UIC participates in conference organised by the Hungarian Association for Transport (KTE) in Budapest to discuss the Corridors issue

In early February, UIC participated in a conference organised by the Hungarian Association for Transport (KTE) in Budapest to discuss the “Possibilities of the Rising of Transcontinental Freight Transportation due to the opening of RFC 6”.
UIC was represented by Mr Miklos Kopp, UIC Director for Freight and by Mr Oleg Nikolaev, International Railway Advisor for Russian and CIS affairs within the UIC Rail System Department.

One of the main aims of UIC’s work is to develop an agreed approach for the development and promotion of international transport corridors, and to coordinate efforts with international intergovernmental organisations, international non-governmental organisations and the transport business with regard to increasing the efficiency of interregional passenger and rail freight transport.

In developing a concept plan for the development of interregional transport corridors it is necessary to take into account the results of work by other international organisations, primarily the UN and its regional commissions.

The main guiding principle for the development of international transport corridors is the desire to create the most favourable conditions possible for increasing the efficiency of foreign trade transport and to guarantee that they will be implemented on the basis of international agreements and conventions, and also to attract additional passenger and freight traffic to the services that are included in international transport corridors, including transit traffic, both by means of alternative routes and also by redistributing it efficiently between different types of transport.

The key principles for creating and developing international transport corridors are:

  • the opportunity to undertake large volumes of internal transport
  • the use of intermodal and multimodal approaches
  • integration of the concept plan for developing ‘dry ports’
  • compliance with international standards and best practice, and also with the requirements of economically efficient investment in transport development
  • harmonisation of transport legislation on the basis of common principles and standards, multilateral legal documents and conventions
  • the requirements to ensure transport safety, safety from acts of unlawful interference on rail transport, and also protection of the environment and human health, as defined by the relevant international norms
  • cooperation at all levels and between all countries, including addressing border-crossing issues
  • the use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note which is also recognised as a customs transit document
  • operational cooperation within and between individual types of transport, and also between traffic management systems.

For further information please contact Miklos Kopp, UIC Director for Freight: kopp@uic.org

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International Railway Safety Council (IRSC), (Berlin, 12 – 17 October 2014)

On behalf of the 24th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) Organising Committee consisting of Deutsche Bahn AG and the German Federal Railway Agency (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt), UIC is very pleased to invite you to attend the next IRSC, which will be held from 12 – 17 October 2014 in Berlin.

Registration for the IRSC Berlin 2014 and the call for abstracts are now open. Details may be found on the IRSC website www.irsc2014.org

The cost for registration is EUR 780 until 17 August 2014 and EUR 830 after this date. The closing date to submit abstracts of presentations is 31 March.

The UIC supports and is participating in the IRSC in Berlin. As a major sponsoring partner UIC is offering the Farewell Party, which will take place at the “Kaiserbahnhof” (historical station) in Potsdam on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) 2014 is the major platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of railway safety. Meet top safety experts from all over the world, discuss the latest trends in railway safety and benefit from a large international network. The IRSC 2014 will bring together experts from infrastructure management, railway undertakings, safety authorities, accident investigation offices, railway industries, regulatory bodies and associations.
The theme of the IRSC 2014 is “Railway safety in times of fundamental changes” and will address the economic, environmental and competition-related aspects of fundamental changes in relation to:

  • Effects of standardised safety management systems
  • Experience with risk and hazard management and interaction of all players in the railway system
  • Approaches and instruments for maintaining and improving railway safety
  • Methods and options for preserving railway safety knowledge in a changing environment

The IRSC presentations and discussions will run from Sunday, 12 October, to Wednesday, 15 October 2014, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin. On Thursday, 16 October, and Friday, 17 October 2014, a programme of technical visits will be proposed.
The hosts and sponsors will be very happy to welcome you to Berlin in October!

The IRSC flyer is available here: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/irsc_2014_flyer.pdf


  • info@irsc2014.org
  • Tel: + 49 (0) 30 29764448

For further information please contact Peter Gerhardt, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit: gerhardt@uic.org

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Register now for the 5th UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference (UIC EED 2014), to be held in Antwerp, from 16 to 19 June 2014

The 5th UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference jointly organised by UIC, SNCB and Infrabel will be held this year in the historical city of Antwerp in Belgium, from 16 to 19 June 2014.

