Eurosib SPb Transport Systems and United Wagon Company (UWC) have signed a contract for the production and supply of 400 new generation container platforms
The deal was confirmed at the 24th TransRussia fair in Moscow, held between 13th and 15th April.
The 400 13-6903 model Russian gauge cars will be manufactured at UWC’s Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant. They will be delivered to Eurosib on a monthly basis, from June 2019 through to February 2020.
The container platforms have a bogie load of 25 tonnes, a payload of 74.5 tonnes and a paylength of 80ft. They can carry heavy containers, including refrigerated containers and tank containers with a gross mass of up to 36 tonnes. An increased mileage of up to 1 million km (or eight years) between overhauls significantly reduces life cycle maintenance costs, says UWC.
Eurosib and UWC are long-time business partners. Eurosib had been leasing 285 platforms made by UWC for three years before purchasing them from the manufacturer in 2017. In 2018 an agreement was signed on the supply of 500 platforms, with the delivery expected to be completed by May 2019.
“At present, the share of UWC freight cars in Eurosib’s container platform fleet stands at 70%," said Sergey Kondratenko, Deputy CEO for projects and technical policies at Eurosib. "With the new contract signed, the figure will grow.
"The rolling stock from the Tikhvin producers allows us not only to save on operational expenses, but also to roll out new container services and bolster existing ones. Local regulations for allocating and securing containers have already been cleared for the container platforms, so that we can start operating the new railcars as soon as they are delivered.”
Alexander Lukyanenko, Deputy CEO for Sales and Development at UWC said: “We are pleased with Eurosib’s opting for Tikhvin’s freight cars. Our companies have a strong and long-standing partnership, and we hope to develop this partnership further with other types of rolling stock.”