HAROPA – Port of Le Havre renews its confidence in Thales’s rail signalling solution
- Third electronic interlocking system contract awarded to Thales by HAROPA - Port of Le Havre.
- The port’s rail network comprises 200 km of track, 350 signals and six signal control centres - based on Thales's LockTrac PIPC technology - that together manage over 250 routes.
- Thales’s LockTrac PIPC solution already deployed on French rail network, with almost 200 systems in service.
Thales has signed a contract with HAROPA – Port of Le Havre for a turnkey upgrade of the rail signalling installations on the 3R interlocking system. The contract covers all aspects of the rail signalling solution, including preliminary studies, supply, installation, testing and user training. The new solution will enter into service in June 2015. This is the third electronic interlocking system contract awarded to Thales by the port.
HAROPA - Port of Le Havre is France's largest port in terms of container traffic and international freight. The upgrade of the 3R mechanical interlocking system with a LockTrac PIPC electronic interlocking system is part of a broader initiative to improve route control and management on the facility’s rail network. The new solution will increase the capacity, availability and efficiency of the rail network so as to support the continuing rise in freight volumes at the Port of Le Havre.
The rail network at the Port of Le Havre comprises a total of 200 km of track, 350 signals and six signal control centres, based on Thales's LockTrac PIPC technology. Together, the six centres manage over 250 routes. The LockTrac PIPC solution offers high levels of availability and has been deployed on the French rail network for over 15 years, with almost 200 systems in service.
A more competitive service
The availability of competitive, high-capacity transport solutions is critical to the port's ability to provide quick and easy access to its bulk cargo customers in the surrounding region, and is one of the priority objectives of HAROPA, the economic interest group that coordinates logistics for the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.
“To support the growth in traffic volumes, we are making a concerted effort to upgrade the rail infrastructure at the port. We have chosen to work with Thales once again as our trusted partner for this project, based on its record of success since the installation of the port's first computer-based interlocking system in 2008 and more recently at the Port 2000 terminal. Another key factor is Thales's ability to provide solutions that have been thoroughly proven on major rail networks.”
Christian Feuvre, director of the HAROPA network.