Energy Efficiency is the best fuel to move our trains: it extends energy supplies, increases energy security, lowers CO2 emissions, improves air quality and supports sustainable economic growth.

All this with no additional costs associated! But cost saving is not the only driver for energy efficiency. Numerous are the benefits linked to an efficient management of railways’ everyday life. But how can energy efficiency be integrated into daily operation? What kind of measures are needed in terms of policies and innovation? And what are members doing or planning to do in this field?

Hosted on the charming grounds of the Antwerp Zoo (Zalen van de Zoo) next to the beautiful “Antwerpen-Centraal” station, the event will try to provide an answer to these questions and many more.

It will represent a unique opportunity to discuss policy, security of supply, future availability of renewable energy, electricity market, innovation, energy efficiency measures, day-to-day management and long-term planning, metering and billing and more.

The UIC Energy Efficiency Days conference, http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/, will include two important parallel events: the 9th Eress Forum and the EU Co-Funded MERLIN project mid-term conference.

The Eress Forum is a yearly gathering where experts from Railway Undertakings, representatives from Infrastructure Managers, politicians from the European Union and national governments, journalists and suppliers exchange their experiences and points of view. This year’s Eress Forum will hold two sessions during Day 2 of the conference on the morning of 18 June. http://www.eress.eu/

The first session will deal with the link between the energy market and the railway market and the second session will explain how energy metering helps in reducing the energy consumptions.

The other parallel event, the MERLIN project, will be holding its mid-term conference during the first day.

This project, funded through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) of the European Commission, aims to investigate and demonstrate the viability of an integrated management system to achieve a more sustainable and optimised energy usage in European mainline railway systems. To know more about the MERLIN project, please visit the project website: http://www.merlin-rail.eu/

You can find detailed information on this conference regarding the venue, accommodation, registration and a draft version of the programme on our website: http://www.energy-efficiency-days.org/

For further information please contact Veronica Aneris, UIC Senior Advisor Energy & Environment: aneris@uic.org

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Shift²Rail, the biggest European rail research and innovation programme of the decade:

The railway operating community intends to actively contribute through the “Shift²Rail College” composed of UIC European members

As Europe gears up for the launch of the biggest rail research and innovation programme of the decade, UIC is helping a college of companies from the European rail operating community in the preparation of a consortium and the identification of the activities it would like to undertake within this ambitious programme.

At a high level event in Athens on 19 February, arranged by the Greek Presidency of the European Union and in the presence of the MEPs, Commission officials and very senior rail sector managers, the importance not only of Shift²Rail as a concept was highlighted but also that it must get working as soon as possible.

Shift²Rail is an initiative that has been developed by its Founders, led by UNIFE, the body representing the suppliers and manufacturers. With a planned budget that runs to around 800 million Euros and being a significant part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme, the programme will encompass research, innovation and demonstration activities in all aspects of the rail system.

The rail sector has never before had a research and innovation programme that is quite like this one. When the structure is fully and correctly in place, it will represent an unprecedented joint effort by the European rail sector and the European Union to create a real breakthrough in rail technology in order to develop the future European rail system.

With its major targets of enhancing the capacity of the European rail system to cope with increased user demand, increasing the reliability and quality of rail services and significantly reducing the life cycle and maintenance costs of the overall system, it is of course highly important that all ROC (railway operating community) stakeholders are able to play as much of a role as possible in this venture.

Led by the Europe team at UIC, the consortium, known as the “Shift²Rail College”, is planning to engage fully in the work of Shift²Rail. At its recent steering committee meeting, the College agreed it is essential that only full associate member status will be suitable and so the focus is on developing this position.

The College is currently formed of some 15 companies but we are delighted to be able to announce that TrainOSE in Greece and ZS from Serbia are going to join and that there are others currently considering their position.

The College was represented in Athens by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Simon Fletcher, UIC Coordinator Europe and Chairman of the Shift²Rail College Steering Committee. In a key presentation to the assembled Parliamentary, Commission and sector stakeholders, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux recalled that ever since the idea of Shift²Rail had been brought to the attention of the ROC, there has been support for the concept. He formally declared the intention of the College to commit to full associate membership. He said: "The College has agreed that it intends to work inside Shift²Rail as a full associate member. We are delighted that the proposed revisions to the regulatory text appear to be leading towards a more even framework to enable this to happen. We believe that the College must be included at the most influential level within Shift²Rail, meaning a role in the governance of the work that will be done to shape the future European rail system.”

