Traffic info about Road Transport
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Important information about transport worldwide
Here you will find important traffic information on Road Transport in Denmark and Europe. You are, of course, always more than welcome to reach out to your local Blue Water contact for further information.
Status of the European transport market
At the moment, we are experiencing an overheated European transport market. On a general level, volumes and quantities have reached a level which is considerably higher than the last 12 months – also before COVID-19. This means that it is difficult to find the necessary capacity.
- In the Nordic countries, the level during spring 2021 is above what we have seen in the last 12-18 months, and volumes are significantly high. Particularly in Denmark, a pressure on foreign capacity is seen due to tightened cabotage requirements
- In the UK, quantities are on the same level as before Brexit. However, the production time (number of days a trailer spends on a trip) is increased by 3-4 days and in some cases even more
- In Germany and Benelux, quantities are by now over the same period in 2019 – and even higher than the same period in 2020. The same goes for Southern Europe, however, to a lower degree. In Central Europe, volumes are particularly above level – especially out of Poland and the Czech Republic.
We are looking into a market under great capacity pressure that we have not seen for many years. The challenges are expected to affect the rest of 2021.
At Blue Water we are doing everything we can to solve your transports as agreed without having to compromise on quality nor service. However, we acknowledge that even though we screen every option, delays can unfortunately occur on our operations.
Changed rules for semi-trailers loaded on “pocket wagons” in Denmark
The ban has been changed meaning that trains are now allowed to carry “pocket wagons” from the Danish/German border to the railway terminal in Padborg. This means that services are expected to normalise during week 7. However, rail departures can still be cancelled or delayed, and transit times may vary.
We do our utmost to avoid our customers being affected by these irregularities, and we will continue to keep you informed.
Blue Water calls attention to a decision made by the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Authority. A national ban of semi-trailers loaded on “pocket wagons” became effective from 23 January 8AM.
This will unfortunately have consequences on parts of our traffics to and from Italy.
We are looking into alternative options such as train solutions between Italy and Northern Germany as well as road transport. Unfortunately, this is quite a challenge, and we are not able to guarantee date of departure, transit time or price, as the rail network is the major artery of traffics between Denmark and Italy.
The ban is introduced for the sake of railway security after an incident 13 January, where a tipping trailer passing the Great Belt Bridge was observed. The Accident Investigation Board Denmark has followingly ran tests and observed that by a few tests the lock effect is malfunctioning when pulled vertically even though the lock is well functioning and in correct locking position. This calls for further testing and examination after which the necessary precautions are expected.
Blue Water follows the situation closely and will continually inform you, but for the time being we cannot state anything about the length of the shutdown.
If you have any questions regarding your transport, please reach out to your regular contact at Blue Water.
Italian weather situation affects traffics
UPDATE! The rail stretch by Brenner and the northern Italy will likely be shut down until 12th December 2020 2PM. Great delays must be expected, and it is still uncertain when traffics are back to normal.
Heavy snow has hit Italy in short time, and on the same time floods arise. Because of this, rail transports are called off until further notice. The statement from Italy is that no transports are running regularly, and for this reason notable delays must be expected.
The delays concern all means of transport, since the joint capacity cannot be transferred from rail to road immediately, and the weather situation will thereby challenge the general capacity on the market.
Blue Water apologises to our customers for the inconvenience followed by this, and we will continue to keep you updated on the situation. Please reach out to your daily Blue Water contact if you have any questions.
Tightened rules for entering the UK
Over the weekend, the UK government has tightened the rules for entering the UK due to the current Covid-19 situation in Denmark.
This means that driver-accompanied trailers from Denmark are not allowed into the UK. Blue Water runs an unaccompanied service to and from the UK, and we are therefore still operating normally.
However, this issue, together with Brexit and the usual pressures of the Christmas season, mean that we are facing capacity problems on the vessel to/from Immingham.
We will of course do all we can to maintain our usual high service levels.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Blue Water office.
European Holidays 2021
Prohibition of transport of semi-trailer on “pocket wagons"
UPDATE! A number of involved companies – Hector Rail, TX Logistics and HUPAC – have now received approval for transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons. Therefore we expect the Italian traffic will be back to normal during next week (week 4). Blue Water’s Italian team will keep the customers informed.
Blue Water wants to bring to your attention that the Danish Transport, Enterprise and Construction Authority (DTECA) with effect from 8 January 2019 has introduced a prohibition on transport of trailers, loaded on “pocket wagons”, on the Danish railway network.
We regret to inform that this will have consequences for part of our traffic to and from Italy.
Naturally, we will look for alternative solutions such as rail solutions between Italy and Northern Germany and of course road transport. This is, however, a major challenge and we cannot guarantee days of departure nor can we guarantee transit times or price.
The prohibition is introduced due to the railway safety and after DTECA has witnessed a test on 7 January, conducted by Accident Investigation Board Denmark, observing that there might be a risk that the semi-trailer is not securely locked via the kingpin in connection with the loading on to goods wagons of the “pocket wagon” type.
The prohibition remains in force until the railway companies carrying goods on the railway network have fulfilled a number of conditions.
If you have any questions regarding your transport, please feel free to approach your regular contact at Blue Water.
International trucking affected by EU-sentence
In December 2017, the European Court of Justice pronounced a sentence in a case instituted by a Belgian haulier. The sentence stated that truckdrivers will no longer be allowed to stay in the truck during their 45-hour resting period although this has been the procedure for decades. This new limitation will apply in all EU countries in the future.
This means that drivers must find alternative overnight accommodation, such as hotel or the like. The new condition will increase the costs for the industry which is already severely affected by the lack of capacity in Europe.
The ban and increased control will not make it easier to attract drivers. On the contrary, it will worsen the situation with a shortage of drivers in Europe.
We are following the development closely and will keep our clients updated.