WWL has assisted two major railcar manufacturers with shipments of 20 railcar units; five fully-built units to each of Chile, Panama, and Peru, and five more railcar shells without bogies to Mexico. WWL’s Tombarra vessel handled the cargo for all four rail projects, reducing the complexity in the loading port of Santander, Spain.
“These two customers know us well and for them the most important factor is safety”, says Alex Hernandez from WWL’s Spain office. “Our concept of horizontal handling – where lifting the wagons is not required – was important to them to help reduce risk.”
To safely handle these units, 62-feet railed roll trailers were used to carry the fully-built rail units. As the shells were without bogies, the manufacturers designed a special support framework so they could be securely carried on WWL’s specialised roll trailers.
“This process required some back-and-forth on the design options, based on the dimensions and weight of their units and our equipment so we could be sure there would be a safe and secure solution”, adds Mr. Hernandez. “For the railcars, the suspension was locked and secured from the lashing points to the roll trailer with chains, based on the weight of each railcar. The roll trailer was then lashed onto the deck to guarantee safe ocean transportation even in the event of bad weather.”
WWL says the shipment was successfully made in just 18 days to Veracruz, Mexico, up to 32 days for the delivery to San Antonio, Chile. The growth in rail infrastructure projects will be an important part of the future for the company.
“The monthly shipments of railcars will be increasing three-fold from next year for two of our current rail projects,” said Mr. Hernandez.