RVR Innovation Takes 300 trucks off the road per Month

page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The saddles firmly secure circular steel coils on wagon flatbeds, healing stabilizing them during the 1, patient 300km journey by rail from Mombasa to Kampala and are loaded using a special lifting device also designed by engineers at RVR’s Mombasa plant.

Announcing the development at a press event on Monday, Maryanne Wachira, head of RVR’s steel division said, “these innovations, developed in partnership with Roofings Rolling Mills, a major regional steel manufacturer, significantly increases our capacity to meet their needs a single train delivers in one shipment to their Kampala factory what it would take 50 trucks carrying 20-tonne coils to delivery intermittently”.

“We have transported over 40,000 tons of steel for Roofings (equivalent to 2,000 truckloads) since we started using the new saddles, this is a remarkable achievement considering just last year we were transporting no steel at all”, she stated.

Ms Wachira said the boom in the construction industry in Uganda and other parts of East Africa has seen a surge in the quantity of steel imports.

“This calls for fresh, rail-based transportation solutions given its advantages of safety and large volumes which allows customers to plan their production more predictably.


Explaining the advantages of moving steel by rail Mark Rumanyika RVR’s Uganda General Manager said, “Ferrying high volume of heavy cargo such as steel by rail has multiple social and economic benefits including decongesting roads, saving roads from degradation due to overloading, as well as reducing pollution through fuel emissions and dust”.

He said there was significant economic impact of reducing congestion on the northern corridor to the tune of 300 truckloads per month which would have a multiplier effect in many other sectors of the economy.

Oliver Lalani the Executive Director of Roofings added, “Good roads are vital to the region’s economy. Roofings understand the growth in demand for steel automatically translates into additional pressure on our roads so it’s a problem that has the potential to become a major challenge for the entire regional infrastructure.”

Railway the best transport alternative

Lalani added: “Unfortunately due to the complexities surrounding the transport industry it will take time for all the stakeholders to fully grasp the gravity of the problem and work towards finding a solution. As industry leaders we have made the conscious decision to use the railway as an alternative and with the support of RVR on the technical side we are now able to import even heavier steel coils, thereby improving on our efficiencies whilst reducing our transportation costs”.

Mr. Lalani thanked RVR who have proven to be reliable partners in the transportation of steel. “Roofings Namanve is an ultra-modern factory worth over 125 million dollars, it is reliant on a steady and constant supply of raw material which comes from halfway across the world, having a partner like RVR who can guarantee the movement of steel once it reaches the port in Mombasa at the volumes we require are absolutely essential to meet our customers growing demands.”

“We are confident in the future we shall be moving more and more of our steel on the railway now their reliability levels and rail efficiencies have improved, with time this will go some way towards prolonging the life of our roads and developing our regional economy.”

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