Future Dates & Events

27 September 2012, Brussels - H4 - TIGER FINAL EVENT with FINAL BOOK Presentation. 
26 Septmeber 2012, Brussels - H1 - TIGER Project Board & Steering Committee. TIGER Project Partners.
18-21 September 2012, Berlin - H4 - INNOTRANS - TIGER Project partners
5 July 2012, Bologna - H1 - MARIPLAT Meeting - TIGER MARIPLAT partners
21 June 2012, Vienna - H4 - Osterreochischer Exporttag 2012 - Kubek
21 June 2012, Madrid - WP7 - TIGER WORKSHOP for Internationalisation of Best Practices in SPAIN 
21 June 2012, Genoa - WP7 - TIGER GFC Workshop for GFC Results Presentation
13 June 2012 , Antwerp -WP7 - TIGER WORKSHOP for Internationalisation of Best practices TOC EUROPE 2012 
11-12 June 2012, Budapest - H4 - ReTrack Finel Event - Toubol
5 June 2012, Brussels - H4 - Newopera General Assembly  - Castagnetti, Toubol, Kubek
14-16 May 2012, Wien - H4 - Real Corp 2012 - Kubek
10-11 May 2012, Lucerne - H4 - F&L GENERAL CONFERENCE - Castagnetti, Toubol, Kubek
1-2 May 2012, Birmingham - H4 - MULTIMODAL 2012 - Kubek
23-26 April 2012, Athens - H4 - TRA CONFERENCE - TIGER Project partners
18 April 2012, Vienna - H4 - Logistik Club - Influence on Logistics & Transport" - Kubek
26-27 March 2012, Poznan - WP7 - HINTERPORT CONFERENCE - Franco Castagnetti
21 March 2012, Brussels - H4 - Errac Plenary Session - Franco Castagnetti, Armand Toubol
16 March 2012, Vienna - H4 - 28th Logistik Dialog - Kubek
15 March 2012, Vienna - H4 - Road Map 2050 - Kubek
14 March 2012, Genoa - H4 - TIGER DEMO PLANNING SEMINAR - TIGER -TIGER DEMO Partners
12 March 2012, Berlin - H4 - Future of Rail Freight in Europe - Kubek
7-9 March 2012, Zurich - H4 - Conference on Rail Signalling - Armand Toubol
2 March 2012, Mantova - H4 - Propellers Club Mantova - Castagnetti
1 March 2012, Vienna - H4 - Future of Autobahn Conference. Kubek
27-29 February 2012, Wien - H4 -  Rail Tel Europe - Kubek
27 February 2012, Milan - H4 - Consulta della Logistica - Castagnetti
8 February 2012, Brussels - H4 - European Railway Award 2012 - Armand Toubol
2 February 2012, Vienna - H4 - CEE Research Conference - Kubek
30 January 2012, Rome - H4 - Seminar on Infrastructures with ItaliaDecide - Franco Castagnetti
24 January 2012, Rome - H4 - Infrastrutture per lo Sviluppo - Conference at the Italian Parliament - Castagnetti
15 December 2011, Hanover - H1 - TIGER Steering Committee - Castagnetti
13 December 2011, Bologna - H4 - HINTERPORT FINAL EVENT - Castagnetti, D'Agostino, Aulicino, Lepori
1 December 2011, Wien - H4 - Rail Net Europe Conference - Kubek, Gaidzik
30 November  2011, Hamburg - H4 - TIGER 2ND ANNUAL EVENT- Intermodal Europe 2011 - TIGER Project Partners.
10 - 11 November 2011, Bologna - H4 - F&L Conference - Castagnetti, Tpubol, Kubek
7 November 2011, Bratislava - H4 - TransNew Project Final Workshop - Kubek
20 - 21 October 2011, Prague - H4 - Information and Communication Technology on Trains - Horst Kubek
18 October 2011, Brussels - H4 - NEWOPERA Aisbl General Conference - Castagnetti, Toubol, Kubek, Fernandez, Aulicino, Lontano, Gaidzik
4 - 6 October 2011, Berlin - H4 - Freight Locomotives - Toubol, Kubek
30 June - 1 July 2011, Berlin - H4 - F&L Conference- Castagnetti, Toubol
13-14 June 2011, Sofia - H4 - Balkan Intermodal - Castagnetti
9 June 2011, Rome - H4 - FLC GM & Conference on Logistics ITC Technology - Castagnetti
22-26 May, Lille - H4 - WCRR: World Conference on Railway Research - UNIFE & EU Commission
12 May 2011, Brussels - H4 - ERRAC Plenary Session - Castagnetti attending and contributing for TIGER
