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UIC publishes 5th version of the UIC Digital Progress Paper

UIC has just published the 5th version of the UIC Digital Progress Paper, with a particular focus on the Proofs of Concept (POC) currently developed in cooperation with some UIC Members.

This document is part of an iterative process, which is continually developed and updated over time.

To consult the latest version (five), please click here:

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer:

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6th Global Rail Freight Conference in Genoa addressed the main challenges in global logistics

“Modal Integration at the Service of Global Distribution”

From 26 – 28 June 2018, the 6th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), one of the leading events dedicated to rail freight transport and logistics at world level, was held in Genoa, Italy, at the historic venue of Palazzo Ducale. This event, prepared in a close cooperation between UIC and Italian Railways FS Italiane, is a landmark for all actors of the logistics chain. Genoa is the south terminal of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, one of nine multimodal TEN-T Corridors under development to boost the growth and competitiveness of the European economy in a sustainable way and a port open to world trade.

For one-and-a-half days, representatives of institutions, companies and the logistics world exchanged and debated on the following main challenges over the course of seven sessions:

  • Mega Trends in Global Logistics
  • The race towards sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Blockchain technology
  • Globalisation, Innovation and Connectivity
  • Rail freight corridor developments and the new Silk Roads
  • Integrity of the Logistics Chain

Session 1: Megatrends

Intramodality is a must
Collecting Big Data is not an issue anymore but data processing and analysing is the key
Legal frameworks are evolving everyday
Large focus on Asia-Europe corridors (but do not forget the flows between North America and Central and South America which are growing, and be conscious of Africa)

Session 2: Sustainability

Transport is not taken into consideration enough but it is the core of sustainable development goals
Projects exists but are developing slowly
Amount of investment is huge
Investing in infrastructure and rolling stock is costly
Think about “soft measures” such as process enhancement, language issues, IT developments.
Sustainable development is not only about environmentally-friendly measures, but also about ethical and social measures. The rail sector is generally speaking a leader on these aspects.

Session 3: Sustainable Finance

New tools now exist: Private Public Partnerships (PPP) Green Bonds, etc.
Stakeholders need to use them because public resources are not enough.

There is a need to find funding from other sectors:
Investment funds
Pension funds
Private banking

Finance flows to the transport sector are small compared to other sectors (as energy).

Session 4: Blockchain Technology

Characteristics: Transparency (complete overview of all costs, information on exact status of shipment)
Process: Competitive options such as cost, time, mode of transport, carriers, etc.
Services: Real-time location, better customer service and online administration of all bookings
Experience: to ease booking such as for road or air transport

Session 5: Globalisation, Innovation, Connectivity

Technology now helps us to go further in the areas of:
Smart Assets
Lean maintenance
Rolling stock maintenance
Fleet management
Infrastructure works better planned, smart interventions

Session 6: Rail Freight Corridor Developments and the New Silk Roads

Operators on the Europe-China corridor are financing the whole business and the growth
The 13th Five-Year-Plan at a glance – infrastructure is one of the most important future corner-stones
Eurasian rail cargo grew significantly, yet has a low intermodal market share

Session 7: Integrity of the Logistics Chain

Electronic seal-systems and electronic devices help operations people to enhance the security level of shipments featuring:

Track and trace
Rapid responses
Real time monitoring
Better costs
Better delivery delays

Rail cargo has advantages, especially on Eurasian corridors:
Faster than sea freight
Cheaper than air freight
More sustainable than air freight
Loading capacity higher than road and air freight
Security is better by rail than by road

BIC presentation: using BIC codes and Locodes helps
Track and trace
No language barriers (codes are international)
Better asset management

In CIT’s presentation, the goals were defined as follows:
One legal regime for all transport modes
Standardisation of the contractual relationship between carriers and shippers
Using the CIM consignment note (paper) and the electronic consignment note

The obstacles are:
Still lots of papers need to travel with goods (invoices, paper consignment notes, etc.)
Procedures need to be updated
Legal framework

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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Freight CEO Task Force meets from 9 – 10 July 2018 in Zurich

The CEO Task Force was set up three years ago by Freight CEOs with a view to providing high-level support to issues of key importance to the competitiveness of rail freight. These issues were clustered into four categories: Interoperability, Corridors, Rail Operation and Innovation.

On 9 and 10 July 2018, at the invitation of Juergen Maier, BLS Cargo, representatives from Astoc, BLS, DB Cargo, Lineas, Mercitalia, RCG, SBB Cargo, SNCF, VDV, CER and UIC met in Uetliberg in order to review progress of the topics championed by the task force and agree on the next concrete steps for each.

The review was structured around thematical workshops each moderated by a Sherpa.
Sandra Géhénot, UIC, moderated the first workshop which focused on Clusters Interoperability, Corridors and Rail Operation. Bertrand Minary, SNCF, moderated the workshop on Innovation and Alfred Pitnik, RCG, moderated a discussion on the next strategic steps.

Whilst the need to continue to follow all issues was stressed, the following priorities for the period ahead were earmarked:

  • Cross border interoperability and more specifically the following concreted topics currently driven by the UIC projects and providing technical input to a range of sector initiatives such as the Issue log and Sector Statement:
    • The driver language issue
    • Braking
    • Train composition
  • Timetabling with a special focus on the TTR pilots
  • Digitalisation with two specific streams:
    • Standardisation
    • Data exchange and ETA for which the UIC Raildata group already provides technical support

This exercise was also targeted at better supporting the Sector Strategy “30 by 2030 – Rail Freight Strategy to boost modal shift” which is organised around the following four workstreams:

  • Railway operators should offer rail products of the highest quality/value for money
  • Infrastructure managers and regulators should make sure that running a train through Europe is as ‘easy’ as running a truck.
  • Policy-makers should push customers towards rail, taking into account external costs of rail and truck.
  • The rail sector should reinvent itself at the same pace as the truck sector

The Sector Strategy was presented last May by Clemens Först, Chair of the Freight CEOs High-Level Freight Meeting, to representatives of the European Shippers Council and to Elisabeth Werner, Director, Land Transport, DG Move. On that occasion, it was again emphasised that the Freight CEO TF is open to all rail freight stakeholders. It is a key tool to draw the attention of the sector at large, to what is at stake for rail freight in Europe and to what is needed to ensure it becomes the backbone of mobility for a sustainable society.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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4th UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest – Voting Process

We invite you to click on the three photos you have chosen by 21 August 2018!

