In terms of bulk cargo, Freightliner Heavy Haul currently moves aggregates, cement, coal, infrastructure, minerals and waste.
Earlier this year, Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd and EDF Energy have confirmed that they have entered into a new rail haulage agreement for coal deliveries into EDF Energy’s power stations at
Cottam and West Burton. The revised, long-term deal gives
EDF Energy increased capacity to meet its future requirements and builds upon the excellent service performance record and relationship that has developed over the last ten years.
Jim Beynon, Head of upstream commercial management at EDF Energy commented:“We have worked to develop this innovatively structured deal that gives us the flexibility, reliability and security that we need to meet our future coal haulage needs. Our rail requirements become increasingly challenging in the coming years and we are pleased that this deal gives us a sound basis to meet those challenges.”
Martin Wilks, director of coal and deputy managing director of Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd added: “Our relationship with EDF Energy is longstanding and we have worked well together over the years. We have always worked very closely with customers and industry partners and this new deal represents the continuation of the strong relationship that we share with EDF Energy,
At the end of last year, Freightliner Heavy Haul unveiled its new prototype covered hopper wagon that has been developed for the biomass market. The wagon is a modified HHA
coal hopper wagon which has covers fitted to ensure that the product is kept dry whilst being conveyed from loading site to destination.
The wagon modification was manufactured at the WH Davies workshops at Shirebrook and offers the most advanced design covered hopper wagon in the UK biomass market. The wagon was moved from Shirebrook to the Freightliner workshops at York earlier this week and has already had viewings from several generating companies who are examining the potential for the generation of renewable power from sustainable biomass.
Michael Leadbetter, Freightliner’s general manager of coal and biomass, added “Visits by other customers are already lined up to examine the wagon. The wagon and concept has been extremely well received so far by everyone. We have worked well with the designers and manufacturers to develop this wagon. Having developed its design following consultation with the generation industry, I am now confident to inject it into the market and we will be undertaking trials with it in the near future.”
CN SIGNS TEN-YEAR AGREEMENT TO HAUL CANPOTEX POTASH
Early this year, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) signed a 10-year agreement, effective 1 July 2012, to transport potash volumes that Canpotex ships to export markets.
CN will haul via its southern British Columbia (BC) line a portion of what Canpotex exports through CN-served Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver.
CN and Canpotex will also continue work on the feasibility of a potential new potash export gateway terminal in Prince Rupert, BC, which would be served by CN over its northern BC line. In both cases, train design will be highly efficient, utilizing distributed power locomotives pulling 170-car trains.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said: “We are very excited to partner with a customer like Canpotex that has such a world-class distribution system.”
Steven Dechka, president and chief executive officer of Canpotex, said: “Canpotex is focused on growth, efficiency and strategic investments. We are pleased again to be partnering with CN, a company that shares the same values and will help us achieve these objectives.”
CN TO ACQUIRE 161 LOCOMOTIVES TO HANDLE EXPECTED TRAFFIC INCREASES AND IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
In March, CN announced a major locomotive acquisition programme to accommodate anticipated traffic growth and to improve operational efficiency, enabling the railway to better serve its customers.
CN will acquire 65 new high-horsepower locomotives as well as 96 second-hand high-horsepower locomotives that will be upgraded.
Keith Creel, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: “CN’s locomotive acquisition program represents a balanced, capital-effective approach to handle expected volume growth over the next two to five years and to meet the locomotive requirements resulting from customer-focused service plans.
“The new and used motive power will enhance operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption by permitting the
retirement of older, high-maintenance locomotives and the cascading of less fuel-efficient main-line units into less-demanding yard and local switching operations, while providing additional locomotives to accommodate increased traffic.”
CN will take delivery in 2013/14 of 35 new ES44AC locomotives from GE Transportation (GE), and 30 new SD70ACe locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD). The GE units have 4,400 and the SD70ACe units 4,300 horsepower.
