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INDUSTRY FOCUSRAILFREIGHT


Lehovd shared this view, citing four “mega forces” that are driving the demand for rail projects: population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation, and environmental concerns.


One of ALS’ project managers saying goodbye to the company’s last rail wagon shipment between Poland and Saudi Arabia.


Ro-ro lines rally to rail opportunities


Around the world, 2017 was a significant year for railroad construction. Savannah Matheson explores the subsequent project freight opportunities and solutions from the boom in rail infrastructure investment.


market intelligence at Höegh Autoliners, said: “There is certainly strong activity in infrastructure construction projects in several parts of the world, especially in India and Southeast Asia. India is speeding up its rail modernisation and expansion process, spending USD150 billion on rail between 2017 and 2022.


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“There is also an overwhelming amount of metro projects taking place worldwide, with first-tier cities already having or developing such networks, and second-tier cities expected to get involved soon.” Population growth is the phrase on everyone’s lips, according to Børge Kibo Bodøgaard, global head of breakbulk and head of marketing at WW Ocean: “[This] brings higher levels of urbanisation and industrialisation. Rail is an efficient and environmentally friendly way of moving rising volumes of people, and also cargo.”


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epresentatives across the industry have recognised an increase in freight enquiries from both manufacturers and construction companies. Teresa Lehovd, head of


When it comes to moving equipment for rail projects, Höegh has many solutions available to ensure safe and efficient transport. Geir Paulsen, head of trade system at Höegh Autoliners, said: “While we do not see any obvious complications with moving rail-related equipment, one has to be certain that the correct handling method is in place for the specific component. If rail wagons are equipped with bogies, then we would propose a solution without any lifting, and instead roll the wagon onto one of our railed Mafi trailers using a Höegh Bridge [a system that ensures smooth transfer of the unit between truck and Mafi]. “Should the wagon not be fitted with bogies, or – for any other reason – cannot be rolled, we would use a low-lift crane to lift the wagon onto a Mafi trailer,” added Paulsen. “A rolling transfer is ideal, because it reduces the risks involved with using a crane, and is a more cost-efficient way of handling already railed units.”


Wagon deliveries


WW Ocean regularly transports rail-related components on its vessels, where railcars are rolled on and off the vessel via a stern ramp. WW Ocean’s vessel Tombarra recently transported 20 railcars for two major manufacturers from Spain to Chile, Panama, Peru and Mexico. WW Ocean offers specialised railed roll trailers for railcars, and in this instance used 62 ft (18.9 m) roll trailers to transport the railcars. “Our ro-ro option is a highly reliable, low-risk and cost-effective approach as we rarely involve a lift, so the shipper incurs fewer costs,” said Bodøgaard.


There is certainly strong activity in infrastructure construction projects in several parts of the world, especially in India and Southeast Asia. – Teresa Lehovd, Höegh Autoliners


In April 2018, Abnormal Load Services (ALS) shipped the last of 1,186 rail wagons from a factory in Poland to Saudi Arabia. The project lasted 20 months and saw the 30-tonne railcars moved by rail from the factory to Gdansk port. The scope of the project included project management and ships agency as well as handling the port and site operations.


On arrival at Gdansk port, the railcars were loaded onto roll trailers with embedded rails using a ramp, before being lashed and secured for the sailing to Dammam.


In Saudi Arabia, the wagons were loaded onto road trailers for transportation to their final destination, where they were offloaded directly onto rail tracks.


May/June 2018


HLPFI 101


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