DHL handles logistics, imports metro trains to Saudi
Bombardier Transportation has turned to DHL Global Forwarding to handle the project logistics associated with getting its Riyadh Metro trainsets from Europe to Saudi Arabia.
The first of the trains arrived in Riyadh in late 2016, marking the successful start of a multi-year forwarding agreement between manufacturer Bombardier Transportation and DHL Global Forwarding.
Managed by the DHL Industrial Projects team, which handles very large break-bulk and complex project logistics, the agreement will see DHL deliver 47 train sets for Bombardier Transportation, a subsidiary of global aerospace and transportation leader Bombardier, to be used on Riyadh Metro Line 3, one of six lines being established by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the executive arm of The High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh.
"Bombardier has partnered with DHL for many years to deliver highly sensitive aerospace shipments all over the world, allowing us to see their professionalism and expertise with complex logistics projects first-hand," said Bombardier Transportation in a statement. "With the first of our Riyadh Metro trains arriving on-time and without any quality issues in Riyadh late last year, we have no doubts that DHL will continue to replicate these results for the rest of the partnership, allowing us to deliver state-of-the-art rail technology and infrastructure to the people of Riyadh."
Under the agreement, DHL Global Forwarding ships each train set via its ocean freight network from Bombardier Transportation's production facilities in Sahagun, Mexico, direct to the port of Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
DHL Global Forwarding also handles last-mile delivery of the trains to the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), working with Bombardier Transportation engineers to guarantee swift and efficient movement of each train set to its deployment location.
"Riyadh's citizens will soon rely on these trains to transport them safely and quickly around the city, so it is essential that we take the utmost care with the sensitive electronics and components that make up each unit," said Nikola Hagleitner, CEO of Industrial Projects, DHL Global Forwarding. "Through our years of experience with shipping extremely large break-bulk cargoes all over the world, we understand that every project of this nature is unique, and we have taken pains to minimize risks to both the ADA's schedule and Bombardier Transportation's capital investment.”