Creel added:“The programme includes the acquisition of alternating-current locomotives (AC), which will represent a first for CN. Our current fleet of approximately 1,900 locomotives employs direct-current (DC) traction technology, which has served us well because of the overall favourable grades of our network.
“We will harness the key advantage of AC traction — much higher adhesion or train-pulling ability at low speeds — in assigning the new AC units to heavy-haul coal service in northern British Columbia and Alberta, where steep grades and sharp rail curvature make heavy demands on our locomotives.”
CN will purchase this year 42 second-hand GE Dash 8-40C locomotives, 11 leased GE Dash 8-40C locomotives, and 43 second-hand EMD SD60 locomotives. The Dash 8 units have 4,000 and the SD60s 3,800 horsepower. These direct-current technology locomotives will be upgraded to CN specifications.
The new locomotives CN is purchasing are equipped with distributed power technology (DP), a GE product, which improves train handling and fuel efficiency. The company expects that 50% of its high-horsepower locomotive fleet will have DP by the end of 2013.
DP technology permits remote control of a locomotive or locomotives throughout a train from the lead control unit. DP provides faster, smoother train starts, improved braking and lower pulling forces at the head-end and within a train, contributing significantly to improved safety. With more optimum matching of motive power to train weight, DP locomotives also allow CN to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Creel said: “A robust, fuel-efficient locomotive fleet is critical to CN’s plan to take advantage of the traffic growth we expect
in the years ahead and to ensure we have the motive-power assets to improve the supply chains of our customers and enhance their competitiveness in domestic and global markets.”
CN — Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries — spans Canada and mid- America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, BC, Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior,Wis., Green Bay,Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.
DAP Barging: dependable, expert service over Europe’s waterways
DAP Barging, headquartered in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is a major company involved in barging activities in Europe.
The company concentrates its activities on the following European (river) waterways:
- Ruhr and German canals
DAP Barging offers a comprehensive service, and takes care of all aspects in the transport cycle, from making an offer until the final delivery of the raw materials to customers.
The company transports several million tonnes of cargo for its customers each year. All sorts of products are shipped throughout Europe, including: coal; ore; cellulose; corn; containers and so forth. In order to satisfy the demands of its customers, DAP Barging constantly strives to keep up to date with the latest developments in the logistics trade. It studies new innovative transport methods. Where necessary, it works with other companies to enable it to offer integrated solutions that can be delivered at any time.
DAP Barging can offer customized service to its clients, guaranteeing an efficient and professional supervision of all cargoes. The company is closely involved with all its customers and forwarders, and maintains many long-term relationships with its clients. It knows that alliances based on mutual trust and the desire to achieve together are the most successful.
DAP Barging specializes in the transport of bulk cargo, and can deliver from one company’s doorstep to another, all over Europe’s waterways.
Every year, it ships some 8mt (million tonnes) of cargo for its customers, in several lines of business. Doing so has given it an extensive knowledge base for the transportation of a variety of materials including coal, ore, phosphate, cattlefeed, steel, sunflowerseeds and soyabeans.
BREAKBULK AND GENERAL CARGO
DAP Barging is especially equipped for the transport of breakbulk and general cargo. For years, it has acted as partner to its customers in the shipping of steel, timber, paper and other general cargo. DAP Barging uses modern, optimal equipped shipping space.
DAP Barging offers dependable, expert shipping of project cargoes. The handling of heavy loads, extreme dimensions and vulnerable parts is done expertly and efficiently. It is particularly important to select the appropriate waterways for such shipments.
Several times a week DAP Barging transports containers to and from all major terminals within its working area. It is also able to transport containers to other harbour locations, with its usual high-quality service and flexibility.
Grant for Long Beach rail improvements
In mid-June, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to accept $17 million in grants from a federal transportation programme to help fund the ‘Green Port Gateway’, which will improve rail flow and the environment at the Port of Long Beach in California, USA.
The Green Port Gateway Project, which includes an Ocean Boulevard track realignment and construction of a Pier F rail support yard, will go out for bid this summer, with construction expected to begin in early 2013.
