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  • Workshop supported by Workshop hosted by BESTFACT is funded under the 7. Framework Programme of the EC

    BESTFACT international workshop on Co-modality and Green Logistics

    19. & 20. September 2013 in Vienna, Austria

    Venue: BMVIT, Radetzkystrae 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria

    Day 1: Thursday 19 September 2013 Time BESTFACT Cluster Workshop moderated by Thomas Zunder (Newcastle University)

    10:30 Registration and reception


    Approaching Green Corridors by policy and industry strategies: Is Austria a gateway?

    Opening: Short Welcome & Intro on

    BESTFACT Cluster

    Thomas Zunder, UNEW welcomed participants in the lovely


    Marcel Huschebeck, PTV introduced participants to the project. [for

    details see presentation]

    Welcome by AustriaTech

    A subcompany of the Federal Ministry for

    Transport, Innovation and Technology - BMVIT

    DI Martin Russ, AustriaTech - Federal Agency for Technological

    Measures Ltd., Managing Director. Welcomed participants on behalf

    of the host of the event. Emphasised the role of research in making

    Austria a gateway to Europe and the importance of making use of

    best practice cases in research.

    Rail Cargo Operator: Building a network of

    high frequency long haul shuttles

    Drs. Erik Regter, RCA Rail Cargo Austria, Member of the Board.

    Introdused the company its size (big for a small country), reach

    (international), condition (profitable after some difficult times).

    The importance of partnerships in Central Eastern Europe.

    Collaboration with BALO a strategic partner in Turkey. Transport

    form Anatolia to Germany and on. Second example is UNIRORO

    from Trieste to Wels, Luxemburg. RCG traction in Austria on an

    intermodal train from NL to Slovakia. [for details see presentation]

    The Alps - main gate to Italy and the South

    -Eastern Mediterranean Countries

    Dott. Harald Schmittner, Rail Traction Company, Managing Director

    Starting from 2000, difficult formally and technically also mentally

    Opening K



  • Workshop supported by Workshop hosted by BESTFACT is funded under the 7. Framework Programme of the EC

    (public railway employees mentality) for example a train could get

    lost and nobody knew where it was and when it would arrive.

    Lokomotion with Rail Traction Company a new private player

    challenging the incumbents. . Milestones: Brenner 2001,

    interoperable locomotives 2005, Biggest obstacle - administrative

    limitations to infrastructure and rolling stock capacity. The best

    infrastructure investments are not enough if the administrations are

    not willing to help use it. [for details see presentation]

    Keynote Speech from the EC DI Dr. Helmut Adelsberger, Policy Officer, European Commission,

    DG MOVE, Unit B.1 Trans-European Transport Networks. Progress

    form modal shift, via co-modality to modal integration (White Paper

    2011). The speaker felt at home in the Ministry where he used to

    work. [for details see presentation]

    DISCUSSION lead by the moderator REGTER: Rail has to be better - cheaper and more reliable. And it

    can be.

    ADELSBERGER: to force unified rules throughout EU is difficult,

    more so with every enlargement

    SCHMITTNER: 44 ton containers are penalised in Italy, ECTS is a

    huge investment in a locomotive (as one of 4 security systems) our

    competitor is road who do not have such limitations.

    REGTER rail sector can learn and evolve in a similar manner as

    low-cost airlines, new entrants on the market show us the way how

    to do it its a long process though. Security and safety slows us


    SCHMITTNER there are big cultural differences, as a Tyrolean I

    know well two. It is hard to open minds to other culture, and it is not

    a matter of language.

