TBA GroupTMS Awards 2020Cimbria Bulk Equipment A/STOC EventsCleveland Cascades LtdThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Vigan
  • Port of Stockton
  • Cimbria Bulk Equipment A/S
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • TMS Tanker Conference 2020
  • TMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Scanning the Financial Horizons’

UWC and Zimbabwe sign agreement

(Posted on 18/11/19)

Research and Production Corporation “United Wagon Company”, Russia’s largest manufacturer of freight cars , and the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) have signed an agreement for the supply of freight cars intended for operation on the 1067-mm gauge track. By striking the deal, in addition to an earlier supply of 114 hopper cars to the Republic of Guinea, the Holding has further expanded its presence in the African market.

The agreement with the National Railways of Zimbabwe provides for the supply of 100 gondola cars with solid bottoms. The railcars will be delivered not later than 12 months after the NRZ acquires a respective export loan through the assistance of UWC. The gondola cars are planned to be used for cross-border shipments of coals, chrome ore and grains in big-bags.

The solid bottom gondola car will be designed by UWC’s own R&D Centre in compliance with international standards and special requirements associated with freight car operation in subequatorial and tropical climate zones on the 1067-mm gauge track in Central and South Africa. The loading capacity of the car will be 54 t, and it will have a body volume of 65 m3. The car will be fitted with 18.6-t axle load bogies.

Under the agreement, UWC will deliver a batch of spare parts, special tools and testing equipment. UWC will also provide the NRZ with a range of after sales support services including training of the local staff to perform railcar maintenance operations, both at the Tikhvin production site and at the place of their use in Zimbabwe.

Boris Myagkov, Deputy CEO for Commerce and Marketing at UWC: “United Wagon Company is known as a universal manufacturer on the global market: we can design and produce railcars for any railway gauge and compliant to any railcar construction standard. Despite the African market being highly fragmented, we already have an understanding of its rules and options. The region now witnesses its transport arteries developing rapidly, railways included. In this context, we will continue expanding our exports in the African continent”.

Lewis A. Mukwada, General Manager at National Railways of Zimbabwe: “When choosing a supplier of rolling stock, we evaluate partners by various criteria. Firstly, we assess the supplier’s technical capacity and production facilities: from research and design to manufacturing. The supplier’s experience of working in similar export markets also matters. We check the actual design of railcars for compliance with the specifications required by us. We examine the railcar performance through tests and also whether maintenance services will be easy to arrange. And, of course, we prefer our partner to have a rep office in the Region to ensure constant contact. UWC meets all these requirements. We look forward to expanding our partnership with UWC, as we plan to renovate our railcar fleet, which is quite old. In the mid-term, we will be ready to negotiate more supplies of different railcar types, including tank cars, flat cars and box cars, as well as terms and conditions of setting up a network of railcar maintenance and assembly facilities. The assembled railcars will be operated in the Southern Africa region”.

Latest News

Viking reaps shipowner agreement reward

(Posted on 30/06/20)

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has reported a surge in demand for its one-stop shop Shipowner Agreement... Read more


MacGregor’s $11m crane order

(Posted on 30/06/20)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order to provide cargo handling cranes for four 62,000 dwt... Read more


Top ranking UWC

(Posted on 25/06/20)

According to the Ranking of Russia’s Top Rolling Stock Manufacturers of 2019 compiled by INFOLine... Read more


Leibherr’s remote service app

(Posted on 25/06/20)

Liebherr expands its digital product portfolio for crawler cranes, deep foundation equipment and maritime... Read more


Thordon defies laws of physics

(Posted on 25/06/20)

Excessive bearing and shaft wear resulting in frequent drydockings has led a Louisiana-based workboat... Read more


Alfa Laval signs three-year BWTS frame agreements

(Posted on 19/06/20)

World leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, Alfa Laval – has signed... Read more


Oceaneering launches OceanSMART

(Posted on 18/06/20)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has announced the launch of a new business, OceanSMART Cargo Logistics... Read more


Damen delivers ASD Tug 2312 to Iskes

(Posted on 18/06/20)

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered an ASD Tug 2312 named Jupiter to Iskes in Ijmuiden, Netherlands .... Read more


Wärtsilä comes onboard Mayflower Project

(Posted on 18/06/20)

Retracing the voyage of its famous 17th century namesake vessel, the Mayflower Autonomous ship is set... Read more


Sennebogen integral to Iskenderun

(Posted on 15/06/20)

Since October 2019, a gentle giant from SENNEBOGEN has been moving masses of old scrap every day. The... Read more


Port of Vancouver USABühler GmbHTMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Scanning the Financial Horizons’Sailors SocietyTMS Ship Finance & Trade Conference 2020TMS Tanker Conference 2020
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Telestack
  • Port of Vancouver USA

Subscribe to our newsletter

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