The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has launched experimental operation of its automated system for distribution of empty railcars, following test operation of the system. This means that empty railcars will be automatically distributed for loading based on electronic applications from shippers and without interference from railway workers.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s acting Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov announced this in a statement. According to him, three types of railcars are currently distributed via the automated system: grain, cement, and covered railcars. Experimental operation of the system began on September 15.
Kravtsov said that Ukrzaliznytsia intended to begin automatic distribution of its entire fleet of gondola cars by the end of this year. The first phase of the automated distribution system for this type of railcars is scheduled for launch in November, Kravtsov said.
As reported, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has instructed Ukrzaliznytsia’s management to look into the system for distribution of freight cars and eliminate the corruption in the system.
As the CFTS portal reported, Ukrzaliznytsia began testing the automated system for distribution of empty grain cars in August. Before that, Ukrzaliznytsia said that all freight cars would be distributed among customers automatically from October 2017.