Networking at the service of businesses.
On the subject of working for businesses, the importance of cargo logistics is determined by its fundamental role within company strategies, companies that find themselves constantly facing new challenges imposed by market globalisation, supply chain specialisation, flow fragmentation and outsourcing. With an increasingly greater number of rail services scheduled, Lotras has expanded the offer available for domestic and international traffic handling, strengthening the interchange between the regions of Sicily, Apulia, Lazio, Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont through our main Hub at Incoronata (FG), one of the best structures functioning and operating in Europe.
Lotras’ Incoronata terminal is a well-equipped platform, a strategic structure for strengthening and developing the territory, as it serves the largest industrial area in the province and supports the provincial city.
It acts as a hinge for the existing coast to coast connections, the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic connection, a commercial hub for the entire Capitanata province, from the north of Bari to the area of Melfi, from the area of Benevento and Molise on the Adriatic rail axis.
Our Networking is updating continuously.
A new, important commitment to increase the services, increase the railway vehicles available with wagons of the latest generation.
Our multipurpose wagons are perfect for loading mobile containers and all other types of containers, meeting all load requirements. The services offered by Lotras terminals are also based on the availability of a transport system combined with the use of storage yards for containers, which are handled by self-propelled cranes, making it possible to arrive and subsequently depart without the added complication of long stays and/or waiting periods whilst the containers are handled.
The use of advanced technology and specialised personnel enable constant monitoring of the goods in transit.
Security systems are guaranteed round the clock every day of the year at all of our operating sites. All storage management operations take place in areas subject to video surveillance.
Our safety personnel guarantee the control of vehicles in transit, implementing control procedures quickly to prevent build ups and long waits.
Our strong point is the ability to combine cargo transport. Drawing on the experience acquired over the years we are able to offer a strategic consultancy service to meet the multitude of requests received from the global market. With our partners we study all of the methods of transport available that offer the potential to expand the market for all types of goods, modelling the service in terms of both conventional and intermodal transport to fully meet the needs of the customer. Guaranteeing full coverage of the vast European railway network.
The number one objective for the Lotras consultancy system is saving energy and the environment. Today we offer our customers the possibility to reduce emissions, optimising management costs and the resources available to companies for the transport of all types of goods. Our data shows a considerable increase in our customers’ capital, in terms of both financial and ethical factors.
Lotras obtained the Certification as Entity in charge of Maintenance
for the railway vehicles of its property (wagons and manoeuvring locomotors)
in compliance with the EU directive 2016/798 of the European Parliament
and Council and the EU implementing regulation no 2019/79 of the Commission.
This result shows the constant investment in material, intangible assets fuels and fully implements the objectives of continuous improvement for the management of the railway security and quality of the services carried out as MTO and Infrastructure manager
Lotras also offers maintenance services that it is certified to perform to third party ECMs subject to request.
Safety in the railway transport
A particularly interesting parameter is related to safety of railway transport compared to other ways of transport. The figures concerning the railway accidents are not particularly abundant, let alone those concerning freight trains in detail. In fact, however, rough statistics, that allow us to establish a situation clear enough, are available. In 2016, for example, railway accidents were 99, of which 72 were caused by people run over by railway vehicles during the movement. This figure slightly increased In 2017, when 104 accidents were reported, of which 75 involved people. Slightly higher in 2019, with 109 accidents of which 83 involved people. In any case, these are low figures that cannot be even remotely compared to those that are registered each year on national roads and that often involve heavy vehicle.
Reduced and predictable travel time
Another significant datum, then, is the travel time. Currently, in Italy, the average speed of a freight train is about 100 km/h, with peaks up to 120 km/h. It might look an insufficient datum, however we must consider that it does not concern the fast performance, but the ability of the railway transport to keep the average speed higher than other means of transport. Here is a clear example – a train takes from 18 to 22 days to arrive in China, against 40-45 taken by a ship.
Furthermore, not considering the accidents that, as we already noted, are rather rare, the transport has scheduled and predictable times. If we compared it to the on-the-road transport, that is susceptible to several variables (psychic-physical conditions of the driver, compulsory dwell times, weather conditions, etc.) the railway transport schedules the arrival time, since the order is placed, without high possibility to make changes. An important factor for an organisation for its supply chain.