2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Events 2017

New production system introduced #Quality

As part of Railway of the Future, DB Cargo has introduced a new system of production, the so-called planning and implementation system. Under this system, trains are planned and navigated by the same team from start to finish. Until now, up to 12 different managers might sometimes be responsible for one transport service. Re­­spon­­sibility for each train was handed over like a baton from one managing department to the next. This made prospective scheduling difficult. All these interfaces have now been eliminated. A single, clearly identified contact partner will now have decision-making authority in case of schedule deviations or other problems. In this way, we achieve greater transparency for our customers in predicting delivery dates as well.

Legal issues

Monetary fine proceedings against Transfesa and other DB companies

The Spanish anti-trust regulator has imposed a fine of € 10.5 million against Transfesa and other Group companies for alleged anti-competitive agreements with the Spanish state-owned railway RENFE. An appeal against the decision has been filed. The regulator imposed a fine of just under € 50 million against RENFE for these allegedly anti-competitive agreements.

Other events

  • box2rail is a new online booking platform for container transport customized to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • In cooperation with several freight railways, DB Cargo carried out the first direct rail transport from China to Great Britain in January.
  • DB Cargo and ScandFibre Logistics have increased their transport contract to 1.2 million tons per year up to 2019 from Sweden to Continental and Southeastern Europe. There are also about 12,000 carloads traveling in the opposite direction to Sweden.
  • DB Cargo has joined the Lean and Green initiative. All participating companies of the non-profit initiative undertake to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in logistics processes by 20% in five years.
  • Since mid-2017, Audi has been riding CO₂-free through­­out Germany with DB Cargo. That saves over 13,000 t CO₂ per year.
  • In the research project HELMS no. 45 (Hybrid Electronic Mechanical Shunter), DB Cargo and DB Vehicle Maintenance are testing a new drive system based on hybrid technology. Diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by an average of 20%. Noise is also reduced. If these advantages are verified, we plan to move to series refitting.
  • DB Cargo has entered into a technological cooperative agreement with Toshiba. It includes a feasibility study for the joint development and subsequent purchase of initially 50 new hybrid locomotives by DB Cargo. Hybrid vehicles are used as local transport locomotives and enable not only significantly lower diesel consumption and lower maintenance costs but also higher average fleet availability.
  • With a modified engine control system, DB Cargo re­­duces fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The engine control system was optimized on just under 400 shunting locomotives. This saves 800,000 liters of fuel and 2.1 million kg CO₂. The project partners were MTO-Engineering and the Munich University of Applied Sciences.
  • DB Cargo is procuring 60 Vectron multisystem loco­motives from Siemens. These vehicles, which can be de­­ployed in cross-border transports and are valued at about 226 million, are part of a framework contract with Siemens for up to 100 new mainline locomotives. The first five locomotives have been in use since December 2017.
  • DB Cargo and Siemens have entered into a new cooperative agreement on the technical upgrading of exist­­ing series 152 electrical locomotives to make them Tech­LOKs. In addition, Siemens series 170 and 191 Vectron locomotives will be linked to the TechLOK system. With this agreement, DB Cargo continues the digitalization of its vehicle fleet. The goal is to fit all 2,000 locomotives with diagnostic technology by 2020. Today, nearly 1,000 locomotives already report information about their condition.
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