IFLN News 2014
S-sense Powers the Link
IFLN member S-sense Logistics is handling the movement of a large number of outsize power cable drums for the Express Rail Link (XRL) that is currently being built to link Hong Kong's Mass Transport Rail (MTR) infrastructure with the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. S-sense moved more than 150 of the drums in August, each piece weighing up to eight tons and measuring as much as 2.24 meters long by 1.66 meters wide by 2.24 meters high. The project will involve the shipment of approximately 600 drums.
These cable drums will be used in the expansion of Hong Kong's transport infrastructure.
The Hong Kong-headquartered forwarder is overseeing the shipment of the drums from Tianjin, China, to Siu Ho Wan on Lantau for their temporary storage on the island. MCC Transport, a regional specialist for the Maersk Group that handles containerized cargo, is the carrier providing the shipping capacity.
Michael Zankel, managing director of S-sense, notes that the Hong Kong section of the XRL will extend from the current West Kowloon terminus northwards to the Hong Kong/Shenzhen frontier, at which point it will connect with the mainland section of the line. The maximum operating speed on the Hong Kong side will be 200 kph, while the journey time from Hong Kong to Shenzhen's Futian station will be just 14 minutes. Guangzhou will be reachable in a mere 48 minutes.
The Hong Kong section of the line is expected to open in 2017. "This is a very important project in Hong Kong," Zankel observes. "We are honored to be involved."
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