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Rail freight news in brief

12 Sep 2016

Saudi Railway Co reports that mining traffic on its North–South Railway reached 750 000 tonnes/month in August.

Lotos Kolej has been awarded a four-year contract to transport aviation fuel for Poland’s armed forces.

Rail Freight Solutions has expanded its indoor grain loading capabilities in Detroit to handle 40 containers per shift.

Russian freight company Globaltrans Investments has announced adjusted revenue of 20·6bn roubles for the six months to June 30, down -1% year on year. Rail freight turnover was up 13%, outperforming an overall market increase of 2%, with gains led by bulk freight including metallurgical traffic (+19%), coal (+17%) and construction materials (+9%). Costs increased 3%, ‘significantly slower than the business volumes and the 9% year on year increase in regulated RZD tariffs’. Globaltrans said its bulk cargo business is well-positioned to benefit from market recovery.

Users of MercuryGates transport management software can now access CSX’s ShipCSX online intermodal booking tool. ‘We are pleased to offer our customers even more options to quickly and efficiently manage intermodal freight through our partnership with MercuryGate and its industry-leading TMS’, said Parker McCrary, Director, Product Development at CSX Transportation. ‘Our goal with the RailPlus product is to provide customers a seamless and effortless experience through better technology, tools and service. The ability to quickly access intermodal rates and cover loads within MercuryGate’s TMS will help our customers grow their bottom line.’