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Hay Seminar: Synthesizing the Benefits of Trucking and Short-line Railroad Technology for Shipping Container Movement
EagleRail Container Logistics is a technology and service developed through collaboration with the shipping-container port and intermodal operations industries to help resolve the growing short-haul drayage bottleneck in the logistics supply chain. While container ships grow larger and deliver/pick-up more containers during each docking, and container volume rises 3-4% each year, ports are landlocked and in desperate need to evacuate or “turn” their limited container dwell-slots now faster to keep up with the increasing ship-processing velocity. The overall solution is to add ICDs (Inland Container Depots) or satellite storage and processing yards, which are typically built 5+ miles inland behind port-city population boundaries. The next issue now became how to shuttle these containers quickly, efficiently, and in a socially and environmentally responsible way to-and-from the port as they pass through city centers. Additional diesel trucks are the first, but not the preferred answer due to their adding congestion and accident incidences to shared roads, their additional CO2 emissions and a global short-haul truck-driver shortage. And traditional ground rail is very difficult to extend through a town’s settled infrastructure as it takes up precious ground space. And drones are not strong enough, nor safe enough as a fully loaded container weighs 70,000 lbs. The most obvious answer that the industry has settled on is some type of electrified, overhead light rail system, as it is clean and the best of trucking with individual unit movement, and traditional ground-rail for a dedicated route with driverless and highly predictable deliver times and efficiencies. EagleRail is Chicago based and was one the first of this type of system starting out over 8-years ago. We have the U.S. patents and applications worldwide and are in the process of negotiating our first two potential installations.

Sep 23, 2022 12:15 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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