10-13 May 2011, Munich - H4 - Transport Logistics - HaCon, NEWOPERA
5 May 2011, Rome - WP1 - H4 - Conference with Conferenza della Logistica - Castagnetti
13 April 2011, Hamburg - H1 - TIGER Project Board & Steering Committee - Partners Members
5-7 April 2011, NEC Birmingham - H4 - Multimodal 2011- Horst Kubek presenting TIGER at RFG
29 March 2011, Milan - H4 - NEWOPERA Aisbl General Assembly - Castagnetti, Toubol, Kubek
23 - 25 March 2011, Prague - H4 - IRFC 2011 - Armand Toubol
23 March 2011, Brussels - H4 - ECG Conference on Sustainable Logistics at EU Parliament, Brussels - H. Kubek
22 March 2011, Zagreb - H4 - Infrastructure Logistics - Castagnetti speaker
8 March 2011, Brussels - H4 - Conference with EU Commission - Armand Toubol
28 February 2011, Genoa - H4 - Motorways of the Sea in the MED - Castagnetti speaker
25 February 2011, Belgrade - H4 - CARGO 10 Challenges and Perspectives - Castagnetti speaker
16-17 February 2011, Rotterdam - H4 - BE LOGIC Final Conference Toubol and Kubek attending for TIGER
1 February 2011, Antwerp - H4 - Super Green Workshop - Toubol attending and contributing for TIGER 
31 January 2011, Rome - WP1 - Task 1.2 meeting  - WP1 members
12 January 2011 , Brussels - H4 - FERRMED Conference - Toubol attending for TIGER
6 December, Brussels - H4 - Greening Logistics Conference - Toubol TIGER speaker
3 December, Milan - H4 - CODE 24 Corridor 24 Development Rotterdam - Genoa - Castagnetti attending
2 December, Vienna- H4 - RailNet Europe Conference - Castagnetti, Kubek contributing for TIGER
30 November - 2 December, Amsterdam - H4 - Intermodal 2010 Workshop - Toubol attending for TIGER
26 November, Warsaw - H4 - EIB Regional Forum - Armand Toubol speaker as NEWOPERA Vice-President for TIGER
23 November, Brussels - H4 - TIGER First Annual Event as per published Agenda/ Event organization
4 November, Brussels - H4 - CREAM Project Final Conference - TIGER attending for cross-fertilization
18-19 November, Antwerp - H4 - F&L Annual Event & European Conference - Castagnetti, Toubol, Kubek attending and contributing for TIGER with specific interventions 
29 October, Paris - H4 - BE LOGIC Workshop - Kubek and Toubol attending and contributing for TIGER
28-29 October, Bologna - WP1 - Task 1.2 Members: Kick Off Task meeting at Bologna Interporto
22 October, Vaduz - H4 - Rotary Committee' Interpays  - Kubek contributing for TIGER 
22 October, Brussels - H4 - UIRR meeting - Armand Toubol attending and contributing for TIGER 
14 October, Paris - H4 - GNTC Association of Road-Rail Hauliers - Toubol contributing for TIGER 
11 October, Milan - H4 - Federchimica Logistics Committee - Castagnetti TIGER dedicated presentation
7 October, Brussels - H4 - ERRAC WP02 Road Map - Toubol attending and contributing for TIGER
21-23 September, Berlin - H4 - INNOTRANS 2010 & ERRAC WP02 Road Map - Schlickmann, Castagnetti, Toubol, Deiterding, Gaidzig, Aulicino, Paties, Mascolo, Recagno attending and contributing for TIGER
17 September, Karlsruhe - H4 - Karlsruher Institute of Technology - Kubek TIGER presentation
7-10 September, Italy - H4 - THAI Delegation visting IPBO, Quadrante Europa Verona, Genoa Port, Rivalta Terminal Europa organised by Castagnetti who made a TIGER dedicated presentation for TIGER
26 July, Brussels - H4 - UIC/CER Freight Forum
23 June, Rome - H4 - FLC Conference - Franco Castagnetti attending and contributing for TIGER
16-17 June, Hamburg -WP1 - WP1 Task 1.1 meeting & Hamburg Port boat visit
10 June, Brussels - H4 - Newopera Aisbl General Assembly - TIGER detailed presentation

