The poster received considerable attention. The volume of material that we have moved was of specific interest to this audience. It was astonishing how few project managers have used rail, simply because they didn’t know how it works.
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Wexford, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011
Bill Dawson, a Business Development Manager for MHF Services (MHF), presented a poster on February 9 at the Sixth International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans, LA. MHF is a leading provider of packaging, transportation, logistics and technical services for environmentally sensitive materials.
The poster, titled “Rail Transportation of Sediments: The Overlooked Solution,” illustrated the advantages of rail transportation over truck. Dawson presented the poster in a session on dredge material disposal and containment.
“The poster received considerable attention,” Dawson said, “The volume of material that we have moved was of specific interest to this audience. It was astonishing how few project managers have used rail, simply because they didn’t know how it works.”
Truck is the most common means of transportation for sediments. Rail transportation is often overlooked—although rail can more safely and cost-effectively transport hazardous, non-hazardous, and even radioactive sediments as well as other materials such as liquids, debris and oversized components.
The generator’s site does not need to be directly served by rail. MHF rail logistic experts will investigate regional, short-line rail service with connections to Class I railroads and then establish a transload location where the material can be transferred from trucks to railcars.
The higher capacity of railcars enables generators to remove a greater volume of material from the site per day, while also reducing excavation time, public exposure and scrutiny, traffic congestion, highway infrastructure damage, and carbon emissions.
Today's railcar averages 400 ton miles per gallon as compared to a truck’s 130 ton miles per gallon, which can amount to significant savings when considering the density and moisture content of most sediment. In addition, the typical railcar can carry more than 100 net tons of sediment, or greater than four truckloads.
Sediment generators interesting in exploring the feasibility of rail for their site’s transportation needs are invited to contact Bill Dawson at 724.772.9800 Ext. 5512.
About MHF Services
MHF (http://www.mhfservices.com) is an integrated packaging, transportation and logistics provider that offers seamless solutions for generators and shippers of radioactive, hazardous, and non-hazardous waste, materials, and byproducts. The company’s customers include government agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, and others. MHF also provides transportation and logistics solutions to companies in the nuclear utilities, environmental services, mining, metals, chemical, and petrochemical industries.
MHF is based in Wexford, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, with other offices in the U.S.
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