Take the Tram to Mauritius – Video
Transporting light rail metro vehicles across the globe is no simple task, but it is a lot easier when you have a direct liner service and can roll the vehicles straight on to the vessel.
This is not any rail-project but the return of the rail service to Mauritius, after it closed in 1964. A prestigious project, involving transporting 18 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) from Spain to Mauritius, where predictability and cargo safety is key.
The world-leading manufacturer of rail cars; Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), produced the units in Spain and DSV was their designated project cargo forwarder to take the LRVs to Mauritius.
“We have successfully transported train projects for CAF before and when DSV approached us with this opportunity we were glad that we could offer a direct service from Spain to Mauritius”, says Iñaki Echeverria, Head of Sales in Spain
Timing is critical in these projects. With the Light Rail Vehicles manufactured in CAF’s factory in Beasain, Spain and Höegh Autoliners offering the only direct RoRo service from Santander to Port Louis, this proved the perfect fit for the customers’ schedule.
When shipping rail vehicles, Höegh Autoliners offers a safe and efficient option by using its rolltrailers. The process starts before the vessel arrives at port, with the rail vehicles transferred from the truck trailer they have been transported on, to Höegh’s rolltrailer using the Höegh Bridge.
Inaki continues, “The rolltrailers are equipped with rails and a specially designed Höegh bridge transfers the rail vehicles from the railed semi-trailers to the rolltrailer, allowing the rail vehicles to be directly rolled on and off the vessel. This eliminates the need for crane lifting in both load and discharge ports, reducing the risk of damage to the cargo and ensuring a safer and more efficient operation.”
When the vessel arrives at port, the rolltrailers are rolled on board the vessel and safely stowed underdeck, away from seawater or any elements that could contaminate it during transportation.
Source Höegh Autoliners