Simon Fletcher, UIC Coordinator Europe, highlighted that “collectively the team is ready to play a significant role in the really important next phase of developing the Master Plan and bringing the much desired-for input to it from the ROC. Shaping the operational processes by which Shift²Rail will succeed in delivering quality outputs is an important task that we are eager to help develop.”

The Shift²Rail College is an entirely inclusive group of companies ready to collaborate to innovate. There is plenty of room for many, many more to get onboard, share the investment and gain from the outcomes from the wide range of development that will emerge from the Shift²Rail work programme.

The College has already defined the activity areas in which it would like to see not only Shift²Rail develop but in which it would want to be directly involved. This activity will of course be very strongly influenced by the rail sector vision “Challenge 2050” that was published in February 2013 and the subsequent ROC Rail Technical Strategy Europe (RTSE) published in February 2014.

“Challenge 2050” is available at: http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/challenge2050.pdf

Rail Technical Strategy Europe (RTSE) is available at:

Once the final structure of the regulatory text has been agreed and it is clear that there is a stable legal framework – there are still last minute negotiations on the table – then the College will be able to define the detailed “rules” for the way it will work together.

The members of the college are completely clear that this approach provides the best opportunity for companies (SMEs and some others) with limited resources to pool together and actively engage in innovating the future rail system.
It is by far the most effective solution by which to identify the best customer-oriented solutions and get a really high value future for a rail sector that is able to compete with other modes.

The College is ready to play a much more involved role in this really important programme as this is the one grouping that can bring the much needed input from the wider ROC. The next meeting of the Steering Committee takes place in Paris on 26 March. If any UIC European member is thinking about getting involved, the time is NOW – get in touch with Simon Fletcher and see how you can join.

If you would like to download any of the presentations from the Athens event, these will soon be available from the Shift²Rail website – www.shift2rail.org

If you have any questions about the College that is being set up, then get in touch with UIC Regional Coordinator, Europe, Simon Fletcher fletcher@uic.org who will be able to provide you with the latest update on the situation.

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15th Ticketing Action Group (TAG) (Paris, 18 February 2014)

The 15th TAG meeting took place at UIC Paris headquarters on 18 February 2014.
TAG is the UIC group dedicated to rail ticketing. It is composed of experts from UIC members.

TAG participants maintain and develop UIC leaflet 918-2 to guarantee the interoperability between issuers and train inspectors for international journey tickets. The UIC 918-2 leaflet is synchronized with ERA TAP-TSI technical document B6.

The regular ticket paper standard is RCT2 and new standards are defined: RCCST (Rail Credit Card Size Ticket) and URT (Universal Rail Ticket for a mobile ticketing solution).

The group meets three times a year just before the TAP-MD meeting (Telematics Applications for Passengers Maintenance and Development).
UIC members represented in this meeting were: CD, DB, MAV, SJ, RZD, Trenitalia and ZSSK. David Sarfatti (UIC TAG chairman) led the working session. CIT was represented by Thomas Gyger. UIC Headquarters was represented by Marc Guigon (Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport) and Fabrice Setta (Senior Advisor IT Standardisation).

The main points which were discussed in this TAG meeting were:

  • The RCCST (Rail Credit Card Size Ticket)

The RCCST standard is not mandatory to implement. Nevertheless it must be accepted for control by railways. The combination of UIC and CIT new leaflets allow the convergence of local, regional, national and international on Rail Credit Card Size Ticket printed on a more secure paper.
ZSSK already implements the RCCST layout for domestic journeys and is testing for international journeys. CFF-SBB is planning to implement the RCCST layout when its new printers are deployed.
This new UIC Standard is published in UIC leaflet 918-2 version 6, published in January 2013.

