As soon as 2023, traction on the Polish railways will be provided by hydrogen power. This is the plan laid out by PKP Energetyka, the electricity distributor to the Polish railway network and operator of a new traction energy storage facility under construction in Garbce. The company has just signed a contract for the realisation of a hydrogen system at the facility.
A new set of tracks put the port of Larvik in `Norway back on the railway map. The port hasn’t been active in rail operations since 2012. However, increased customer demand pushed the authorities to a pretty significant track reconstruction investment, and now customers reap the fruits of the modal shift.
Ocean carrier alliances are preparing to blank more than a third of their sailings from Asia over the coming weeks in response to a reduction in export freight, according to the latest report from Project44.
The combination of Covid lockdown cargo delays in China and congestion at US east coast ports has prompted alliance carriers to announce blank sailings on the transpacific — and the independent lines are also feeling the heat.
The air cargo industry continues to be buffeted by a range of issues that resulted in volume declines deepening in April, according to figures from CLIVE Data Services.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic and soaring shipping costs, the China-Europe Railway Express has become an important logistics channel for international trade.
Kazakhstan may be seen as the country that links Europe and China in whatever way possible, but this should not be taken for granted. Kazakhstan may be subject to sanctions too, is the worry among Kazakh logistics people. This would create additional challenges for the Eurasian community.
Factories in Shanghai ranging from car firms to heavy industrial enterprises have begun to resume production over the past week, as the city is mounting a broad work resumption campaign for the manufacturing sector while ensuring epidemic controls, after authorities pressed the pause button on the bustling metropolis in late March.
Containerships are now spending less time in Shanghai port, even as the city’s lockdown entered its third week, claimed China’s Ministry of Transport yesterday.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) will start using METRANS trains to transport containers between European ports and the hinterland. ONE is the sixth largest container shipping company in the world. Its shift to rail transportation for continental services indicates that rail freight cannot be avoided when trying to meet environmental goals.
As supply chain uncertainty at China’s key port cities drags on, shippers are hunting for alternative cargo options from South-east Asia.
From September this year, the number of vessels sailing between the ports of Aktau in Kazakhstan and Baku in Azerbaijan will increase to six, which means a doubling of the capacity on the Middle Corridor, the most observed alternative for Eurasian traffic at the moment. This was announced by Gaidar Abdikerimov, Secretary General of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Association (TITR), at the Railway Freight Summit held in Brussels last week.
RZD Logistics and UTLC ERA organised the first shipment of refrigerated goods between China and Russia by rail. The first train departed from the Nongzhong terminal in Shandong province, China, on 26 March. It will transit through Dostyk in Kazakhstan, and its transit time is estimated to be around 18 days. The train’s final destination is the Selyatino terminal in Moscow.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video link with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
A new terminal will be constructed at the Svisloch railway station in Belarus, near the border with Poland. The Svisloch/Siemianowka border crossing is one of the four border points between the countries, and an entry point for Eurasian traffic. The terminal is expected to receive the first trains in 2025.
Manufacturing and cargo transport in Shanghai is expected to grind to a halt this week, as China doubles-down on its zero-Covid policy and plunges the city into lockdown.
With Asia-North Europe container spot rates still falling, ocean carriers are now canvassing smaller shippers to agree short-term three-month contracts.