DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands signed with Alstom a contract for the supply of 60 DE-6400 locomotives including the provision of full-service maintenance.
The new locomotives will run on the rail networks of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will be responsible for delivering the preventive and corrective maintenance for a first term of 3 years with an option of 2 additional years. This agreement confirms the long-standing and trusted relationship between DB Cargo Netherlands and Alstom (and former Shunter) in Rotterdam over the last 18 years.
The DE-6400 locomotives play a key role in DB Cargo’s operations in the Netherlands and Belgium, in particular for that part of the rail network where catenary is missing, such as at shunting yards, terminals and rail connections.
This contract with Alstom allows DB Cargo to continue to offer the high level of fleet reliability to its customers. The maintenance of the Belgian fleet can also be executed in Alstom’s Bruges facilities to maintain the fleet geographically close to the DB Cargo operation.
The digital services are integrated with the use of Healthhub, an innovative tool for predictive maintenance. This innovative approach of maintenance monitors the state of assets through various date capture solutions, for the more critical parts of the locomotives. This is particularly suitable for larger and dispersed fleets.
“We are very pleased and honoured to be awarded the extension of the maintenance partnership with DB Cargo Netherlands and DB Cargo Belgium. This new contract is a confirmation of the confidence DB Cargo has in our capacities to meet their needs by serving a high level of service in order to have a fully operational locomotives fleet,” Frank Strik, Managing Director Services Benelux said.
By now, Alstom has delivered 200 vehicles for the Benelux region, including multiple fleets of locomotives as well as the tram fleet in Utrecht.