Heavy-goods transport in Finland is technically open to competition, unlike passenger transport1, but new entrants have found it difficult to gain a foothold in the market. One important obstacle has been the monopoly VR retains in import, export and transit freight, but Yle has learned that this will change when President Sauli Niinist signs a new contract on connecting traffic during his visit to Russia at the end of September.
That deal is subject to parliamentary approval, but once passed it will end the switching of locomotives at the Russian border. At present Russian freight trains have to be pulled by Finnish engines once they cross the border.
The change could be costly for VR, which derives a third of its freight income from such traffic at present. Private train companies, on the other hand, welcome the prospect of increased access to the rail freight business.
“Flaw in regulation”
The opening of Russian connecting traffic to competition is good, and welcome, said Kimmo Rahkamo of Proxion Train. This kind of protected monopoly right has been a flaw in Finland s otherwise fine railway regulation.
Rahkamo s company has been trying to enter the rail business for a while now, but a lack of rolling stock has hindered its advancement.
We are really hopeful that an equipment solution can be found, but when and who with are still open questions, said Rahkamo.
The Transport Ministry estimates that Russian freight could open to competition as early as 2015, and VR says it is ready for the challenge and will implement new efficiency measures.
Efficiency means that new technology and radio systems are being developed, we are lengthening trains, minimising decoupling and coupling work, or looking for every possible operational measure that could improve efficiency, said the head of VR s Russian transport division, P ivi Minkkinen.
The road haulage industry is making good progress in reducing the carbon impact of its operations. Many firms are now benefiting from environmental and cost opportunities from monitoring their fuel usage and collaborating in order to avoid wasted emissions.
According to the Freight Transport Association1, road haulage now accounts for around a third of the UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions associated with road transport. Research from Daf Trucks shows that CO2 emissions for a 200-mile journey fell by 21 per cent from 1977-2007, with journey times falling 33 per cent.
Recent introduction of freight networks has seen fuel efficiency within the industry improve hugely, allowing firms to fill empty vehicles with new loads on their return journeys. According to the European Environment Agency, around 25 per cent of trucks, HGVs and couriers were travelling on UK roads completely empty, with another 50 per cent only half full.
Returnloads.net now allows haulage and courier firms to advertising their available loads or drivers online. After completing a delivery, rather than returning to base empty, a vehicle can identity an available local load with the same destination, and take it with them. By saving one complete vehicle journey, this reduces fuel consumption, administration costs and associated carbon emissions:
If the road haulage industry is serious about slashing the number of vehicles driving around the UK empty, it is crucial that there is a central online marketplace in which hauliers can seamlessly exchange information. After all, the carbon emissions, not to mention the cost savings to be made, are phenomenal, said Returnloads.net s Managing Director, Richard Newbold.
Some members transact thousands of loads a year on the site. It is not unusual for them to save upwards of 30,000 in administrative costs alone, especially for those with fleets of 11 plus vehicles.
Whereas in the past, firms would have to employ a several members of staff to match up available loads with drivers utilising a small number of telephone contacts, they can now access a network of suppliers at the touch of a button, sorting by vehicle and load location and destination. Drivers can even locate loads on-the-move via their mobile phone, using the innovative Returnload.net app.
Driver training is having a large bearing on the reduction of individual journey emissions. By making drivers understand exactly how their vehicles work, drivers are better able to manage their vehicles and fuel consumption. Research shows that by changing driving style, miles per gallon (MPG) can improve by 8-10 per cent, with an additional 3-5 per cent for cruising speeds and up to 5 per cent for idling time.
Adoption of Safe and Efficient Driving (SAFED) practises has been widely successful, creating a culture of environmental ownership amongst drivers. This provides operators with savings in fuel costs, lower CO2 emissions, lower maintenance costs and a reduction in vehicle downtime.
Haulage firms are also now better aware of how their fuel is being used throughout their fleet, with systems used to manage fuel deliveries and deliver key performance indicators on individual vehicles. Fuel card management improves visibility of fuel purchases and a dedicated member of staff can take responsibility for dictating strategy and process improvement.
Truck management has also allowed operators to match vehicles to the jobs being carried out. Analysis of vehicle specification, including engine power, torque rating, gearbox, fuel type and fuel efficiency, aerodynamics and weight will allow operators to choose the most appropriate vehicles for particular jobs, depending on cargo demands and journey distances. For example, research shows that by implementing correct aerodynamics kits, MPG can improve by up to 10 per cent.
Improvements in scheduling and routing now also means that firms will use telematics and GPS technology to analyse their fleet schedules and create an optimum routing strategy, which minimises fuel demands and maximise fleet capacity.
