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CN and NorFalco sign agreement



CN and NorFalco sign agreement. Image: Canadian National Railway Company
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CN and NorFalco Sales, a division of Glencore Canada Corporation, announced they have signed a new multi-year agreement that will provide freight transportation of Sulphuric Acid from NorFalco’s rail served productions facilities in Sudbury, ON; Rouyn-Noranda, QC; and Valleyfield, QC. The agreement reconfirms CN and NorFalco’s strategic partnership for years to come.

NorFalco is one of North America’s largest merchant marketers of sulfuric acid, responsible for the marketing and distribution of about 2 million tons of sulfuric acid per year. Through parent company Glencore, NorFalco has exclusive access to sulfuric acid production from four major North American production facilities and to an unrivaled global sulfuric acid supply and trading network.

“This agreement furthers our strategic partnership with NorFalco reaching new facilities throughout eastern Canada,” said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer of CN. “Safety is a core value at CN as it is for NorFalco, and NorFalco has consistently won CN’s Safe Handling Award recognizing customers that meet strict standards for the safe handling and shipment of regulated products. CN will continue working closely with NorFalco thanks to this renewed long term partnership.”

“We are pleased to continue our strategic partnership with CN. This agreement provides NorFalco, and our customers, with a reliable rail transportation infrastructure, underpinned with a shared commitment to safety in handling and moving our product throughout our diversified customer base,” said Kunal Sinha, CEO of NorFalco. “We anticipate this agreement will further our strategic growth supported with manageable transportation costs.”

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GB Railfreight delighted as HS2 receives green light



GB Railfreight delighted as HS2 receives green light. Image: GB Railfreight
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GB Railfreight has expressed its delight and relief that the high-speed line from London to Birmingham received the go-ahead this morning following the publication of the Oakervee Review.

HS2, which was green-lighted in a statement to the House of Commons by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following a meeting of the Cabinet, will begin construction in the coming weeks, over a decade after it was originally proposed.

GB Railfreight, one of the fastest growing companies in the railway sector, has been preparing to support construction logistics, including removing spoil and waste, and delivering inbound materials.

The Prime Minister’s announcement was followed by the publication of the Government-commissioned Oakervee Review into HS2, which concluded that “on balance Ministers should proceed” with the project as the “original rationale for HS2 still holds”.

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, who submitted a response to the Oakervee Review, said:

“I am delighted and relieved the Government has given the green light to the project. HS2 will be the first new railway constructed north of London for over a century, creating much needed capacity and connections across the North and Midlands. There is no other viable alternative to the project, as both the Oakervee Review and the Prime Minister have acknowledged.

“By signing off on the scheme, the Government has committed to expanding capacity beyond just passenger services. The decision will free up extra capacity on the West Coast Mainline which will help the growth of rail freight, supporting economic growth across the UK and helping the delivery of the Government’s targets to decarbonise the economy by supporting the shift of freight from road to more sustainable rail services.

“Delivering HS2 will, in the long term, support the UK’s regional cities and towns to prosper and connect to other surrounding areas. I applaud the Prime Minister for making the right decision rather than delay any further.”

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CMA CGM launches PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE, a new train service connecting the Port of Genoa with the Piacenza logistics hub




CMA CGM launches PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE, a new train service connecting the Port of Genoa with the Piacenza logistics hub. Image: CMA CGM
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The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce the introduction on February 8th, 2020, of PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE, a new rail service connecting the Port of Genoa with the Piacenza logistics hub, operated in cooperation with GTS, one of the leading intermodal rail operators in Italy.

Weekly train connections perfectly aligned with CMA CGM’s deep-sea services

The PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE service will officially start with its first train departure from Genoa on February 8th. Three departures per week between the Port of Genoa and Piacenza will enhance CMA CGM’s intermodal offer and provide customers with a reliable and fast rail connection between Italy’s busiest port and a major logistics hub. From Piacenza, the Group’s clients will indeed have access to more than 1,700 door locations through the industrial regions of Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto.

In Genoa, the train schedules are perfectly synchronized with the arrivals and departures of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels, providing customers with a steady and seamless connection to the Group’s deep-sea services, which include AMERIGO (Mediterranean – North America East Coast), MEX (Mediterranean Sea – Middle East/India), NEMO (North Europe – Mediterranean Sea – Australia – South Asia – Indian Sub-Continent) and SIRIUS (East Coast South America – West Mediterranean).


An excellent alternative to road transport

The PIACENZA RAIL SHUTTLE service, which allows customers to lower even more their carbon impact, is yet another example of CMA CGM’s continuous commitment to offer its customers the most environmentally-friendly services. It is also in line with CMA CGM’s strategy to offer reliable intermodal end-to-end transport solutions to its customers. As an alternative to road transport, this new service is independent of the road congestion, resulting in more planning certainty for the customers.


  • Linking the Port of Genoa to Piacenza
  • 52 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity per leg
  • Three weekly departures
  • Launch: February 8th from the Port of Genoa
  • Perfectly synchronized with CMA CGM’s ship schedules in Genoa

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India improves transportation of perishables on Kisan Rail




India improves transportation of perishables on Kisan Rail. Image: Pixabay
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Indian Railways’ drives for the Development of Cold Chain for Transportation of Perishable Traffic. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up Kisan Rail in public-private-partnership(PPP) mode for cold  supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat and fish.

She said, The budget proposes that “To build a  seamless national cold supply chain  for perishables, the Indian Railways will set up a “Kisan Rail”- through PPP  arrangements. There shall be refrigerated coaches in Express and Freight trains as well.”

Towards satisfaction of the spending proposition, following are the significant activities which have just been taken by Indian Railways with respect to Development of Cold Chain for Transportation of Perishable Traffic

Refrigerated Parcel Vans: New design of Refrigerated Parcel Vans (VPR, carrying capacity of 17 tonnes) for transportation of highly perishable parcel traffic was developed, and procured through Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala. At present, Indian Railway has a fleet of nine (09) Refrigerated Parcel Vans available.

These Refrigerated Parcel Vans are booked on round-trip basis, and are charged at 1.5 times the freight of normal VP as per category of train.

Reefer (Ventilated Insulated) Rail Containers:  98 Ventilated Insulated Containers (Carrying capacity 12 Tonnes per container, rake composition 80 containers)  have been procured, through CONCOR, for movement of fruits and vegetables to different parts of the country.

Cold Storage Facilities for Perishables:  Temperature controlled perishable cargo centres’ have been commissioned at Ghazipur Ghat (U.P), New Azadpur (Adarsh Nagar, Delhi) and Raja ka Talab (U.P) as a pilot project under Kisan Vision Project by CONCOR under CSR initiative. Another project is under construction at Lasalgaon, Nasik (Maharashtra).

Approval has been granted to Central Railside Warehousing Corporation (CRWC) to develop temperature controlled storages at Fatuha and Mancheswar.

Cold storage facilities have also been developed at Dadri. Fresh & Healthy Enterprise Ltd. (FHEL) has been redeveloped as Agriculture Logistic Center at Rai, Sonepat. This facility is CONCOR’s 100% owned subsidiary developed in an area of 16.40 acres of land.

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said, the Railways is also planning to expand the Kisan Rail across the country. 

Mr Yadav said, the aim of the government is to make Railway, the growth of engine for the country’s economy. He said, the government has also enhanced the investment and will modernize its network across the country in the next five years.

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