhand and plans to

invest a further Rs1B

(US$22.5M) to develop other box building facilities at strategic locations in the country, Indicon director Varun Thapar said. The Ranchi plant has an in-

stalled capacity of 1,200 TEU/ month of standard steel dry freight containers, with the flex- ibility to build a range of specials, including tanks and customised dry freight designs. The company has also invested

in bringing sandwich panel tech- nology to India to allow refriger- ated and insulated containers to be built at Ranchi, Thapar said. Indicon said it anticipates

building around 10,000 TEU in the first year of operation, with ca- pacity increasing to 30,000 TEU/ year at the Ranchi plant within three years.

Indicon’s container manufac-

turing programme forms part of an ambitious US$100M invest- ment plan that includes the ad- dition of container leasing serv- ices and the development of lo- gistics infrastructure including container freight stations, inland container depots and cold chain and warehousing solutions. “Our immediate target is to become the market leader in con- tainer logistics management in India over the next few years. Once we successfully cater to the domestic demand, we plan to venture globally,” Thapar said.

Fort Vale “U” stamp renewed

UK-based Tank container compo- nent manufacturer Fort Vale En- gineering has had its ASME “U” Stamp accreditation renewed fol- lowing a recent audit and tri-an- nual review. The company first qualified in 1992. “U” Stamp accreditation

US-based Klinge Corporation used the Multimodal 2011 Exhibition in Birmingham this month to unveil a new underslung diesel genset designed specifically for mounting on a new 20ft-45ft sliding chassis designed for the European market by Dublin-based David Nestor Freight Services and built by SDC Trailers. Designated BRG-540-SC, the new design features a reduced overall height for maximum ground clearance and is designed for rapid attachment to 8in, 10in and 12in I-beams using a four point, captive mounting system. All components, including the Isuzu engine, radiator, generator, battery, control panel and fuel tank are contained within the compact genset frame. The BRG-540-SC supplies 230V or 460V, 60 Hz 3-phase electrical power, or dual 230/460V operation with voltage selector, and is equipped with Klinge’s Power Guard fault protection system. David Nestor Freight Services has ordered an initial 10 units for the new sliding chassis, which is claimed to fill a gap in the market for a multi- purpose trailer capable of accommodating reefers of 20-45ft length

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Work starts on Burma- Bangladesh rail link

Construction of a railway link- ing southern Bangladesh to neighbouring Arakan state in Burma has started as part of Dhaka’s goal achieving better connectivity with China. The US$255M transport link

is part of a broader initiative that Bangladesh hopes will connect its

second city and major port of Chittagong with China - another plank in a web of infrastructure that aims to increase connectivity in the region.

Both Bangladesh and Burma

have seemingly gravitated towards China, with billions of dollars of- fered for infrastructure projects and the possibility that they could tap into expected demand for outsourced labour in industries such as garments. The railway line will connect Bangladesh and Burma at the Gundum border crossing, south of Chittagong.

means that Fort Vale has the capa- bility to design and manufacture pressure vessels, as well as weld-in components, manways and in- spection hatch assemblies, in full compliance with the internation- ally recognised ASME Code, which prescribes parameters such as material wall thickness, pressure rating, weld procedures, non-de- structive tests and examination. All Fort Vale components are

manufactured using specially ap- proved materials with full trace- ability that comply with the nec- essary chemical and mechanical properties and with any necessary heat treatment and non-destruc- tive test requirements. Fort Vale currently employs 21

full-time ASME coded welders, who are supported by two certi- fied non-destructive testing per- sonnel qualified to ASNT (Ameri- can Society of Non-destructive Testing) and PCN Level 2 (Per- sonal Certificate in Non-Destruc- tive Testing.

“Our quality systems and

wealth of expertise ensure that Fort Vale products are of a proven safe and robust construction. Our customers can be confident that our equipment has been designed, manufactured and tested to the most rigorous of standards in the transportable tank industry,” said quality and procurement Direc- tor, Peter Staveley.

TransContainer in Kazakhstan move

TransContainer, Russia’s leading rail intermodal company in which (following flotation) Russian Rail- ways has a 50% plus one share, has acquired a 67% stake in Keden- TransService (KTS), up to now a wholly-owned logistics arm of Kazakh Railways (KTZ). KTS op- erates 17 terminals in Kazakhstan and owns a fleet of around 30 freight locomotives. It provides cus- tomers with freight forwarding, lo- gistics and customs clearance serv- ices, as well as cargo transhipment at the Dostyk border terminal to and from China. Following the transaction,

KTZ retains a 33% stake in KTS, but has an option to increase its share up to 50%. TransContainer


has acquired 20.1% directly and 46.9% indirectly through a sub- sidiary.

Associated with the transac-

tion, TransContainer and KTZ have agreed general principles of co-operation in Kazakhstan with the object of increasing transit rail container traffic between Asia and Europe by means of integrated logistic services

in Russia and

Kazakhstan. They aim to establish a unified container handling in- frastructure and optimise termi- nal handling. TransContainer’s rail container

transport volumes in the first quar- ter of 2011 grew to 313,200 TEU, up 23.5% on the corresponding period of 2010.

April 2011

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