Conference: Rail Deliveries of Mining and Smelting Cargoes in Russia

Date: October 05–06, 2017

The 8th Annual Conference “Rail Deliveries of Mining and Smelting Cargoes in Russia”, which took place on October 5-6, 2017, has been concluded.

General Partner — Transkom

Strategic Partner — First Heavy Freight Company

Partners — Port of Kokkola, Rauanheimo, StenaLine, VR Transpoint

Participants — Sberbank Leasing, United Wagon Company

The annual event united over 180 delegates, who represented operators, freight forwarders, logistics providers, railway cargo owners, rail car manufactures and repair companies, sea ports, governmental authorities.

Key topic of the conference is a quality of transportation service provided by the operators. “The market situation is anything but simple, we are going to discuss the issues of investment-driven, innovative and technological development of the sector”, – said Mikhail Burmistrov, general director of INFOLine-Analitika.

Eduard Kaplan, Transkom CEO, noted that the first block of problematic issues was rail car fleet shortage. This problem was fully considered from the point of view of efficient use of rail cars, reduction of downtime and increase in transportation by the same number of cars. “These approaches are of high relevance under the conditions of rolling stock deficit”, — pointed out Kaplan.

Kirill Tsarev, General Director of AO Sberbank Leasing, in his speech talked about the necessity of balancing the interests of consignors and operators. According to Tsarev, in order to work efficiently a cargo owner should have his own captive company or a long-term contract.

The second block of problematic issues was the use of innovative rail cars. Tariff for the use of open wagons in 2017 were discussed. Suggestions with regard to special rolling stock for the transportation of timber, pellets, chips, to industrial and line dump cars, were conveyed. Special attention of the audience was paid to the increase of transportation process efficiency achieved by introducing innovative rolling stock in the segment of special rail cars.

For the first time this year a session was held dedicated to the synchronization of development of railway infrastructure and sea ports. Irina Olkhovskaya, deputy general director of Managing Port Company LLC, spoke about specialized sea ports. In the framework of the discussion the participants noted that RZD public good infrastructure lags behind port infrastructure development.

Speaking about the issues of non-public infrastructure it should be noted that within the framework of this conference a round table of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs held together with Russian Railways upon the initiative of Novotrans. In a panel session featured discussion of cooperation with the owners of non-public railways and the issues of using innovative rolling stock.

A session dedicated to the development of export routes for the transportation of mining and smelting cargoes provoked special interest. All conference participants noted that the market faces an “innovative boom”. Marketers are in the search for new transport corridors, increasing interest in multimodal and container transportation. The session featured speeches by the representatives from Finland, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Conference participants were unanimous in supporting the relevance of the Conference theme and offered a broad-based momentum to resume the discussions next year.

We would like to express our special gratitude to our speakers, moderators, panellists and mediapartners.

Your ideas and suggestions about the next conference’s agenda are very welcome at +7.495.745.07.40 or