Golden Jubilee Bemo Rail – Sebastiaan Bachet, Foreman Rail Technology

Sebastiaan started at Bemo Rail in 2005 after a technical education and additional specialised courses in metalworking. He first worked as a mechanic in the Bemo workshop, but soon he moved to fieldwork.

Sebastiaan: “I have travelled all around the world on behalf of Bemo Rail. I have been in Laos, Thailand, Ghana, Hong Kong, Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Peru, French Guiana, Aruba, Curacao, Finland, England, Germany and Belgium.”

Sebastiaan: “I started in Waarland, with a team of new mechanics. At the time, I was not the average Bemo employee and stood out with my diamond earrings, Nikes and Indonesian complexion. However, I quickly felt at home and have been working at Bemo for over 14 years now.

“The first three months, I spent drilling sleepers; then I was asked to join the field team. The colleagues were somewhat stiff and reserved at first. But then I got to know them and they got to know me and fortunately I found my place. We are a very close team, I wouldn’t call them family, but if you spend a long time together on a job on site, you get to know each other very well. We know we can count on each other.

“The first year and a half, I was assigned to do welding jobs. Together with colleague Wouter, we drove across the Netherlands for various jobs. Then the opportunity arose to become a foreman and I seized that opportunity.”

The Egypt Project: Installing 2,000 Metres of Rails on the Dock
Sebastiaan: “In 2008, Bemo needed someone for a project in Egypt. I didn’t know much about the country, but I was asked and I went; it was my first international project. The project site was located only three hours from Cairo and I was shocked when I arrived. I really hadn’t expected the difference in culture to be so significant! The project was led by a Chinese company and the working methods and conditions were different compared to what I was used to in the Netherlands. Communication was difficult at times.

Egypt installing 2,000 metres of Rails on the Dock

“The project involved installing 2,000 metres of rails on the dock. We had to install 250 metres in each phase; around 1,500 people worked on that same piece of 250 metres. Every time we finished 250 metres of rails, this was handed over to the terminal and a container crane was put on the rail immediately. It was a battlefield! Nowadays, this kind of practices do not exist anymore, and I have never experienced anything like it again. I certainly learned to stand up for myself! It was tough, but we made it work. We finished the job and I am proud of that!

“There were quite a few tensions in Egypt at the time. The locals warned me that it was not safe and that I might have to leave. I remember thinking ‘they are exaggerating’. But I was wrong, because in 2009 the war began in Egypt and I was still there. The hotel next to us was on fire, we heard guns, there had been an outbreak in prison and thousands of men were rioting in the streets. Our hotel was guarded by tanks and the cook made Molotov cocktails from beer bottles from the bar to protect us. We waited for a quiet moment to leave. Two days later, that moment arrived: it was a bit quieter and we left with all the foreigners present in a column of 3 cars. When we arrived in Cairo, we were surrounded by a crowd with shotguns and bats. They were locals protecting their properties. Fortunately, they saw we were foreigners, let us pass and we were able to get to the airport. Bemo managed to arrange a ticket for me and I have never been so happy to be home again in my life!”

Port Said Egypt

Hong Kong Cruise Terminal:
Sebastiaan: “The next project was in Hong Kong. The first time I went there for four and a half months; it was a project in a Cargo Terminal at the airport. We installed a unique earthquake-proof rail system on seven floors. Shortly after, in January, we had the chance to do a second project in Hong Kong, this time for a Cruise Terminal. We laid rails commissioned by a Spanish company. In addition to work, leisure time in Hong Kong was also unique. It is a diverse and international city and I had a fantastic time there! I remember going to a “Rugby 7” match with a group of colleagues and acquaintances; we were able to get cheap tickets at the door. We had seats right behind the goal and I caught a ball. It was broadcast on TV! It was such a unique experience and the atmosphere was great!”

Hong Kong Cruise Terminal

Sebastiaan: “I spent a year and a half in Tangier to oversee the construction of a port rail system. We helped build the largest container terminal in Africa there. This project was the icing on the cake. What Bemo does is very special, and the confidence Bemo has always placed in my abilities is also very special. Just like my colleagues, I am always ready and willing to take on any challenge. I went to Morocco with colleagues Mark and Marcel and it was great. Sometimes lonely, too, but the experience helped shape me. I am very proud of that project.

Sebastiaan in Tanger, Marocco.

Sebastiaan: “I think that in the coming years we will become even bigger and better than we already are. I want to continue to use my experience to take the projects on site to a higher level.”

Golden Jubilee – Arno Logman, Head of Shunting Department

Arno has honed and developed his skills at Bemo Rail for the past 33 years. He is one of the most loyal employees a company could desire, and an expert in his field.

He started as a trainee at Bemo Rail in 1986. During his internship, he helped build the first locomotive in our Waarland workshop. Arno became a full employee at Bemo Rail in 1987, when he started as a mechanic. In 1992, he was asked by Mr. Ter Mors to pick up the shunting preparation in the office. Over the years, Arno has grown into his current position as manager of the Shunting department.

Arno: “I would describe my time at Bemo as very diverse and dynamic: from the 24-year-old mechanic who once started at Bemo, I have come a long way to where I am now. I am very proud of that and the position Bemo Rail has created for itself in the current market! We deliver our product with great success to the petrochemical sector, heavy industry and railways worldwide, and we serve a large group of appealing companies with our service and after sales. People sometimes say: ‘You’ve been there for so long!’ The reason is simple: new opportunities and challenges have always come up and I’ve been in a position to seize them.”