8-9 June - Zaragoza - H4 - Siim Kallas - Vice President European Commission - Jose' Blanco Lopez  Ministro de Fomento - TEN- T Days 2010- NEWOPERA  Aisbl  Invited  to participate and contribute -

19-20 May, Warsaw - H4 - Rail Port 2010 - Franco Castagnetti attending and contributing
18 May, Brussels - H4 - ERRAC Plenary Meeting - Franco Castagnetti attending and contributing
6-7 May, Vienna - H4 - F&L Annual Conference - Franco Castagnetti, Armand Toubol, Horst Kubek attending and contributing
7 May, Mannheim - H4 -European Corridor Conference  RTD - Genoa - Genoa Port Authority -
23 April, Warsaw -  H4 - EIB Regional Forum - Armand Toubol speaker for NEWOPERA TIGER - postponed
22 April, Brussels - H4 - ERRAC WP05 - Railway Cost Model Roadmap - invited
20 April, Bologna - H1 - TIGER Steering Board Meeting - SB Members and EU Commission Officer attending and contributing
19 April, Bologna - H2 - TIGER Project Board Meeting - PB Members and EU Commission Officer attending and contributing
26 March, Hamburg - H4 - EIA - Intermodal Port Hinterland Roud Table - HPA and HHM Key Players in this Round Table - Presentation of the Port/Hinterland Yearbook -
25 March, Vienna - H4 - DIOMIS - Growing Intermodal Traffic in CEEC Countries - Horst Kubek attending and contributing for NEWOPERA TIGER
25 March, Budapest - H4 - F&L /NEWOPERA Management Committee - Franco Castagnetti attending and contributing 
19 March, Milan - WP2A & 2B - GFC and MARIPLAT Demonstrators meeting
18 March, Milan - WP1 - Meeting - All WP1 Members
11 March, Milan - WP1 - Meeting - SOGEMAR Mediterranean traffic 
5 March, Bologna - H4 - HINTERPORT Workshop - Boosting Cooperative Intermodal Freight Clusters - Franco Castagnetti attending and contributing
25 February, Brussels - H4 - ERRAC Road Map meeting
22-23 February, Berlin - H4 - EUROFREIGHT 2010
19-20 November 2009, Brussels - H4 - F&L Annual Conference


The Transport Research Arena– Europe 2012 article has been published by Elsevier Publishing.

Facing Up The Congestion And Environmental Challenges Of Europe

Franco Castagnetti



In Europe transport is characterized by growing demand of freight services versus constrained infrastructures. Rail freight has difficulties in satisfying the customers’ needs. The Ports of entry into the Union are strategic points. The container vessels of more than 12.000 TEUs, are totally deployed on the maritime lanes calling at a fewer number of ports where a higher number of movements are handled. The maritime traffic doubled from 2000 to 2007 while no changes have occurred on the overland infrastructure both road and rail. Congestion is a common feature in Europe. The citizens awareness on environmental issues is growing making the quality of life the focus for any future planning. A more sustainable mobility is necessary making modal shift from road to Rail a necessary step change.

