News from the InterRail Group
InterRail with a regular train connection from and to Uzbekistan
In late March, the InterRail Group added a new rail service from the Russian port of Vostochny to Uzbekistan to its portfolio. The container trains start from Nakhodka-Vostochny to Uzbekistan. For this service, the Russian InterRail subsidiary closely cooperates with the Uzbek colleagues, organizing the renting of wagons, the handling at port, the invoicing and the collocation of the block trains.
At this time, four trains are one their way from Nadhodka-Vostochny to Chukursay Station (Uzbekistan). From now on, there will be a train dispatched every fortnight. As there is enough leased rolling stock available for at least two trains, an uninterrupted service can be offered. In the near future, rolling stock will be available for an additional train, which will further increase the frequency of the trains.
TV Documentation on the world’s longest train connection
Last year, a non-profit TV production company contacted InterRail. It wanted to realize a joint production of the TV channels CGTN and RTS: a documentary feature on the world’s longest train connection. They had heard about InterRail, when we were able to dispatch the first train on this trade lane together with our partners in November 2014; the event met with broad media interest. The journey – almost 13,000 kilometers in length – took the pilot train from Yiwu via Xinjiang in West China, then via Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus-Poland-Germany-France to Madrid in Spain.
All in all, the film project was a big challenge to our colleagues. But thanks to their good contacts with local authorities, the railway companies etc. they did an excellent job. Especially Alen Jangozin, Delegate of InterRail Holding AG in Kazakhstan, Chen Qian and Carsten Pottharst of InterRail Frankfurt, Maciej Mastalerski and his Polish team as well as the colleagues in Russia showed extraordinary commitment. All the colleagues involved are listed in the closing credit. The support they gave was manifold, be it in the form of an official letter in the local language to ask for a filming permit, or by organizing a vehicle with chauffer, providing an interpreter or coordinating the schedules for filming the train as it reached a certain point along the route.
The result, The Iron Dragon (Le Dragon de Fer), is a 52-minute documentary, a joint production by CGTN and RTS. A film crew traveled along the route of the train and documented, with impressive images and interesting stories, the currently longest train connection on earth. The film shows the landscapes and cultures of eight different countries along the Silk Road of the 21st century, portraying a hug variety of protagonists along this exciting journey. It also addresses the economic opportunities the Belt and Road Initiative BRI entails, but also looks at the human aspects and gives food for thought.
The movie premiered on 14 November 2017, during a French-Chinese event in Shanghai (Fourth Session of the High-Level Dialogue on Human Exchange between the French Republic and the People's Republic of China).
At this time, the documentary is being broadcast by the TV channels CGTN, RTS, TV5MONDE and TVE and their corresponding websites and social networks.
NEWS FROM INDUSTRY & RAILWAYS
High-speed freight trains between China and Russia
According to reports in the media, the President of the Russian Railways, Oleg Belozerov, and the Director General of China Railway Corporation signed an MoU in early June on the cooperation in the field of high speed trains between China, Russia and Europe.
Under the agreement, both countries aim to develop joint rail freight traffic and logistics services, including express delivery services between China, Russia and Europe. In view of cross-border electronic trade and express delivery, Russian Railways and China Railway Corp. will analyze rail freight traffic and propose prognoses for transport volumes and new products.
KTZ and the Chinese provinces to cooperate closer still
In Shanghai, Kanat Alpysbaev, Chairman of the Board, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, met with representatives of the logistics platforms in the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang (Yiwu), Hunan (Changsha), Jiangsu (Lianyungang), Shaanxi (Xian ), Sichuan (Chengdu), Henan (Zhengzhou) and Chongqing, as well as representatives of COSCO, one of the biggest global container shipping lines, to discuss the future cooperation on a number of projects.
During these meetings, plans for further collaboration were discussed and agreements were reached to increase the container transport volume from China to Europe, Central Asia, Turkey and the Gulf States.
“We are open for the development of our cooperation and prepared to increase the transport volume in transit through Kazakhstan [...] ”, said the head of the Kazakh delegation, K. Alpysbayev. As a result of the talks, appropriate agreements were signed. (Source: KTZ).
Ukraine to receive 7,000 freight wagons
According to media reports, Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsya) announced the acquisition of 3,500 additional freight wagons for this and the coming year, a purchase made possible with an investment by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The European Bank has moreover announced a number of infrastructure investments in Ukraine. The management of the freight wagon purchased with the loan is to be transferred to a separate stock company; EBRD and Ukrzaliznytsya will be the joint owners of the rolling stock. Railway infrastructure profited, in the course of these past years, from investments in electrification and modernizing the main railway lines. According to Ukrainian Railways, this project is meant to be a strong signal to further potential investors that are interested in Ukrzaliznytsya’s projects.
“Railfreightlocations.eu” to be established Europe-wide
The EU Commission decided to turn the "Railfreightlocations.eu" portal into a standard Europe-wide tool for information on rail service facilities; HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and their European partners have been appointed to develop the project. After a successful pilot phase, the project will be expanded; all sorts of rail service facilities such as marshaling yards, maintenance facilities and filling stations will be added. At this time, the portal that has been available since October 2015 as a pilot version comprises over 3,700 locations all over Europe, among them intermodal terminals, rail ports as well as public and private feeder tracks.
"Railfreightlocations.eu" is to offer all operators of service facilities an easy and cost-effective opportunity to fulfil their obligation according EU regulations to publish and update information on their facilities as well as list further information on their facilities and the services they offer.
This gives shippers, train operators and other rail logistics companies a central point of information on all market-relevant operating and service data. Apart from the technical development of the portal and the initial data collection, recommendations for a business and governance model for the future, sustained use of the portal are being drawn up. The project is scheduled to take about one year; it will be finished in May 2019.
The initiative is supported by the most important associations of the European rail industry. Apart from HaCon, project partners are the International Rail Freight Traffic Association IBS, the International Union for Combined Road Rail Traffics UIRR, the International Railway Union UIC, the German Support Center for Intermodal Traffics SGKV and the Swedish consulting and software company Triona (source: railwaypro)
About the portal: The structure of the European rail freight market has profoundly changed over the past decades and road competition is further increasing. This situation is particularly challenging for last-mile operations. An easy and quick access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight – specifically on rail freight access points – would improve service planning, in particular across borders.
With Railfreightlocations.eu, a step has been taken to support the market with a web-based portal offering a “user-friendly access to information on last-mile infrastructure for rail freight”.
Five questions for Tatiana Roshupkina
With InterRail since 2010.
To me, a day at work is successful...
…when all the tasks have been fulfilled.
What impresses me most in my job is…
…the opportunity to improve oneself and to continually analyze in order to come up with the right solutions in diverse situations.
If I were not working in the transport industry, I would like…
…to be a doctor.
For a trip around the world, my destinations would be…
….Australia, New Zealand and France.
My wish is to…
….live a happy, healthy life and to lead the company to success again and again. ;