Polar Freight Company and UWC signed a contract for the supply of 150 sulphuric acid tank cars mounted on bogies with an axle load of 25 tonnes which will be delivered by the end of this year.
The contract is funded by the Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development (UBRD).
Each tank car can accommodate up to 12% more of freight, as it has a capacity of 77 tonnes and a tank volume of 44 m3. The bent axis design of the tank ensures that its cargo is discharged to the maximum possible extent. The tank support assembly uses a gasket made from high-modulus polyethylene reputed for its wear resistance to corrosive substances.
The reinforced bogie structure has a longer maintenance interval of up to 1 million km, or 8 years, which reduces the life-cycle maintenance costs almost threefold compared with those for other similar railcars available in the market.
“The key factor to ensuring a successful transport process is using a reliable means of transport. We have chosen UWC’s tank cars based on our previous favourable experience of operating railcars manufactured in Tikhvin,” Valery Baldin, Managing Director at Polar Freight Company, said.
In 2015, Polar Freight Company became one of the first operators to receive UWC’s brand new tank cars manufactured at TikhvinChemMash facility.