A happy birthday to Fluvialis!
At Forwardis, we like the month of June for two reasons. Of course, it marks the beginning of summer but it is also the anniversary of the creation of Fluvialis, an innovative river transport offer that provides real solutions to bulk and grain industry players. Forwardis has been piloting this beautiful project for a year.
Thanks to our insured itineraries to the Seine valley (Rouen, Lillebonne) and Dunkerque from Ile-de-France, Champagne, or North Burgundy, and to a planned shuttle system, Fluvialis’ offer allows our customers to benefit from a stable service without any bad surprises.
The river puzzle
The river is an ecological and practical means of transportation that allows tons of goods to be transported in Europe. If several bulk industries, such as wood, aggregate, sand, fertilizer, and of course grain, are seduced by this mode of transport, they are however in difficulty when it comes to finding visibility and availability on the transport schedule. Thanks to its partnerships with mariners, Forwardis offers today a very competent and flexible service, with a large fleet of boats from 250 to 2 500 tons according to the needs of our customers and the constraints of waterways.
The Fluvialis solution
“The volatility of the prices of boatmen according to the season is no longer a thorn in the side of our customers,” reveals Gregory Michaux, head of the Forwardis division.
It is also to respond to this problem that we decided a year ago to create this network of river shuttles with guaranteed prices throughout the year.
In addition, our double-deck vessels can transport two batches or reconcile transport for two different customers and again optimize transport costs. The sanitary safety of grain cargoes is also a sine qua non condition of our service proposal since we only select certified mariners, such as Forwardis, GMP+.
A year of success and evolutions to come
No false modesty: this first year is a success for Fluvialis. More than 600,000 tons of goods have been transported via the network (including 450,000 tons of cereals) and the number of customers is increasing every month. The service to Antwerp in Belgium has just been opened and we intend to develop our traffic even further north of Europe and on the Rhone. We are proud to participate in the development of this alternative mode of transport, which echoes our ecological commitments. The coming year has many surprises in store for us that we will share with our customers. So, see you next year!
Interview of Aleksandra Röhricht – Chemia i Biznes.
Link to this article: Interview of Aleksandra Röhricht – Chemia i Biznes.
In her interview for the “Chemia i Biznes” newspaper, Aleksandra Röhricht, our Deputy CEO, explains Forwardis’ activity and services provided by organizing “rail and intermodal transport for the chemical industry and fuel [sector].”
She introduces the advantages of the railway as freight transport mode, compared to road transport:
– Less carbon gas emission
– Fewer accidents on the roads
– Relevant for transporting heavy goods
– Relevant for transporting on long distances
However, the European railway sector faces many challenges like for example the difference in rail width between Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union, the possible “traffic jams” when passing through single/twin border crossing points, or the necessity of reloading from truck to the railroad car when there is no rail siding at customers’ picking point and/or delivering point.
Aleksandra affirms that, while deciding on a logistic solution, “it is fundamental to take into account the weight of the goods transported, the distance to the destination, and the environmental performance.”
Regarding the Polish market, the opportunities are numerous as its railway sector is mature, liberalized (many private railway undertakings), and has a big number of intermodal terminals.
As for Forwardis’ mission, we simplify our clients’ life, improve their rail supply chain, reduce indirect costs, and optimize their wagon fleet management; by combining multiple partners to provide the best solution for our customers.
The biggest advantage of using a railway freight forwarder is that you DON’T LIMIT yourself to the possibilities of one railway company but get access to ALL THE MULTIPLE POSSIBILITIES of the railway market. Forwardis is your gate and chooses the best, most optimal combination.
For more information about Forwardis’ activity and opportunities in Poland, please contact Aleksandra Röhricht (email@example.com) or Renata Stola (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Arrival of the Special Train “Nanchang-Paris” – 23/06/2020
Credits to: Maxime Huriez.
Link to this article: Arrival of the Special Train “Nanchang-Paris” – 23/06/2020.
The rail is back! FORWARDIS is the architect of rail-based and alternative transport solutions and THE gateway, in Europe and beyond!
On June 4th, the first train of health protection equipment, organized by FORWARDIS and COSCO SHIPPING, departed from Nanchang to Paris. After a journey of 19 days, 11’920 km traveled and 7 countries crossed, the train “Nanchang – Paris” and its 41 containers arrived at their destination this morning in Valenton (94)!
Onboard, medical and health protection equipment, especially for hospital staff uses.
FORWARDIS, as logistics architect for this project on behalf of BIFP (distributor of Hygial), thanks its many partners for this success: COSCO SHIPPING, CRCT-China Railway Container Transport, UTLC, RZD International/FELB, Captrain (Polska and Deutschland), Fret SNCF, Naviland Cargo.
This success had proven the efficiency of the rail solution compared to air freight:
- a carrying capacity equivalent to 6 cargo planes,
- 15 times lowercarbon footprint,
- and a logistics cost 30 times cheaper.