  • New UIC barcode version 3

The new barcode on secured paper will first increase security and protect against fraud (90% of forged rail tickets are InterRail tickets) and opening the station gates in the Netherlands.
The workgroup chooses a highly secure encryption process (SHA-224, DSA, 2048) which hash all data with the SHA-2 224 algorithm and then crypt the result with the DSA 2048 asymmetric cryptosystem (private-public key).
TAG defines a new barcode version 3 with a header. This barcode has 20 sub version for international tickets types and 10 for domestic purposes.
Eurail, NS, SNCB and ZSSK are already implementing the Barcode V3.
This new UIC Standard is published in UIC leaflet 918-2 version 7, published in January 2014.

  • UIC Public Key Management Website (UIC PKMW)

To simplify the distribution of public keys to train inspectors (TCO), a decision was taken to have a central website.
The UIC Technical Group meeting in September 2013 validated the solution.
Only one UIC administrator should be allowed to upload issuer public keys and everybody will have access to the public keys in download.
The website should be ready for use in April 2014.

  • CIT clarification request

For legal reasons and better clarity for the railway customer, CIT asked UIC TAG representatives to study and asses the impacts on their IT systems of a better printing of carrier codes and labels on the layout.

  • UIC Universal Rail Ticket (UIC URT)

A mobile ticketing solution is being considered for rail tickets on smart phones. http://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/378
The new URT workgroup is a temporary TAG sub-group which will meet nine times, once a month from November 2013 to July 2014.
The Universal Rail Ticket will be specified for all ticket types (NRT, IRT, Rail Passes, ..) and all support (paper, print@home and paperless).

The next 2014 TAG session will take place at Paris UIC headquarters on Monday 23 June.

For further information please contact David Sarfatti: david.sarfatti@avancial.com or Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

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News from UIC members

Germany – Presentation of the new ICE 3: more comfort for passengers

On 18 February, Andreas Busemann, Head of Production at Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance business, and Jürgen Wilder, CEO of the High Speed and Commuter Rail Business Unit of Siemens AG, presented the new ICE 3 of Deutsche Bahn (DB) on a press tour.

According to Mr Busemann, “the new ICE 3 offers our customers a real plus when it comes to service and comfort. Passengers can keep informed about the train’s progress on the new overhead monitors, and comfortably dine in the full-sized onboard restaurant with 16 seats while travelling through Germany at speeds of up to 300 km/h. In addition, the Series 407 scores with lower energy consumption and higher technical reliability”.

The Series 407, based on Siemens’ Velaro platform, offers numerous improvements for passengers with reduced mobility. The new ICE 3 also has eight cars – like its forerunner – yet offers more seats: 444 including 111 in first class.

(Source: Joint press release DB/Siemens)

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News from UIC members

France: SNCF and RFF step up VIGIRAIL plan in the light of recommendations from France’s National Investigation Body for Land Transport Accidents (BEA-TT)

In mid-February, SNCF and RFF conducted an initial review of the Vigirail programme, which was initiated in early October 2013 to improve the safety and modernise the maintenance of railway switches at a cost of 410 million Euros over 4 years. The Vigirail programme henceforth includes fresh actions in response to the BEA-TT’s recommendations in its interim report, released on 10 January 2014, on the derailment of Intercity 3657 on 12 July 2013 in Brétigny-sur-Orge.

The review of the actions to be taken included:

  • Action 1: Renewal of switches (€300 M): SNCF and RFF undertake to industrialise the renewal of switches and crossings, boosting the number renewed per year from 326 to 500.
  • Action 2: Video analysis and monitoring of rails (€80 M): an SIM (anomaly detection and geometric measuring) has been undergoing trials since January 2014.
  • Action 3: 100% traceability of infrastructure monitoring (€20 M): an initial mobile application is to be trialled then developed during the first half of 2014.
  • Action 4: The “ALERTE EXPRESS” platform for the recording and handling of anomalies observed by staff or customers has been undergoing trials in the Pays de la Loire region since January 2014 (€3 M).
  • Action 5: Rethinking training using new technologies, in particular the 3D maintenance training simulator for switches and crossings, which is to be delivered during summer (€4 M).
  • Action 6: Strengthening and simplifying maintenance rulebooks (€3 M).

These actions take on board the three recommendations made by the BEA-TT:
In order to improve control over bolted assemblies, which are the subject of the first recommendation, SNCF is to issue technical recommendations for the design and/or maintenance thereof, with support from an external consultant.
SNCF has also introduced a directive clarifying the measures to be taken if anomalies are identified on fish-plate bolts. SNCF will report back on experience with this during June 2014.

