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Pressnews.biz (Press Release) Nov 27, 2013
-- November 26th 2013: Jeddah Marriott Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The current investments by the Government for better connectivity and improving the transport sector is expected to change the dynamics of trade in the region. 35,000 km of railway network is to be added in the Middle East region in the next five years and Saudi Arabia's main sea ports constitutes to the regions largest port network. To introduce and incorporate intermodal transport in different industries without difficulties, the GCC Intermodal Transport Summit commenced on 26th November 2013 at Jeddah Marriott Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The first day of the summit started off with a presentation on the Smart Inland Ports for Integrated Sea Ports Logistics by Eng. Ashraf M. Kotait, Port Operation Expert from Saudi Ports Authority (SEAPA). A regulatory panel discussion on standardization of regulations within the region to enable improvements in logistic efficiency was lead by representatives from Saudi Rail Commission, Saudi Ports Authority (SEAPA), Road Transport Authority and Ministry of Works Bahrain. It helped the attendees understand the need to standardize regulations within the country and the region.
Ian Smith from Saudi Rail Commission who delivered his presentation on developing the Saudi rail network for the carriage of goods during a pre-summit interview stated, " It is important that customers and forwarders are aware that the Saudi railway system is growing, especially around major ports and industrial cities, and that rail operators can offer them a competitive service. The Saudi Railway Organisation, for example, is currently experiencing highly positive growth in the demand for its intermodal services. Within the industry our job right now is to ensure that the railways being built can join seamlessly together to form a modern, high quality network stretching from Muscat to Kuwait with connections to Riyadh, Jeddah and elsewhere."
The day concluded with a panel discussion on key challenges faced by intermodal players in the Middle East region with Khaled Ahmed from Economic Zones World, Edwin Lammers of Sohar Industrial Port Company and Peter Scholten from Saudia Cargo. Networking session at the end of the day provided the solution providers with the opportunity to interact with the delegates and create long lasting bonds. The second and the last day of the summit commenced today with John Lesniewski, Director Sales and Commercial Agreements at Etihad Rail delivering the first presentation on the role of railways in intermodal transport – reliable & cost effective alternative.
Shifting the focus of the audience from rail to road transport, Eng. Abdul Ghaffar from Road Transport Authority dispensed his views on how aligned transport policies and integrated transport planning can help. Covering an array of topics the GCC Intermodal Transport Summit also comprised of a case study on best practices for intermodal transport - from the European perspective. Post luncheon the gathering will get their queries answered on technology & system advancements for seamless intermodal transportation and regulatory developments required for promotion and development of intermodal transport within the Middle East and across borders.
Gold Sponsor for the summit, GEUTEBRÜCK GmbH is renowned for producing complete, high-performance video security systems. UNIT45 who specifically develop and market 45ft palletwide containers is the silver sponsor for the summit. Exhibiting at the GCC Intermodal Transport Summit will be Trakblaze Global, a worldwide supplier of rail weighing systems, produces “state of the art technology” equipment with unrivalled quality and precision. Voestalpine VAE GmbH and ALFRED TALKE Logistic Services are associate partners. The summit is also supported by the European Intermodal Association, which is the first European association open to all transport modes: rail, road, waterborne, air.
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