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I stand corrected but that number can't be right.

48,000 Hours / 24 hrs(day) = 2,000 days


2000 Days / 365 days(1 year) = 5 years >>> The rail line has been in operation for 3 years or less.

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So maybe its a typo mistake and the writer meant 4,800 hours which would translate to 200 days
It is possible they mean hour per train.
 

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▲ Indode Freight Station

Bolloré’s agreement with Ethio-Djibouti Railways opens a weekly rail service
STAT Times February 18th, 2020

February 18, 2020: The first unimodal train loaded with 102 TEUs bound for Indode Station in Ethiopia from Djibouti was facilitated by Bolloré Logistics. The cargo, belonging to one of the clients of Bolloré Logistics, is the first containerized consignment to be transported exclusively on rail from Djibouti to Ethiopia.

Through an agreement with Ethio-Djibouti Railways (EDR) Bolloré Logistics will provide its customers with a faster and more efficient transport solution solutions with a weekly service from Djibouti to Indode.

The Ethio-Djibouti Rail is an electronically powered standard gauge rail which cuts transit time between the two countries to 15 hours compared to road transport which can take around three days.

source: https://www.stattimes.com/news/bollors-agreement-with-ethiodjibouti-railways-opens-a-weekly-rail-service-logistics/
 

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DMP rail terminal performance figures. Currently only one train per day can be handled (as manually loading box cars with bulk from the DMP rail yard ramps takes time). Bulk cargo like fertilizer or grain need specialized terminals with elevators connected to the warehouses.

This is how a proper warehouse/silo rail yard configuration looks like

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More than 500,000 metric tons of bulk goods, mainly composed of fertilizer products intended for Ethiopian farmers, have been dispatched since the beginning of 2020, they said.
The Port received six fertilizer ships carrying 409,708 metric tons since the fertilizer season started in mid-January and 50 percent of the ships cargoes were treated in two months; at least 30 percent (126,095 metric tons) of the above volume was unloaded in the silos, according to the information obtained from the Port. DMP operations recorded an exceptional performance of 20,000mt of discharging speed on March 9, 2020 for Captain Georgios S. ship docked at berth 5. The port unloaded on average more than 10,000 tons per day depending on the availability of trucks. To date, more than 600,000 metric tons of goods have been handled and DMP silos accommodate over 79,000mt of grain and 8,500mt of fertilizer. “The increase in port productivity is the result of a very good coordination between the Djiboutian and Ethiopian parties. More than 300 trucks of bulk goods, such as grain and fertilizer products are delivered daily for instance,” the port officials told Capital.

In addition to trucks, a total of 2,590 tons of fertilizer and grains are routed daily to Ethiopia by rail. In each trip, a train carries a load equivalent to 74 trucks. In total, 18 trains have been dispatched to Ethiopia from DMP facility with a total of 45,900mt including 28,400mt of fertilizer in the past few months. The railway operation capacity is currently one train per day and has recorded a performance of loading speed of 24 hour.

Roba Megersa, CEO of Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE), said that comparing with the past year wheat is being transported in good condition. “26 vessels are transporting the wheat and so far 13 vessels docked at Djibouti. We are working together to halt port congestion and use the silos properly,” Roba told Capital. The delivery of trucks is also in good condition, according to Roba, while using train is the other alternative to transport the bulk cargo to the country.

Within three months the train has transported cargos that it transported in full year, last year,” the CEO added.
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Logistics company starts intermodal operation

MACCFA Freight Logistics announced that it will accelerate the intermodal operation it started recently as it has managed to import its third shipment this week under a new solution in a month’s time. The company, which is one of the major logistics operators in the country, concluded the first intermodal solution few weeks back. The first scheme end to end logistics service provided for Unilever Ethiopia is that the utilization of a full block train arrangement from Djibouti containers terminal (SGTD) to the Indode Railway station yard, located at the southeast outskirt of Addis Ababa.

The modern electric railway that connects the central part of Ethiopia with ports in Djibouti is operational for about two years, while mostly Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) is using the facility to transport cargos via the line to the dry port at Mojo, which is the facility that provides for multimodal operation that is a monopoly for ESLSE. The line is also to some extent transporting bulk cargos like wheat and fertilizer that is mostly transported by the stated owned ESLSE. Experts said that due to the stated reason above the private freight forwarders could not use the intermodal solution and transport cargos at Mojo. Until recently most of the private logistics firms are using the railway system for export sector like products from industry parks. Since Indode has become operational the private sector, who is uni-modal operator, has got a chance to transport cargos in the central Ethiopia by using the railway system under the intermodal scheme, which required to transport at least massive containerized cargos since the movers are leasing the full space at the railway.

