Apart from tackling the coronavirus by creating vaccines, one of the biggest challenges that stands on the doorsteps of the healthcare industry and governments is the transportation and distribution of vials. First doses have already been administered in Western nations like the USA, the UK and Germany. Many other countries are expected to start rounds of vaccination in the coming days.
New Silk Road Network’s partner East-West Intermodal Logistics is constructing the largest and the most modern railway intermodal combi terminal in Europe. They are on track for the trial operations to commence in January 2022. Situated at the gates of the European Union in Fényeslitke (Hungary), near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, the East-West Gate (EWG) will be the continent’s first land-based intermodal combi terminal using green technology and its own 5G network. The theoretical capacity of the terminal is 1 million TEU per year. Built at one of the strategic points in the economic corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative, the EWG can play a key role in delivering goods between Asia and Europe via an alternative route, delivering faster and in larger quantities than before.
As the end of the year approaches, we had the opportunity to speak with New Silk Road Network’s member Ocean Bright Logistics. Pioneers in sea freight, and steadily establishing a firm footing in rail freight, Ocean Bright has more than a decade of experience in servicing their local and global customers.
In our conversation, we had the opportunity to speak with David Ma, CEO of Ocean Bright. We explored various topics from the company's founding in Shanghai to the current situation caused by lack of space and equipment and the company's future developments. Moreover, we look into the company's latest offerings in block train services, that has been running since November.
All of us can agree that 2020 has been a unique year. A monumental year, that changed not just the course of history, but also affected our daily routines and life decisions. This year has been the most demanding for the logistics industry, due to the pressure of a raging pandemic and geopolitical variabilities.
Rapidly approaching 2021, is only several hours away. This calls for one and all associated with the logistics industry to look into the future and what it holds. After a haranguing 2020, there is hope for some respite with the upcoming year. Hope surrounds us all, as the Covid-19 vaccines are administered. However, the battle is not yet over.
New Silk Road Network recently received an update from Pasifik Eurasia, one of our esteemed partners for rail operating, regarding Turkey's first freight train to China. The block train has successfully arrived at its destination, that is in Xi'an, China. The train was greeted with much celebration by the Chinese authorities, marking the first freight train's movement originating from Turkey.