UIRR Press release - 2017: a robust year for Combined Transport 24/05/18

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2017: a robust year for Combined Transport

The intermodal performance statistics collected by UIRR, from 37 members across 17 European countries, reflect a robust performance in terms of number of consignments transported using Combined Transport, which nearly reached 3.2 million full truckloads (or 6,4 million TEUs) in 2017.  This constituted a 5,5% increase compared to the year before.  The growth was even stronger when measured in tonne-kilometres: 2017 performance in these terms have exceeded the year before by 8,7%.

The UIRR Report 2017-181, adopted during the Ordinary General Assembly of 17 May 2018, focuses on three main topics:

  • Quality of rail freight: the outcome of the Rotterdam Transport Ministerial Declaration and the Sector Statement of 2016, the Rastatt incident, EU and Member State efforts to promote rail freight and  externally funded R&D projects that run with UIRR contribution such as the ELETA, Optiyard and Common Portal Projects.
  • Fair, mode-neutral regulatory framework: focusing on principles of transport policy-making, the European mobility packages and the issues that remain open, as well as funding of transport infrastructure  and the EU project Aeroflex.
  • Enhancement of intermodal transport: depicts the ongoing amendment of the Combined Transport Directive, standardisation initiatives and various services provided by UIRR to support daily operations.  EU projects HubHarmony and ICONET offer the promise of improvements.

The Report features written contributions from EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, State Secretary for Transport from The Netherlands, Stientje van Veldhoven and EPP Coordinator in the European Parliament TRAN Committee, Wim van de Camp.

UIRR, as the association of European intermodal transport, developed its membership by adding six new members, three new partners and three MoU peers during 2017.

The General Assembly elected UIRR’s new Board of Directors consisting of the following leaders of the European intermodal sector:

Thibault Fruitier, Managing Director Novatrans and Greenmodal

– leading French Combined Transport operators, part of the Charles André Group.

Marco Gosso, Managing Director of Mercitalia and Mercitalia Intermodal – the main operator of Combined Transport in Italy.

Rainer Mertel, Director Marketing at Kombiverkehr – one of Europe’s largest Combined Transport operators.and Managing Director of KombiConsult

Christopher Müller, Managing Director of Rail Cargo Operator

– the Austrian-based Combined Transport operator specialized in Central Europe, Turkey and Eurasia.

Irmtraut Tonndorf, Director Marketing and Communication at Hupac – the Swiss leader of European Combined Transport, also active on the Eurasian Landbridge.

Ben Beirnaert, Managing Director of Combinant Terminal

– an open access transhipment terminal operating within the Port of Antwerp.

The new Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of UIRR President Ralf-Charley Schultze, will oversee the development of the association of the European intermodal sector throughout the next three years, until the end of its mandate in May 2021. This will foreseeably include the adoption of the amended Combined Transport Directive, which in its current form dates back to 1992, as well as the 50-year Anniversary of UIRR’s founding in October 1970.

UIRR remains committed to its mission of ’Growing the market for Combined Transport based on technical merit and management excellence’.

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The General Assembly elected UIRR’s new Board of Directors consisting of the following leaders of the European intermodal sector:

Thibault Fruitier, Managing Director Novatrans and Greenmodal

– leading French Combined Transport operators, part of the Charles André Group.

Marco Gosso, Managing Director of Mercitalia and Mercitalia Intermodal – the main operator of Combined Transport in Italy.

Rainer Mertel, Director Marketing at Kombiverkehr – one of Europe’s largest Combined Transport operators.and Managing Director of KombiConsult

Christopher Müller, Managing Director of Rail Cargo Operator

– the Austrian-based Combined Transport operator specialized in Central Europe, Turkey and Eurasia.

Irmtraut Tonndorf, Director Marketing and Communication at Hupac – the Swiss leader of European Combined Transport, also active on the Eurasian Landbridge.

Ben Beirnaert, Managing Director of Combinant Terminal

– an open access transhipment terminal operating within the Port of Antwerp.

The new Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of UIRR President Ralf-Charley Schultze, will oversee the development of the association of the European intermodal sector throughout the next three years, until the end of its mandate in May 2021. This will foreseeably include the adoption of the amended Combined Transport Directive, which in its current form dates back to 1992, as well as the 50-year Anniversary of UIRR’s founding in October 1970.

UIRR remains committed to its mission of ’Growing the market for Combined Transport based on technical merit and management excellence’.

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