VIKING Aspires to Receive Two Prestigious European Rail Awards

On 12-13 November, the European Rail Congress will take place in London. Europe's most innovative rail projects and examples of best practice will beawarded during the Congress. VIKING, an intermodal train project of SC Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Geležinkeliai AB), has been shortlisted for two of 19 categories.

VIKING seeks to be awarded in categories European Freight Operator of theYear and Best European Integration. According to organisers, about 300 applications were received for each of them, with only 7–8 selected for final evaluation.

According to Brian Simpson, Member of European Parliament and Chair of European Rail Congress Judging Panel, the inter-modal transport train VIKING is an example of the effective coordinated interaction between the rail administrations of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine. "During the 10-year period since its inception, the project has become a widely recognised success with volumes carried increasing by over 100 times. It is continuing to expand geographically - another indicator of success. There were many excellent entries, so being short listed is already a big achievement," – says BrianSimpson.

"We are pleased that VIKING is among the best projects in two categories. This means that by improving the quality of customer service, actively looking for new markets and opportunities for the project‘s development, and using resources more efficiently we have created an attractive product which is being used by an increasing number of freight forwarders", - says Stasys Dailydka, General Director of SC Lithuanian Railways.

VIKING is a joint project of railway companies of Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, linking the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea. 52 hours are needed to cover the route Ilychovsk–Kiev–Minsk–Vilnius–Klaipėda (1734 km). The total run of the train, launched in February 2003, has reached 2.3 million kilometres, with the cargo volumes amounting to over 300,000 TEU (conventional containers) or over 4.8 million tons.

In 2008, the VIKING project has been recognised as an example of best practice in PROMIT European Coordination Action initiated by the European Commission. In 2009, the project received the Intermodal Award for best practices by the European Intermodal Association (EIA).



The full shortlist for the 19 Awards can be accessed via the following link: