Government starts deploying Dalian trains for MRT3

The Department of Transportation (DOTr)-MRT3 on October 27 started the gradual deployment of new trains from CRRC Dalian after series of audit, adjustments, and validation.

“The milestone comes after an extensive, rigorous, and multilevel audit, assessment, adjustment, and validation of the 48 Dalian trains that were delivered between September 2015 to January 2017,” DOTr said.

Three of 48 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), forming one train set, was deployed. “The other LRVs are undergoing the assessment and validation procedures and will be gradually deployed once cleared,” DOTr said.

It can be remembered that TUV Rheinland, an ISO 17020 and 17025 certified German company, conducted an Independent Safety Audit and Assessment.

“Among the concerns that needed to be addressed were issues on weight, signaling, and maintenance equipment compatibility,” DOTr said, which will be addressed by the Chinese manufacturer at no cost to the government.

“As CRRC Dalian started working on the necessary adjustments in July 2018, Japanese company Toshiba Infrastructure Systems supervised and assessed the process to ensure that they addressed the open observations of TUV Rheinland,” it added.

“This development comes at the heels of mobilizing Sumitomo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the rehabilitation and maintenance service provider of the 18-year old MRT-3. Starting last October 15, a contingent of Sumitomo and MHI engineers have been in the MRT-3 Depot daily for advance transition works,” DOTr said.

DOTr added that the Exchange of Notes and Loan Agreement between the Philippines and Japan will be signed in early November, ahead of the upcoming meeting of the Philippines-Japan High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure and Economic Development in Manila in mid-November.