Port of StocktonViganBühler GmbHVan AalstPort of South LouisianaTBA Group
  • Van Aalst
  • Cimbria
  • Telestack
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • Sailors Society
  • TBA Group

Etihad Rail welcomes the first batches of new trains

Etihad Rail welcomes the first batches of new trains

(Posted on 18/08/22)

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Rail Network, has achieved a new milestone in the development of the National Rail Network, with the arrival of first batches of the company’s new and advanced rolling stock fleet. The locomotives and wagons, which reached the UAE via Zayed and Al Musaffah Ports, will operate across the whole network upon its completion.

The achievement was announced during an event, which was organised by Etihad Rail at Al Mirfa city in the Al Dhafrah region in Abu Dhabi, to unveil the new fleet of locomotives and wagons. The event was attended by His Excellency Shadi Malak, Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Rail, alongside Marty Haycraft - President and CEO at Progress Rail and Henry Pang, Executive Director - MENA at CRRC, in addition to a number of senior officials from all sides.

The achievement comes in line with Etihad Rail’s efforts to achieve the objectives of the UAE Railways Programme, the largest land transport system of its kind in the UAE, which was launched as part of the Projects of the 50, the largest set of national strategic projects that seek to set up a new phase of development across UAE for the next fifty years. The UAE Railways Programme aims to set a new roadmap for transporting goods and passengers via train across the country, which will contribute to developing a sustainable land transport system that connects the cities of the UAE via railways.

The first batches have arrived in the UAE through Zayed and Al Musaffah Ports, which comes as part of Etihad Rail's commitment to expanding its fleet of trains to serve the entire network. The Company will increase its fleet of heavy freight locomotives to 45 heavy transport locomotives, which is equivalent to 6 times of its current fleet. Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company of America and one of the world's largest manufacturers of diesel and electric locomotives, will handle the manufacturing and supply of the new EMD® SD70 electro-motive diesel locomotives.

The Company has increased the size of its wagons, with the new fleet aiming to house more than 1,000 multi-purpose wagons, 3 times of its current fleet. China's CRRC Group, one of the world's leading providers of sustainable development solutions of the railway industry, will handle handling the manufacturing and supply the new fleet of wagons.

Mohammed Al Marzouqi, Executive Director of Rail Relations Sector at Etihad Rail said: “The arrival of the new fleet of locomotives and wagons to the UAE on schedule reflects the level of the achievements that the Etihad Rail project is realising in the development of the UAE National Railway Network. Upon completion and becoming fully operational, the network will contribute to revitalising and bolstering economic growth in the UAE, particularly during the next 50 years, by providing reliable and safe freight services with high efficiency. The network will also contribute to the region’s economic growth upon its connection with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) network, which will consolidate the UAE’s position as a regional and global centre for shipping and logistics services. This achievement comes as part of the company’s preparations to operate the network according to the highest global standards in the future.”

“We made sure that the company’s new fleet is among the most modern in the region and the world, providing the highest safety criteria in terms of design, ensuring the best specifications for sustainability and environmental protection, and integrating the latest technologies for train operation and monitoring. We also ensured that the fleet suits the local geography and climate in the UAE and the 

Latest News

WPCAP Creates global momentum for sustainable shipping

(Posted on 27/01/23)

In addition to helping its 12 member ports decarbonize, the World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP... Read more


First ship of 2023 arrives at Port of Sept-Îles

(Posted on 27/01/23)

The first ship of the year, M/V Cape Alexandros, arrived at 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 2023, from Rotterdam... Read more


AD Ports MoU with Turkish private steel producer Tosyal?,

(Posted on 27/01/23)

AD Ports Group the leading facilitator of global trade, logistics, and industry, has signed a Memorandum... Read more


AD Ports Kazakhstan JV creates opportunities for bulk cargo

(Posted on 23/01/23)

In the presence of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the President... Read more


Port of South Louisiana agrees to purchase Avondale Global Gateway

(Posted on 16/01/23)

The Port of South Louisiana (Port SL) CEO Paul Matthews, has announced that it has entered into a Purchase... Read more


Bulk increases in North Sea Port’s record year

(Posted on 16/01/23)

With 73.6 million tons of cargo transhipment from maritime shipping (+7%) and 64.5 million tons from... Read more


Overall Dunkerque Port traffic grows despite Brexit and bulk decline

(Posted on 12/01/23)

Despite unfavourable economic conditions, traffic in the port of Dunkerque, the third largest port in... Read more


Schalck highlights North Sea Port record figures despite war

(Posted on 10/01/23)

North Sea Port CEO Daan Schalck has been looking back as well as forward. 2022, was a year in which... Read more


Multi-million pound deal for new de-icing salt facility

(Posted on 10/01/23)

A multi-million-pound deal has been agreed to build a new road salt storage facility to support Scotland... Read more


New CEO appointed at Pilbara Ports Authority

(Posted on 10/01/23)

Ports Minister Rita Saffioti has announced Samuel McSkimming as the new CEO of the Pilbara Ports Authority... Read more


TelestackSailors SocietyThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology CimbriaCleveland Cascades LtdTOC Events
  • Bühler GmbH
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Port of Stockton

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping