International disruptions happen. But the consequences can be mitigated; ScanMed RFC has implemented a 24/7 back-up service for International Contingency Management with the help of Trafikverket. On the 29th of April, a simulation was performed with participants from the whole Corridor.
Johan Carlgren, Accessibility Manager at ScanMed RFC and Anne Hommik, Operational Working Group Leader at ScanMed RFC, tells us more.
On the 16th of April, ScanMed RFC, together with Shift2Rail, discussed the future possibilities of transports on the railway. The meeting was held as a virtual meeting; for a summary of the outcome, please click to read.
The Customer Workshop (RAG/TAG-meeting) is now scheduled from the 11th until the 13th of November 2020 in Hamburg, Germany. The Annual Report is published and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our Managing Director summarizes as Easter draws near.
Easter is here and for many of us it will be an unusual Easter; the current COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all of us. But nevertheless, Easter is here. In what way you celebrate, or just enjoy a couple of days off, we want to wish you a Happy Easter. We would like to share with you some highlights we've had over the past months...
Linda Thulin, President of the Management Board, stated that the customers and ministries has enlightened us that the situation in Brenner is urgent until the tunnel opens: Roads has been gaining advantage over rail and we need immediate action to reverse the trend.
The Green Logistics Expo, initially scheduled to take place from the 13th to the 15th of May 2020 in Padua is postponed due to the emergency caused by the epidemic of the COVID-19 virus. Please click to read the full news.
On the 28th of January 2020 the Vaggeryd Municipality in Sweden published a press release in reference to the news that Båramo Intermodal terminal becoming more integrated into the railway network in Europe through its co-operation with ScanMed RFC. This will come into effect in December 2020.
On the 17th of February Linda Thulin, president of ScanMed RFC, joined the Arctic Infrastructure Conference via live-meeting to speak about what ScanMed RFC can contribute to in reaching the Green Deal and reduce CO2.
Sweden’s railway infrastructure manager, Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) corrected it’s time-frame for the deployment of ERTMS after consultations with the train operators and coordination with other main projects in Sweden and neighboring countries.
Together with other Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) ScanMed RFC will organize a joint Path Coordination System (PCS) Training in participation with Rail Network Europe (RNE) on the 6th and 7th of February 2020 in Frankfurt.
Please click below for more information and a link to the registration.
we are happy to announce that the Pre-Arranged Paths (PaPs) Offer TT2021 is now published and accessible in PCS and ready for you to order. In the annual catalogue you will find all internationally coordinated, harmonised and pre-constructed paths of ScanMed RFC which can be requested exclusively via the C-OSS and PCS.
ScanMed RFC has reached an agreement to let its customers in ScanMed North (NOR, SWE, DEN, GER) implement a Single Contract of Use (SCU) of railway infrastructure capacity along the Scandinavian Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor.
Dear customer, ScanMed RFC wants to inform you that the publication of the detailed information on coordinated TCRs (Temporary Capacity Restrictions) for Time Table 2021 has been slightly delayed for organizational reasons, and will occur by mid-January 2020.
In case-specific information is needed before the publication, you are welcome to contact
email@example.com or Hans-Peter.Huber@oebb.at.
27-Nov-2019 update - Dear applicants, we thank you for your interest. Due to the high number of received CVs, the first selection phase will be closed on the 29-Nov-2019. CVs received after this date, can't be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next selection phase. ScanMed RFC wishes the best of luck to all the applicants. #Europeancorridor #ScanMedRFC
ScanMed RFC, the European Rail Freight Corridor Scandinavian Mediterranean, is looking for a Communication and Administration Officer (temporary assignment – Vienna). Should you be interested in the below described position, you can send your CV via email (subject: CA Officer ScanMed RFC) to firstname.lastname@example.org- by 13-December-2019.
The ScanMed RFC wishes you a good start of the week, thanking all the Corridor Users and Stakeholders that participated at the last RAG/TAG Autumn Meeting, above all the Port of La Spezia for the hospitality during the BILOG Fair.
Last 16th of October, the ScanMed Corridor had the occasion to meet the RUs, Ports and Terminals strengthening an already existing cooperation, discussing the users’ needs and next steps to take, to increase the modal shift of freight to the railway Corridor, towards a more green and sustainable transport.
Trafikverket - International conference on railway freight transport - On September the 20th in Stockholm, invited representatives from the industry and European railway organizations gathered for a full day on competitive freight transport by rail. Among the speakers were Pat Cox, who is the European Coordinator for TEN-T Scan-Med, Emanuele Mastrodonato, CEO of the Scan-Med RFC Corridor, and the Swedish Transport Administration's Director General Lena Erixson. The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) is the initiator of the conference.
The conference concept was specifically addressed to transport buyers, railway companies, major ports and terminal players with a focus on freight transport. The purpose was to highlight important aspects of how the railway can become more attractive to those who buy transport services.
The volume of goods and freight flows is expected to continue increasing - at the same time we must protect the climate and continue making our society more accessible and sustainable.
The objective of the conference was to get an industry-wide picture of Swedish and European initiatives to strengthen the growth of freight transport by rail. Therefore, together, we identified important issues and obstacles that today stand in the way of efficient and competitive rail freight transport, says Magnus Landström, the Swedish Transport Administration.
Implementing the Act Prohibiting the Operation of Noisy Freight Wagons
(Railway Noise Mitigation Act)
A ban on operating noisy freight wagons, which has been imposed by the Act Prohibiting the Operation of Noisy Freight Wagons (Railway Noise Mitigation Act), will take effect from the start of the 2020/21 working timetable period.
DB Netz AG is currently preparing to implement the provisions of the Railway Noise Mitigation Act. These provisions must be applied whenever access parties request infrastructure capacity for the 2020/21 working timetable. We therefore plan to provide access parties and wagon keep-ers with timely ongoing information about the relevant rules that will apply under this Act.
From 13 December 2020, the Railway Noise Mitigation Act will prohibit the operation of freight or passenger trains containing one or more noisy freight wagons on the German (public standard gauge) rail network. Noisy freight wagons are those that exceed the noise emission limits under the TSI relating to rolling stock noise. This means that the Act will ban the operation of freight wagons with cast iron brake blocks. Wagons that have been retrofitted with composite brake blocks in place of cast iron brake blocks will be treated for the purposes of the Railway Noise Mitigation Act as equivalent to low-noise wagons compliant with the TSI relating to rolling stock noise. Such retrofitted wagons will therefore not restrict the operation of trains containing them.
Noisy freight wagons will only be allowed to operate without restrictions if an official exemption has been agreed. The German Federal Railway Authority may issue an exemption if requested by the operator or wagon keeper. Exemptions can only be issued if the wagon is providing pre- or onward carriage on a line with steep gradients, if it operates exclusively for historical or touristic interest or if there is no approved technology to turn the wagon into quiet freight wagon.
If no exemption has been issued, paths on the German rail network for trains containing one or more noisy wagons may only be requested for ad hoc services. In this case, the train's speed must be reduced so that its noise emissions do not exceed that of a comparable train containing only low-noise wagons. In practice, this usually entails reducing the train's speed to around 20-30 km/h.
Infringements of the Railway Noise Mitigation Act may result in severe penalties. In the case of repeated violations, other official sanctions may apply. These may include speed limits or bans on the offending rail company.
Should you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitate to ask the noise-differ-entiated track access charges team or the national OSS using the contact details provided.
#ScanMedRFC is grateful for your attention during the summer break! Ready to re-start pushing for more #railway and #intermodal #freight #transport, from North to South - Easily! More on www.scanmedfreight.eu
Seeing at the analytics on the LinkedIn activities during the last thirty days, we are happy for having being caught your attention with such good results also during the summer.
All the performance indicators increased showing a positive trend. We doubled the followers, reaching a 17% increase in new visitors and increasing the “custom button clicks” by 700%.
Stay tuned to discover all our next information and news.
The ScanMed Corridor would like to wish you a good start of the week with an interesting news.
Another important achievement has been reached by the Rail Freight Corridor ScanMed, for the first time in Europe: last week, after having received the official confirmation of an integrated capacity request, we’ve met the concerned undertaking and terminal to define the last details of the train dossiers Verona Quadrante Europa to Rotterdam to be operated in TT 2020. The request includes a Terminal Slot connected with a Pre-arranged Path that allows booking in advance both the railway capacity and the terminal services required by the customer.
Following an accident at a level crossing (8 May 2019), the Rendsburg - Schleswig line is closed. Around 300 metres of track have to be renewed, the overhead line repaired and the level crossing technology replaced. As things stand at present, the restrictions are expected to last until Wednesday, 15 May.
