Conference ‘Towards Efficient and Sustainable Transport & Logistics’

On the occasion of the visit of business delegation from the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands Embassy and the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce organized a conference and networking event ‘Towards Efficient and Sustainable Transport & Logistics’ at the new premises of our strategic partner CLIP Intermodal Terminal.

Transport and logistics experts, logistic service providers, branch organizations, transport companies and representatives of the media gathered at Clip Intermodal Terminal on 26 September 2019 to discuss relevant topics and developments in the sector.

The conference was opened by Agnieszka Hipś, CEO of CLIP Group and Sanne Kaasjager, Head of the Economic Department at the Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw.

Sanne Kaasjager underlined Poland’s advantages as a favorite location for both manufacturing and logistic companies in Europe. Besides, he presented Dutch ambitions to meet the emission reduction targets and stressed the importance of sharing knowledge, innovations and experiences in the field of logistics.

The plenary session gave a broad view on international corridors and proved the great potential of multimodal solutions for the global supply chain.

Marcin Żurowski, Intermodal Transport Director at CLIP Group, presented the recent technological innovations that will allow increasing the efficiency of intermodal operations.

Maurits van Schuylenburg, Manager Projects at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, emphasized the already existing links between the Port of Rotterdam and Poland (‘Linked by Rail’) and stressed the potential to shift 2.2 million tons from road to rail resulting in 30% cost savings and 38% reduction of CO2 emissions (182 kiloton).

Marcin Kamola, Sales Support Manager, DCT Gdańsk, presented the dynamic developments of the DCT activities and stressed the advantages of DCT’s offer for intermodal rail connections with all key inland destinations in Poland and direct connection to Czech Republic (AWT Paskov, Ostrava).  

Emmanuel Piskozub, Managing Director, Axell Logistics, pointed out a few important factors, which will have big impact on transport operations in the near future, e.g. shortage of drivers, digitalization and reorganization of the international freight transport (changing EU legislation).

Breakout sessions were devoted to two very different but interesting subjects: Brexit and Sustainability

Image: CLIP Group

As an introduction to the Brexit session Maurits van Schuylenburg elaborated on the impact of Brexit on the flow of goods and explained how Port of Rotterdam is preparing for this challenge by introducing the Portbase system for smooth passage through all Dutch Ports, special inspection points for livestock and preparing traffic circulation plans.

The panel discussion, moderated by Elro van den Burg, Director NPCC, showed the Brexit challenge from different angles, i.e. from the point of view of branch organization in road transport TLP, a transport company Boekestijn and a shipper, producer of baking ingredients Zeelandia.

The session on sustainability showed a variety of different ways to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the field of transport and logistics.

Prof Albert Veenstra, Scientific Director of TKI Dinalog, presented in a short movie different solutions for logistics decarbonisations: reducing freight transport demand, optimizing freight transport modes, increasing asset utilization, improving fleet energy efficiency and reducing carbon content of energy.

Image: CLIP Group

Franz Blum from Vega Transport presented an innovative concept to transport trucks by rail. The company has specialized in multimodal logistic chains using always the most cost and ecological efficient solution by road, rail and short/deep sea transport solution. Participants of the conference could witness the demonstration of VEGA solution on the spot at the CLIP Terminal. Franz Blum shared also his views on broader context for development of intermodal transport stressing lack of harmonization in rail as a main obstacle for the development of intermodal transport.

Frans van den Boomen from Logistic Community Brabant gave an inspiring presentation on digitalization in the sustainable transport and encouraged to think out of the box about competition, focusing strategy & operations on scalability, availability, sustainability and mobility. This collective approach, bringing together market players (even “competitors”), has proven to result in increased profits for all and cutting CO2 emissions, by more efficiently using road and rail.

CLIP Intermodal Terminal proved to be a perfect place to share knowledge, innovations and experiences in the dynamic field of logistics. The Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce arranged matchmaking meetings for the business delegation from the Port of Rotterdam with Polish partners. All participants got the opportunity to meet colleagues and expand professional networks.


Multimodal Europe:

Marcin Żurowski, Intermodal Transport Director, CLIP Group

Maurits van Schuylenburg, Manager Projects, Port of Rotterdam Authority

Emmanuel Piskozub, Managing Director, Axell Logistics

Brexit Challenge:

Brexit preparations in the Netherlands - Maurits van Schuylenburg / Port of Rotterdam

Sustainability Now:

Sustainable logistics in the Netherlands -  Video Presentation / Prof Albert Veenstra / TKI Dinalog

Intermodal Innovation (article) - Franz Blum / Vega Trans

Digitalization in multimodal transport -  Frans van den Boomen / Logistics Community Brabant