South Central Railways operates next-generation bulk cement containers


In a first-of-its-kind initiative that could be a game-changer in bulk cement transport, South Central Railways (SCR) has loaded bulk cement into specialist tank containers and containers with liner bags. Specialized tank containers offer flexibility for transport by rail, road or ship.

The first rake was loaded from the M/s Bharathi Cements siding at Yerraguntla in Andhra Pradesh to Irugur and Todiarpet in Tamil Nadu. The container rake is moved as a single rake consisting of 30 specialized tank containers, each with a capacity of approximately 26 tons, and 50 containers with lined bags, each with a capacity of approximately 27 tons.

Bulk cement shipment accounts for approximately 25% of total cement production of nearly 350 million tonnes. This traffic is currently mainly transported by non-rail modes of transport.

With the introduction of these specialist containers, the railways have enormous potential to tap this important traffic into their freight basket.

Previously, bulk cement by rail was done through private wagons, which required huge investments in terms of unloading terminals and silos.

However, transportation through these specialized containers allows easy movement of bulk cement from rail to trucks and vice-versa.

Specialized tank containers can be moved to any of the customer’s premises, giving flexibility to the customer while avoiding the need for a dedicated siding.

They can be unloaded by mechanized stackers in any of the freight sheds without creating additional unloading infrastructure or silos. Specialized tank containers offer an environmentally friendly means of transport.

Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director (Head), South Central Railways, said, “Loading bulk cement into specialized containers is a win-win situation for cement producers and railways. While it offers a cost effective, flexible and fast transportation option for cement producers, it opens up a new traffic flow for railways.”

Jain said conscious efforts are being made by the railways to meet industry demands so that the best possible transportation options are available to them.



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