COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: January 2019. Advantis Projects, a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited, has completed the delivery of 4,300 tonnes of steel rails for the construction of the Matara-Beliatta railway line.
The company was tasked with managing the end-to-end logistics requirements – including Customs clearance, transportation of project cargo, and on-site storage and handling – for the 26.75 km. railway line.
The project is the first phase of the Southern Railway extension, the second phase of which will extend from Beliatta to Hambantota (48 kms.), while the final phase will extend from Hambantota to Kataragama (39 kms).
“We are honoured to have had the opportunity to work on the Matara-Beliatta railway project, the first phase that will link [eventually] the towns in the South to the national railway network,” said Ruwan Waidyaratne, Hayleys Advantis managing director. “This endeavor is set to enable more efficient movement of goods and people across the country and thereby accelerate the pace of Sri Lanka’s economic growth.”
The company used specially modified 80 ft. extendable trailers with heavy-duty pullers to deliver the 25-metre rails weighing 1.5 tonnes each from the company’s four-acre storage area at Port of Hambantota to the project site.
Advantis also handled the Customs clearance and movement of 180 containers of project cargo accessories for the stations including platform steel, steel structures and signal lights.
The company, a member of the Global Project Logistics Network, specialises in heavy and out of gauge cargo movements that have included transformers, windmills, power plants and tunnel boring machines.