Rail freight boom: +10,3% in the Ports of Genoa and Savona-Vado
Source: Ports of Genoa
Upward trend continues in the volume of inland container traffic moved by rail. The Ports of Genoa consolidate their role as a modern logistics platform serving the Northern Italian intermodal terminals. Major importers prefer rail transport to minimise the extra costs deriving from container storage in the port terminals. In line with the upward trend registered over the last two years, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority reported a record 115,208 teus moved by rail in the second quarter of 2022, a +9% increase on the corresponding period of the previous year, whilst a total of 215,650 teus were freighted by rail across the first half of the year, a +10.3% advance on 2021. It is important to note that all commodity segments have now returned to pre-Covid volumes. Containerised cargo rose by + 5.4% compared to the second quarter of 2019 and up +2.9% on 2021, conventional traffic is in line with 2019 volumes (+0.9%), but up +3.9% on 2021, solid bulk grew by +3.5% on 2019 and +14% on the previous year, and mineral oils and other liquid bulk return to 2019 volumes, namely, +3.7% and +14.2% respectively.
Germany to prioritize oil and gas transport on rail
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To ensure that coal continues to go to power plants and oil to refineries, the German federal government wants to give priority to energy transport by rail for six months. Freight trains should then be given priority over passenger trains. Namely when they have loaded coal, gas, oil or transformers – in other words, everything that keeps power plants and factories running. Up until now, freight transport has usually been subordinate to passenger transport. This could now be reversed with the new regulation. However, according to information from the industry, not all possibilities have been exhausted to lengthen existing freight trains or to run more at night. In any case, not all transport can be shifted to rail in the short term, because wagons are scarce throughout Europe. Neither the state company DB nor its competitors are currently registering a higher demand for energy transport.
Source (in German): https://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/gueterverkehr-bahn-vorrang-101.html
Focus group session on hydrogen transport on the Rhine
This year, the Franco-German Energy Platform is organizing a focus group on aspects of cross-border hydrogen transport to provide a forum for exchange on the integrated planning of a hydrogen ecosystem in the Franco-German border region. The role of the Rhine as a natural supply branch in an energy system of the future should be discussed. Concepts for the decarbonization of shipping and relevant technologies will also be highlighted. The exchange serves the overarching goal of integrating existing initiatives into cross-border cooperation. The event will be translated simultaneously and will take place in German and French in Strasbourg. The venue will be announced at a later date. For registration and more information see: https://dena.my-ticketing.com/register/77271?language=de
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