Violeta Bulc at the podium

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Commissioner Bulc presents her policy achievements over the last five years

Commissioner Violeta Bulc at the podium (European Union 2015, Lieven Creemers)

Commissioner Violeta Bulc at the podium (European Union 2015, Lieven Creemers)

“With the European Parliament legislature coming to an end, and before some of you go back to their constituency to campaign for the European elections and others follow another path, it is a real pleasure for me to be with you once more”, says the Commissioner in her letter to members of the European parliament. Among other things, she explicitly elaborates upon rail transport, river transport and investment in TEN-T corridors.

Read the full presentation: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/162920/Speech%20-%20Commissioner%20Bulc%2020190411.pdf

 

Port of Rotterdam Authority starts partnership with North Brabant region for more inland shipping freight transport

Inland navigation (Port of Rotterdam, Willem van Kasteren)

Inland navigation (Port of Rotterdam, Willem van Kasteren)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Multimodal Coordination Foundation and Brabant Advice Centre (MCA Brabant) signed a partnership agreement to realise increased container transport via inland shipping between Rotterdam and North Brabant. The region of North Brabant covers most of the part of the Netherlands located south of the Rhine and is an important source of hinterland traffic for Rotterdam, which so far is mostly carried by road.

Read the full press statement: https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/port-of-rotterdam-authority-starts-partnership-with-north-brabant-region-for

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9th Assembly Meeting in Genoa

On 11 April 2019, the EGTC held its 9th Assembly meeting in Genoa, Italy. The Assembly was the last one chaired by the first Chair of the EGTC, Ms. Conny Bieze. Since its founding almost exactly 4 years ago, the EGTC was chaired by Ms. Bieze. The members expressed their gratitude to her and wished her all the best for her future plans.

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Conny Bieze

The EGTC has grown from 10 founding members to 24 in 2019. At this Asssembly meeting, Ms. Elisabetta Franzoni from the City of Novara presented the 25th member application. The Assembly accepted the application unanimously and heartily welcomed the new member.

Another main topic of the Assembly meeting was the Action plan of the EGTC for the next 3 years, that focuses on 5 main topics and on communication. With this focus, the EGTC also adjusted its working structure by setting working groups for each topic. The Working groups developed dossiers on the focus topics and corresponding activities:

  • • Cross-border issues
  • • Resilience of the Corridor
  • • Green Corridor
  • • Smart Mobility / Digitalisation
  • • Noise Reduction
  • • Communication

On 12 April, the assembly members had a guided tour through the Port of Genoa as well as through the laboratories Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and Liguria Digitale. At the Erzelli Tecnopole, the participants have seen a presentation of the districts, techno-poles and research centers from the Piemonte, Liguria and Lombardia Regions.

Palazzo San Giorgio

 

 

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Brexit handbook to Dutch ports

With Brexit still looming these days, it may be interesting to learn how the forwarders are supposed to prepare. Of course, this covers just a small part of all Brexit issues, but the handbook of Dutch ports allows some pragmatic insights. Download the complete brochure: https://www.getreadyforbrexit.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/getreadyforbrexit_handbook_GB.pdf

 

Duisburg: Container handling stable, China business growing

Container handling stable, China business is growing (Image: logport I in Duisburg-Rheinhausen) © Hans Blossey

Container handling stable, China business is growing (Image: logport I in Duisburg-Rheinhausen) © Hans Blossey

In 2018, container handling volumes at Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) remained at the record level of the previous year (4.1 million TEU). With a share of around 55 percent, container handling is the most important duisport goods segment. The China business continues to gain in importance. At present, 35 to 40 trains already travel between duisport and a dozen Chinese destinations every week. Read the complete news: https://www.duisport.de/pressemeldungen/?lang=en

 

Hinterland rail services between Switzerland and Antwerp on the rise.

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Schweizerzug train at Frenkendorf terminal, headed by BLS-Cargo engine. Photo: BLS-Cargo, Markus Seeger

27 Mar 2019: Switzerland and the Belgian port of Antwerp are moving closer together. Since the beginning of this year alone, two scheduled services have been added linking Antwerp by rail with Basel and Frenkendorf, from two to four round trips per week by operator Schweizerzug alone. But also inland navigation plays an important role on this route. Read the complete news: https://www.portofantwerp.com/en/news/new-solutions-increasing-freight-flows

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Cooperation agreement between Western Ligurian Sea Ports Authority and China Communications Construction Company signed

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    Photo: Container terminal Genova (Martin Brandt)

