LOBITO Atlantic Railway has ordered 275 container wagons from Galison Manufacturing of South Africa for delivery over a period of 30 months. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

In July 2023 Lobito Atlantic Railway began to operate and maintain the 1067mm-gauge line running for 1744km from the port of Lobito in Angola to Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under a 30-year concession agreement signed in November 2022.

Lobito Atlantic Railway is a consortium of Trafigura, Mota-Engil, and Vecturis. It is planning to invest $US 455m in Angola, including the procurement of 35 locomotives and 1555 wagons.

The new container wagons will be manufactured at the Galison plant in Welkom, southwest of Johannesburg. The use of high-strength steel in construction will reduce the empty weight of each wagon to 13.5 tonnes, maximising freight capacity.

Galison has specialised in this type of wagon construction for the past eight years. It has developed several container and hopper wagon designs that have been successfully deployed in the market,” according to the company.

“The contract was secured amidst rigorous international competition, requiring Galison to meet exacting price points and stringent technical specifications,” says Galison CEO, Mr Andrew Thorburn.

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