Our new home – the redesigned website is now live!

We are finally here. After months of preparation and work, we have moved our virtual home to a new provider with a unique design.

The information on the website is updated to reflect the recent changes in the Team as well as some exciting news in our offer, be sure to check out all the new features.

Many more changes are scheduled for the upcoming months, so be sure to keep an eye out and visit us regularly.

Welcome to our new home!

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Digital RAG-meeting is in the books!

On the 17th of July 2020, ScanMed RFC, together with its stakeholders, is gearing up for a digital RAG-meeting!

This meeting is an excellent opportunity for us all to discuss relevant topics that are of interest to everyone.

The meeting will start at 10:00 on the 17th of July, and you can join us through Microsoft Teams.

If you wish to read the agenda of the meeting and join us – please click here to learn more.

We already have many Railway Undertakings, and other stakeholders confirmed to participate, but since we are going digital, we have room for even more, so be sure to join us!

We are sure that the meeting will be filled to the brim with insights, cooperation, and discussions.

Topics such as Joint Coordination of Traffic across countriesTCRs area of improvement, and Capacity and Transport Market Costs Study results are slated.

We are happy to host this digital meeting, and we hope that many more can join us!

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ScanMed noted as an example of best practice at SERAC meeting

On the 25th of June 2020, the Single European Railway Area Committee held a meeting to discuss many essential questions that affect railway within the EU.

At the meeting, ERFA, European Rail Freight Association, held a presentation of existing practices with regards to the coordination of TCRs, Temporary Capacity Restrictions.

ScanMed RFC, with a focus on the Regional Working Group Brenner and the TCR Working Group South, was noted as an example of best practice. Advantages such as discussion of all relevant operational topics and a harmonized format of documentation and information were some of ERFA’s findings.

Excerpt from ERFA Presentation

Excerpt from ERFA’s presentation

At ScanMed RFC, we are proud and happy that the hard work of the Regional Working Group Brenner and the TCR Working Group South is highlighted in such a manner!

The work will, of course, continue. At ScanMed RFC, we are committed to bringing the successful process we’ve experienced in the South to the Northern part of our corridor as well.

Download ERFA’s full presentation here.

Visit the ERFA website at http://www.erfarail.eu/ and make sure you follow them on Twitter as well as on LinkedIn!

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What are Punctuality Reports?

Punctuality is essential for the railway and especially for us in ScanMed RFC!
I had the opportunity to have an e-mail exchange with our CRM Manager, Kosta Tsesmetsis, to learn more about the reports ScanMed RFC produces.

Kosta Tsesmetsis

Kosta, please tell us, what are punctuality reports?

The punctuality reports are constructed by our Train Performance Management Working Group (shortened TPM). In the report, you find information about the punctuality of all the trains running along with ScanMed RFC. In them, you can find a thirteen-month overview, which enables you to compare the current month to last year. Also included are reasons detailing why the punctuality is what it is.

Interesting! So, are there more details in the reports to be found?

Yes! All international freight trains that cross at least one pair of predefined measuring points along the Corridor are displayed. You can study trains when they leave their origin and when they arrive at their final destination from North to South and vice versa.

What is the threshold for a delayed train?

If the train is delayed equal to or lower than thirty minutes, it is deemed punctual. More than thirty minutes and the train is considered delayed.

Who is producing the punctuality reports?

Every country within the Corridor has its TPM Coordinator; they deliver data of the previous month. The data is collected by the TPM Working Group Leader, who summarizes and constructs all the different figures to form the punctuality report.

How are the reports being used, and by whom?

They are available for everyone; Infrastructure Managers, Railway Undertakings, Freight Forwarders, and End Customers. The reports give a good overview of the punctuality. Infrastructure Managers, together with Railway Undertakings, can use the reports to analyze and see where they can make a difference for the customer to have an even better product!

How often do we publish these reports, and where can they be accessed?

A monthly edition is published and available in CIP – you download it from here. A quarterly report is also available, and you can access it by contacting the ScanMed RFC TeamRAG/TAG-Speakers, or the Regional Working Group Leaders.

If one has suggestions, ideas, or questions regarding the reports – to whom should they address them?

Please contact me, Kosta Tsesmetsis as the CRM Manager. I will collect your input and coordinate with the TPM Working Group so that we can give a solid and useful response.

Before letting you off the hook – anything you would like to add about the reports?

