World rail freight news round-up
Russian Railways expects to launch an electronic trading platform for freight services during April. According to RZD President Oleg Belozerov, this will enable customers to order and pay for transport online, and also make it possible for third parties to pay for services, ‘without lengthy approval procedures and with transparent pricing’. Meeting shippers on March 15, Belozerov said ‘much has been done to simplify the process of obtaining the services offered by RZD’ during the past year, including reducing the deadline for booking fright transport from 10 days to 24 h. ‘In the third quarter of 2017, we plan to switch completely to accepting, processing and agreeing to orders for domestic transport in automated mode’, he said.
PKN Orlen is to invest in a facility for cleaning tank wagons at its Płock refinery in Poland. The opening is planned for the first half of 2019, improving environmental performance and staff working conditions.
US port railway Pacific Harbor Line has begun testing Progress Rail’s 2 000 hp EMD24B Tier4 compliant locomotive, which is based on an existing EMD GP40 rebuilt with a Cat 3512C diesel engine and after-treatment system. ‘PHL is pleased to once again partner with Progress Rail in our ongoing effort to achieve the lowest possible emissions within the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach’, said Pacific Harbor Line Inc. President Otis Cliatt II.
CN and road haulage company TFI International have announced a renewed collaboration to develop domestic intermodal traffic across Canada. ‘We believe our expanding partnership will help both our organisations provide more consistent, reliable service for our shared and growing customer base’, said JJ Ruest, CN Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer.
E.ON has awarded Green Cargo a multi-year contract to operate two trains per week carrying propane from Karlshamn to SSAB’s steel works at Borlänge.