EagleRail Container Logistics, based in Chicago, is partnered with Chinese container crane maker ZPMC developing short and longer distance container transport systems designed to reduce truck congestion and emissions at ports around the world.
The container transport technology is an automated, electric powered system and so generates zero emissions.
Scott Harper, Chief Executive Officer for EagleRail, told AJOT that two of the company’s top executives have worked with ZPMC.
ZPMC is a world leader in container crane manufacturing for ports. The company also produces bulk cargo handling equipment, offshore heavy-duty products and heavy-duty steel structures.
The result is that “EagleRail has a strategic partnership with ZPMC” giving the U.S. company access to the Chinese crane and automation vendor’s world-wide network of customers. ZPMC is assisting in the design and development of automated lifting and shuttling equipment.
EagleRail’s American founder had developed U.S. rail equipment technology that has since migrated into container conveyance and short distance rail systems.
The company is hoping to break ground on three projects in Asia within the next two years:
The company is looking at partnerships with U.S. railroads to develop short distance container transport from container terminals to off-dock rail facilities. Two possible candidates for the system would be the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.