We know that there is a vast potential in using the reports. We do appreciate feedback on the reports so that they can evolve, and the data in them can be used to address issues. With input, we can launch new project pilots, such as done with the Brenner axis Task Force. Or we can undertake a new study, as done with the minimization of the dwelling time at cross-border stations. So we urge you to actively use the reports and get in touch with us if we can assist you in any way!

Finally, how has it been working from home as a CRM Manager during the current pandemic?

I started working on the 2nd of March, 2020. Ten days later, Europe was more or less wholly closed down. With the help of colleagues within ScanMed RFC and support from the Infrastructure Managers in all countries, it has worked well! Maybe everyone is starting to get tired of all the questions from me.

Thank you very much, Kosta, for a thorough explanation of what a Punctuality Report is.

Please visit the links in the article. They are also summarized below for your convenience.

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Punctuality reports available

The punctuality of trains is always interesting; are they on time? How often are they delayed?

ScanMed RFC publishes monthly Punctuality Reports in CIP and you can view them through this link.

More information about Train Performance Management can be viewed through this link.

A quarterly Punctuality Report is also available through request, please contact us if you want your own copy.

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Mudslide in Austria, International Disruption simulated

Johan Carlgren, Accessibility Manager

I got the opportunity to have a virtual meeting with Johan Carlgren, Accessibility Manager at ScanMed RFC, and Anne Hommik, Operations Working Group Leader at ScanMed RFC. We had a chat about ICM, disruptions, and a simulation that took place on the 29th of April 2020.

With the help of our experts, let us understand what ICM is.

International Contingency Management, or ICM as it’s shortened, are the processes described in a handbook published by Rail Net Europe (RNE). It describes how international disruptions are managed by Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) when they affect the flow of international traffic. Each of the Corridors manages an annex to this main document detailing the specifics for the respective Corridor. The management of disruptions is handled daily by the IMs on a regional and national basis. The ICM-handbook, along with the particulars for each Corridor, outlines the management of an international disruption. It is always the leading IM, i.e., the IM that has the disruption within their geographical area that declares an international disruption.

Anne and Johan explained to me why it’s so important to have a handbook and a process in place:
A process is vital, so everyone knows what to do when to do it, in what order, and how to communicate. The process gives guidance for us, in the Corridor, how to handle international disruptions. Each country within the Corridor has its specific way of managing disruptions. Without this process, it would be much harder for everyone to operate on a joint platform. The flow of goods knows no borders, and our cooperation doesn’t either. The addition of a process describing the management of an international disruption to existing processes gives another useful layer.

ScanMed RFC is one of the first Corridors to implement a 24/7 back-up service if an international disruption is declared. The affected IM has a single point of contact regardless of the day of the week, time of day, or type of disruption if there is a need to declare an international disruption. The back-up service is staffed by Trafikverket at the National Control Center.

On the 29th of April, an ICM simulation took place. To understand what the aim was and how it went, we again turn to Anne and Johan:

We tested the aspects of starting up an International Disprution, the initial call declaring an ICM, the first teleconference, and the newly updated documents. ÖBB Infra supplied us with a real-world case, though, as a simulation. All IMs within the ScanMed Corridor participated with different functions to role-play the disruption. We’ve also made some adjustments to better suit or our Corridor; instead of having separate meetings for the Incident Managers and the Communication Managers, the first meeting was joint. We feel it is better to have the first meeting together since this ensures that everyone has the same basic information. Afterward, if there is a need, separate meetings can be arranged. The Telco was completed on the Skype for Business platform. For the majority of the attendees, this worked out fine.

After a simulation, you are bound to note one or more findings that will help you to improve the process further. Anne and Johan continue to explain:

A joint communication platform for all RFCs is needed. Even though almost everyone could attend in full, this simulation proves that we need to work on this issue. RNE is in the process of overhauling the ICM-handbook. ScanMed RFC will, together with the IMs, raise the issue of one joint communication platform in the upcoming overhaul.
Some minor adjustments in our documents and checklists are also in the pipeline. One insight of the simulation was that it’s not a significant hurdle you have to overcome to declare an International Disruption. The simulation helped the participants to see that the procedure can help add value and that you don’t have to move a mountain to get the ball rolling.

I asked Anne and Johan if there was anything in particular that they think made this simulation successful?