Individual freight trains have been able to pass the area between Rendsburg and Owschlag at 20 km/h since noon on 9 May. This prevents trains with further European destinations from accumulating on the freight corridor to Scandinavia.
Bahnübergangsunfall bei Rendsburg (Streckensperrung)
Nach einem Unfall an einem Bahnübergang (8. Mai 2019) ist die Strecke Rendsburg - Schleswig gesperrt. Rund 300 Meter Gleis müssen erneuert, die Oberleitung instandgesetzt sowie die Bahnübergangstechnik ausgetauscht werden. Nach jetzigem Stand werden die Einschränkungen bis voraussichtlich einschließlich Mittwoch, 15. Mai dauern.
Einzelne Güterverkehrszüge können den Bereich zwischen Rendsburg und Owschlag seit Mittag des 9. Mai mit 20 km/h passieren. Damit wird ein Aufstauen der Züge mit weitergehenden europäischen Destinationen auf dem Güterkorridor Richtung Skandinavien verhindert.
The ScanMed Corridor is glad to inform you with the relevant news from the RailTech 2019, held in Utrecht last March.
The forum attracted almost 50 participants, including Ministries, Terminals, Rail Undertakings, Industries and International Press.
Our C-OSS, Stephan Noll, presented the ScanMed Pilot on Integrated Offer, concerning the offer process where terminal slots are associated with the international rail freight capacity.
The Pilot consists of four levels of commitment as follows:
C-OSS as facilitator of information exchange
C-OSS as common Post-Box (Applicants can place requests for Terminal Capacity in one step, together with the PaP requests)
Publication of Free Terminal Slots (C-OSS publishes free Terminal Slots in the PaP Catalogue with no preliminary coordination with the PaP times)
Publication of Coordinated Terminal Slots (C-OSS publishes in the PaP Catalogue Terminal Slots which were coordinated with the PaP times)
The general thought of the participants revealed a good appreciation: customers loved the idea to book everything in one tool, as for PCS.
Furthermore, as suggested by the participants, the pilot should be applicable for Reserve Capacity requests too.
In the end, this is the right approach and a first step to achieve a real integrated offer.
In market opinion, a fully integrated is meant to serve, monitor and broadely improve the offer process. This integration should include further corridor/non-corridor lines and thus having an operational impact.
Dear Scandinavian Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor End Users and Stakeholders,
ScanMed RFC is happy to invite you to its fourth Spring RAG-TAG in a Special Edition, where the dialogue with End Users (clients of ScanMed Railway Undertakings) will have a special space. The meeting will take place on 14th May 2019, from 10h30 to 15h45 in Frankfurt.
On the 13th of February in Nässjö, we have met the Swedish International Freight Association (SIFA). SIFA is a trade association which represents some 105 Swedish companies engaged in the movement of freight. During the day, we discussed the need of cooperation between stakeholders to increase the reliability of transports on railway and add volumes of freight transport on rail.
The international re-routing options and processes 2019 of ScanMed are published on the RFC Customer Information Platform (CIP). They focus on ScanMed RFC sections of re-routing possibilities to manage international contingencies. The scenarios have been developed by the traffic management departments, and departments for timetabling and infrastructure of the Infrastructure Manager Members of ScanMed RFC....
Excited to hear the latest news about ScanMed Integrated Offer with Terminals? Interested to discuss the proposed approach and give us feedback? Then join our interactive presentation at the Freight & Terminal Forum 2019 on 27th of March in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
we are happy to announce that the Pre-Arranged Paths (PaPs) Offer TT2020 is now published and accessible in PCS and ready for you to order. In the annual catolouge you will find all coordinated , harmonised and pre-constructed paths of ScanMed RFC which can be requested at the C-OSS via PCS.
It's a great pleasure to introduce our new Managing Director to you.
Emanuele Mastrodonato, a chartered Electronic Engineer, has been working for the railways since 2002 at the Italian Infrastructure manager RFI and more recently at CER, the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies.
“We need to talk... Come and join us at our autumn meeting of the Advisory Groups Railway Undertakings and Terminals, on 6th November in Vienna. Quality monitoring and improvement, Last-mile, traffic monitoring, international management of disturbances... we have listened to you and can't wait to share our ideas and actions with you. Follow the link: https://www.scanmedfreight.eu/events/rag-tag-meeting-5.html "
From today on, the monthly punctuality reports on ScanMed are available for downloading in CIP.