BEA-TT’s third recommendation was to identify criteria for enhanced maintenance of switches and crossings at a local level, over and above the general requirements. The criteria relate to the technical features of switches and crossings, their operating profile (speed, tonnage), as well as other factors (quality of track bed, ballast, etc.). In applying these criteria, it has been decided to introduce more locally-geared maintenance plans (shorter intervals between some monitoring patrols, quicker decision-making on whether renewal is needed, etc.). The conditions for the implementation of these new maintenance plans will be clarified between now and the end of 2014 prior to broader roll-out across the network.

(Source: RFF – SNCF)

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News from UIC members

Over two million passengers have been transported by suburban electric commuter trains in the Sochi region since the start of the Winter Olympics

Since 6 February (the start of the Winter Olympics), over two million passengers have been served by RZD’s suburban electric commuter trains on the “Olympic” routes in the Sochi area.

Passenger transport flows are proportional to the number of competitions taking place in the coastal and mountain clusters. To give an example of passenger numbers:

  • 6 February: almost 104,000 passengers
  • 7 February, the opening day of the competition: almost 121,000 passengers
  • 8 February: almost 132,000 passengers
  • 9 February: almost 174,000 passengers
  • 13 February: 229,000 passengers
  • 15 February: 233,000 passengers
  • 16 February: 281,000 passengers, etc.

RZD is managing such large passenger numbers on the Olympic routes in Sochi by running additional electric trains when needed. As an example, on the opening day of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, 198 trains arrived and departed on routes to the Olympic Park – six more than the 192 trains initially timetabled.

The number of trains was increased in order to cope with the large passenger flows. Thus, within a short space of time, close to 34,000 passengers – both competing athletes and visitors – used the suburban train service following the ninety-minute opening ceremony, with the trains operating at six-minute intervals. Also, from 15 – 23 February 2014 inclusive, an additional Lastotchka service was run in order to bring the athletes back to the Olympic Village after late training sessions.

(Source: RZD)

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Human Factors in investigation of accidents / incidents

From 10 – 11 February 2014, the Safety Unit organised the international workshop on “Human Factors in Investigation of Accidents/Incidents”. On this occasion, Mr Wisniewski, Fundamental Values Director, welcomed the 56 participants from 25 UIC members, with the kind participation of the Belgian Railway Accident and Incident Investigation Body, EUROMED RRU, the University of Southern Denmark and DEDALE.
The first session of the workshop highlighted the human factors approach and safety management.

Professor Erik Hollnagel from the Institute of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark delivered a presentation where he explained that safety has traditionally been understood as a state where the number of things that go wrong is as low as possible (Safety-I). From this perspective, the purpose of safety management is to keep the number of accidents and incidents as low as possible.

Safety management therefore starts from manifestations of the absence of safety and paradoxically measures the level of safety by counting the number of failures rather than the number of successes. This leads to a reactive approach of responding to what goes wrong or what has been identified as a risk. He added that focusing on what goes right rather than on what goes wrong, changes the definition of safety from ‘avoiding that something goes wrong’ to ‘ensuring that everything goes right’. More precisely, Safety-II is the ability to succeed under varying conditions, so that the number of intended and acceptable outcomes is as high as possible. This leads to a proactive approach that sustains everyday acceptable performance, rather than one that prevents hazards from being realised.

Jean Pariès from DEDALE, explained that we have different visions of incident/accident analysis. Rather than finding “failures” and their causes and trying to fix them, we must seek what incidents teach us about the “safety model” and all its assumptions, and ask how we believe control is maintained. He insisted on the fact that if we want to have a reliable and robust control process, we must fix the safety model, not the causes, and define safety indicators significant of this robustness, rather than based on incident frequency.

Dr Anne Mills from RSSB presented the incident classification system developed in GB to collect and analyse human errors involved in their railway incidents. She said that Safety Management has become an integral part of business management in the rail industry with organisations realising that safety and efficiency are complimentary, NOT contradictory. In the GB rail industry they employ effective Safety Management processes identifying and analysing hazards and mitigating risk factors. Human Factors play an integral role in both Safety Management and incident/accident investigation.