The Operations Working Group has done a tremendous job in facilitating the simulation, and this proves the excellent cooperation within the group. Everyone in the simulation participated actively, and the evaluation was completed individually by everyone shortly after the simulation; Evaluating and finalizing the report so soon after the simulation helps in collecting fresh opinions. One surprising finding was that the information supplied by ÖBB Infra detailing the simulation was comprehensive and easy to understand; this will set a high standard for upcoming International Disruptions. 

The affected IM in ScanMed RFC has the possibility of declaring an international disruption 24/7, and now, with the simulation done, the process is sure to run more smoothly.

For more information:

Picture from ICM Workshop in Stockholm on the 30th of January 2020 in Stockholm.
Anne Hommik, Operations Working Group Leader pictured in back-row, middle.
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Logistics Trust Networks: ScanMed RFC together with Shift2Rail discussed the future possibilities of transports on the railway

Jan Bergstrand, Shift2Rail/Trafikverket

Why isn’t the railway used to a more significant extent? It is competitive when it comes to price, capacity, reliability, and it is environmentally friendly. To ensure future transport demands, we must use the railway for combined transports.

One obstacle is that it might be fragmented and challenging for the freight forwarders and end-users to choose the railway easily. When there is a need for transport or when traveling, you just click start and destination on a website, and then you get an answer and can book your transport, quick and easy. The railway is more fragmented to get in contact with, and it takes time to start up a new business. That is something positive about the Rail Freight Corridors, one organization that brings the holistic approach, offers faster transports from origin to destination, and eliminates hindrance.

Shift2Rail has initiatives to seek market-driven solutions to simplify and create more efficient transports. Examples are wagon intelligence so you can follow the wagon and the goods in realtime with asset control towers, ensuring customer communication.  Also, there is a higher grade of automated train composition and operation.

Linda Thulin, ScanMed RFC, and Jan Bergstrand, Shift2Rail wants to thank the following people for the invitation:

  • Torgny Nilsson, Trelleborgs Port,
  • Paul Kleiby, Logistic Network

It was a pleasure to participate, and we look forward to dialoguing and cooperating in the future!

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Customer Workshop, RAG/TAG-meeting dates are announced!

Emanuele Mastrodonato, Managing Director

Dear ScanMed RFC Stakeholders,

I am pleased to inform you that you can save the date for an autumn/winter edition of the ScanMed RFC Customer Workshop (RAG/TAG-meeting). We have now confirmed the dates, which are the 11th, 12th, and the 13th of November 2020 (TAG day, joint RAG-TAG day, RAG day). The location is Hamburg, Germany, and this will be a joint ScanMed RFC – Hamburg Port event. We will get back to you with more details in due time.

Since COVID-19 is still a main common concern, we are continuing to gather comprehensive information for you. We will update it every 24-48 hours or on an ad-hoc basis, when available. In this context, we’re kindly asking Railway Undertakings, customers, and stakeholders to participate in a short survey where the aim is to access the current situation. Thank you in advance for your valuable input!

With some days off, you might have a few more minutes to read our ScanMed RFC Annual Report of 2019. There you will find how we worked to establish a new market-oriented organization that can better cooperate with railway stakeholders to visualize and facilitate the opportunities that railways can offer to meet the transport needs. For this purpose, we set common goals and plans to enable moving new volumes of goods by rail. We invite you to read the details and summaries for yourself, downloading the latest version by clicking the link above.

We are available via teleconnection these days, but we look forward to meeting you again in person after this period.

ScanMed RFC wishes you a safe, healthy, and peaceful Easter.

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We wish everyone a Happy Easter!

As Easter is here, we want to take the opportunity to remind you of some of the news and events we have published since the start of 2020. Whether you celebrate Easter in some way or you enjoy some well earned days off, we wish you a lovely and safe Easter!

  • COVID-19 is still affecting all of us, ScanMed RFC keeps the information updated
  • The Customer Workshop, RAG/TAG-meeting, of 2020 was scheduled
  • We published the review report of the ICM Case in Rendsburg
  • The Annual Report of 2019 was published
  • The Brenner Task Force was formed
  • Our new CRM-manager, Kosta, joined ScanMed RFC and the team
  • An ICM workshop took place in Stockholm and was fruitful

The spring of 2020 will be fast-paced, and we are all looking forward to sharing exciting news with you, so keep in touch with us through our website, Twitter, and LinkedIn! Perhaps we will be present in other Social Media soon.

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