Express Global Logistics (EXG) have secured a contract to handle 182 Railway Coaches and 4 Driving Power Cars (DPCs) for a India-Sri Lanka Railway Project. The cargo will total 45,000frt with the coaches ranging from 36-80mt each and dimensions of 20.30 x 2.95 x 4.00m. They are to be exported to Sri Lanka for a state-owned corporation under a MoU between the Indian and the Sri Lankan Governments. EXG have already handled the first lot of 10 coaches which were moved by rail from a state-owned manufacturing facility to Chennai Port for final assembly and packing ready for shipping to Colombo. The seasoned EXG asset management, heavy hauling and engineering teams had coordinated to create detailed plans well in advance of the coaches being moved which allowed them to fabricate the spreaders and saddle to execute the project, whilst their operations and clearance teams managed approvals from various government agencies, port authorities and vessel agents.They used in-house hydraulic axles to support under-hook delivery without leaving the hook idle. Therefore, they were able to meet the challenging timelines of loading the vessels with a crew of 22+ personnel working hard to synchronise the 3 day operation.
Vishvendra Singh at EXG comments; “India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding for ‘cooperation on economic projects’ in 2019. The development and operation of the container terminal was one of the projects in the MoU and India-Sri Lanka cooperation in the transport sector continues to expand with the arrival of these state-of-the-art railway passenger coaches at Colombo Port. Sri Lanka is looking to extend its rail networks and increase the current capacities for which India has been a successful partner for decades. EXG is committed to moving the remaining coaches in the future in close coordination with our client and stakeholders. We are proud to be delivering on a project that is not only prestigious for the company but also for our country.”