This is an important step forwards in the path of setting up real “quality circles”, where IMs and RUs can cooperate in order to improve the punctuality along the ScanMed routes.
Our Train Performance Management working groups made a significant work to enable this publication: the Corridor working group, on one side, significantly improved the usability and reliability of the reports themselves, also cooperating with RNE and the other Corridors, while the regional working groups provided the platform where discussion on quality with railway undertakings took place. Comments resulting from this cooperation can be found in the reports.
How would you define what a Rail Freight Corridor is and what would you want it to be?
From the interaction I have had with the Rail Freight Corridors and understanding of Regulation EU 913/2010, the RFCs are the backbone of our primary European freight railroads.The coordination and facilitation role of the RFCs is essential for the improvement of cross-border inter-operability, thus efficiency and reliability of European rail freight operations.
Join an ambitious community of Rail Infrastructure Managers to develop its market footprint and its customer portfolio!
Who are we?
ScanMed RFC stands for Scandinavian-Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor, one of ten Rail Freight Corridors building up together a Network across Europe for competitive rail freight. “ScanMed” involves seven Infrastructure Managers from Norway (Bane Nor), Sweden (Trafikverket), Denmark (Banedanmark), Germany (DB Netz), Austria (ÖBB Infra) and Italy (RFI), as well as the Øresundsbro Konsortiet (Sweden/Denmark) managing the Øresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.
ScanMed RFC contributes to the general goal of shifting freight to rail for reducing congestion on road and ultimately CO²-emissions. It aims at being the backbone of a logistic service chain better connecting rail to other modes, such as road and sea transport, and serves the strategic mission of establishing ScanMed RFC as integrator of international rail freight services with the purpose of enabling new traffic.
In this respect, ScanMed RFC has put a focus on addressing End users, i.e. freight forwarders and the Industry, which eventually decide in favor or against rail services.
With creating the position of Market and Customer Relationship Manager, ScanMed RFC intends to strengthen its access to the market and to fulfill its goal of winning new traffic for rail.
You will be part of a Corridor team of four to five people organized and working mainly as a network spread among the Corridor-countries and you will report to the Managing Director.
Together with the six national experts (Typical profile: Key Account Manager) appointed by the Infrastructure Managers involved in ScanMed RFC,
You will be defining the terms of and performing market prospection as well as customer relationships and acquisition for international rail freight, looking for new traffic opportunities
You will be steering market analysis whenever appropriate
You will be defining and implementing customer marketing and communication, including if necessary IT-tools
You will be quantifying a realistic corridor rail market potential
Together with the above-mentioned experts and with the Corridor team
You will be initiating and developing a dialogue with customers with the aim of winning new international freight traffic on rail
You will be assisting customers in their need for support to access rail services
You will be ensuring the appropriate involvement of partners and other stakeholders of the logistic chain
You will be representing the Corridor in fairs and customer events together with the Corridor team and/or further national experts whenever appropriate
You have 3 to 5 year-experience in market prospection and marketing in a European environment, in the transport industry, preferably in logistics
You have basic knowledge of market analysis/transport modelling methods
You have knowledge of one or several rail freight markets covered by ScanMed RFC
You can think at both strategic and analytical level
You can act in a political environment with different stakeholders and agendas
You combine self-initiative and team-playing spirit
You feel comfortable in a creative, multi-cultural, virtually organized working environment
Your English is excellent in writing and speaking. Any other language spoken on the Corridor will be considered an asset.
You are flexible for travelling to Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Italy
A great opportunity to pave a new path and to set your personal footprint
An entry point to seven rail infrastructure managers and market-leaders among their customers
A full-time position until 31st December 2021
Have we triggered your interest? Send us your CV as well as a one-pager summarizing your motivations!
In September2018, the annual RFC User Satisfaction Survey will be re-launched.
With this survey, we aim to learn the opinion of our present and future users and the terminalsabout our products and services with the goal to further improve them for the benefit of international rail freight. This allows you to tell us about the strengths and weaknesses in our performance and also gives you the opportunity to point out areas that need to be improved.