The project will add a third rail line, helping to remove bottlenecks on the existing mainline track to allow port terminals to shift cargo from trucks to trains, which decreases local traffic congestion and air pollution. The improvements will minimize derailments and optimize rail traffic flow to the waterfront terminals. The project will cost an estimated $60 million and take 19 months to construct.
The federal funds come from the U.S Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) programme. The project is expected to create about 340 jobs during construction.
The Green Port Gateway Project, the first of four rail projects expected to begin in the next year to promote more on-dock rail shipments, is also part of the larger San Pedro Bay Ports Rail Enhancement Program, which involves several projects by the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.
The port has more than $4.4 billion in capital improvement projects planned for the next 10 years. For the Green Port Gateway project, $27 million has been secured from the state’s Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Fund. The $17 million in TIGER funds helps bring state and federal contributions to $44 million, allowing the port to move ahead more quickly on this project.
Transnet Freight Rail: moving freight reliably
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) under the leadership of Chief Executive Siyabonga Gama is the largest operating division of Transnet Limited, a State Owned Enterprise (SOE) under the auspices of The Department of Public Enterprise in South Africa.
TFR owns and maintains a network of 20,500 route kilometres (22,000 track kilometres) connected to ports and the rail networks of neighbouring countries. The company services a wide range of industries including, but not limited to; mining, coal, iron ore, manganese, steel, chrome, cement, granite manufacturing, agriculture, automotive, petroleum and chemicals.
In spite of the company facing a number of operational challenges such as, ageing rolling stock, derailments and productivity related inefficiencies,TFR is rising above these challenges through various capital investment plans and employee engagement processes which cover amongst other things, productivity, employee training and safety.
Capital programme implementation capability from spending of R2 billion per annum in 2005 to R14 billion per annum in 2011.
For this financial year 2012/13 top implementation initiatives include:
- preparation and approval of business cases for 66 key projects per schedule;
- TFR Capital Plan aligned with TRE budget and capability (TRE capacity agreed in budget alignment sign off;
- responsive and effective capital procurement and localization strategy;
- execution of 2012/13 capital programme projects per rollout philosophy; and
- development of lean construction excellence and sophisticated supplier contractor management (also addressing counter party risks) The expected contribution to the economy is:
- 6,200 truck reduction per annum;
- 3.9mt less CO2 emissions per annum or 28 million tonnes over the seven-year period
- reducing the total logistics costs by between 4% and 7% and by 0.5% as a % of GDP (from 13.5% to 13%)
Transnet Freight Rail will continue to invest heavily in order to meet the growing demand of South and Southern African industries.
In November 2011 TRANSNET Freight Rail launched the implementation of its scheduled railway services. The schedule specifies the path that each train takes and the arrival and departure times of each train on every node of the specified rail path. This initiative will build on the efficiency improvements that have been brought about by deploying the new EMD and GE Diesel locomotives, working in partnership with key customers and supply chain partners. A scheduled railway means that all the activities on the supply chain must be optimized. TFR will thus rely heavily on customers loading and offloading according to agreed time norms and cargo handling terminals doing the same so that appropriate benchmarks of wagon turnaround times and locomotive efficiency can be achieved. Through the supply chain optimization process, collaboration on stockpile management, shipping schedules and loading rates will continue to be key.
In April this year Transnet Freight Rail changed its operations structure from the previous three regions to at least six smaller units. This will enable a much more detailed focus on operations. The six business units are confirmed as:
- Agriculture and Bulk Liquids
- Coal business y Container and Automotive
- Iron Ore and Manganese
- Mineral Mining and Chrome business, and
- Steel and Cement
These new ‘business units’ will be accountable for specific customer groupings and control allocated geographical areas for operational purposes. Allocations of these areas will be based on activity levels related to the customer groupings the units are accountable for.
Operations will still be centrally controlled and the central operational structures are being re-aligned to optimize operations across the newly established business units.