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DB Cargo launches door-to-door service

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Door-to-door deliveries between Hamburg and Cologne are now available with our brand-new single wagonload product. This service will give customers without private sidings access to the rail network.

Collection today, delivery tomorrow – since the end of August, we have been using overnight express service to transport freight from Hamburg to Cologne for our customer Coca-Cola. This is a combined transport service, which means trains cover the long-distance leg of the route while lorries handle the short sections so freight is delivered straight to the warehouse.

All this is possible thanks to EVplus, our new door-to-door product. With short transit times, this solution opens up the rail network to companies which don’t have a private siding of their own, and it can be used to transport standalone consignments. The service requires practically nothing of customers, as DB Cargo takes charge of organising every aspect of the service, such as supplying the single wagonload equipment (i.e. 45′ swap bodies) and performing first and last mile deliveries by lorry.

Daniel Knaus is the project manager for EVplus. “EVplus combines the advantages offered by our dense network of single wagonload connections with the flexibility of road haulage,” says Knaus. “Our customers see us as end-to-end logistics specialists. Not only do we transport freight by rail and road, but we also supply the equipment for it. This brings us closer to customers and enables us to respond better to their needs.”

The solution that started with Coca-Cola is also available to all other customers, and demand is high. “We have identified a considerable need for intermodal solutions among our customers, especially in the consumer goods industry,” says Knaus. “At the same time, this service offers other business sectors a fast and sustainable alternative to lorry transport. Many customers don’t have a private siding, and we want to give them access to the rail network through EVplus.”

DB Cargo is also planning to expand beyond Hamburg and Cologne. The company intends to use EVplus to link all nine major formation yards and shunting hubs. The ultimate goal is to shift some 170,000 lorry loads from the roads to the rails each year until 2030.

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Indian Railways freight volumes increases by 10%

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Indian Railways Freight loading for the month of September 2020 until 6 September 2020 crossed previous year’s loading and profits for the same period.

Until 6th September 2020  Indian Railways loading was 19.19 million tonnes. It is 10.41%  (1.81 million tonnes) higher compared to the previous year loading of (17.38 million tonnes).

In this period Indian Railways earned Rs. 1836.15 crores from freight loading which is Rs. 129.68 crores  higher compared to the previous years earning 0f  (Rs. 1706.47 crores)

Indian Railways loading was 19.19 million tonnes which incorporates 8.11 million tonnes of coal, 2.59 million tonnes of iron ore, 1.2 million tonnes of foodgrains, 1.03 million tonnes of fertilizers and 1.05 million tonnes of cement (except for clinker).

It is important to note that some concessions/ reductions also are being given to Indian Railways to make Railways Freight motion very attractive.

Indian Railways has utilized Covid-19 as an opportunity to enhance its performance and efficiencies for cargo movement. 

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Eco-friendly intermodal solution connects Spain, UK and Ireland

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Together with Containerships (CMA-CGM group), APM Terminals Gijon has formed an eco-friendly logistic chain connecting major Spanish cities to the UK and Ireland. The solution uses block trains, LNG vessels and bio-fuel trucks for unbeatable eco-friendly credentials.

Block trains connect APM Terminals Gijon with Seville, Murcia, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid and Burgos up to twice a week. Scheduled to arrive at APM Terminals Gijon in time for a Friday departure, the vessel will arrive in Liverpool, UK on Monday and Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday. The service is suitable for all types of containerized cargo, including hazardous cargo.

Located on Spain’s northern coast, APM Terminals Gijon is ideally placed for the UK. “In addition to the clear environmental benefits offered by this service, customers can also cut the time to UK and Irish markets from Spain, compared to shipments made from other Spanish ports,” says Terminal Manager, Miguel Ruiz.

Each block train has a 52 TEU capacity and the potential to remove up to 26 trucks from the road. As well as reducing traffic congestion, the diesel locomotives used for this block train service are, according to statistics published by the Association of American Railroads, estimated to be three to four times more fuel efficient than diesel trucks and lower greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75% compared to trucks.

APM Terminals Gijon is equipped with a 450m on dock track for fast and efficient loading and a separate rail yard with two 350m tracks for optimum flexibility. In the future, the service has the capacity to scale up to a daily service for the cities currently served.

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GB Railfreight and Drax extend rail contract to transport biomass until 2025

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GB Railfreight and Drax have agreed to extend their contract to transport supplies of sustainable biomass from UK ports to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire until 2025.

Teams at GBRf have worked closely with Drax for the past decade to maintain the supplies of sustainable biomass needed for the UK’s largest power station to continue generating the flexible and reliable renewable power for millions of UK homes and businesses. This deal is critical to Drax’s global biomass supply chain and another step on its journey to negative emissions.

Drax supplies 11% of the UK’s renewable electricity. Using sustainable biomass instead of coal at Drax Power Station has reduced emissions by more than 80% and helped the UK power system decarbonise faster than any other country in Europe.

Under the terms of the contract, GBRf will run all of Drax tonnage from the Ports of Tyne and Liverpool to Drax Power Station.

The partnership between GBRf and Drax dates back to 2010 when GBRf began moving biomass by rail from the Port of Tyne. Originally, GBRf used wagons that had been converted from coal hoppers by adding lids and these remain in use under the new contract. As Drax converted more of its coal units at the power station to sustainable biomass, Drax invested in new purpose-built biomass wagons that are larger and therefore more efficient at carrying the pellets.

In the past year, the longstanding relationship between Drax and GBRf has helped overcome challenges such as the local floods in February to the Drax branch line and then the Covid-19 crisis, ensuring continuous flows of biomass that helped keep the power station running and the lights on in Britain.

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said:

“I am delighted to be continuing GB Railfreight’s ongoing partnership with Drax. We will continue to deliver vital supplies of sustainable biomass for a further five years, ensuring power is generated in a clean and sustainable way as well as reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.

“The announcement also comes at a time of great economic uncertainty for our country. We at GBRf remain committed to getting the UK economy back on track and having worked with Drax over the last few months during testing times I know we will continue to work closely in the months and years to come as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.”

Mike Maudsley, UK Portfolio Generation Director at Drax said:

“GBRf’s rail deliveries are a critical part of our global supply chain for sustainable biomass that supports thousands of jobs and has delivered economic growth across the north of England, while supplying renewable electricity to millions of homes and businesses.

“We’re very pleased to extend our existing contract with GBRf for another five years and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the team.”

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