A new stage of cooperation between Nexrail and Vossloh Rolling Stock began at the end of 2022. Both companies signed a contract for the purchase and delivery of a further 50 DE 18 Stage V locomotives. The largest part of the order consists of a lot of 40 locomotives with German track approval, which are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The rail freight traffic does not come to a rest - until April 24th the administrator of the German public railway infrastructure DB Netz blocks the most important freight transport route in the north-south direction near Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Freiburg.
Between October and December 2021, the automotive supplier Webasto tested the delivery and shipping of components and goods by rail at its Neubrandenburg site. The evaluation of the pilot project is now available: The use of freight trains instead of trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions during transport to and from the Neubrandenburg site by at least three quarters without additional costs.
HHLA achieved sales of EUR 1.46 billion in 2021, 12.7 percent more than in 2020. This was reported by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) at its balance sheet conference on March 24, 2022. HHLA CEO Angela Titzrath described Russia's attack on Ukraine on February 24 as a "bitter day for all peace-loving people worldwide". On that day, the port of Odessa, the most important in Ukraine, also had to close. HHLA has operated a container terminal there since 2001.
An unprecedented decision was apparently made on March 23, 2022 by DB Netz AG, the manager of the German public railway network. It interrupted rail freight traffic in large parts of Germany for several hours.