Arno: “The locomotives that we build today are no longer comparable to the locomotives of the past. The main changes are the ergonomic and environmental aspects. Basically, the locomotive is still a locomotive that is mostly driven by a diesel engine and pushes wagons back and forth. Only now you see that they are better accessible, due to a better, more modern and functional structure. The locomotives are many times tidier, more efficient and better structured than in the beginning. In addition, the locomotives are now equipped with a PLC control system, of course, which is a big difference compared to the early days. The structure of the machines is also quite different nowadays, due to changes to the welding and assembly processes, which are much more efficient than before. As a company, we are continuously innovating to make our locomotives and lorries as good, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly as possible. We always strive to build the best machine possible.”

“A lot has happened over the years. The “designs” were sold to Stork RMO in 1993. Stork RMO was responsible for sales and Bemo Rail took care of the assembly. In addition, the focus for Bemo Rail was mainly on renting and selling used locomotives and maintaining them. The collaboration with Stork RMO was only of short duration. For a period of time, no locomotives were made at Bemo Rail. The construction of our Bemo locomotives started again in around 2005. The first “second generation” Bemo locomotives were made for Vopak, a Dutch multinational company located in Vlissingen, that stores and handles oil, chemicals and natural gas-related products. After 2005, the production was gradually expanded. Maintenance is still a very important activity; most locomotives are leased by our customers and the lease includes the maintenance of the machines. Right now, we are fully engaged in the production of a series of locomotives for Tata Steel, consisting of the rebuild of GE locomotives and four quench locomotives for an extinguishing track.”

Bemo Rail Shunting team in the workshop with the GE locomotive for Tata Steel

Early 90s Suriname
Arno Logman: “We did a special project in the 1990s in the jungle of Suriname. It was a development project commissioned by the Dutch government. We had to install a korjaal transfer installation for the village of Diitabiki (Drietabbetje). A korjaal is a Surinamese boat, which resembles a canoe. We flew there with a former drug plane (as the story goes).” Diitabiki is a Ndyuka village in the Sipaliwini District of Suriname. Diitabiki is the home of the Gaanman of the Ndyuka people. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Arno Logman: “We installed a lorry there that was winched into the water, so that the korjaal can sail on it. This was needed to circumvent the rapids and provide the villages beyond the rapids with goods such as food and fuel. In practice, the goods were unloaded from the korjaal onto the truck and it was then lifted up the hill. On the other side of the river, the goods could then be loaded into another korjaal and form there be transported further.”

Project for the Sultan of Brunei, 1996
Arno: “In 1996, we received an order for a project from the Sultan of Brunei (Brunei Shell LNG), a country in Southeast Asia. The project involved two phases. First, the extension of a jetty with a 500m track construction for which we supplied the rail parts; they laid the rails themselves. The second phase was the delivery of tailor-made, battery-driven electric Bemo passenger cars, to ride on rail (ATEX version). The cars transport the maintenance people from the factory on shore to the ship and vice versa. LNG is loaded into the ship over the jetty of now 4.5 km long, out into the sea. Later on, two extra lorries were shipped to Brunei.”

Arno Logman, Teun Druijf and client in Brunei.

Onderhoud aan rails en rangeervoertuigen

Onze onderhoudswerkzaamheden gaan gewoon door! Juist in deze moeilijke tijd zetten wij onze vijftig jaar ervaring en vakmanschap graag in, om te zorgen dat uw organisatie klaar is voor de toekomst.

Bemo Rail is opgericht als een bescheiden handelsbedrijf in 1970. Sindsdien zijn we uitgegroeid tot een van ‘s werelds toonaangevende experts op het gebied van rail- en rangeertechniek. Omdat we alle diensten onder één dak hebben; van tekening tot eindproduct, slagen we er zelfs nu, met deze wereldwijde uitdaging in om onze operatie draaiende te houden.

Onze Bemo Rail vak experts komen graag langs om onderhoudswerkzaamheden te doen aan uw rangeervoertuigen, rail- en kraanbanen. Met gepaste afstand en extra beschermingsmaatregelen staan we voor uw klaar. Uw kranen en locomotieven moeten blijven rijden en wij kunnen u daarbij van dienst zijn.

De ervaren service medewerkers van Bemo Rail zijn uitgebreid geschoold in alle facetten van het vak, tevens opgeleid tot machinist en beheersen de specifieke kennis voor onder andere remtechniek en werken met een radiolok. Daarnaast beschikken zij over alle mogelijke moderne hulpmiddelen en volledig ingerichte bedrijfswagens. Een onderdeel van het dienstenaanbod is het periodiek onderhouden van; rangeerlocomotieven, lorries, traversen en treinverhaalinstallaties.

Indien uw railbaan of trolleyrail met verzakking, verschuivingen, railbreuken of andere problemen te kampen heeft, kunnen wij dat oplossen. Een beschadigde rail kan immers uw kraan buiten bedrijf houden, wat vervelende consequenties kan hebben en dus opgelost moet worden. Daarnaast kunnen wij uw railconstructie ook periodiek onderhouden.

Wilt u vrijblijvend meer informatie?

  • Voor onderhoud aan rail- of kraanbanen kunt u contact opnemen met George Nieuwland via, of 0226-425318.
  • Voor onderhoud aan uw rangeervoertuigen kunt u contact opnemen met Remon van den Hoek via, of 0226-425316.

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