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Conferences for Freight Professionals

The Netherlands at the forefront in reducing noise pollution

The Netherlands is at the forefront in reducing noise pollution caused by rail freight traffic. This is because it is a densely populated country where many people drive close to the track. Currently, more than half of the freight equipment that runs in the Netherlands is silent. Cast-iron braked freight wagons will disappear completely in… Read more ›

High-speed line for freight: not just fast, also on time

After almost five months of service the Mercitalia Fast can be considered a success. The first-high-speed freight train of the world achieved a 96 per cent punctuality, with the remaining 4 per cent delayed by less than half an hour. Moreover, there were no reported damages or cases of theft. Operator of the train Mercitalia… Read more ›

‘The Netherlands must upgrade railways for 740-metre trains now’

The Netherlands should speed up efforts in preparing the railway network for 740-metre long trains. Germany is allocating the budget for the upgrades required, while in Switzerland the north-south route will be cleared for 750-meter trains in 2021. “In the Netherlands we are still in the study phase. We need to move on”, said Hans-Willem… Read more ›

Arctic fuel and withstanding -25° C: the reefer container

The demand for conditioned container transport is increasing, and so is the preference for environmentally friendly products. Unit45 understood these trends and developed the 45ft reefer container, the first in Europe to handle 33 europallets. Managing Director Jan Koolen will present this reefer in a workshop on 27 March at the Freight & Terminal Forum…. Read more ›

Railway upgrades should be done by machines, not humans

They are like moving factories: machines capable of renewing a railway track autonomously, and without nearby line closures. They are the approach to efficient railway upgrading, but they are not yet widely applied. What is stopping us? Niek Lentink, Director Operations at Swietelsky Rail Benelux has been asking this question for the last few years…. Read more ›

Next step toward paperless freight traffic Europe

A next step towards paperless rail freight transport in Europe has been taken. On 12 March, the European Parliament proposed a new regulation for the digitalisation of electronic freight transport information. In simpler terms, this is to result in more harmonisation among member states that accept and apply the electronic consignment note. At the moment,… Read more ›

Cargo should find its own way to final destination

Cargo should find its own way to its destination, where it determines a logical next destination. It could do this autonomously, without intervention of a human. This is called self-organising logistics. A step too far? Not all all, believes Walter Kusters. In cooperation with the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Supply Chain Planning and Optimisation firm… Read more ›

Requesting terminal and train path capacity in one single procedure

Terminal capacity in Europe is requested after a train path is allocated, while terminal access is often the bottleneck in the transport chain. An integrated offer requesting capacity on both should make rail freight more efficient. A pilot of such offer is currently carried out on the Scandanavian Meditarranean Rail Freight Corridor. Stephan Noll, Manager… Read more ›

Combined transport: moving ahead or backwards?

The legislative piece that assures a harmonised intermodal regulatory framework in Europe is under fire. Although the main aim of opening up this legislation for discussion was to broaden the support for intermodal transport, it now risks moving into the opposite direction. These recent and crucial developments will be explained by the UIRR in a… Read more ›

Doing business with Iran not impossible

With the US sanctions on Iran reimposed, European firms must analyse their transaction before putting it on a train to Iran. However, there are ways to deal with these limitations. Sebastiaan Bennink and Yvo Amar, both specialists in sanctions law at Wladimiroff lawyers, will explain how to do business with Iran in a workshop at… Read more ›