The first scheme end to end logistics service provided for Unilever Ethiopia is that the utilization of a full block train arrangement from Djibouti containers terminal (SGTD) to the Indode Railway station yard, located at the southeast outskirt of Addis Ababa. The modern electric railway that connects the central part of Ethiopia with ports in Djibouti is operational for about two years, while mostly Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) is using the facility to transport cargos via the line to the dry port at Mojo, which is the facility that provides for multimodal operation that is a monopoly for ESLSE. The line is also to some extent transporting bulk cargos like wheat and fertilizer that is mostly transported by the stated owned ESLSE.
Experts said that due to the stated reason above the private freight forwarders could not use the intermodal solution and transport cargos at Mojo. Until recently most of the private logistics firms are using the railway system for export sector like products from industry parks. Since Indode has become operational the private sector, who is uni-modal operator, has got a chance to transport cargos in the central Ethiopia by using the railway system under the intermodal scheme, which required to transport at least massive containerized cargos since the movers are leasing the full space at the railway.

“Indode was available in the intermodal scheme and you have to fully contract the train and need to have at least 100 containers cargo at a time due to that the private sector activity in the modality is very limited,” Mulugeta Assefa, CEO of MACCFA said, “because of that you have to mobilize the cargos to transport at once.” In these recent weeks very few companies developed their capacity and launch the scheme. “Now we organized the volume and commence the transportation under intermodal solution, which allowed us to cease using trucks and transport huge amount of cargo at a time by rail,” the CEO said. He added that the station yard at Indode Station is very small and due to that the cargo should relocate at the final destination within three days. That means it should have mobilized ample trucks to transport the cargos from the yard after the accomplishment of customs clearing shortly. Under intermodal solution MACCFA has achieved its third shipment on Thursday April 23.“ According to our plan we will undertake similar intermodal operation on a weekly base,” he added.

Besides eco friendly benefit since the rail is electric, the intermodal operation has a benefit to cut the number of trucks assigned to transport containers that the process may take couple of weeks to deliver at the customer yard. The intermodal operation only takes a maximum of four days, according to experts. At the same time the trucks will be idle since they are engaged on the internal distribution. “In terms of security regarding theft and safety such kind of scheme has best value,” Mulugeta said. “Even though the service is undertaken by MACCFA, who has partnership with the French logistics giant CMA CGM, the French company is one of the source for the volume,” the CEO said. MACCFA signed a memorandum of understanding with CMA CGM, owned by CEVA Logistics, for the foreign company to take 49 percent stake from MACCFA. Freighters International and CLS Logistics Services are the other two freight forwarding companies engaged on the intermodal operation so far. Intermodal transportation is the use of two or more modes, or carriers, to transport goods (freight) from shipper to consignee.

^^Indode MMT


^^There're some METEC markings on the flat wagon. Date of last inspection maybe?


^^Indode wide shot


Indode bulk crane in the foreground
 

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Another positive development since the opening of DMP and DCT rail yards.

The boxcars gathering rust for almost two years next to Nagad station have been put into use
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The clouds prohibit a full view of the completed intermodal container terminal at Doraleh but what we can see here are two (!) full-length (!) container block trains being handled at the same time. A remarkable improvement from the status before (as seen below)

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“Indode was available in the intermodal scheme and you have to fully contract the train and need to have at least 100 containers cargo at a time due to that the private sector activity in the modality is very limited,” Mulugeta Assefa, CEO of MACCFA said, “because of that you have to mobilize the cargos to transport at once.” In these recent weeks very few companies developed their capacity and launch the scheme. “Now we organized the volume and commence the transportation under intermodal solution, which allowed us to cease using trucks and transport huge amount of cargo at a time by rail,” the CEO said. He added that the station yard at Indode Station is very small and due to that the cargo should relocate at the final destination within three days. That means it should have mobilized ample trucks to transport the cargos from the yard after the accomplishment of customs clearing shortly. Under intermodal solution MACCFA has achieved its third shipment on Thursday April 23.“ According to our plan we will undertake similar intermodal operation on a weekly base,” he added.
While it is a commendable start at Indode, the stringent requirements in place may not incentivize the private sector to use the rail service.
Kenyans on the other hand have made use of their similar Mombasa-Nairobi rail compulsory for importers, moving 10 trains per day.
We still seem to be using a fraction of the railroad capacity, whereas it is cheaper than the road.
 
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