VPI: Rail freight transport needs further modernisation of the infrastructure

With over 450 guests, the traditional New Year's reception of the Association of Freight Car Owners in Germany e.V. (VPI) set a new attendance record. At the 14th VPI Symposium on the following January 9th, the modernisation of the infrastructure and combined transport were the focus of the debates.
In the fairy tale, a rabbit and a hedgehog are racing. But whenever the hare thinks he has reached his goal first, the hedgehog is in front of him and calls out: I'm already there! Apparently Siemens is doing this now. There has been a lot of talk lately about India's economic and political importance, but Siemens is already there - and even with the largest locomotive order in the company's history!
The organisers describe the International Specialist Congress for Renewable Mobility “Fuels of the Future”, which is taking place for the 20th time this year, as a “navigator for sustainable mobility” and “leading event in the European biofuels industry”. More than 600 participants are expected in Berlin on January 23 and 24, 2023.
In 2008, the French state railway SNCF established Akiem to offer heavy locomotive leasing for liberalised rail freight transport. Recently, the French state called on SNCF to reduce debt by selling subsidiaries. Therefore, with validity from December 9, 2022, Akiem was transferred for EUR 800 million to the investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CDPQ for short.
During debates over Chinese shipping giant COSCO's entry into a Hamburg port terminal, skeptics raised the risk of potential strategic security issues. But also without Chinese influence, there is room for improvement, according to the ver.di services union. On November 21, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you are invited to a maritime round table at Schiffbauerdamm 19, 10117 Berlin.
The promise by Hyundai and partners that a vehicle fleet of 1,600 Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell 36-ton trailers should be built in Switzerland by 2025 is currently under pressure. Reports circulated in the specialist media that the project had been or would be stopped. The CEO of the partner company H2 Energy Rolf Huber opposed this on November 1st. But adjustments to the roll-out model seem inevitable.
"The charging infrastructure master plan II creates the basis for a comprehensive, needs-based and user-friendly car and truck charging infrastructure," emphasised the German Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing. And the Federal Minister for Economics and Climate Protection Dr. Robert Habeck explained: “The charging infrastructure must be integrated into the power grid in a system-friendly way. An interministerial steering group will coordinate further work.”
The leading trade fair transport logistic in Munich opened its doors on May 9th. Once again it proves to be a magnet for trade visitors. Around 2,300 exhibitors from 67 countries will be there. The fair ends on May 12th.
New issues of our B2B magazines rail & mobility and CARGO FREIGHT JOURNAL are being published to coincide with the transport logistic 2023 trade fair in Munich. The magazines can be ordered digitally or as a print edition from: editeur@rail-mobility.eu and editor@cargo-journal.eu Comments and cooperation are very welcome!
How do I plan and monitor my shunting trips effectively? How do I always keep an overview of the current wagon locations, delivery and collection orders? These and other tasks are solved by the zedas®cargo software from ZEDAS Ltd, based in Senftenberg in Brandenburg/Germany. The company will provide information about this at their ZEDAS Summit 2023 on March 16th and 17th, in webinars, and also at the transport logistic trade fair in Munich on May 9th-12th.