NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)’s freight
service is set to expand its range of cargo for transportation
to increase volumes transported once the Port Relief line
completes construction, an official said on Tuesday.
managing director of Kenya Railways, said Port Relief line will
allow the freight trains to access Berth No.1 and enable uptake
of bulk cargo for transportation to the Inland Container Depot
“We expect to
complete construction of the Port Relief line by September. This
will enhance our operations and allow us to also transport bulk
cargo since the trains will be loaded at Berth No. 1. This will
increase the volume of cargo we transport and enhance our
operations on the service,” Maina said in a statement issued in
He said the SGR
freight service dubbed Madaraka Express Freight Service is
offering seven freight trains a day.
The service that has
performed smoothly over the past six months has transported over
800,000 tonnes with the bulk of the cargo being transported from
Mombasa to Nairobi.
Maina said Kenya
Railways and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) that
operate the passenger and freight service recently approved the
Dangerous Goods Transportation Regulations for SGR operations,
paving way for haulage of dangerous cargo from the Port of
Mombasa to the Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDN).
spell out safety, security, transportation management and other
requirements for consignment and operation for dangerous goods.
According to the
regulations, dangerous cargo in containers or tank containers
can now be safely and conveniently transported on the Madaraka
Express Freight Service.
The statement came
as the Madaraka Express Freight Service transported its first
consignment of temperature-sensitive cargo recently. The cargo
was transported in the refrigerated container (reefer) from
Mombasa to Nairobi.
“The reefer is a
specialized wagon designed for transportation of delicate cargo
normally categorized as dangerous cargo which includes flowers,
meat products, milk, chocolates and fuel,” said Maina.
“We have not had
such a service on offer on the Metre Gauge Railway line
operations but the Standard Gauge Railway rolling stock accords
us the comfort of offering a wide variety of options for the
freight customers which match the standards you find in the
developed world,” he said.