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As the ‘Port meets mainland event’ could not continue in its usual fashion, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven JadeWeserPort GmbH & Co. KG have uniquely presented themselves. Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven JadeWeserPort is a founding partner of the New Silk Road Network (NSRN) and has been in operation since 2012.

To become a pioneer, one needs to have the right timing, says Tomasz Langowski, Vice-President and Co-owner of Langowski Logistics. Langowski Logistics, a founding member of New Silk Road Network (NSRN), is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month and on this special occasion we spoke to Mr Langowski on various aspects concerning the New Silk Road.

(L to R: Halina Langowska, Tomasz Langowski and Łukasz Langowski. Pic Credit: Langowski Logistics)

To most people in the world, Malaszewicze is just a small obscure village in Eastern Poland, with a minuscule population. However, for logistics companies that are working along the New Silk Road, this little village is a gateway that connects the East with the West, as the first entry point for trains arriving from China, Russia and Ukraine to the European Union.

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Rail congestion is construed as the incapability of trains to move through hubs, causing standstill. There can be numerous factors for such congestions, such as construction, border closures, breakdowns, accidents or simply, in the case of the New Silk Road, growing traffic. Congestion predominantly affects the schedule of freight trains passing through the hubs, as a delay is added to their estimated time of arrival. In such a case, the customers awaiting their goods face troubling situations. Optimising the shipment time is one of the essential goals for most logistics companies conducting rail freight.

NSRN's Annual General Meeting

In the month of May, with lockdowns installed across Europe, it seemed impossible to host any event. For a young network like ours, this was a significant blow as we were looking forward to hosting our first event with our members and partners. After waiting a couple of months as borders started to open and many considerations later, we decided to move forward with our meeting, embracing the challenges that lie ahead in hosting a safe gathering under Covid-19 protocols.

New Silk Road Network’s (NSRN) first Annual General Meeting was held from 6th-8th of September in the historic city of Warsaw. It was a unique and one of a kind event at a time when many logistics networks opted to host their annual conferences online or even postpone it till 2021. Unwilling to compromise and leave anyone out, we managed to connect not only the delegates who were attending in person but also those who could not make it due to travel restrictions.

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