[photopress:logistics_snow_train.jpg,full,alignright]In an emergency the normal rules do not apply. The current snow has created serious emergencies in China. So the government has mobilized all the cargo trains to ensure coal transport for electricity supply of the snow-hit regions.
The latest ministry figures showed more than 42,200 container trucks were loaded with power coal in one day last week.
The line between Datong in coal producing province of Shanxi and Qinhuangdao, a port city in Hebei Province, a railway which is exclusively used for heavily-loaded coal transport trains, also set a new daily freight record of one million tonnes.
Last week China’s cabinet installed an emergency command center on Friday morning to coordinate contingency measures for coal, oil and power supply, and transport and disaster relief in the country’s snow-hit regions.
About half the country’s cargo trains, some 300,000 in all, are railway container trucks for the transport of such staple goods as minerals, building materials, timber and steel products.
The worst-hit Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces have been put under close scrutiny.
Hunan’s Chenzhou, for instance, has been cut off from power and water over the past eight days, leaving thousands of households dark and cold. The cities of Hengyang and Yongzhou have also experienced periodic blackouts.
As the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway is currently under pressure from passenger transport, the Railway Ministry urged cargo trains to take roundabout routes to deliver the coal as quickly as possible.
Source: CargoNews Asia
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