This logistical and technical performance acts in favor of modal shift, and many similar projects will see the light of day.
with Nicholas GIRAUD, Sebastien VACHER and Xavier WANDERPEPEN.
Here is the complete press release (in French): Arrivée du train d’équipements de protection sanitaire ‘Nanchang-Paris’
As well as the article on the departure of the train: FORWARDIS organizes the first train of masks from China to France.
Sales partnership between FORWARDIS and LG Cargo
Image: ©Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai
Link to the article: Sales partnership between FORWARDIS and LG Cargo.
FORWARDIS has partnered with LG Cargo, a freight transportation company owned by the largest railway group in the Baltic States, Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai), to expand both companies’ volume of transported freight in Europe.
Egidijus Lazauskas – the CEO of LG Cargo -, Aleksandra Röhricht, and Philippe Golder – as Managing Directors of FORWARDIS GmbH – signed the commercial representation agreement during a remote video conference.
Forwardis will act as the sales services’ agent of LG Cargo in the Central and Western Europe and try to attract new customers for the rail transports towards Lithuania and other Baltic states. We will offer rail freight transportation services in Lithuania as well as the complex rail freight forwarding in other countries on the way to or from Lithuania. As for LG Cargo, they are the biggest rail traction provider in the Baltic States.
“This is the first commercial representation agreement of LG Cargo, which will expand our sales in Europe. This is a natural step of our expansion that conforms to a long-term strategy to become more active and present in Europe. It also coincides with increasing integration of railway infrastructure projects in the West, and at the beginning of next year modernized Kaunas Railway Hub will become an essential culminating point that is to connect Kaunas Intermodal Terminal (KIT) with the European Railway Transport System Network”
“Over the last 15 years, Forwardis GmbH has been working on a big number of rail transport projects between Europe and Baltic + CIS states as well as Ukraine. Our team has big know-how of all the specifics connected with the usage of both normal and wide gauge rail system, transshipment of product at the border, change of SMGS and CIM railroad bills, issuing customs transit documentation. We are happy to develop new projects on this axis together with LG Cargo.”
Until now LG Cargo and Forwardis cooperated by transporting oversized cargo and developed the “Amber Train” project with Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Railway Companies.
Find here the official press release: LG Cargo signs sales partnership with Forwardis.
Our ForwardNet is expanding!
Continuing extension of the ForwardNet with the start of a new line connecting the Netherlands with Germany on 8.06.2020!
ForwardNet – our Alternative Single Wagon Network – has been extended with a new line connecting the area of “Sittard – Geleen – Born” in the Netherlands, with Cologne with up to 5 roundtrips a week.
- Start in Geleen every Mon-Fri at 7 p.m.
- Arrival in Cologne: Tue-Sat at 2 a.m.
Wagons coming from the Netherlands can connect in Cologne with other ForwardNet trains from/to France, but also to other networks, enabling connection to all the chemical clusters in the Ruhr area and even to Eastern Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia or Austria.
Additionally: The frequency of ForwardNet line “Rheinkamp – Cologne – Woippy” will increase from 6 to 9 roundtrips a week to cope with additional volume from the new line.
The continuous expansion of the ForwardNet shows the willingness of Forwardis to bring fresh and innovative solutions for the transportation needs of our customers in the single-wagon sector.
Check our new ForwardNet Map.
FORWARDIS launches its new river shuttle “FLUVIALIS”!
Link to this article: FORWARDIS launches its new river shuttle “FLUVIALIS“!.
With its barging partners, all GMP+certified, FORWARDIS offers a new river shuttle service for stakeholders and storage organizations of the grains industry. This new shuttle will provide reliable and optimized river service to the various silos in the Seine Valley, Rouen or Lillebonne, from Picardy, Ile-de-France, Champagne or northern Burgundy regions.
FLUVIALIS will be carried out by our dedicated river team, with its portfolio of 1,500 barging providers, who charter more than 750,000 tonnes of grain each year.
FORWARDIS organizes the first train of masks from China to France
This Thursday, June 4, 2020, a train of 41 wagons left Nanchang central station (China) for a journey of 11,920 kilometers through 7 countries, in the direction of Paris. This is the first time that such a train will have completed this route. After 20 days of travel, he will deliver his cargo, which contains in its 35 containers, 40 million surgical masks, equipment for hospital staff, gloves, water-soluble bags, contactless gel dispensers, etc., on behalf of BIFP.
BIFP, a distributor of the Hygial brand, has already sent more than 100 million masks and 40 million materials (gowns, Medakit serological test, gloves, etc.) for the use of caregivers since March 15, thanks to the charter of 12 cargo planes departing from China. The Savoyard company was, however, looking for a more environmentally friendly means of transport for its future orders. For its part, Forwardis, which is already present in Eurasian traffics, has committed to ensuring the connection from Nanchang to Paris in 20 days.
