Porto’s metro network expansion on track as new wagons arrive from China
The plan to expand Porto’s metro network is picking up steam as four new metro wagons arrived in Portugal, with Bolloré Logistics handling the delivery near the end of last year. Wagons were delivered from Tangshan, China to Guifões depot in Portugal.
Made by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Tangshan, these wagons are the first China-produced trains shipped to Europe. Each metro carriage weighs approximately 28 tonnes. This month, Bolloré Logistics Portugal will receive a second batch of train sets, consisting of 16 wagons, at the port of Leixoes. Three more batches of train sets will be shipped to Portugal throughout 2023.
The success of this project is the result of the synergies deployed within Bolloré Logistics’ global network: end-to end supervision from the North China Team, the Singapore project team’s technical advice, as well as the local handling and support from the teams in Spain and Portugal.
The timely coordination with all parties including the shipper, carrier and consignees was also a priority for Bolloré Logistics, as this helped ensure the smooth and safe transportation of the train cars with cost-effective and high-quality solutions.
“Considering the long train body, heavy weight, and high value of cargo, our team had to communicate actively with CRRC Tangshan, the shipping line, as well as all our partners within the Bolloré network. Thanks to the support of all teams involved, we were able to ensure the seamless delivery of the cargo to its destination,” said Hongbo Sun, managing director of Bolloré Logistics North China.