Ferrovia Transnordestina Logística (FTL) is a private company that has been transporting railway cargo for 20 years, distributing products safely, regularly, and at competitive prices. The concession for the northeast railway network was given by the former Rede Ferroviária Federal S.A., which was privatized in 1997.
The railway line currently in operation, with 1,190 km of meter gauges, connects the Itaqui (São Luis/MA), Pecém (São Gonçalo do Amarante/CE) and Mucuripe (Fortaleza/CE) ports, integrating and boosting the regional economy. FTL transports cargo using 85 locomotives and 1,400 cars.
In 2017, the company transported 2.7 million tons, of which 1.4 million was made up of cellulose, 631,000 of fuel, and 363,000 of cement.
Intersection with TLSA
The Tronco Sul-Fortaleza Line (railway section between Missão Velha/CE and Port of Pecém/CE) will be incorporated by TLSA, which is building a new mixed-gauge (1.60m and 1.00m) track 527 km long. This will allow a joint operation of the two railroads in this stretch.
Energy Efficiency & Technology
FTL faces the great challenge of promoting a more effective control and reduction in the use of fuel. From 2013 to 2015, the company’s diesel consumption decreased by more than 8%, which, in addition to economic gains, also led to a reduction of pollutant emissions. This pursuit of greater efficiency in energy consumption is one of FTL’s highlights.
Aware of its strategic role in the logistics chain of the region, FTL focuses on the constant search for technological upgrades allowing for the constant improvement of its processes through various tools.
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- LOCARGA®: Load tracking system that uses the most modern monitoring technology of goods in transit;
- TRAINS®: Acts as decision support for the dispatch of trains and train operation. The result of an implementation work which lasted two years, this tool develops optimized plans in real time, produces forecasts and simulations in the network, taking into account a variety of restrictions and peculiarities, and enables operational standardization.
- TRANSFER®: Enables an efficient and practical way to manage all the yards and fleets in real time.
- AUTOTRAC PRIME: More modern than the AUTOTRAC GPS, previously used at FTL, it allows for the monitoring of all trains both by satellite and by GSM, increasing the control of the fleet and enabling communication with the driver anywhere on the route.
Useful Documents & Additional Info
If you want to know more about FTL’s ancillary operations or access the load monitoring system (Locarga), click here