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Bangladesh looks at flying boxes to alleviate congestion

Bangladesh is looking at getting containers to fly in order to alleviate crippling truck congestion at its top port.

Chicago-based EagleRail Container Logistics has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to begin the first steps toward transforming and improving throughput on the port’s overcrowded, and gridlocked roads and gates.

EagleRail Container Logistics has created the first automated, patented and environmentally conscious system to increase port throughput and capacity. Its technology and infrastructure solution replaces the manual, dirty reliance on diesel trucks with a short-haul, suspended overhead container movement system that quickly lifts containers and shuttles them to local yards or intermodal transportation hubs, bypassing ground obstacles, including roadways and open water.

“We are honored that officials in Bangladesh have given the green light to investigate ways EagleRail can reduce crippling gridlock and improve efficiencies between their existing and new terminals and intermodal connections,” said Mike Wychocki, CEO of EagleRail Container Logistics.

“The gridlock of commerce occurring between ports and intermodal points can no longer be ignored, and that’s why authorities from 17 countries are in discussions with us to study potential port and rail throughput-improvement rates by bringing our patented solution to their nations. Our system will transform port and intermodal connectivity around the world,” Wychocki added.

EagleRail is being considered for official insertion into the Chittagong Master Plan for the new Bay Container Terminal (BCT) connecting it to the Karnaphuli River terminals and both expanded railheads that connect container rail traffic to Dhaka. EagleRail is also being considered as part of the master design for the new and expanded customs clearance operation for all terminals in order to increase the number of containers that get scanned in-line, which is an operational advantage of overhead light-rail transportation.

Globally, EagleRail Container Logistics is partnering with Chinese port equipment giant ZPMC to design and develop the automated lifting and shuttling system.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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