Al Faris transports rail tracks for Etihad Rail project

Ten flatbed trailers specially modified to move 25m-long tracks weighing a total of 12,000t from port to site in 250 trips of five hours each over 26 days

Heavy lifting and moving specialist, Al Faris, has executed a transport job for the UAE’s Etihad Rail Project which entailed moving 25m-long rail tracks weighing 12,000t in total from the Mina Zayed Port to Ghiyathi area of Abu Dhabi.

Al Faris said it provided the “client with a complete solution for transporting the 25m-long rail tracks weighing 12,000t in total using our lowbed trailers”, completing 250 trips within 26 days in order to transport and offload the rail tracks at their final location safely. This was the first shipment of rail tracks delivered to the UAE for the Etihad Rail Project.

“We fabricated 10 flatbed trailers specifically for this project which were extended up to 25m in length in order to fit the loads effectively and avoid any transport complications. The fabrication was done in-house by our competent team along with technical studies for the extension done prior,” said Al Faris in a statement.

The transport trips covered a distance of over 250km from Mina Zayed Port to the Etihad Rail laydown area in Ghiyathi, Abu Dhabi, with each trip of about 4.5 -5 hours in duration, Al Faris added.

The 1,200km Etihad railway project will connect the seven emirates of the UAE to its neighbouring GCC countries. The transportation, which was critical in nature due to the long travel time and long loads, required specialised techniques, equipment and experienced staff, said Al Faris.

All road surveys, planning, technical support documentation, authority permissions, execution plans and schedules were prepared in-house prior to job execution. This helped organise all activities smoothly with minimum delays.

“Execution was safely carried out by our trained engineers and operators. We also provided a strong commitment and focus to adhere to the best QHSE practices during transportation and on-site, which was discussed in detail with the client prior to the commencement of any operations,” said Al Faris.

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