DB Cargo to Invest inLogistics for ArcelorMittal Eisenhuttenstadt
DB Cargo is to invest in a fleet of purpose-built flat wagons and swap bodies to supply raw materials for the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Eisenhuttenstadt under
a 10-year logistics contract running from mid-2021 to 2031. The contract covers the movement of up to 4·2 million tonnes of iron ore, coke and limestone per year to one of Germany’s largest steel production facilities. The raw materials will be carried in 1 408 containers which will be transported on 352 multi-functional twin wagons to be procured by the operator.
The wagon concept has been developed by DB Cargo’s logistics partner Innofreight, with a view to optimising the load volume for each of the raw materials. Innofreight will also build and operate two semi-automated loading and unloading facilities at the Eisenhüttenstadt plant.
The use of purpose-built containers optimised for the different properties of ore, coke and limestone is expected to increase the payload of each train by around 20%, cutting the overall number of trains operated. Automated loading and unloading of the flatbed block trains at the terminals will eliminate much of the shunting currently required, while reducing the amount of dust and noise created.