While carbon neutrality is a still a long way away, on-going development in hybrid and biofuel technology will allow haulage firms to make further improvements in their fleet s fuel efficiency, leading to longer-term gains.
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Since last few years, the road haulage industry has gained a lot because of latest technological advancements. It not only simplifies the process but also results in higher productivity and efficiency in the road haulage industry in UK.
Many road haulage service providers are satisfied with increased productivity and efficiency as these new technologies make their task easy and comfortable. Since the launch of GPS tracking system, these road haulage business owners now able to track their workers throughout their projects which has led to a surge in profits. Earlier, they were used to worried about the location of their trucks and workers, may be their workers sitting in a pub or hotel while they are on duty as per the company records. The business owners wouldn t know whether the vehicle was being properly taken care of and they would unable to locate the vehicle during assignment.
It is clear that Global Positioning System is a major technical advance that enabled the road haulage business owners in UK and all across the world to increase their efficiency by continuously monitoring the location of their vehicles and workers.
There are numerous companies providing GPS based vehicle tracking system and it can be easily purchased and installed on the vehicle. This GPS system is connected to a central server which tracks the location through a satellite. Every few seconds, the GPS device emits a signal that it used to locate the vehicle. All the end users need an account on the online server to know where their vehicles are at any point of time.
GPS system not only helps business owners to keep a watch on the location of the vehicle but also communicate to their workers through that GPS device. It provides two-way communication. It also helps you to know the trip means from which route the vehicle is going. Is driver on right track? For what duration the vehicle stopped?
If you own a road haulage company in UK and thinking about how to increase productivity as well as efficiency, then it s the time to take benefits from these latest technological advancements.
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The process to develop the much anticipated $2 billion Moorebank Intermodal Terminal has begun in earnest with confirmation that the Federal Government has issued an open invitation1 to local and international companies to register their interest in the project.
The plan for the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal
The proposed terminal, which is to be built on a 220 hectare site at an estimated cost of $2 billion, is expected to have a major impact on the efficiency levels of shipping and freight forwarding services in Sydney, by reducing traffic congestion and increasing capacity management capabilities.
It is to include an interstate freight terminal, warehousing facilities and a shuttle link to Port Botany capable of facilitating 1.2 million containers per year. It is also estimated that the terminal will remove some 1.2 million trucks from Sydney streets, and inject an estimated $135 million into the local West Sydney economy each year.
Both national and federal government representatives have stated that Moorebank has become essential to NSW State plans for infrastructural improvements. In August, the NSW Commission of Audit Final Report2 recommended the State Government give high priority to requirements emerging for Port Botany, Moorebank and the M5 expansion.
It is clear that the transport precinct of Port Botany, Kingsford Smith Airport and the M5 must get priority attention. This is not simply a NSW issue; it is of great importance to Australia, the report stated.
Pressure on road infrastructure in Sydney is expected to reach an all-time high in the coming years, with the annual container volume in Port Botany projected to grow to 7 million by 2030. As a consequence, the Moorebank terminal has already been earmarked to be expanded into an interstate terminal after 2029 provided its construction goes ahead.
Despite concerns from local groups, the plan has been roundly praised. The CEO of the Australian Railway Association (ARA), Bryan Nye3, has stated that the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal will address failures to utilize the full potential of rail in the supply chain.
Well run intermodal terminals create advantages of scale that allow rail to demonstrate its substantial competitive advantages over other forms of freight transport, he said in a statement.
The Moorebank Intermodal Company has set June 12 as the deadline for registrations of interest, and is expected to request expressions of interest in August this year with a preferred bidder selected in 2014. Construction has been penciled in to start in mid-2015 and to take 24 months.
Volvo Trucks showcasing DME, CNG trucks at ACT Expo
Volvo trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and dimethyl ether (DME) will be on display this week at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America s largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference. Volvo announced 6 June that it would commercialize DME-powered vehicles in 2015 as part of its Blue Power alternative fuels strategy for North America. (Earlier post1.)
Volvo currently offers VNM and VNL daycabs powered by spark-ignited gas engines, and VNL daycabs equipped with Volvo s proprietary D13-LNG compression ignition engine will be available in 2014.
DME mirrors the performance qualities and energy efficiency of diesel and burns clean without producing any soot, so no diesel particulate filter (DPF) is necessary. It s non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and can be made from natural gas or a variety of sustainable feedstocks, like biogas from food and animal waste, landfills and grass clippings. When produced from biomass or biogas, DME can provide up to a 95% CO2 reduction compared with diesel. DME has been used around the world for decades as a cooking fuel and as an aerosol propellant in cosmetics and other household products.