Safety learning must include looking across events to identify trends and patterns and to look at trends across incidents we need to classify them. In Great Britain they use a database known as SMIS (“Safety Management Information System”). It is the industry’s national database for the recording of safety related events that occur on the UK rail network and is mandatory for all Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings operating on Network Rail managed infrastructure.

Sian Evans, also from RSSB, explained that the AcciMap technique is a systems-based accident analysis method developed by Svedung and Rasmussen (2002) which is based on a risk management framework. It arranges the various causes of an accident into a tree diagram, with the accident sequence at the bottom and the causes branching upwards and helps to consider the failures of the front line staff and also the system-wide failures involved. AcciMap has been applied to a range of accidents in the oil and gas, maritime, rail and aviation industries.
The second session of the workshop was dedicated to concrete examples of accidents/incidents and to the human factors approach as it’s dealt by the railway operators.

L. Mathues, Chief investigator from the Belgian Railway Accident and Investigation Body, reported on the human and organisational factors analysis and the safety management system analysis of the collision of two passenger trains at Buizingen on 15 February 2010.

Adolfo Moreno and Felix Garcia (RENFE) presented the Human Factors and Human Error investigations and the summary of the 12 measures adopted in the wake of the Santiago accident implemented in the rail sector and directly linked to traffic safety and Human Factors.

Kentaro Kimura (West Japan Railway) gave a presentation about multi-faced analyses and risk assessment for safety railway operations based on the analyses of JR Fukuchiyama line train derailment accident. He said that a serious accident should be regarded as an “organisational accident”. All aspects of an accident should be analysed organisationally and systematically from various points of view, which are based on a scientific and theoretical basis. The objective is to construct a system toward proactive safety measures taking into account human factors.

Christian Neveu (SNCF) gave details about the analyses of the derailment of a regional express train on an incorrectly positioned turnout upon its arrival at the station of Aigues Mortes. He also presented two other practice cases related to two incidents in Marseille. He showed the post-incident action plan based on all the weaknesses identified in the system.

Petr Potapov (RZD) gave a presentation on an accident in the area of train movements. He explained the accident prevention plan with its four main points: organisational, information, technical and legal measures.
Anna Patacchini (RFI), Human Factors and accident investigation, state of play from the IM’s perspective. She informed participants of the background work on Human Factors in the Italian Railway System and illustrated this with analyses of an accident at a level crossing.

The workshop ended with a fruitful panel discussion led by Meryem Belhaj where participants asked many questions related to their every day work about safety, human factors, safety indicators, new technologies and human reliability, etc.
To close the meeting, Peter Gerhardt stressed the importance of the international cooperation which is essential to exchange best practice in order to find common solutions and continuously improve the railway system.

For further information please contact Meryem Belhaj, Senior Advisor for International Training and Human Factors: belhaj@uic.org

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Schenker launches new product to speed up freight transport in Asia

DB Schenker’s “Asia Landbridge” now offers logistics customers from all over the globe fast and secure freight transport in the entire Asian region. 23 stations located in the key cities and border regions ensure trouble-free and smooth overland transport of the freight. The transport itself is handled by a consortium of experienced partner companies, while DB Schenker is responsible for the coordination.

“Our network for this new product covers China and the ASEAN countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos,” explains Dr Thomas Lieb, Chairman of the Schenker AG Board of Management and responsible for the worldwide business of DB Schenker Logistics. “These countries rank amongst the fastest growing economies in the world. Overcoming borders is the only way to ensure that this growth can continue – and that is what our customers bank on.”

In the past, most freight transport in Asia was carried by sea. However, it takes a cargo ship roughly two weeks to make the journey from Penang in Malaysia to Shanghai. Although airfreight takes only two days, it is more expensive. A truck can complete the journey in just under a week and is far cheaper than airfreight. DB Schenker experts at the border crossing points ensure speedy customs clearance.

Special air-suspension trucks are used for transport activities, as this also enables the carriage of sensitive and valuable electronic goods. Cameras, alarm systems, GPS tracking and even the use of escorts ensure that the transport is secure. Additionally, a control centre is staffed 24/7 and all stations are integrated in the global DB Schenker network. DB Schenker has already done business in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 50 years and has a workforce of 13,000 employees at approximately 400 locations in 20 different countries.