Major infrastructure expansion due to budget and construction timings cannot be an immediate solution generating the need of extracting maximum performance from the available resources. TIGER and MARATHON are European funded projects, implementing concepts based on port decongestion, dry ports and hinterland distribution by rail together with transport industrialization through faster, longer and heavier trains. Despite all efforts, Rail freight has not attracted new market share. A profound modernization of the rail economy based on lower costs and better services is necessary for responding to environmental changes. TIGER and MARATHON are addressing in an holistic way all these issues developing in practice the following dimensions: 

  • Longer, heavier, faster trains adoptions on existing lines.
  • New technologies in equipment and management systems. Rail transport industrialization between ports/hubs reducing costs increasing the overland transport capacity to maritime traffic volumes.
  • Cooperation between key actors in the Rail transport chain by sharing the benefits deriving from the increased rail competitive profile.
  • Completion of rail bottlenecks elimination.





    Steigenberger Hotel – Berlin



NEWOPERA (Operating Project for European Rail Axes)  is a  European research project  for  Rail freight  dedicated  lines, launched  by The European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum (F&L) for  providing  long term solutions of cargo mobility in Europe.

TIGER (Transit via Innovative Gateway concept solving European-intermodal Rail needs) is a European full operating project implementing in the market place some of the NEWOPERA findings, concepts and discoveries focused on port decongestion and containers inland distribution by Rail. TIGER has been launched by NEWOPERA Aisbl of which F&L is a founding member.


Leading shippers, manufacturing industries, logistics service providers, transport companies, Intermodal operators, integrators and distributors, shipping lines, Ports,  and also road operators, are  demanding  a new approach to the rail business different from  the one we have come to know.


Despite the existing economic recession the most important trade pattern are not likely to change in the near future. The traffic volumes which are  generated by the Far East, China and South East Asia constitute the backbone of commercial interchange with Europe. In addition the overland traffic to and from the East of Europe following the EU Enlargement continues to grow. The giant container vessels already delivered and/or still in construction having capacities in excess of 10.000 TEUs are progressively deployed on the maritime trade lanes. These will call at a fewer number of ports where a higher number of CTS movements are handled.


The citizens pressures towards the environmental issues such as traffic congestion, pollution, accidents and climate change are growing. The quality of life improvement is becoming a central issue in every decision-making both at European and local Government level. A more sustainable mobility is necessary. Modal shift from road towards Rail is thought to be a necessary development.


Rail freight however, despite a lot of efforts by European authorities, Governments and operators, has not been capable of attracting new market share. This is due to a number of factors amongst which the lack of competitiveness and inadequate service profile are the major contributors.  A profound modernisation of the rail economy based on lower costs and the  restructuring of the service offerings are necessary. In order to achieve these two major objectives, the capacity generation obtained either by increased productivity or by new investments in infrastructures, becomes paramount. These tasks are possible by acting on three complementary dimensions:


  • Infrastructure investments to reduce bottlenecks already in execution.
  • Productivity increase by operating longer heavier and faster trains on existing lines.
  • New technologies applied both to equipments and management systems.


It is quite obvious that the economic downturn has eliminated most of the congestion which was plaguing the European infrastructural system, including road, rail, terminals and ports. Such unexpected situation must be taken as an opportunity for modernising the European freight mobility in general. Europe cannot afford the risk to find itself in a worse congested position than before, when the traffic levels are back to normal.


This recessionary period of time must be used for optimising the freight system productivity by extracting from each available transport mode its overall best performance. Mega hubs and freight villages are being built in strategic nodal points of Europe where integration of maritime, overland, transport and logistics activities are concentrated. Rail traffic industrialisation between these Mega hubs is achieved using longer heavier and faster trains, generating the conditions for reducing Rail freight operating costs and improving the service performance. Urban hubs built in the vicinity of densely populated areas provide the platform for last mile distribution of consumers products to the final users.






                                  Genoa Port Authority , OCTOBER 22nd and 23rd 2009

                                                              Palazzo San Giorgio


The launch of the TIGER project took successfully place  on October 22nd and 23rd in Genoa, it marks the promising beginning of a large-scale collaboration between logistics companies, port authorities, and railway operators to build co-modal freight logistic chains linking the main ports of Europe. More than 50 project partners participated to this event, kindly hosted by the Genova Port Authority in the Palazzo San Giorgio at the Genova Port. The kick-off was a perfect event to exchange views on the project and create a common vision how to proceed in the following three years.






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