EagleRail Container Logistics has signed agreements with Chittagong Port Authority to reduce truck congestion with its Greentech Light Rail shuttle
EagleRail’s 100% electric overhead container movement system is aimed at eliminating port gridlock, reducing emissions and increasing capacity. The MoU with Chittagong PA is the second dela that Chicago, US-based EagleRail Container Logistics has struck with an Asian port, and follows the firs deal made with India’s Gujarat Maritime Board in July this year. Talks are said to be in hand with a number of other ports throughout the world.
EagleRail Container Logistics says it "has created the first automated, patented and environmentally conscious system to increase port throughput and capacity." Its technology and infrastructure solution replaces diesel trucks with a short-haul, suspended overhead container movement system that quickly lifts containers and shuttles them to local yards or intermodal transportation hubs, bypassing ground obstacles, including roadways and open water.
EagleRail is being considered for official insertion into the Chittagong Master Plan for the new Bay Container Terminal (BCT) connecting it to the Karnaphuli River terminals (NCT, CCT, and GCB) and both expanded railheads that connect container rail traffic to Dhaka. EagleRail is also being considered as part of the master design for the new and expanded Customs Clearance operation (for all terminals) in order to increase the number of containers that get scanned in-line, which is an operational advantage of overhead light-rail transportation.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony in Chittagong, Mike Wychocki, CEO, EagleRail Container Logistics, said: “The gridlock of commerce occurring between ports and intermodal points can no longer be ignored, and that’s why authorities from 17 countries are in discussions with us to study potential port and rail throughput-improvement rates by bringing our patented solution to their nations. Our system will transform port and intermodal connectivity around the world,” Wychocki added.
Globally, EagleRail Container Logistics is partnering with ZPMC and also with virtual conveyance-planning software FlexSim, to demonstrate verifiable system elements for each installation, such as volume, route, track, and load-station.
In the 1980s two systems for overhead rail container transport systems were independently developed. The Flyda system in the UK, invented by Commander Francis Perrot, was taken up by Terence Mordaunt, the first CEO of the newly-privatised Bristol Port Company. The Flyda-Mordaunt Ltd system was designed specifically for transporting containers along elevated rail guideways.The other system was GRAIL (Grid Rail Container Transport and Storage System), developed in the US by Sea Land Service. It is not known whether EagleRail has any links with the "prior art."