    ADELSBERGER: were not supporting the development of Russian

    broad gauge (we have connections in Poland Slovakia and


    SCHMITTNER: the condition for further progress is further

    standardisation (speed is secondary)

    13:00 LUNCH

    14:00 Co-modal solutions and innovations / Session 1

    The Intermodability Project: analysis of

    the logistics flows in the Italian FMCG industry

    that can be potentially shifted from road to rail

    Claudia Colicchia, Logistics Institute, Hull University Business

    School, UK [for details see presentation]

    Logistics networks using inland waterways

    examples from Mars, Heinz

    Miranda Volker, Bureau Voorlichting Binnenvaart (BVB), NL

    Presented the scale of IWW operations in NL and EU, Presented

    some case studies from Avico, Mars and Bavaria, with one of the

    strengths being the ability to offer reefer services for the cool chains

    [for details see presentation]

    Green rail: reality or fiction? Jan Koolen, Unit 45, Managing Director explained why 45 ft

    container is the right size. The reefer may have 850 liters of diesel

    able to cool freight for at least 28 days [for details see presentation]

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    DISCUSSION lead by the moderator VOLKER: most fragmentet industry, one owner typically 1-3 barges,

    the big ones have 10, they work together, 60-70 barges are run and

    monitored from one office, there are brokers as well,

    COLICCHIA: the methodology presented have been tried by ECR

    Italy; the cost is not taken into consideration at this stage of the

    development of the methodology (although it is assumed that

    customers will not be prepared to pay even one euro more)

    KOOLEN: UNIT 45 only makes pallet wide containers on the

    market 80-90% of cargo will go into 45ft pallet wide containers; there

    is not much demand for 3m high containers due to a higher cost of

    all other elements of the equipment

    15:30 Coffee break

    16:00 Co-modal solutions and innovations / Session 2

    Sustainability in Operation: Co-modal Bulk

    Logistics with Mobiler Technology

    Roland Raffelsberger, Managing Director, Asamer & Hufnagl Kies-

    und Betonwerke GmbH

    Walter Schwaighofer, Intermodal Mobiler, Rail Cargo Austria AG

    [for details see presentation]

    Best Pratice on intermodal bulk transport

    at H&S Transport

    Harmen Stremler, Commercial & Operational Director H&S

    Transport [for details see presentation]

    New ro-ro service between Trieste and


    Eric Lambert, Directeur Transport Combin, CFL Multimodal S.A.

    [for details see presentation]

    DISCUSSION and Summing-up of day 1 Role of gigaliners in intermodal transport:

    LAMBERT: lifetime of trains and terminals is much longer than the

    truck, so we need a lot of time and money to change anything. So

    its difficult to imagine this type of vehicle on the market next year.

    We could expect a modal shift from rail to road.

    STREMLER: looking at how difficult to agree internationally on

    anything (e.g. 40-44 ton payload) we cannot see this being agreed

    upon. In NL they are a reality already, just another option for the


    LAMBERT: re MODALOR system its working the load factor is

    80%, and we have 17 rotations per week; technically no problem;

    financially it is quite expensive, and there are no grants for this


    SCHWAIGHOFER; we are happy with MOBILER, we have

    transported 1 million tons with 700 containers and only 28 trucks,

    STREMLER: we work with intermodal, we organised the company to

    do so, and its a way of life, we are happy to be able to offer the

    customers a consulting service, not just transport from A to B

    RAFFELSBERGER: the choice of intermodal is a result of

    calculations and conditions

    LAMBERT our intermodal division has been increasing employment

    and making profit for many years so intermodal is good for us

    17:30 End of Workshop on day 1

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    Day 2: Friday 20 September 2013 Time BESTFACT Cluster Workshop moderated by Thomas Zunder

    08:30 Registration and reception

    09:00 GREENING LOGISTICS: Best Practices On Economically Feasible Solutions Session 1

    Moderators Opening Thomas Zunder, UNEW - The moderator welcomed the participants

    to the second day of the workshop.

    Railfreight corridors as a part of Green

    Corridors, with reference to the 2011 White

    Paper and recent rail freight projects:


    SUSTRAIL and D-Rail

    Phil Mortimer, Newcastle University There are different definitions

    on what is and how to measure a green corridor [for details see

    presentation]; commonly used is mainly the long-distance aspect.

    The commercial sector does not always recognize the green

    corridors in the same context as the public sector, which is driven by

    different interests and priorities.

    Different projects related to the green corridors were presented:

    CREAM, RETRACK, NEW OPERA, TIGER, Interreg project. It was

    pointed out that there is not a specific common terminology

    regarding green corridors used in these different projects.

    RETRACK Co-modal Train service from

    Netherland to Romania and further extension



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