JAS Forwarding Worldwide does business all over the world, connecting people and businesses together to make the impossible possible and lives better. JAS is honored to take part in projects that not only shape and improve today, but also the future. In August of 2014 JAS was selected to take part in a project that does just that, the Haramain High Speed Rail Project. Along with 12 other global forwarders JAS Forwarding was selected by Talgo High Speed Trains, the leading company in the Spanish railway sector and around the world, with the transportation of 540 pieces of high speed trains from the Talgo factories in Madrid and Bilbao Spain to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then finally to Medina, Saudi Arabia.
Talgo wanted to make sure to choose the best forwarders to get the job done, and JAS is proud to be one of those forwarders. Jose Cafferena, General Manager of JAS Spain said of the transport project,“ Apart from the complexity to coordinate all the special transports by road, cranes, and port handling, one of the main issues in satisfying the needs of Talgo was to obtain a good rate. In collaboration with Ignacio Messina Lines, who was the shipping line we finally chose, we were able to present an excellent technical offer to Talgo. Afterwards we organized a visit to Jeddah with the Talgo purchasing manager and, with the help of Stephane Jarmache and his JAS team in Saudi Arabia, they were convinced of our capabilities. For Talgo it was important to select a forwarder with offices at the destination due to the special requirements on customs and warehousing.“ Being chosen for such a large project is no small feet, but JAS is always up for a challenge and set to work proving that they are capable of providing excellent service at a fair price and is honored to be a part of such a large and life-altering project.
The Haramain High Speed Rail Project, also known as the “Western Railway” or “Mecca-Medina high speed railway” is a 453-kilometer high-speed rail transportation system that is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. The project will link the Muslim holy cities of Medina, “The City of the Prophet”, and what is considered to be the holiest city in the religion of Islam, Mecca. The project began in March of 2009 and is scheduled to begin the first phase of opening by the end of 2015. The railway will have 5 stations, Medina at the north end of the line known as the Knowledge Economic City, the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh, The King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah’s city center, and Mecca at the south end. Each station will be an extensive facility and is designed to have a distinct identity and respond to the respective cities that they will service and be a part of.
Talgo started building trains in Spain in the 1940’s and has been perfecting the trade ever since. Talgo was award the contract to build the trains that will make “The Western Railway” come to life and maintain them for the next 15 years. The rail line is planned to provide safe and comfortable transportation while the electric trains travel at 300 kilometers per hour and is expected to carry three million passengers each year once fully operational. Talgo is set to provide 36 Talgo 350 high-speed trains. The trains are capable of running over 360km/hr., taking advantage of the aluminum shell body that makes the Talgo trains the lightest among other trains of its caliber. The trains feature a number of distinguishing features, including a reinforced sealing system that prevents sand and heat from entering the train as well as the high-powered air conditioning systems, which maintain inside temperatures of the train lower than those in the European trains.
On December 12 2014 JAS Forwarding Worldwide began the shipping process of the first completed train set from Talgo in Barcelona, Spain to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This first train is composed of 13 coaches and 2 power heads, weighing in at 400 tons and a volume of 2.700 M3 (cubic meters). This operation requires optimal coordination between Talgo and JAS Forwarding, especially the JAS office located in Jeddah in order to transport the train set safely and efficiently. Navigating between cranes, special road transports, port operations, and customs takes specialized skills and excellent communication between Talgo and JAS and is vital to the operation being successful. The first train set was shipped by JAS from the Talgo factories in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain to Barcelona, Spain and then on to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia using the Ignacio Messina Lines with RO-RO (roll-on, roll-off) vessels selected by JAS to carrier the trains. Such a complicated process takes time, dedication, and expertise, all of which JAS is happy to provide to TALGO as they work together and the Haramain High Speed Rail Project continues forward.
JAS is proud to work with a company that holds such high esteems as Talgo and hopes to continue to work with them for many years to come.
JAS is a privately owned international freight forwarder and logistics provider. During its thirty-plus year history, JAS has experienced exponential growth based on the vision and energy of its founder Mr. Biagio Bruni, who today remains Chairman. JAS has built a global network of quality offices that deliver a consistent level of high service and performance to its customers.