(Source: DB Mobility Logistics AG)

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UIC Innovation Awards 2014 – Call for applications

Which innovations will drive rail forward as a continuous attractive transport mode to all its end customers?

Under the coordination of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB), the UIC Innovation Awards aim to stimulate research towards the necessary innovations and step-changes for tomorrow’s railway sector.

After a successful first edition in December 2012, the UIC and its International Railway Research Board (IRRB) launched the 2014 UIC Innovation Awards during the World Congress on Rail Research (WCRR) on 25 November in Sydney.

This event represents a major commitment of UIC and all its members to foster innovation and is proof of their strong investment in the stimulation of creativity.
Open to any participants interested in rail research at global level, the UIC Innovation Awards cover the following categories:

  • Safety/security
  • Sustainable development
  • Rail system technology
  • Rail freight services
  • Passenger services
  • Cost reductions

For this 2014 edition, a new prize will be presented under the “Young Researcher Awards” to encourage and support a new generation of researchers and engineers in the rail sector that will lay the foundations for the future innovative development of railway transport.

In addition, an honorary prize will also reward the “Life Time Achievement” and dedication of a single personality to the rail sector, in upholding the tradition of continuity and passing on the values of the railway sector and railway science from one generation to the next.

Submit your proposal online now at www.uic-innovation-awards.org

Deadline for submission: 31 July 2014!

Good luck and we wish you every success in this challenge!

For further information please contact François Maugère, UIC Innovations Advisor: maugere@uic.org and Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager/IRRB Secretary: schut@uic.org

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PROTECTRAIL demonstration

In FP7, PROTECTRAIL is one of the largest integrated projects on security and probably the most relevant initiative in railway security at present. The objective is to develop a global framework, taking existing solutions, making them interoperable, testing them in demonstrations with real-life scenarios.

The beneficiaries of the project will be the security staff of the operators at different levels, crisis management structures run by authorities or police officers and finally the “end users” of railways, passengers and citizens.

The first PROTECTRAIL demonstration was held in Zmigrod, Poland, where several simulated scenarios were carried out and explained in real-time. The scenarios demonstrated during this week included: intrusion, criminal activities of staff, lost luggage and CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Explosives) detection.

Today in Villecresnes, France, innovative solutions and their effectiveness in protecting railway assets against High Probability Low Impact (HPLI) security events were presented. This time, the second demonstration was conducted in real life conditions.
Organisations implemented their systems on this site and will test it. The trial will last three months, until the conclusion of the project.

In the morning, participants visited the 1km test track to see the devices used in real life. Then in the afternoon, they went to Thales Vélizy to visit the platform which monitors the results of the tests. The different organisations presented their solution systems.
In spring 2014, the final conference to conclude the project will be held at UIC HQ where all results will be presented.

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: appointment of Mr Kurucz as Director General of CD

On 20 February CD Supervisory Board nominated a new company Board of Directors with Mr Daniel Kurucz at its head. At its first meeting the Board appointed Mr Kurucz Director General of CD.

Shortly after his appointment, Mr Kurucz stated that he would concentrate his efforts towards further development of CD as the national railway operator. The strengthening of the relations with international organisations and other European railways represents a huge support in its activities.

Mr Kurucz graduated from the University of Economy in 1991. He started working for the Logistics Division of Lagermax. From 1997 – 1999 there followed his activities in Fujifilm where he was responsible for creation and supply of the Balkan branches. Then he was nominated Logistics Director, later Production and Operation Director of Carborundum. From 2003 he worked as Director General and Division Director of the Swedish Machinery company Sandvik. In 2008 he finished his MBA study at Technical University in Praha (CVUT) and Sheffield Hallam University.
In February 2011 he was nominated Chief of Special Chemistry Division of Agrofert Holding where he was also member of Holding Board. In May 2013 he joined CD as Executive Director for Operation and Technology; in July 2013 he became member of the Board. From 1 October 2013 up to his nomination last week he held the position of Deputy Director General for Economy and Technology.

UIC expresses its warmest congratulations to Mr Daniel Kurucz on his appointment and conveys its very best wishes.

(Source: CD)

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  • 25 April 2019 European work programme 2020 Paris
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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