The rail solution is more efficient in terms of costs and carrying capacity. With the equivalent of six cargo planes in a single train, the cost of rail transport is 30 times cheaper than that of air transport for a mask (€ 0.01), which has a favorable effect on its selling price. And in environmental terms, the train’s carbon footprint is 15 times less than that of the plane (source : EcoTransit). As an indication, the duration of the train journey is approximately half the one by ship.
The choice of Nanchang as the departure city was motivated by its proximity to equipment suppliers, the presence of the main hub of the Cosco Shipping Group, partner of the project, and the desire of the province of Jiangxi, where Nanchang is located, to favor the operation. Cosco Shipping will run the convoy to the border with Kazakhstan. From there and up to Paris, the Forwardis teams will take charge of it.
At the end of the journey, part of the cargo entirely intended for hospitals and communities will be distributed in Ile-de-France, the rest being transported to the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region. More trains are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Find the full press release here (in French): Forwardis organise le premier train de masques depuis la Chine.
Campaign “Committed Together”
End of April, under the momentum and initiative of Forwardis, we decided, in partnership with the companies of the SNCF Group and our rail, road and barging partners, to launch a participative communication campaign on our social networks, entitled “Committed Together” with the healthcare staff.
This communication operation, open to all, had as its common thread the recognition of rail freight transport staff vis-à-vis the healthcare staff as well as all the actors on the second line, and our pride in supporting them since the beginning of the health crisis, through our supply trains of essential products to the fight against the virus and to the daily life of our fellow citizens.
To participate to this campaign, people just had to:
- Take a white cloth (armband, flag, headband, t-shirt, sheets, etc.) or a white paper with one of the following messages: #CommittedForYou #MyTrainForYou #RailFreightWithYou
- Take a picture of yourself with your white fabric at your workplace (even at home office)
- Share your amazing picture on social networks with one or several of the following hashtags (#):
- #ForwardisInWhite / #CommittedTogether / #RailFreightMobilized / #RailFreightWithYou / #CommittedForYou / #MyTrainForYou / #AllMobilized
Thank you all for participating in this campaign of support to all caregivers and all second line professions such as all players in the transport of goods.
Thank you for your commitment!
Successful Participation of Forwardis on the 7th International Transport & Logistics Exhibition in Warsaw from November 5 – 7th 2019
Successful Participation of Forwardis on the 7th International Transport & Logistics Exhibition in Warsaw from November 5 – 7th 2019
TransLogistica Poland is the biggest in CEE business event for everyone professionally associated with transport, freight forwarding and logistics, as well as for all producers and distributors who use or seek for transport and logistics services.
Forwardis is one of the 280 exhibitors, and the reception of visitors was very positive.
We’re eager to meet you soon again!
Forwardis signs Logistics Digital Transformation program with Ramco Systems
Forwardis announced the signing of a major ERP Transformation program with next-gen enterprise cloud software specialist, Ramco Systems for implementation of Ramco’s Logistics Suite across all the entities of Forwardis Group. This marks Ramco’s entry into the European Logistics industry. In line with <strongµ>Forwardis’ vision to become the gateway offering the best sustainable and green logistics, the company has embarked on IT modernization program with Ramco. </strongµ>
Rail Freight Forwarding is a challenging business which involves planning and managing operations spread across multiple stakeholders while delivering profitable operations. Ramco’s comprehensive Logistics Suite will replace the existing in-house applications to offer a truly modern and future-ready enterprise application that connects customers, suppliers and users on a unified platform. The new application will help bring much-needed transparency and operational visibility across customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, all on this unified platform.
“We imagine bringing to our clients the most value out of the multiple possibilities offered by the rail freight world and beyond. With this vision in mind, we were seeking the IT tools which would support this vision. We began by drawing a list of 110 potential providers and selected RAMCO at the end as we were convinced their solution best fits our current and future needs. It will support our highly qualified people to design quickly the best solution available on the market according to the requirements of our customers who will also get a real benefit during operation. By connecting to Forwardis gateway, our customers will be connected to the rail freight world and get all the relevant information they need regarding their shipment or their wagons whatever transport mode they will use, whatever Railway Undertaking or Shipper will transport their goods, and whatever the owner of the wagon or the container” said Philippe Golder, Managing Director of Forwardis Germany, in Charge of IT Transformation for the Group.
Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, stated, “From the start of our discussion we could understand that Forwardis had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve – to bring rail freight forwarding on the technological edge. We presented our domain capability with next-gen innovative levers such as Bots, AI / ML, Mobility and Optimization to help bring their vision into reality. We are excited to start our Logistics journey in Europe with a prestigious win in Forwardis, which is part of the SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway company.”.
Forwardis is expected to Go-Live on the new system by the first semester of 2020.