The disturbance experienced a few days ago on the Silk Road due to an alleged failure of three cranes in Altynkol appear to have been fixed. Industry sources say the cranes are under repair. However, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) claims that Altynkol operates around the clock and without interruption. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.


Last week, industry representatives reported a traffic disruption in Altynkol. According to Silk Road specialists, three broken cranes made it impossible to process trains, which led to congestion at Altynkol station, as well as at other border crossings, as trains were redirected.

Despite significant initial disruption, the overall impact of broken cranes was limited to two or three fewer processed trains per day. However, now the situation seems to be resolved.

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KTZ explained that at the moment there are no failures at Altynkol. The company said that “cargo and containers from China are accepted around the clock at the border station.” 14 trains are processed daily at transshipment terminals of Altynkol, such as Khorgos Gateway, Eurotransit and Kedentransservice JSC.

The state railway company also emphasized that all transshipment terminals at the Altynkol station are operating as usual, and their equipment, including hoisting and overhead cranes, as well as truck cranes and reach stackers, are in good condition.

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