The survey has been conducted annually since 2014 or 2016 and we have already been able to improve specific areas based on feedback from the respondents.
Since it is very important to us to increase the quality of our products and services, we look forward to receiving your feedback and assure you that it will be greatly appreciated. The higher the level of participation is, the better we will be able to draw reliable conclusions about user satisfaction with the services and products that we offer.
If you are interested in participating, please contact us: [email@example.com], and you will receive a direct link to the survey questionnaire via email in September.
If you were to give your own definition of a Rail Freight Corridor, what would that be?
A way to bring different national Infrastructure Managers together to harmonise technical limitations and train paths constructions, as well as to eliminate administrative double work and to remove old national barriers on a deregulated European railway market. However, the Rail Freight Corridors are still struggling to find the right forms and how to pack the services to be offered.
ScanMed RFC is pleased to invite Railway Undertakings, Terminals, Ports and End Users to its third Spring Customer Workshop that will take place on May 29th, from 09:00 to 17:45 in Naples, in the premises of the National Railway Museum.
In 2016, we dedicated our efforts to define a common strategy and in 2017 to explore the Corridor expected role as Facilitator along the logistic chain. In 2018, we will concentrate our workshop on consolidating the opened path(s).
We listened to your feedback. Timetables for international ad-hoc traffic are often not well harmonized: border times might differ between the Infrastructure Managers, stops at border stations might be long, timetables might be incomplete or overlapping... For these reasons, many of you asked for a corridor service facilitating quick and coordinated timetables for short-term traffic. We have followed your request!
Starting 5th February, we are officially launching our Short-term Reserve Capacity Pilot. The Pilot enables you the request of international coordinated timetables at a short-notice, by using PCS.
We aim at improving the quality of the timetables and reducing the response time.
This is what you need to consider:
Our for short-term Reserve Capacity TT2018 is marked in PCS as RFC03adhoc01, RFC03adhoc02 etc.
The number of Dossiers published in PCS is not an indication of the available capacity for the Pilot. New Dossiers can be daily uploaded into PCS as soon as the published capacity was used and as long as capacity is still available at the Infrastructure Managers
Only the corridor sections and the standard parameters are published in PCS. The times of the timetable are flexible - It is up to you to decide which times suit you best
We will construct the international timetable and provide you with the offer as soon as possible (There are no fixed deadlines but we aim at being quicker than the individual Infrastructure Managers)
We start the Pilot by enabling requests for spot-traffic only (one train / one day). Depending on the results of the Pilot, the corridor service might be extended
Exceptional transports cannot be accepted
Only requests with forward construction can be dealt with
Only requests placed in PCS can be taken into consideration for the Pilot
The function “pre-accepted offer” should be selected in PCS when creating the Dossier
Following Infrastructure Managers are part of the Pilot: Banedanmark, DB Netz, ÖBB Infra, RFI
You will get your final offer via PCS
Have we triggered your interest ? Please contact your C-OSS for support and more details.
I have been chairing the Management Board of the Corridor for the last two years. It consists of highly skilled top managers with long international experience from our six Member-Infrastructure Managers. This is the group where all decisions about the implementation of our strategy are made.
What are the biggest challenges on ScanMed RFC?
Bringing radically different operational and market environments to pursue together one strategy and the same goals all the way between Scandinavia and Italy. These are reliability of rail traffic and simplicity of access to rail services for end users. We work with pilots and regional groups, in the North and in the South - but it is the role of the Management Board and its team to ensure that we all go in the same direction.
What are the next plans?
We have three priorities: improve our capacity offer for more flexibility, complete our work on cross-border contingency management with the aim of more transparency for our customers, and support a better coordination of works, both cross-border and internally to the Infrastructure managers, between our colleagues planning works, and those planning paths.
Where do you want ScanMed RFC to be in 10 years?
To be the natural counterpart and solution-provider for rail users, when it comes to international freight. The Corridors must be trend and frame-setters. We brought our Members to talk on a broader geographical basis than just the network next door. The next step is to convince them that we support them, not compete with them. Our common competitors are road, short-sea shipping and inland waterways.
The takeover of the Customer Information Platform (CIP) by RailNetEurope (RNE) and its rollout to six participating Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) made it possible for the CIP to become a multi-corridor tool providing harmonised information processes. This included the possibility for users to navigate easily between the information for individual RFCs displayed on the CIP.