For the fourth time, UIC is organising a photo contest for the UIC Asia-Pacific members.
Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures to be voted by 3000 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2019 with the 12 best photos.
You will find below an array of photos that we have received, and we invite each reader to vote for the one they like best in terms of originality, representativeness, artistic quality, etc.

Based on your own criteria, we invite you to select the photo you have chosen by 21 August 2018. Please follow this link to vote:

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC Paris headquarters

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

The event is free of charge – please register here:

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Schenker tests automated “Wiesel” swap-body transporter

DB Schenker is the world’s first logistics service provider testing an automated “Wiesel” at its site in Nuremberg

This vehicle manufactured by KAMAG has been developed to transport swap bodies at logistics yards and can move these autonomously. The “Wiesel” serves to analyse and evaluate the automated processes. The vehicle has been developed for the use on company grounds only, and won’t be deployed in public spaces. KAMAG and DB Schenker, two leading global companies, are cooperating to push forward jointly the innovation topic of automated driving.

Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation at Schenker AG, said at the presentation of the “Wiesel”: “Digitalisation improves efficiency throughout the entire transportation ecosystem. The use of driverless transportation systems is already an important component of our logistics processes. The evaluation of the test phase will show how we integrate the system into our overland transportation system.”

Managing Director Bernd Schwengsbier from KAMAG: “The pilot project allows us to analyse the potential of the technology in specific everyday logistics applications. This will help us to further develop and improve the technology. With our automated guided vehicle we make a contribution to increasing the efficiency of our customers.”

In the long term, the aim is to maximise the cost-effectiveness of automated swap-body vehicles and to match the turnaround time of vehicles manned by drivers. In comparison with regular swap-body transporters, potential benefits include reduced personnel costs, longer maintenance intervals as well as a resource-optimised operation. The automated operation of the “Wiesel” reduces pollutant emissions and noise. In light of the increasing staff shortages in the logistics industry, the autonomous vehicle can also help alleviate staffing issues.

Moreover, using automated vehicles improves the overall safety level on logistics yards, where human error is considered the main cause of accidents. The very precise sensors help to minimise the risk of injuries and damages to the infrastructure. In terms of safety and thanks to the sensors, the vehicle can detect obstacles and stops automatically whenever necessary. Adding to this, during the tests executed by DB Schenker the vehicle can be stopped at any time by using a radio remote control.

The automated “Wiesel” in Nuremberg was constructed by converting a standard swap-body vehicle.

Photos and a film are available here:

(Source: DB Schenker)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Wagon-platforms for transportation of large-capacity containers passed qualification tests

On 4 July 2018 at the ZIKSTO JSC wagon-building company, qualification tests were conducted on a four-axle platform designed to transport heavy-duty type 13-6922 containers.

The wagon is designed to transport large-capacity containers of various modifications along the main railways and tank containers intended for the transport of dangerous goods.

The Commission with the participation of the Technical Center of NC "KTZ” JSC, JSC “KTZ-Freight Transportation” positively evaluated the technological equipment of production and stability of technological processes for the production of freight cars, and also confirmed the readiness for the serial production of rolling stock.

In general, the improved characteristics of the large-tonnage type 13-6922 platform have an increased carrying capacity that will allow the operator and the owner of the infrastructure to reduce operating costs, and the cargo owner to transport a larger volume of cargo," said A. Zhangeldy, Director of the Technical Centre of “NC” KTZ” JSC.

The technical centre of “NC” KTZ" JSC carried out work to approve unified technical requirements for prospective freight wagons. Among the key requirements for the new rolling stock is the increase in the volume, the between-repair period, the design speed, and the reduction in the tare weight of freight wagons.

As noted by the chief engineer B. Kotyrev, the development of domestic car building significantly enhances the country’s ability to implement large-scale plans for the development of logistics and cargo transit.

“To date, NC” KTZ" JSC together with stakeholders in the face of state bodies, development institutions, manufacturers and operators of wagons are working to approve the programme for the development of freight wagon building," said B. Kotyrev and added that the programme is aimed at supporting and development of car building and provides for state support to provide tax and other preferences to manufacturers.

(Source: KTZ)

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on SBB Cargo, member of the UIC Europe Region

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 30 September 2019 UIC security platform - Steering committee Warsaw, Poland
  • 3-4 October 2019 UIC Digital Days Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12-14 November 2019 InnoRail Budapest, Hungary
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 13 November 2019 The end of fossil fuels in the railway sector -UIC best practice workshop Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 20-22 November 2019 8th International Railway Summit New Delhi, India
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee TBD
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 6 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 6 May 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 May 2020 96th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 27-29 May 2020 International Transport Forum (ITF) Leipzig, Germany
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 5 June 2020 EMC & 30th European Regional Assembly TBD
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin (?)
  • 12 November 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 12 November 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 13 November 2020 97th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 15 December 2020 European Management committee Paris (UIC)
  • 16 December 2020 31st European Regional Assembly Paris (UIC)

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