CRRC: Our trains are safe

Qing­dao-based firm re­called cars from Singapore, says it found no risk to safety

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By ZHONGNANin Bei­jing and XIECHUANJIAO in Qing­dao, Shan­dong

Qing­dao-based CRRC Si­fang Co Ltd, a sub­sidiary of the coun­try’s largest train­maker China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp, said on Wed­nes­day that it had re­called de­fec­tive metro trains used in Singapore, and the first batch of re­paired trains have been back in ser­vice run­ning nearly 300,000 kilo­me­ters.

The com­pany’s com­ments came af­ter for­eign me­dia re­ported that sev­eral metro trains, jointly de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Ja­pan’s Kawasaki Heavy In­dus­tries Ltd and CRRC Si­fang, are be­ing shipped back from Singapore to their man­u­fac­turer due to is­sues in­clud­ing cracks in struc­tural com­po­nents and an in­suf­fi­cient bat­tery sys­tem.

“CRRC Si­fang found some de­fects in car bod­ies dur­ing rou­tine main­te­nance checks in Singapore in June 2013. It then re­called 26 of them to the fac­tory for re­pairs. The prob­lem was caused by a de­fec­tive alu­minu­mal­loy. Af­ter thor­ough anal­y­sis, the prob­lemwas­found not to posearisk to safety,” the­com­pany said in a state­ment.

The Ja­panese-Chi­nese joint ven­ture gained its first con­tract from Singapore’s Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity to pro­vide 22 six-car trains for the North-South and East-West lines in the coun­try in2009 for $368 mil­lion.

SMRTCor­pLtd, the mul­ti­modal pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tor in Singapore, or­dered an­other 13 train sets from Kawasaki and CRRC Si­fang to im­prove its metro rail ser­vice in 2012.

“Aged rail in­fra­struc­ture, in­ap­pro­pri­ate main­te­nance work and var­i­ous weather con­di­tions could all cause cer­tain dam­age to the metro trains,” said Feng Hao, a rail trans­porta­tion re­searcher at the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion.

Un­der such cir­cum­stances, Feng said it is the time for Chi­nese com­pa­nies to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of pro­mot­ing their rail­way stan­dards abroad and for­eign clients should also con­sider let­ting them carry out full-pack­age ser­vices from sup­ply­ing trains to in­stalling tracks.

China Rail­way Corp Group, the coun­try’s rail­way ser­vice provider, said on Wed­nes­day that ex­ports of China’s rail­way equip­ment and rail­way con­struc­tion projects are pro­ceed­ing well, and break­throughs are be­ing made in many over­seas projects.

YangZhong­min, CRC’s deputy chief en­gi­neer, said China’s rail­way equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture ser­vice busi­nesses have en­tered mar­kets in Asia, Europe, North Amer­ica and Africa.

Chi­nese com­pa­nies have also made break­throughs in the China-Laos rail­way, the Jakarta-Ban­dung high-speed rail­way in In­done­sia and the high­speed rail project in­Rus­sia con­nect­ingMoscow to Kazan.

“The Chi­nese and Thai govern­ments also reached a con­sen­sus in build­ing the Chi­naThai­land rail­way and will try to start the con­struc­tion work by the end of this year,” said Yang, who is also chair­man of China Rail­way In­ter­na­tional Group, a CRC sub­sidiary.

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