Within the framework of the agreements signed in Rome on 23 March by the Italian Republic and the People’s Republic of China, and with specific reference to the Memorandum of Understanding on the New Silk Road, the Commissioner for the Reconstruction of Genoa, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority and the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) undersigned a Cooperation Agreement designed to forge new forms of collaboration in the implementation of the Action Plan and investment programme for the reconstruction and the redevelopment of the Port of Genoa, including an upgrade of access infrastructure, as foreseen by the Emergency Decree for Genoa n.109 of 2018. Read the complete news: https://www.portsofgenoa.com/en/marketing-communication/news/item/1292-cooperation-agreement-between-the-reconstruction-commissioner.html

 

Strasbourg and Marseille ports join forces on multimodal north south axis

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    Photo: Container terminal Strasbourg © Port of Strasbourg

Signed on February 4, the agreement between both ports has four core objectives:

  • • the development of rail traffic,
  • • cooperation on best practices and operational strategy,
  • • commercial promotion through joint events and shared market intelligence,
  • • research and innovation on issues such as port fluidity, supply chain performance and environmental initiatives.

Read the complete news: https://www.marseille-port.fr/en/Resources.File.ashx?sn=Public&id=3723&ct=Inline&ah=true&ex=2019-03-28T16:05:04&cr=wqsuflKuBFb3urnaUILUBw==

 

1st Flemish Week in North Rhine-Westphalia – Antwerp promotes itself as the state’s home port and seaport

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    Photo: Container traffic at Antwerp port (Martin Brandt)

The Port of Antwerp is demonstrating its significance and position as the home port for the North Rhine-Westphalian industry during the 1st Flemish Week in the state. More than two thirds of its foreign trade already passes through the Western European ports and the Port of Antwerp is the second-most important of them after Rotterdam; this was clearly emphasised during a port event in Düsseldorf on Monday, 18 March. Many representatives from the worlds of politics and business also discussed the future development of freight flows and the expansion of intermodal transport links between Antwerp and North Rhine-Westphalia during the event. Read the complete news: https://www.portofantwerp.com/en/news/1st-flemish-week-north-rhine-westphalia-%E2%80%93-antwerp-promotes-itself-state%E2%80%99s-home-port-and-seaport

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Analysis of Measures in Consequence of the Rastatt Tunnel Incident

The EGTC has discussed the disruption of the busiest European railway corridor in summer 2017.

The Rastatt Tunnel Incident in August 2017 resulted in a logistical chaos for eight weeks, both freight and passenger services in the entire Corridor and beyond were affected. This accident demonstrated the vulnerability and interdependency of all parts of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. The EGTC has discussed the disruption of the busiest European railway corridor and its consequences, thoroughly.

In November 2017, the EGTC has published a position paper and requested:

  1. A prevailing consequence of the Rastatt incident is the necessity to ensure resilience for the Corridor. Therefore, we ask for a comprehensive risk analysis for the Corridor concerning main and alternatives routes, involving all relevant logistics stakeholders;
  2. On this basis, emergency plans for different risk scenarios need to be elaborated jointly, including relevant stakeholders and experts from all countries along the Corridor. Such plans should comprise adequate pre-defined alternative routes, fit for immediate use in case of necessity, applying the synchro modality approach.
  3. Finally, in order to implement the emergency plans, we suggest to establish an effective crisis management, which is ready for action if needed.”

As a follow-up, the EGTC has elaborated an analysis presenting the main activities and measures of different stakeholders which have been realised or announced since the incident occurred.

This follow-up paper is published on this website: Analysis of Measures in Consequence of the Rastatt Tunnel Incident. It shows that many important steps have been initiated or undertaken, and major efforts are required to urgently implement such a catalogue of measures. But the majority of these concrete measures only concern the railway sector.

Therefore, still some activity gaps need to be tackled. In particular, the need to analyse and consider all transport modes in order to achieve a synchro-modal approach for corridor emergency plans. This should also include major infrastructure in close vicinity of the defined corridors and routes, as e.g. the French lines along the Upper Rhine valley.

This is necessary in order to remediate the perceived problems and to provide for a redundant transport system in the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. But also the resilience for all European core network corridors has to be in focus in order to guarantee for a fully functioning and interconnected European transport system.

 

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Alliance for a Future-Proof Rhine-Alpine Corridor – 1st Conference

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The 1st Corridor Conference of the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC took place on 7 June 2018 in the premises of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 120 participants listened to 30 speakers and discussed varied issues in 5 thematic workshops: The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, the future priorities for the development of the Corridor, the results of  CEF-funded project „European Rail Freight Line System“, experiences with the legal form of a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation and a visionary workshop.

After the workshops the political plenary session gathered panelists from academia, industry and politics discussion. Two keynote speeches from the EGTC Chair Conny Bieze and Corridor Coordinator Pawel Wojciechowski set the frame for the panel dicussion. 5 panelists discussed about joint efforts for shaping the future of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

As a main result, the Conference underlined the importance of a joint and coordinated development of this important European Corridor. The EGTC was again recognised as the voice of the local and regional level of the Corridor, whose ideas, activities and committment were appreciated once more.