May 10, 2016

New Santiago metro train destroyed in shipping mishap

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New Santiago metro train destroyed in shipping mishap Photo: Metro de Santiago

CAF has filed a claim with insurers after a new driverless metro train for Santiago worth $US 7.3m was written off in a shipping accident during delivery from Spain.


The five-car train was completely destroyed in an incident which occurred at sea during the final leg of the voyage after the ship had called at the port of Lima in Peru. The full extent of the damage only became apparent after the ship had docked at its final destination of Valparaiso, Chile.

Santiago Metro awarded CAF a contract in November 2013 to supply 115 cars (22 trains) for Line 3 and 70 cars (15 trains) for Line 6, and the vehicles are being assembled at the company's Bessain plant. The first train arrived in Chile last month and so far Santiago Metro has received seven complete sets.

Santiago Metro says it will be at least 14 months before CAF can deliver a replacement for the damaged train, although this will not delay the opening of Line 6, which remains on schedule for next year.

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