2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 31, 2017 5:55 PM by Jerry Rawlings Mbabali

    DOUBLE STACK TRAIN VS CONTAINER TRUCK VEHICLES IN THE EAST AFRICA REGION

    Jerry Rawlings Mbabali

      Double stack train vs container truck vehicles

       

      In the past, the East African region greatly relied on the Container Truck vehicles to transport goods from Mombasa across to regional markets. This is about to change with the introduction of Standard Gauge Railway in East Africa, goods will be transported by double stack trains. Double stack trains are modern cargo trains that carry two layers of containers on top of the other and are capable of moving more than one hundred containers at a time.

      Well as, Container truck transportation is common throughout Africa as a means of moving goods from one place to another, where one truck vehicle is capable of moving one to two containers at a time.

      Comparison between container truck vehicle and double stack container

       

        Container truck vehicles stuck in the traffic jam along Mombasa road as they depart from Mombasa port.

       

       

      An example of a double stack train carrying a huge number of containers on a free line

       

      Benefits of double stack trains

      When a customer has a huge volume of freight to move between two points, using trains offer traffic and environmental benefits over trucks. With double-stack trains, these benefits are even greater.

      With the container boxes stacked two-high, a double-stack train can potentially double the capacity in a train run. This effectively allows the company to move boxes out of the port area at a faster velocity in each train run, thereby easing congestion.

      In fact, it also frees up the highways for trucks to move cargoes into other locations not served by rail or that do not have sufficient capacity or distance to justify rail movement. The use of double-stack trains also allows fewer train trips which mean a reduction in fuel and emission levels.

      Double-stack trains run regularly over an intricate rail network providing time-predictable and efficient connectivity between the coastal terminals, manufacturing and consumption centres inland, the official said.

      Some disadvantages of container truck service are:

      • It is greatly affected by traffic jam due to congestion and narrow roads
      • It is more expensive for long hauls than some competing modes of transit.
      • It is too expensive for many low-grade and bulk commodities in intercity service.
      • It is limited somewhat as to what it can carry by the size of the vehicles used and by size and weight restrictions imposed by states.
      • It is affected by weather and road conditions

       

      Source:www.sgr.com

       

      Would this approach of Double stack trains reduce; the traffic jam, road damage and road accidents caused by the container truck vehicles?

       

      laurence Ullmann

      Joseph Semuju Charlette N'Guessan Désirée N'Guessan OBSERVATOIRE DES MOBILITES AFRICAINES


        • Re: DOUBLE STACK TRAIN VS CONTAINER TRUCK VEHICLES IN THE EAST AFRICA REGION
          laurence Ullmann

          Thanks Jerry Rawlings Mbabali for this great article. This is indeed a great transport practice as it combines many great advantages:

          - greater efficiency

          - much less pollution

          - traffic jam reduction

          - accident avoidance

           

          When is this great practice going to come into effect? And is there any way to learn the anticipated percentage of goods transported in this manner vs. the traditional way (individual trucks) ?

            • Re: DOUBLE STACK TRAIN VS CONTAINER TRUCK VEHICLES IN THE EAST AFRICA REGION
              Jerry Rawlings Mbabali

              The double stack train project is expected to commence by end of 2018 from Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.

               

              It is expected that four double stack trains will haul containers daily, making the trip between Mombasa port and the capital in eight hours as it was formerly two days.

              SGR trains will ferry between 40 and 50 per cent of port-bound cargo to its inland stations.

               

              The daily traffic volume for heavy trucks (both outbound and inbound) is over 5,000 trucks.

              The Truck industry handles a substantial volume of trade including intra-regional trade which reached over 5.4 million tons in 2016.

              Currently, trucks charge between Sh2,635,000 and Sh2,790,000 to move a container from Mombasa to Kampala and it is anticipated that the SGR trains will charge lower rates once modern rail services are available.

               

              laurence Ullmann