Volvo s coming D13-LNG and D13-DME engines will be based on the Volvo D13 engine, the top-selling heavy-duty engine in the world, and the Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission will be standard on both models.
The Peugeot 207 is actually one of the bigger so-called superminis that you can buy today, and in the UK new and used car market, the supermini segment (one up from the very small city cars) is the most popular amongst buyers
The idea with a supermini is that you get a car of reasonable interior size, but one that is still small enough to be light on its feet and frugal with the fuel pumps
Here s how the 207 fairs in this popular market segment
The bigger supermini Compared to the Peugeot model that has just replaced it, the all-new 208, the 207 is actually one of the bigger cars in its class in terms of footprint, at least and represents the last of its kind in many ways
New car manufacturers are now trying to make their superminis lighter and therefore more efficient from a fuel consumption point of view and the Peugeot 207 is a rather large and heavy supermini
Now, this doesn t necessarily mean that the 207 is way too heavy to be efficient; it s actually a rather efficient car with a good range of modern fuel efficient engines
It s just that the new range of all-new superminis, including the 208, will beat the 207 for economy as they are lighter and have even greater focus on engine efficiency
Still, at the time of launch, the 207 was an efficient and modern car if a little too large and a new or used 207 still makes for a good family transport proposition
Even better news is that with the arrival of the all-new 208, the 207 is being run out by Peugeot which means there are some new 207 bargains to be had
The Peugeot 207 has enough space inside for the average family and the boot is actually rather large at least one bonus that comes from the overall size of the car so if your family travels a lot and carries plenty of bags, this older style of larger supermini could be perfect for your collective needs
The seating area is also generously proportioned and can carry up to five adults in reasonable comfort, or indeed two adults and three children with plenty of wriggle room
Peugeot are well known for their diesel engines, as the dark fuel oil is very popular in their native France, so we can be assured of some of the best diesel engines in the business under the bonnets of their strong selling 207 model
Those that do less miles than perhaps the higher cost of diesel fuel necessitates can also look at the range of Peugeot petrol engines to be found in the 207 cars; again some of the most fuel efficient of any you can buy today
And finally, what s it like to drive? Well, it s actually not bad at all
Perhaps a little softer from a suspension point of few than the cars that are engineered specifically for the UK car market like Ford s best-selling Fiesta but the French like their cars soft and plush under their behinds, so if you do too, you ll like the ride to be found in the Peugeot 207
Softer on the ride, yes, but that s not to say that the car s road holding suffers as a result
The 207 can still be fun to drive down your favourite back lanes; just don t expect it to be as corner-spritely as something like the sharper Ford Fiesta
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Scania launches long-haulage trucks optimised for low fuel consumption.
The Scania Streamline truck range features new ways to further improve fuel efficiency, enhance drivers working environment and increase vehicle uptime.
Scania Streamline is the name of Scania G- and R-series long-haulage trucks that are optimised for low fuel consumption, featuring new low-drag looks and full air deflector kits.
A new version of Scania Opticruise features a choice of performance modes. To maximise fuel savings, the new Economy mode is fully integrated with Scania Active Prediction.
Scania R 490 4 2 Streamline, Topline cab
Fuel savings up to 8 percent
Potential fuel savings in long-haulage are up to 8 percent with the new, more efficient second-generation Euro 6 engines. Corresponding savings for Euro 3/4/5 are up to 5 percent.
Driver app for service planning
New services are designed to help drivers and operators in their daily work, as well as during interaction with the workshop. To boost uptime and reduce the time required for a workshop visit, Scania workshops now have access to remote downloading of diagnostic data.
Euro 6 saves fuel
Henrik Henriksson, Executive Vice President in charge of sales and marketing at Scania, says:
Scania has invested a lot of ingenuity and know-how in perfecting the truck range for Euro 6 and we are very pleased with the results. We note with pride that our Euro 6 engines use less fuel than their Euro 5 predecessors in operation with customers and the latest Euro 6 engines are even better.
Scania s long-standing focus on fuel economy pays off handsomely and our customers can rest confident that we do our utmost to keep them competitive in the transport business.
Scania R 580 4 2 Streamline, Topline cab.
Summary of potential savings
Lars Stenqvist, Senior Vice President Vehicle Definition summarises the potential savings:
Scania s new second-generation 13-litre Euro 6 engines are 2-3 percent more economical than the first ones. Scania Opticruise and Scania Active Prediction contribute 2-3 percent each. In addition, we have improved the aerodynamics and reduced drag in our gearboxes. Even though you cannot simply add the figures, we estimate that the potential saving for a European Euro 6 long-haulage customer could reach 8 percent. For customers in markets without access to topographical map data, the potential is almost 5 percent.