Railways’ ‘cube’ containers to slash supply chain cost by up to 25%

Indian Railways, which has already began attracting quite a lot of car cargo this fiscal, could begin getting a better share of two- and three-wheelers with the introduction of a small, dice container referred to as the ‘dice’.

These containers, with the size of a cuboid, will decrease the full price of transportation by 20-25 per cent, stated Kalyani Forged Tech, the New Delhi-based firm that designed the field.

Six such cubes can match onto a flat wagon that often carries one FEU-sized (forty ft equal unit) container or two TEU-sized (twenty ft equal unit) containers, stated Naresh Kumar, founder, Kalyani Forged Tech.

The Railway Ministry had not too long ago notified the haulage cost (freight fee) of those containers. One wagon, which may carry six cubes, shall be charged on the identical fee as an FEU-sized containers, the Ministry stated. This cost shall be levied no matter whether or not the wagon is fullyor partiallyloaded. Kumar stated that he expects to see trials of the cubecontainers quickly via a personal practice operator, who could possibly be an car freight or container practice operator.

Kumar has launched the field at a time when Indian Railways goes all out to widen its cargo use, particularly car cargo. As on December 14 this fiscal, Railways loaded 1,608 rakes of vehicles, greater than the 1,599 rakes loaded final fiscal, stated Purnendu Shekhar Mishra, Member-Operations and Enterprise Improvement, Railway Board.

For the first- and last-mile distances — when cargo is moved on highway via vans — these dice containers might be accommodated on vans. Relying on the scale of vans, as much as 5 dice containers might be loaded in every truck.

The switch of such dice containers between vans and rail wagons would require cheaper dealing with tools like fork-lifts, though attain stackers (the comparatively expensive tools to deal with the usual containers) will also be used, added Kumar, a former Indian Railways officer. He added that these small cubes can be utilized to deal with different cargo as properly together with fast-paced shopper items (FMCG).

Improve in capability

“Every such dice can retailer eight two-wheelers and three 3-wheeler chassis (with out the higher physique, that are often hooked up later). This makes it 48 motor-bikes per wagon, or 2,160 two-wheelers a rake,” stated Kumar, including that at the moment, every rake (one practice) utilized by the Railway handles about 1,500 two-wheelers. Which means use of such containers supplies an over 40 per cent enhance in capability.

A complete of 18 three-wheelers might be loaded in a single wagon and 810 three-wheelers might be loaded in every rake.