All Intermodal articles – Page 9

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    Study shows megaliners could hit rail


    A recent study commissioned by the Community of European Rail and Infrastructure Companies (CER) has found that the introduction of trucks up to 25.25m long across Europe could lead to the abandonment of certain rail routes and compromise the emissions targets contained in the Europe Commission’s recently published 2011 Transport ...

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    Toyota wants partnership on intermodal future


    A greater use of intermodal solutions is the key to Toyota’s new logistics business model in Europe as it looks at mid-term projects to shift transport of parts and vehicles from road to rail and inland waterways. But the success of that model will depend on a much greater collaboration ...

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    Global round up


    A major new multimodal logistics development at the Turquerie business park in Calais, France, which promises to build the biggest logistics centre in northern France, has been officially launched. Conceived as the main gateway for the shipping of goods between France, northernEurope and the UK, the Calais Premier project, located ...

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    Obama intervenes in US rail dispute


    The ongoing dispute between 30 of North America’s rail freight operators and 11 US labour unions took another step this week when the US Obama administration appointed a five-person Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to investigate the conflict. “Freight rail is vital to our economy and our future,” said President Obama. ...

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    Global round up


    ADB investment in India railRail services in India, including those for freight, are to benefit from loans of up to $500m from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The multi-tranche financing facility for India’s Railway Sector Investment Programme is designed to improve services along some of its busiest freight and passenger ...

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    Global round up


    Milestone journey for DB Schenker RailLast Saturday DB Schenker Rail moved the first European-sized freight train on the UK’s High Speed 1 (HS1) rail link connecting the Channel Tunnel to London. The HS1 is the only European-sized rail route in the country. The new service will connect the UK via ...

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    VW works toward crossdock network


    Volkswagen has been undergoing trials at three group consolidation centres in Europe as it aims to shift from a regional system of freight forwarding to running a network of crossdocks. The group is now in the process of tendering for more consolidation centres in the coming years. According to Thomas ...

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    Gefco gets EC grant for PSA rail link


    Gefco’s rail service for Peugeot Citroën, which is moving semi-knockdown kits (SKDs) from the carmaker’s Vesoul plant in France, on route to the new €470m ($630m) production facility the French carmaker has set up with Mitsubishi in Kaluga, Russia has gained the support of the European Commission’s Marco Polo programme. ...

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    DB looks at auto service with TransContainer


    Following DB Schenker Logistics’ launch of a new business unit in Kaluga, Russia in April for logistics movements to Volkswagen plant there, the company’s Rail division has reaffirmed its intention to establish a joint venture with Russian Railways’ subsidiary TransContainer, with a focus on the wider automotive sector. The scope ...

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    EC reveals roadmap for transport


    The European Commission (EC) published its anticipated 2011 White Paper on transport this week, which outlines the European Union’s passenger and freight transport policy direction and objectives over the coming decades. As anticipated in draft reports, the paper sets a headline target of a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ...

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    Global news in brief


    Gefco sets up air bridge for PSA In another example of how the recent in events in North Africa have had an impact on the automotive industry, Gefco’s Special Transport division has been working with Gefco Tunisia group to create an air bridge to maintain supply to PSA plants in ...

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    Are Turkey's rail plans optimistic?


    The Turkish government has announced plans to spend TRY50 billion ($32.5 billion) on the country's railway network of 2023, adding 10,000km of new rail tracks, almost doubling the existing 11,000km, and making other improvements. While the move will initially target passenger traffic into the major cities, it could make the ...

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    French providers look to intermodal


    Current challengesA very French disease?Railing against the systemGovernment interventions ineffectivePrivatisation as catalyst for changeVehicle logistics providers have suffered from price pressure, rising costs and regulation, as well as large scale industrial action. But while more flexibility is sought on rail, there are signs that the country’s intermodal options are growing, ...

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    Global news in brief


    Russia revises import tariffs for foreign assemblyRussia is revising its rules for foreign vehicle assembly in the country, exempting carmakers from abroad that make up to 300,000 vehicles per year there from import tariffs on parts for eight years. Under the current rules, foreign companies benefit from discounted tariff ...

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    NYK opens second ODC for Ford


    NYK Logistics has extended its service for Ford in Eastern Europe with the opening of an ‘origin consolidation centre’ (ODC) in Budapest, Hungary. “The function of the ODC is in essence a cross-dock, providing consolidation and reporting services for Ford MP&L in close proximity to its production parts supplier base ...

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    Infrastructure spend welcomed by LSPs


    Last week’s much anticipated Comprehensive Spending Review, unveiled by the UK’s chancellor George Osborne, has pleased those in the logistics industry. Freight operators learned that the government plans to invest £30 billion ($47.5 billion) in capital spending on transport projects over the next four years, including £10 billion for road ...

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    Global news in brief


    GM confirms closure of AntwerpDespite speculation last week that GM Europe was in talks with China’s Geely over the future of its Opel plant in Antwerp, the company confirmed this week that the plant will close and that there will be no further negotiations for vehicle assembly there beyond the ...

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    Global news in brief


    SNCF Fret losing millions in French disputeSNCF Fret is suffering serious disruption this week as French unions led by SNCF workers continue the strike action begun yesterday in protest over the French government’s pensions reform bill. The company is estimated to be losing €20m ($28m) a day in lost revenue ...

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    Norfolk Southern gets awards for quality marks


    Norfolk Southern’s Automotive Distribution Group has received two Automotive Quality Excellence Awards for outstanding service from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The awards are based on rigorous, unannounced audits of rail-served automotive facilities throughout North America. Norfolk Southern won the Highest Quality Review Score for Destination Facilities by achieving ...

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    DB Schenker moves management to Frankfurt


    German rail provider Deutsche Bahn is centralising the management teams of its Transportation and Logistics division – DB Schenker – in Frankfurt am Main over the next two years. The decision, recently taken by the DB Mobility Logistics management board, will mean the 330 members of the teams of the ...