TasRail renews freight fleet from CNR

Australia’s rail service provider TasRail has signed a contract with Chinese-owned CNR Australia Pty Ltd for the supply and delivery of 36 new ore wagons, 17 new coal wagons, 18 new cement wagons and 120 new intermodal wagons (for containerised freight) for less than AUD 20 million (EUR 16 million). The first of the new wagons are expected to arrive from mid 2013. Tasrail operates the 726 km long, 1,067 mm-gauge rail network on the island of Tasmania.

A safer, modern and more efficient freight rail service moved closer to fruition today, with TasRail entering into a new contract for the supply and delivery of a new wagon fleet.

TasRail Chief Executive, Damien White revealed that the contract with CNR Australia Pty Ltd, provides for the supply and delivery of 36 new ore wagons, 17 new coal wagons, 18 new cement wagons and 120 new intermodal wagons (for containerised freight). Chinese-owned CNR- Australia Pty Ltd is a well established supplier of wagons to the Australian Rail Industry. It was awarded the contract following an exhaustive tender process that began six months ago.
While the actual value of the contract value remains a matter of commercial-in-confidence, Mr. White revealed that it was substantially less than $20 million. The first of the new wagons are expected to arrive from mid 2013.

“This is a great outcome for TasRail’s customers and further evidence of the resurgence of freight rail in Tasmania”, Mr White said.

“With the first of our 17 new locomotives expected to start arriving late next year, combined with the significant and steady improvement in the safety and reliability of operations, TasRail can now start to shift its primary focus away from the Rail Recovery phase to pursue its strategy to grow the business”.
“More freight on rail means less trucks on Tasmanian roads and less greenhouse gas emissions”, he said.
Although delighted that TasRail has been able to achieve the replacement of its current life expired wagon fleet within its budget, Mr White said the Company is disappointed that it had not been possible to achieve a competitive, local supply option.

“Early in the procurement process and prior to the Tender being issued in April this year, TasRail worked with the Department of Economic Development and the Industry Capability Network, to ensure that potentially interested local suppliers were well briefed”, Mr White said. “TasRail worked to ensure that local companies had maximum opportunity to prepare a tender submission, and this early engagement included TasRail hosting site visits to its operations, one-on-one briefings and inspections of the current wagon fleet”.

Source : Transport Journal and Tasrail

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