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  • Roll-trailers were deployed where cranes could not be used.

09.03.2018 By: Christian Doepgen

Artikel Nummer: 22373

Rail wagons to a kingdom

Saudi Arabia has bought rail wagons in ­Europe. WWL ALS shipped them to the country, and handled power equipment in another task.


The rail sector is at the centre of policy-­makers’ attention in Saudi Arabia these days. Concomitantly, the authorities are prepared to invest substantially in the mode, as the Saudi transport minister, Nabeel al-Amudi, underlined at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in January. The government has signed contracts for the construction of a long-planned overland link between ­Jeddah and Riyadh. The rolling stock is already underway, as a transport task carried out recently by ALS shows.



Modifying US standards for Polish tracks

The rail equipment manufacturer Greenbrier has made 1,186 wagons for its Saudi Arabian clients since 2015. They were transported from the company’s factory in Swidnica (Poland) to their destination in Saudi Arabia by ALS. The wagons weighed 30 t each and measured 14.4 x 3.2 x 4.5 m. ALS managed the project over a period of 20 months, and also provided ship agency services, port and site operations.


The three types of wagons being transported, which had been built to US standards, first had to be modified by staff, to enable them to be moved by rail from the factory to the port of Gdansk. Once the requisite permits had been issued by the Polish authorities they were on their way, with special protective material placed on the wagons to shield special parts from sand blasts as well as extreme temperatures.


The wagons’ special construction meant it was not always possible to handle them by crane. In the port of Gdansk they had to be loaded via a ramp onto specially-prepared roll-trailers with embedded rails. In the port of Dammam the units were loaded onto road trailers by a winch, and thence transported to their final destination. Upon arrival there the wagons were off-loaded via a ramp direct onto the rail tracks.



A facility for recovered fuel in the United Kingdom

A project that was handled by WWL ALS UK saw the firm’s team coordi­nate the transport of large modules, construction material and ­containers from more than ten countries to a site in the UK over a six-month ­peri­od. The company, headquartered in the eastern port city of Hull, was in charge of loading operations in Turkey, the USA, Poland and Denmark, amongst others, and unloading in the UK. A chartered vessel shipped more than 600 t of project cargo from the USA to Hull. The five largest consignments, escorted by WWL ALS’ managers, were transported to their final destination overnight by road.     




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