GEODIS to ship 40 railcars from France to Vietnam for Hanoi metro
FRENCH supply chain operator GEODIS is to transport in ten shipments a total of 40 railcars manuctured by Alstom in France to Vietnam for line 3 of the Hanoi metro system
13 December 2020 - 19:00
The first batch of four railcars arrived at Dunkirk (France) by road from the Alstom factory in Petite-Foret (Valenciennes) and shipped out on board the containership CMA CGM Champs Elysees and due to arrive in Hanoi in less than two months' time.
The entire shipment of nearly 10,000 freight tonnes of passenger railcars will be managed by GEODIS industrial project teams and will be spread over a nine-month period and is due to be completed by the middle of next year.
Johann Taccoen, GEODIS' deputy regional director, industrial projects in France, said: 'This is a meticulous operation that we have been preparing for in close partnership with our customer, the manufacturer Alstom, over several months. Our aim is to ensure that the goods reach their destination safely and securely, all within a very tight timeframe. In particular, our people's skills in achieving reliable transit times, controlling costs and maintaining safety standards are pivotal.'
French shipping giant CMA CGM will provide the ocean transport, on behalf of GEODIS, which will require transshipping the cargo in Port Kelang, Malaysia before continuing the journey to Haiphong, the Vietnamese port situated some 190 kilometres from Hanoi.
'Both the pervading Covid19 restrictions and the need for specially designed lifting equipment at all three ports constitute further challenges for the operations teams,' GEODIS said in a statement.
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