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Rhine-Alpine Talks: Smart Logistics

Photo: BASF

The Rhine-Alpine Talks on 5 December attracted 70 online participants with the topic “Smart Logistics”. It was introduced by Christianne Van der Wal, Chair of the EGTC Rhine-Alpine, and moderated by its Director, Jörg Saalbach. Click at the titles of the presentations for download.

Thorsten Bieker of BASF, Vice President Rail & Site Services, presented the keynote “Smart mobility in freight transport from an Industry perspective”. One of the outstanding projects is an oversize tank container for use between the sites at Antwerp and Ludwigshafen along the Rhine-Alpine corridor. Compared to tank cars, it drastically reduces shunting, resulting in faster service. Compared to conventional containers, it utilizes the train length much better.

Eric Mekenkamp with Marcel Michon of BCI International presented “Smart Logistics Lanes”. Goods are often shipped around the world several times during the production process, so that a special focus should be on resilience. This emphasises the need for synchromodality, to use all options.

Peter Pardoel of Cabooter Group Venlo presented “Smart Logistics Venlo”. Located in the Netherlands, close to the German border, it is not only a logistics hub. It is also a cooperation concept that includes government and research.

Marcel Huschebeck of PTV Group presented “A Synchromodal Corridor Information System for the RALP – The FENIX Project”. He went into the details of information processing in an environment of many partners from different background, with the need for identity management, data exchange, and brokering.

Fernando Liesa, Secretary General of ETP-ALICE, reflected upon handling the complexity of the above topics, also with the background of the physical internet.

After the Christmas break, the sixth Rhine-Alpine Talks will be held on 5 February, featuring EU funding programs.

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Covid-19: Cancellations

All passenger train services between Switzerland and Italy will be canceled from 10 December until further notice. Read the details here (external link, German, French and Italian language). Other international relations may run on limited schedules.

2021 rail schedule with more international trains

The 2021 passenger train schedule will become effective on December 13. Despite the Covid-19 crisis, there are some good news for long distance and international passenger traffic along the Rhine-Alpine corridor:

Mt Ceneri fully integrated: While trains have used the tunnel for some months, the new schedule will take into account the faster travel times. There also will be more trains connecting Zürich and Milan.

Through train to Genoa: Zürich and Genoa will be connected by a fast through passenger service.

Longer trains: With Deutsche Bahn now receiving new ICE trains at a fast pace, longer trains will operate on the Hamburg – Frankfurt – Basel – Chur line from June 2021. From autumn 2021, these trains will also operate between Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich. This also means a better availability of trains that can operate on the steep grades of the high-speed line Cologne – Frankfurt, a central part of the Rhine-Alpine corridor. Read more details here (external link, German language).