DHL Industrial Projects, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding, has been tasked with the shipment of the largest ever order of rolling stock in the history of Hungary. The company, which provides management of complex project logistics, deep sea charters and heavy-lift cargoes, is to transfer 676 rail coaches in an intermodal movement.
The coaches, each 48 tonnes and measuring 24.5 metres in length, as well as 4.5 metres in height, are being transferred from the production site in Dunakeszi, Hungary, to Egyptian National Railways in Alexandria. Ryan Foley, CEO DHL Industrial Projects, commented:
“The collaboration with Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft is further testimony to the fact we offer the exact expertise required for this extraordinary transport. I’m incredibly proud of the team in helping us to become a first-choice provider of the delivery of these coaches in a country with longstanding heritage in the field of rolling stock.”
The coaches are manufactured by the Hungarian company Dunakeszi Járműjavító Kft, owned by TMH International AG and Magyar Vagon Zrt, and are part of the final batch of an order of 1,300 coaches from 2018. Packaged for export, the coaches are transported via rail to the port of Koper, Slovenia, where DHL is integrating the cargo via its charter carriers. From there DHL will deliver the cargo by sea directly onto the railway network in Egypt at the port of Alexandria. The first batch arrived safely in Alexandria on February 23.
Gradually the production of coaches in Dunakeszi will ramp up to reach 25 vehicles per month by mid-2021. As can be seen from the photograph, the size of the coaches presents a particular logistical challenge to ensure efficient and safe delivery via sea and rail freight.